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Tips On How To Behave On Your First Fishing Charter

by Eli Lambert

It's exciting to be invited on your first fishing charter. Even if you're only a casual fisherman, you'll have some fun trying to land the big one, all while enjoying being out on the water for the day. It's important to remember that many fishing enthusiasts take this pastime seriously, even if you don't. While fun might be your prime focus, others could be really working hard to make the catch of a lifetime, so it's important to avoid interfering with this process. Here are some other tips to keep in mind to ensure that the excursion goes smoothly for everyone.

Give Everyone Some Space

When all the action appears to be on one side of the boat, it's only natural to want to gravitate over to that side, too. However, this is considered poor fishing etiquette and may annoy those who are already set up in the area. While it's OK to take a peek at the success being reached on one side of the boat, you should avoid throwing your line in the water on that side and hoping for some luck, too. It's always best to give everyone on the boat some space and stick to your previously agreed-upon area.

Be Aware Of The Local Regulations

Even if you don't fish frequently, it's important to brush up on the local fishing regulations. If you don't learn these details in advance, you can ask the person leading the charter. The regulations will stipulate which fish are currently in season and how many you can keep. Failing to know this information — and suggesting something that is contrary to the rules — can cause a rift between you and the others on the charter. Many fishing enthusiasts are also avid conservationists and take following the fishing regulations very seriously.

Offer To Lend A Hand

It's important to take joy in seeing someone else on the charter succeed, even if you don't know the person well. Even more important is lending a hand when the person needs it. For example, someone may fight a fish for several minutes, especially if it's large or the person has a long length of line in the water. You can offer assistance by asking if you can be ready with the net, or even handing the person anything he or she may need, such as a pair of sunglasses or a bottle of water. This camaraderie is part of what can make fishing charters so memorable for everyone involved.