Chartering Do's and Don't s
1) Carefully review information on
captains in the area you wish to fish.
2) Select only 2 or 3 captains to call
or email based on the favorite captain
you wish to fish with.
3) Notify your captain well in advance
of the date you wish to reserve, say
4) Make the required deposit with the chosen captain right after the
verbal agreement to charter.
5) Come prepared with a valid fishing
license and supplies recommended for the
6) Have an alternate date to fish in
case of bad weather.
7) Be prepared to pay fuel surcharges
with unpredictable price increases.
8) Pay in cash at the trip's end unless
prior arrangements have been made to
accept other forms of payment.
9) Get the proper rest and have a good
1) Just call any captain without
reviewing his experience,
qualifications, and boat size for your
2) Book with the cheapest boat.
3) Call or email 10 to 20 captains if
you intend to charter with the first one
whom calls back. That wastes a lot of
captains time and expenses as well as
4) Call the last minute before without
a fair lead-time for all to put on the
5) Make commitments for large parties,
sometimes involving more that one boat,
more than one day, then change the deal
6) Insist on chartering in bad or
dangerous weather; safety factors must
7) Argue with fuel surcharges that are
not profiting the charter boat.
8) Forget your charter date and no-show
9) Forget fishing licenses and
10) Be late or delay the trip due to
partying all night.
11) Forget to tip the captain and mate
if you received courteous service and
good fishing action. If you were not
happy, tell the captain why so he can
correct for the future.
Our Rates ||
Reel Rascal Sport fishing
Charters-Captain Ed Thompson-
510 1/2 East Lake Street- P.O. Box 588-
Ludington, Michigan 49431