When choosing a fishing charter, it’s easy to decide on location, date, passengers. But what about the type of charter: inshore, nearshore or offshore?
You can choose the fishing charter that’s right for you based on your personality preference, or you can read on! We break down the main differences between the three types of charters. We also share tips on how you can be sure to maximize your experience, no matter which fishing charter you choose.
Trying inshore fishing is best for new and inexperienced anglers. Inshore charters stay within a mile of the mainland and keep the shore in sight, fishing inside the Intracoastal area, protected bays and inlets. Although you stay within the Intracoastal area, protected bays and inlets, there is still plenty to catch! You also have the opportunity to see more wildlife. A further advantage of inshore charters is that you can get from your hotel or office onto the water, at your fishing spot, in a matter of minutes. Common inshore fish to target include Speckled Sea Trout, Redfish, Snook and more.
Nearshore saltwater fishing can increase the opportunity for anglers to catch the unique species of fish. Exploring nearshore waters will take you up to 9 miles from the shore, where you can experience fishing in sea wrecks, rock outcroppings and more. Although the ride can be a little bumpier, many nearshore fishing captains also offer offshore charters. Therefore, their boats tend to be a bit larger and better equipped than captains who specialize in solely inshore charters. You can expect to catch Cobia, Mackerel, Sharks, Snapper, Grouper and more on these charters.
Offshore fishing charters, also known as deep sea charters, are for those who are looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Most typical offshore fishing charters usually go between 10 and 50 miles out from the shore, depending on conditions, duration of charter, fishing reports and comfort level. Traveling farther from the shore and into deeper waters gives you more opportunities to catch a large variety of fish in reefs, such as large grouper, mackerel, tuna, billfish and more. These species tend to be larger and put up a little more of a fight, so be ready for a workout!
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