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Booking A Fishing Charter

Number of People

How many people will go with you? The charter won’t handle too many people. Usually, each boat will carry a limited number of people. You should count the number of people before hiring the charter.

Fishing budget

The price will depend on the number of people, the size and the length of the charter, and the type of fishing that you want to do. The fishing charter can be as low as $60 per head or as high as $500 per head. Make sure you have the required amount of money before booking a charter.

Customer Service

There are two kinds of charters. You can go with charters that believe in good service, or you can go with charters that give more importance to making money. Keep in mind that price doesn’t necessarily refers to high quality service. You may find some inexpensive charters offering great customer service and vice versa. Make sure you compare the prices and services offered by charters before hiring a boat.

Types of charters

In most cases, it’s a good idea to go for private charters. They offer you privacy, as you will be around only your friends or relatives. You won’t share the space with outsiders. Usually, the fee for a private charter is based on the number of hours you want to hire it for. The price is for the entire boat irrespective of how many people want to go.

On the other hand, shared charters don’t offer privacy and you will be on the boat with many other people. In oth

Measure and Release Fish Correctly

Sustainability needs to be taken very seriously, hence Fisheries have very clear guidelines. Sustainable fishing means that fish are harvested at a sustainable rate, so the fish population does not decline over time due to poor fishing practices. Imagine a world that is over-harvested and the corresponding devastation to the eco-system and to our future generations. It is the responsibility of each and every one of us to do our bit to protect the planet.

Size limits are typically based on biological research into the reproductive cycle of each species. Minimum size limits generally allow fish to spawn at least once and contribute to the population before they are taken.

The biggest mistake when measuring the length of your catch is where people don’t use a flat surface to measure the fish on. Ensure that if you use a mat, that it is not crumpled causing you to potentially overestimate the size of the fish. Adhesive or stick-on devices, when exposed to the weather, can shrink and become unreliable. Using a solid measuring implement is the best way.

As fish tend to contract if placed on ice, err on the side of caution and allow an extra inch at the initial measure.

Close the jaw of the fish to ensure an accurate reading. The overall measurement of a fish, whether it is fork tailed or round tailed, is taken from the outside of the snout on the upper jaw, to the extreme tip of the tail.

Your State Fisheries website will likely have an outline on how to measure an array of sea life e.g. crabs and squid as well as fish, so it might be worthwhile printing out a copy and keeping it in your tackle box for reference.

To assist in survival of your catch, avoid holding the belly area as you will almost certainly damage internal organs, which reduces chances of survival dramatically.

Never touch the fish’s gills as they are easily damaged.

Use a pair of long-nosed pliers, or a purpose made hook-release to quickly and efficiently remove the hook. If the fish has hooked deeply, cut the line as close to the hook as possible and leave the hook in the fish as it will probably do more damage trying to remove a deep hook than to leave it where it is.

A fish has no lungs so the moment it comes out of the water it stops ‘breathing’.

Research indicates that after landing a fish, keeping it out of the water for 30 seconds reduces the chances of survival by 30%, and 60 seconds out of the water reduces its survival by 70%.

Fishing Knots

Experts’ advise the use of complex knots such as the Bimini Twist, Surgeon’s Knot etc., assuming perhaps that every angler can easily get the intricacies of knot -tying soon enough. But that’s easier said than done because a fishing knot is only one feature of assembling fishing line and tackle in its entirety. Joining line to swivel, a swivel to trace and then to hook calls for practiced perfection in any type of condition.
Some of the popular fishing knots are:

• Loop
• Uni-Knot
• Scaffold
• Hangman’s Knot
• Clinch Knot’
• Palomar
• Blood Knot
• Surgeon’s bow and many others.

The strength of a fishing line may depend on the material used but the fishing knot is an important aspect to prevent line breaks, snags and twists, thus enabling the fish to get away! Hence, it all depends on a fisherman’s ability to tie a fishing knot in the right way. Some useful suggestions and tips are:

• Moisten the knot before tying and snagging it reduces friction heat and abrasions on the material when it is tightened

• A strong smooth pull at the end of the line where the knot is to be tied will ensure it is tied correctly; it is better to test it couple of times with hard tugs

• Leaving a little extra bit of line at the tag end before clipping it off will ensure that even when knots slip slightly they don’t unravel completely

• Retying the knot before every fishing trip and checking the knot frequently even while fishing will ensure that the bow is stable; even the sturdiest knots can weaken with use.

The varieties of knots in other activities besides fishing include camping, climbing, sailing and sea-fishing. However, unlike fishing in lakes and other fresh water bodies, sea-fishermen can take to salt water fishing by knowing just the basics of a few knots. In olden days, anglers took a lot of pride in learning to tie complicated knots but the reality of modern day fishing rigs is that they are made with very few knots. The Uni-Knot is the most adaptable and strong although it is relatively smaller compared to others. Specifically developed for monofilament fishing lines it is the main knot used in a majority of the modern fishing rigs.

Info of Snakehead Fish

If anglers do catch the fish, they must kill them. It is not legal to keep a live snakehead. The fish is killed by removing the head, separating the gills from the body, or removing the internal organs and putting it on ice quickly. This may sound like “overkill” but they want these fish gone. They are very invasive and they want to be sure they are truly dead. Fishermen are also told to report the fish catch to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (if in Virginia) or to similar organizations in other states. The aggressive moves against these fish are because they are such an invasive species. They are on the list of undesirable and predatory exotic species. It is illegal to own one without a permit.

If someone owns a live snakehead, they are required to contact the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to dispose of the fish. They may be kept to be mounted provided they are killed as mentioned above, and also after having notified the department.

The reason that there are such aggressive measures being taken against snakeheads is because they can feed on an ecosystem’s forage fish and become a competitor in the ecosystem. They thus disrupt the balance within the ecosystem. They can also transmit diseases and parasites to wildlife.

One reason they are so problematic is that they have extreme capacities for being able to live in varying conditions. They are a freshwater fish, but can also tolerate salt water (particularly the young). They have been illegally introduced. They have slimy skin, sharp teeth, a huge appetite, and can survive on land for three to seven days. Because they are such voracious carnivores is the reason that any Fish and Game Departments want to know about these fish and dispose of them. They pose a threat of taking over, eating out the natural species.