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What to Know About Deep Sea Fishing Charters

June 13th, 2018

Shows like Wicked Tuna, Deadliest Catch, and Extreme Fishing are enough to get ‘deep sea fishing’ onto your bucket list for sure; but before you get out on the water, you need to learn the essentials about deep sea fishing so that you know what to expect on a trip out on the ocean. Ideally, if it’s your first time deep sea fishing, the best approach is to rent a fishing charter, and listen closely to the expertise and advice of the company running the boat. To help you prepare, here are a few basic things about deep sea fishing charters that can help you have a safe, exciting and enjoyable deep sea fishing experience.

Most charters offer you the right gear

If you want to enjoy a successful day of deep sea fishing, having the right equipment is hugely important. Most charters either include the cost of the gear in the rental price, and provide you the equipment you need, or they have a good stock of equipment available for purchase. At Morro Bay Landing, for instance, there’s a tackle shop where you can get everything from hats, shirts, sunscreen, and sunglasses to rods, tackles, hooks, and even medication for people who are prone to motion sickness.

Look up the species that are included in the catch

Before you rent a deep-sea fishing charter, enquire with the rental company or go online and check out their site to see what species of fish are included in their regular catch. This can help prepare you for your deep-sea fishing trip. At Morro Bay Landing, we typically find we’re catching Black Rockcod, Blue Rockcod, Vermilions (REDS), Boccaccio, Olives, Lingcod, Cabazon’s and Greenlings – and of course, we want to keep fish stocks healthy, so we follow the rules and throw back fish below the correct size for their species.

There’s often more than one package to choose from

What most people don’t realize is that professional charters offer more than one package to choose from. So instead of going all out on a full-day trip, feel free to ask us about the other options we offer, and weight your choices. At Morro Bay Landing, we have different trips curated based on the ages and skill levels of the passengers – for different fish, or different locations, or different durations; there’s a half-day trip that spans over 6 hours, a three-quarter day trip (8 hours), a full day trip (10 hours), and a 12-hour Cape San Martin Trip for those who want a long day and a classic location.

We love deep-sea fishing, and we want our customers to love it too – so our trips are specially developed to make you feel as comfortable as possible, whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned fisherman. With our deckhands always around to help you out, you’ll never need to worry about cleaning fish, filleting it, or weighing up for our jackpot weigh-in at the end of the day. Come down and learn how great deep sea fishing charters can be!


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