Frequently Asked Questions About Fishing Charters
Below you will find some frequently asked questions concerning booking a trip with us. If we have missed something please feel free to telephone us with your query on either of the following numbers 386 527 6561
Weather conditions are important when deciding to go on a fishing trip.
If you would like to check out the Coastal Waters Forecast for East Central Florida this can be found by clicking on the following link. You will be taken to the National Weather Service from Melbourne, Florida. Go to the Coastal Waters Forecast
This forecast is updated daily and provides accurate information relating to the east coast and is checked to ensure the safety of life and protection of property at all times on our charters. In the event of bad weather, we will re-schedule your trip if so desired. We usually make the decision at, or near to, the time of departure based on the individual group involved. In most cases, if you are not uneasy about conditions we will attempt to go. Captain John will always consider safety as the most important factor. If he is happy with that and the group are happy then the trip will not be cancelled.
Where in Florida are your trips located?
The Indian River and Mosquito Lagoons are located in East Central Florida about an hour from Orlando and the Walt Disney area.
What should I bring with me?
All fishing tackle and licenses are provided by the Captain. This is some of the finest fishing equipment around. Captain John will provide coolers for the fish and you have no need to worry about extra clothes or deck shoes either.
During the summer especially you should make sure you bring plenty of liquids, your sunscreen and sunglasses.
What kind of fish will we catch?
A charter on the Indian River Lagoon and Mosquito Lagoons will mean you will see large numbers of Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, Snook and Tarpon. Other species you may catch include Flounder, Ladyfish, and Mangrove Snapper. Depending on the time of year some species are more abundant than others. Tarpon and Snook are more plentiful during Spring, Summer and Fall whilst Redfish and Spotted Sea Trout etc. can be caught all year round. See our Mosquito Lagoon Page and the Indian River Lagoon Page for more details about the area and the types of fish that populate it.
How many people can come along?
Captain John's boat is allowed six people by its USCG License. However, if your party is larger than that then contact us because, with a little organization, we can accommodate larger or corporate charters. Many of the local charter companies will join forces to accommodate trips like these. So, the answer to the question is "as many as you would like". Just recently we organized a charter that involved 17 boats!
Do we need a fishing license?
Whilst fishing with Captain John he will provide all the required fishing licenses. If you venture out on your own, however, you are required to have a saltwater license if fishing from a boat.
What about sea-sickness?
Sea-sickness is rarely a problem as all the charters are inland. Also the waters are only about 3ft deep at Mosquito and the Indian River lagoons!
In windy weather conditions you could experience some slight motion sickness. If you are likely to be affected in this way we recommend you purchase a good brand of travel sickness tablet. There is also a patch that can be applied behind the ear.
What happens to our catch?
We clean and bag your catch for you. It might be helpful to bring along a cooler of your own in order to take your fish home. We will also suggest ways for you to enjoy your freshly caught fish.
What type of boat is used?
Captain John owns one of the finest custom built Hell's Bay boats. This wonderful boat will keep you comfortable and dry whilst taking you to some of the most beautiful backwaters of the intracoastal areas.
Where do we launch?
Captain John launches from Volusia County's Riverbreeze Park. See our Schedule and Rates page for more detailed information.