The Perfect Day
Charter fishing is a combination of commitment, lifestyle and a love of the ocean. As fishermen and women, who hire our vessels and our experience out to the public, our first priority is the safety of our guests, our second priority is catching fish and providing the best adventure possible. A pretty good indication that you have the right formula for success is having repeat clients and word of mouth referrals. There is a lot that goes into the job and the lifestyle.
While you may be on the boat for half a day or a full day trip, rest assured that your captain and mate have been hard at it for an hour or more before you arrive, catching bait, rigging rods and making sure everything mechanical is in order for your trip. And it doesn’t end there. More often than not they will be at the boat for an hour or more afterwards cleaning fish, the boat and again catching bait for the next trip. The majority of us love what we do and work hard everyday to make it the perfect day.
I had one of these days just before Christmas with local repeat clients that live and work in Marathon just like myself. Most people are pretty easy to please,they are out to enjoy the day with family or friends, bend the rod, enjoy the water and be challenged with trophy fish or to beat their personal best. In this particular case, all of the above was the request.
Mark contacted me in November and reserved my boat for a 3/4 day of fishing after Christmas. His son and daughter-in-law were coming in for the holidays and they wanted to get into some grouper and big snapper before the season closed.
Well as anyone who has done any fishing knows, first you have to find the fish. They have tails and tend to use them frequently moving from spot to spot, then when you do find them you have to get them to eat, all that can be challenging so the pressure is always on.
Mark and his family had fished with me before and done quite well, that’s why they continue to come back. But I have to tell you, when you start picking the fish that you want to catch like they are on a menu it puts a little extra stress on the captain to make it happen, but make it happen we did!
Mark’s significant other unfortunately could not make the trip even with a month and a half notice. She was called in to work so we were down one great lady angler. We would just have to push on and do the best we could without her.
After a couple of moves, we found our menu items in good supply and after five hours of non-stop action we had a cooler literally full of fish, the right fish. We had achieved the ‘Perfect Day’! Every day on the water is a good day when you are catching fish and there are many great days as well, but to achieve the ‘Perfect Day’ you have to work at it. In Mark’s words “Our trip in July was outstanding fishing but this was absolutely amazing!” That’s what a captain wants to hear. No, we didn’t catch them all. We left a bunch out there, but we caught plenty and had a blast doing it. It’s always great to fish with new friends and old friends alike. A new adventure is always waiting on the horizon. Good luck and tight lines.
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