What to bring on board for our fishing trip?
Sunscreen is important and a hat or visor. You may even want to pack a lightweight long sleeve shirt to protect your arms from the sun. All you need is whatever you would like to eat or drink while on the boat. A large cooler with ice is in the salon for your drinks. If you like, bring sandwiches and snacks for longer trips. Any special requests please let us know ahead of time and we will assist you. Don't pack for Gilligan's Island, you'll be too busy fishing to eat much!
What do we do with the fish we catch?
Many of the fish we catch are just for fun. This is called "sport fishing", and is pretty much the reason that you're going! Fish like tarpon, barracuda, bonita and kingfish provide powerful, exciting, high-speed action but are either inedible or poor table fare. Other species such as grouper, snapper, triggerfish, sheepshead, cobia, and others are good eating and we'll filet these out at the dock for your dinner. Many local restaurants will cook your catch for you and we'll share our favorites.
I've never fished before. Is that a problem?
Not at all! You have no bad habits to correct! We'll employ different fishing styles on different fish and Captain Rich will teach everyone the proper techniques. The best fishermen tend to be those who will listen to the captain, typically young girls and women for some reason. Many a big fish has been caught "smooth and smart" by the ladies, or lost by the "crank and yank" of the boys!
Our family is new to Offshore fishing with Enterprise, what about the weather and sea conditions?
Enterprise is the largest of the offshore boats on Marco Island, but that does not make us immune from the effects of high seas, which are a possible problem in the winter months. The subject of wind, waves and weather patterns in Southwest Florida could easily fill pages of text. Briefly, the weather and sea conditions year round are generally excellent. Mild breezes, calm water and sunny skies are the norm.
The exceptions are cold fronts in the winter which can bring strong onshore winds generating high seas. All the captains of the Marco River Marina charter fleet are weather-wise and co-operate in "calling" the conditions when the seas are rougher; networking on VHF radio. Every business has different policies and practices when faced with uncomfortable seas or perhaps a sea-sick passenger. Enterprise policy has always been fair to our clients as opposed to the fast buck "puke and pay"!
If the seas are going to be too rough, we simply won't go. If it turns rough while we're out and we're not having fun then we sometimes come back early and fudge the fees. In the summertime we can possibly have thunderstorms. Enterprise has the most complete electronics suite of any charter boat in the area including 24 mile weather radar and real-time satellite weather coverage (like on your home TV) so we are never surprised by weather.