Sailors Choice Frequently Asked Questions

  • Chevron down If I have never been fishing before, can I still attend the trip?
  • Absolutely! No fishing experience is required. Our courteous and friendly crew will assist you.

  • Chevron down What type of fish will I catch and how many can I keep?
  • It all depends on what type of fish are in season. Our daily catches are predominately snapper and grouper, but everything from amberjack to wahoo has been caught aboard the Sailors Choice.

    Your captain and crew are up-to-date on the most recent limit details and will update everyone with this information at the start of the trip. We catch all kinds of fish, so reaching the limits is hard to do.

  • Chevron down Do you guarantee that fish will be caught and what can I do with the fish I do catch?
  • We guarantee that our captain and crew will do everything they can to help you catch fish, but we cannot guarantee that a fish will be caught. You can either catch and release or keep your catch to eat. Our crew is more than happy to fillet your catch when you get back to the dock.

  • Chevron down How far out do we go out? How much time do we actually spend fishing?
  • We will go anywhere from 4 to 8 miles out. It generally takes us 30 to 45 minutes to get to the area where we’ll fish, so the rest of the time will be spent fishing away!

  • Chevron down What type of gear do I need? Is a fishing license required?
  • All gear is included, license and all. You are more than welcome to bring your own, but the price of the ticket remains the same and does include everything you need to fish with a rod, reel, bait, and tackle.

  • Chevron down Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
  • Advance purchase is highly recommended, as trips often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard or American Express.

  • Chevron down What happens in the case of bad weather?
  • Our trips run rain or shine! In the case of extreme or unsafe weather conditions, we will cancel the trip up to an hour before the start time and you will be able to reschedule or receive credit for a future trip. With our Florida weather, we can generally wait about 15 minutes and the weather clears up.

  • Chevron down Can I attend the trip but not fish?
  • Yes, you are able to join us on board and not fish. Keep in mind that there is no reduced “ride along” ticket so you still need a full-priced ticket in order to attend.

  • Chevron down Are children allowed?
  • Absolutely! Kids 12 and under are able to purchase a reduced price ticket.

  • Chevron down Is this trip suitable for pregnant women?
  • Due to safety concerns, there may be days we prohibit pregnant women from attending due to water conditions.

  • Chevron down Are food and beverages available for purchase on board? Can I bring my own? Are coolers allowed?
  • We sell water and soda on board, but you can feel free to bring your own food and beverages, including canned beer. Coolers are allowed, but no glass bottles please.

  • Chevron down Are bathrooms available onboard?
  • Yes, there are clean, modern restrooms onboard.

  • Chevron down Is smoking allowed on the boat?
  • Smoking is allowed on board, just remain mindful of others.

  • Chevron down Is the boat wheelchair accessible?
  • The answer to this question depends on the specific wheelchair. We judge each situation on an individual basis and try our best to get everyone onto the boat. Please click the “Contact” tab in the menu to discuss your needs with us before purchasing tickets.

  • Chevron down Are there life jackets onboard?
  • Yes, we have more than enough life jackets for everyone, but you are not required to wear life jackets during the trip.

  • Chevron down Are pets allowed?
  • No.

  • Chevron down Is there parking available nearby?
  • Yes, there is free parking at the dock.

  • Chevron down Is gratuity included in the ticket price?
  • Gratuity is not included but is greatly appreciated! 20% of the ticket price is a normal amount for a job well done.

  • Chevron down Are gift certificates available?
  • We do not offer gift certificates at this time.

  • Chevron down Can I book a private charter?
  • Yes! Please click the “Contact” tab in the menu to inquire further.