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How Much Do Fishing Charters Cost?


Author: Bullbuster Team

How Much Should I Expect To Pay For A Fishing Charter?

Are you looking to find out how much it costs to book a fishing charter? Below we have a few rates that may help you gauge this. 

How Much Is A Full Day Offshore Charter?

The average full day offshore charter is can cost between $800 - $2,000.

How Much Is A Full Day Inshore Fishing Charter?

The average full day inshore charter is $400 - $800.

How Much Is A Half Day On A Headboat?

A half day on a headboat can be between $35 - $60.

How Much Is A Full Day On Headboat?

A full day on a half day boat is between $75-$100.

How Much Is An Overnight Fishing Charter?

An over night charter can be between $400-$3500.

How Much Is A 2 Day Fishing Charter?

A day fishing charter is between $700 - $4,000.

How Much Is A 3 Day Fishing Charter?

A 3 day fishing charter is between $1,000 - $5,000.

How Much Is A Long Range Fishing Charter (3-22 days)?

Long Range Fishing Charters can cost between $1,200 - $15,000. 

You may also be interested in List Of Long Range Fishing Boats.

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Book A Fishing Charter In Your Hometown

There are times that you may want to book a charter locally even if you have your own boat.  Below are 5 reasons why. 

1) Family Is Coming Into Town

Your family is coming to town and this is a great activity for you to share together. 

2) You Want To Get Better At Local Fishing

Charter captains and guides know the local waters and are out fishing almost every day, they also can help to train you on the best fishing techniques. You can think of a guide as a fishing coach. 

3) Take Your Clients Out Fishing

Do you want time to discuss business with clients?  If so a charter is a great way to go about doing this. 

4) Take Your Kids Out Fishing 

Get your kids out on the water and catch fish with professionals. 

5) Take Yourself Out Fishing

Get off the land and take some time to yourself offshore in the bayou, or the lake. 

You May Also Be Interested In 10 Times It Makes More Sense To Book Fishing Charters Then Owning A Boat


This article is not to say that you shouldn't own a boat. There is definitely certain freedom of owning your own boat and being your own Captain.  There are many benefits.  This article focuses on maximizing your fishing time in situations where going on charters is a better option than owning a boat.

1) Guides & Captains Know The Daily Conditions

If you are someone that fishes only on the weekends then you are likely not going to know the conditions like a local guide or Charter Captain. Their entire living is based upon knowing these conditions and keeping in touch every day in order to get the latest information. 


2) You Might Have Less Time 

To properly plan out a fishing trip takes research, multiple stops to the tackle store, and more. When you are young and free this may be how you fill all your time,  when you have kids, this may also be a bonding exerience to teach them what it takes and to get away from the phone and the internet. However, if you do not end up becoming a professional mate, charter captain or guide, and have a career elsewhere, you may find that your time is better spent by hiring a  local guide to put you on the fish. If you are not prepared with all of the right gear you are not going to be as successful. 

3) They Know Where To Go

Local captains and guides have their own spots marked and know where to go at what time of the year.  If you rent a boat and try fishing new areas, unless you plan on spending a lot of time heading in these areas or keep a network of fishing buddies that have fished that area recently, you are probably not going to get the same results. 

4) Service

Hiring a local guide or charter boat means that you are going to be getting service while out on the water.  Depending on the type of trip you would like to take and what type of experience you would like to get you will need to look for a charter that matches that experience. Some charters cater to serious fishermen, some to partying/fishing, some to enjoying a day out on the water with fish as a bonus. 

5) Costs Of Storage

When you start to compare the costs of boat ownership to the costs of going on a charter you may find going on a charter is less expensive, depending on the amount of fishing you are doing.  Let's say that you really are going to go fishing once a month.  Just storing a boat can cost ($20-$50 per foot per month , or $50 - $200 per  foot per month indoors ). So if you have a 25-foot boat, this means you are probably paying at least $500/month just to store the boat.   This is a half-day charter in many places and maybe a full day charter for an inshore deal. 

6) Costs Of Maintaining Your Boat

The cost of maintaining your boat can add up quickly. They call boat BOAT (break out another thousand).  It is estimated that the cost of maintaining your boat is about 25% of the cost.  See how that adds up and calculate your fishing days to see if getting a charter makes sense depending on how many days you plan on fishing this year. 

7) Boat Payments

If you are financing your boat that comes with a monthly payment. Calculate what that would look like, then compare this to the number of days you would like to fish, to see whether owning a boat makes sense or going on charters. 

8) Down Payment

The same idea applies here. Understand how much you want to fish this year and compare these costs.

9) Experience Before You Buy A Boat

You may actually want to charter boats before buying a boat.  This will give you an opportunity to fish homewaters as well as ask the Captain questions. 

10) Time To Spend Time With People You Don't Usually Get To See

A charter is a great opportunity to spend time seeing people that you don't usually get to see. This is especially true when chartering a Sportfish. You can sit on the couch on the run out, eat food and really catch up. 


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