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Guide to Planning a Fishing Trip


Your guide to planning the ultimate fishing trip begins here. The first step is to decide what kind of fishing experience you want to have. There are many factors to consider when planning a fishing trip, such as whether you will be fishing offshore or inshore, the species of fish you will be targeting, and whether you will be manning your boat or planning with a fishing charter.


Offshore vs. Inshore Fishing


Offshore and inshore fishing provide very different fishing experiences, and sometimes the terms can be a little confusing. So what’s the difference? Absolutely everything when it comes to planning a fishing trip. The first question to ask yourself is how committed do you feel to the water? This has nothing to do with your commitment level to your fishing trip, but everything to do with the amount of time you will be on the water.

While you are absolutely gung-ho, overzealous and beyond committed to this fishing trip, you might not want to stay long hours on a boat out at sea. Unless you don’t have a significant other sitting home with crossed arms, then maybe you do. This brings us to the major differences between the disparate types of fishing experiences that will make all the difference in your fishing trip.


Offshore Fishing


If you are considering offshore fishing, it will require a significant amount of forethought and planning. Offshore fishing usually takes place at about 30 to 130 miles off the coast, where trips average a full extended day to three days or even longer out on the water. They require a serious tackle box and a specific boat for the occasion. You will be manning a large sport fishing boat out on the ocean, where water ranges in depth from a couple hundred to a couple thousand feet. You will need to pack heavy tackle and will probably use sophisticated radars, sonar and weather equipment on your adventure. You will be targeting large tuna, marlin, amberjack, sharks and other fish of similar size. The season will affect the fish that you target. Keep in mind that this is a less family-oriented trip that will last an extended number of hours at sea.


Offshore fishing typically involves boats with greater footage, a wide beam and more console space. The sea is turbulent in nature and unpredictable, going from calm to rough in an instant. To avoid being washed out with hundreds to maybe thousands of feet between you and the floor, you will want to consider a higher nautical freeboard, which is the measurement of a ship’s side between the deck and waterline. Your offshore fishing boat should also have multiple aerated live wells for a variety of large bait fish, and large fish boxes to store your monstrous catch. While offshore fishing sounds exciting, it typically involves less casting and less action than inshore fishing.


Inshore Fishing


When we think about fishing, inshore fishing is the most common fishing experience that we imagine. Inshore fishing occurs in water less than 30 meters deep, and usually keeps you within just a few miles from the shore, near beaches, rocky shorelines, piers, jetties, flats, and mangroves. You will be manning a smaller boat, usually a skiff with a shallow draft.


A smaller boat does not mean less of an experience. You will be targeting redfish, snapper, speckled trout, striped bass, snook, tarpon and other fish of similar size. Bull redfish are enormous rod bowing beasts that are known for their temperament and putting up a fight at the end of a line. Be prepared to cast more, and have more action on an inshore fishing trip. You will pack a lighter tackle box, cast more frequently, and catch more fish. Inshore fishing is done year-round through all the seasonal climate changes without affecting the fish you target.

Inshore fishing usually involves smaller motorboats, kayaks, canoes and skiffs. Code Red Fishing Charters uses a shallow draft 18 ft skiff to fish skinny waters like those found in Mosquito Lagoon. Fishing skinny waters can present a lot of challenges to many anglers, requiring the maneuvers of a skinny boat. Inshore fishing involves a smaller crew, and can provide a more family-oriented experience.


If you still cannot decide whether to go inshore fishing or offshore fishing, your boat will ultimately decide for you. It is highly unlikely that you will be taking a john boat 50 miles off the coast to hook some tuna.


Fishing Charters


Planning your fishing trip with a fishing charter makes planning simple, and includes all the gear, the bait, the boat and a seasoned captain to take you to all the secret fishing spots. You might consider choosing a fishing charter to level up your fishing experience. When choosing a fishing charter, it's important to know in advance what's included. When fishing with Code Red Fishing Charters, you have full access to and full use of all the bait and gear. Planning with a fishing charter means all you need to do is show up with your angler crew to the fishing trip that is already planned and ready to launch. Every detail is included, such as fishing lures, supplies, license and everything you need to experience the perfect catch.


Code Red Fishing Charters offers a unique fishing charter experience. Captain Matt Lee mans the boat and takes you out on Mosquito Lagoon for an unparalleled fishing excursion.

Plan your next fishing trip with Code Red Fishing Charters, and get ready for the ultimate fishing trip!


Call Captain Matt Lee to book your fishing charter at (386) 214-3530!

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