Chupu Charters competitive half day and full day fishing rates make most people decide to book an exclusive sport fishing charter. That way your captain and crew can customize your fishing trip to best suit your fishing preference. If an exclusive sport fishing charter is not in your budget, you might choose to book a “share trip”.
The following are the routines and pros and cons of share trips in Hawaii that will get you prepared for a fishing trip on almost any boat in the state that schedules share trips:
After leaving the harbor, the deck hand sets up the lines and gives you a briefing of how everything works. Then an angler rotation is set up, either by 1) selecting a particular rod for you that you will fish all day. Or 2) by rotating to another angler every time a fish is caught (beneficial so that everyone gets a chance to fish if the bite is hot). Once everything is set, people usually spread out. Some go up on the bridge, some grab a couch and others begin to wonder what the hell they got themselves into…
• You got lucky, and had a great day. You saved money, you caught a lot of fish as well as big fish, nothing unexpected happened, no one got sick, everyone onboard was agreeable about everything, you enjoyed the company of the people who you shared the charter with, and you made some lasting friends. Sounds perfect!
• You got unlucky and the worst happened: You’ve paid your money in advance and the day of the share charter arrives. You thought you were going to save a lot of money by fishing on this “share trip”, but an hour out of port the other group got sick and out-voted you to go home. Your “Full Day Charter” was over at 8 am and the boat offered No Refunds!
• You’re wait-listed for a share trip. This means, you can wait and hope that the boat you want to fish on will have a share trip with room for you. So you’re waiting and waiting. Then all of a sudden, you get beat out by an exclusive charter and don’t get to go fishing. To add insult to injury, your return flight home leaves tonight.
• Alcohol makes people do strange things (more so on boats). Some of which are funny. Some, not so much.
• On a slow day, you are the only one to catch a nice fish, only to have it cut up and divided equally among all the charter guests.
• Depending on your boat’s fish policy, on a share trip you may not be allowed to take home any fish, especially if you are the only person who wants to eat fish.
• You have to sit and watch someone else fight YOUR Marlin because you were lower on the angler rotation.
• The captain will usually choose to fish an area where there is a better chance everyone will catch something. More often than not, this means smaller fish.
• You wanted to fish for Marlin, but the other 4 people on the boat are happy catching small tuna and don’t want to chase a Marlin.
• You are seasick and want to go home, but the other 3 people are fine. The majority rules and the boat stays out. You Suffer!
• You’re stuck with “those people” for 10 hours at sea. There is no where to run. And to make matters worse, they just don’t know when to SHUT UP AND FISH![lg_folder folder="Our Favorite Photos"]
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