Why don’t you take more than 6 Passengers on one boat?
Due to U S Coast Guard Law, almost all Florida Keys charter boats carry a Max of 6 passengers. Passengers include any person going on the charter, even if they do not fish. A baby, or child is considered a passenger. Our fleet is comprised of multiple vessels that can accommodate large group outings. Contact us at 305-289-0071 for more information.
Do your boats have bathrooms onboard?
Yes, all 5 of our boats in operation have full bathrooms on board. The Main One has two bathrooms.
What should I bring on the trip?
We recommend bringing food and drinks and other personal issues (ie. sunscreen, towel, hat, etc.). The charter provides the licenses, rods/reels, bait, tackle, and coolers with ice. Coolers are provided on the boat for the trip but if you have a long ride home you will need one to transport your fillets. We also recommend a Camera to take great photos of your catch! Read more about what is included in your trip here!
What happens to the fish I catch?
Fish caught on the vessel that you intend to keep must meet the current regulations and laws in regard to season, size and catch limit. Once back at the dock we will display your fish for photos and fillet and bag them. Most customers come for the fun, but also to get fresh seafood! Let the crew know if you prefer to catch, photo, and release. Note: We will filet and bag up to one 5 Gallon bucket of pure meat fillets (Approx. 50lbs of meat). You are welcome to keep any additional fish you caught on your trip. [...]
How do we get our fish home?
Main Attraction does not pack and ship fish, however, we have an amazing restaurant/fish market in town that we highly recommend http://brutusseafood.com. They can pack your fish to ship or fly with. If you plan to carry-on or check-in your catch please contact your particular Airline first to find out if they will allow it as the rules do vary.
Do I need to Tip the Captain and Mate?
Industry standard is 20%. On our larger vessels, where there is a Captain and Mate, they split the 20%, and on our smaller vessels, 20% goes to the captain, as he or she also is your Mate. Think of your Crew like waiters of the sea! The pay structure is very similar but the work is physically grueling as they work long hours and weekends. Our crews don't just fish, they also catch live bait at sunrise and maintain the boats and fishing equipment. They rely heavily on tips to make their living and feed their families. [...]
What if I get Seasick?
If you are unsure about seasickness, we recommend taking a seasick pill the night before and the morning of your charter. Be sure to read the labels, and always check with your Doctor first! These pills do usually work, however, in case of seasickness, the customer always has the option to end the trip early.
What footwear should I wear for my trip?
Please make sure you wear non-skid footwear designed for wet conditions, such as boating shoes. Never go bare footed. Flipflops are not consider boating shoes and are unsafe to wear on a boat or dock area. Boat and dock floors are often wet, and we want you to have a fun and safe experience.
What time do your trips usually depart?
These are typical seasonal departure times. Your actual trip will be determined based on weather conditions and livebait availability, all charters should check-in within 24 hours prior to the trip to confirm departure time. To check-in please call us at 305-289-0071 the evening before your charter.