5 Best Fishing Charter Booking Sites

Hey there my fellow fishing enthusiasts and welcome to my post where we will check out my 5 best fishing charter booking sites to help get amongst em with this year. Fishing charters are a fantastic pastime for beginner, intermittent and passionate fishers alike as they allow you to take a stress free guided trip to weird and wonderful fishing grounds all over the planet.

And whilst there are many independent fishing charter sites out there to choose from, booking sites allow you to find charters from multiple operators based on where you want to go, or even down to the type of fish you are hunting. So for those of you looking to get into a charter but are not sure where to start, I have had a good look around and come up with 5 good options below.

Let’s check them out…

What is a fishing charter?

Let’s start at the beginning here, for those of you not familiar with fishing charters, these are guided tours where you get on a boat with a qualified captain who takes you to a fishing spot/s based on your preferences and/or local conditions.

Furthermore, a fishing charter will usually provide all of the gear required including rods, reels, baits and lures and the know how to give you the best chances of catching a fish. All you really need to do is turn up.

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Pros

  • You don’t need any gear
  • Much cheaper than owning a boat
  • You can go to places you would not otherwise have been able to get to
  • You can take advantage of local knowledge
  • You can learn expert tips and tricks

Cons

  • You cannot move around as spontaneously as you can on your own boat
  • You are at the whim of the captain and crew
  • Your day can be influenced by others (sea sickness, the know all etc.)

5 best fishing charter booking sites

Ok, so keeping the above in mind, let’s now have a look at the 5 sites I have found and run through them by looking at:

  • What they offer
  • Where they go
  • What’s included
  • Pricing

1. FishingBooker

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Let’s start with FishingBooker, a platform with a mission to “make it possible for everyone to access enjoyable fishing experiences, anywhere”. Fishers can book from over 33,000 trips based on personal preferences such as:

  • Location
  • Targeted fish species
  • Fishing Types
  • Fishing Techniques

Where do they go?

FishingBooker offers charters in 1864 cities in 109 countries worldwide.

best fishing charters - FishBooker locations

What’s included?

Inclusions vary from charter to charter but in general, you will get the following:

  • Boat and captain (either private or public group)
  • Rods, reels and other relevant gear
  • Bait
  • Deck hand for assistance

Other inclusions that can be available include

  • Drinks and meals
  • Restrooms
  • Sitting area
  • Souvenirs
  • ‘Stops’ at other areas of interest

Pricing

$150 – $3000 per person depending on number of people and conditions (length on time, private charters etc.)


2. FishTravel

best fishing charters - FishTravel

Our next option, FishTravel, was created “as a way of taking the hassle out of booking your next great fishing trip”. Their booking process is a simple one in that all you need to do is just choose:

  • Your desired fishing type
  • Level of comfort preferred
  • When and where you want to be picked up
  • Get on and fish

All tours are run by vetted captains with all the relevant qualifications and local requirements on boats that meet strict standards in cleanliness, safety and comfort.

best fishing charters - FishTravel process

Where do they go?

FishTravel offers charters all across the United States and Mexico.

What’s included?

As above, inclusions vary from charter to charter but as a standard, you will get the following:

  • Boat and fully licensed Captain
  • Rods, reels, lures and tackle for every person on the boat
  • Bait
  • Deck hand for assistance

Other inclusions that can be available include

  • Drinks and meals
  • Restrooms
  • Sitting area
  • Souvenirs
  • ‘Stops’ at other areas of interest

For owners, there is also a section where you can register to become a guide as well.

Pricing

$150 – $3000 per person depending on number of people and conditions (length on time, private charters etc.)

All tours are fully refundable should they not go ahead due to poor weather or conditions. Fish Travel also offer a ‘fish guarantee comprising a 10% refund of your trip cost if you don’t catch anything as well.


3.Guidesly

best fishing charters - Guidesly

Guidesly promotes itself as “the first app providing anglers a real-time booking system for fishing guides, right on your phone” by providing real time links between customers and guides. The app is fully interactive in that users can view, book and connect with fishing guides as well as share conquests with fellow anglers, track their success by location and fish type, and more.

All of our guides go through rigorous background checks and well as verification of boating certificates and licenses. And for those who are not a fan of boats, there is a good range of ‘bank side’ guided expeditions as well.

Where do they go?

Guildesly offers charters all across the United States.

What’s included?

As above, inclusions vary from charter to charter but as a standard, you will get the following:

  • Boat and fully licensed Captain
  • Rods, reels, lures and tackle for every person on the boat
  • Bait
  • Deck hand for assistance (where applicable)

Other inclusions that can are available on the app include:

  • Photo and video sharing service
  • Real time interaction and results

The app also provides for those looking to register as charter guides as well.

best fishing charters - Guidesly pics

Pricing

$150 – $3000 per person depending on number of people and conditions (length on time, private charters etc.)


4. Fishanywhere.com

best fishing charters - FishAnywhere.com

Fishanywhere.com is another all-inclusive fishing charter booking site that allows users to “search for charters and guides in your area and narrow them down by the criteria that you care about”. As with the sites above, their booking process is a simple one in that all you need to do enter the location in which you wish to fish and then choose from such options as:

Boat features

  • Toilet
  • Air Conditioning
  • First Mate
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Policies

  • Children Welcome
  • Clients Keep Catch

Types of fishing

  • Offshore
  • Inshore
  • Flats
  • Back country
  • Reef
  • Wreck
  • Lake
  • River
best fishing charters - FishAnywhere catches

All tours are run by vetted captains with all the relevant qualifications and local requirements on boats that meet strict standards in cleanliness, safety and comfort.

And for those traveling, the site also offers a range of accommodation booking options too.

Where do they go?

FishTravel offers charters all across the United States and Mexico as well as a number of countries around the world including Germany, Thailand, New Zealand, Egypt, South Africa, Sweden and the Caribbean.

What’s included?

As above, inclusions vary from charter to charter but as a standard, you will get the following:

  • Boat and fully licensed Captain
  • Rods, reels, lures and tackle for every person on the boat
  • Bait
  • Deck hand for assistance

Other inclusions that can be available include

  • Drinks and meals
  • Restrooms
  • Sitting area
  • Souvenirs
  • ‘Stops’ at other areas of interest

For owners, there is also a section where you can register to become a guide as well.

Pricing

$150 – $3000 per person depending on number of people and conditions (length on time, private charters etc.)

All tours are fully refundable should they not go ahead due to poor weather or conditions.


5. Boatsetter.com

best fishing charters - boatsetter

And finally, let’s check out a site that is probably more boat related than purely for fishing charters in Boatsetter. Boatsetter offer a full range of boating ‘adventures’ via the hiring of a number of different vessel options including:

  • Yachts
  • Fishing boats
  • Party boats
  • Pontoon boats
  • Sailboats
  • Jet Skis

In terms of fishing charters, they also offer easy, safe and accessible fishing charters with boats in 600+ locations and the largest network of USCG licensed captains.

Where do they go?

Boat and fishing charter options are available worldwide.

best fishing charters - boatsetter adventures

What’s included?

As above, inclusions vary from charter to charter but as a standard, you will get the following:

  • Boat and fully licensed Captain
  • Rods, reels, lures and tackle for every person on the boat
  • Bait
  • Deck hand for assistance

And as per many of the sites above, there is also a section where you can register to become a guide as well.

Pricing

$150 – $3000 per person depending on number of people and conditions (length on time, private charters etc.)

All tours are fully refundable should they not go ahead due to poor weather or conditions.

Conclusion

So… There are 5 best fishing charter booking sites to get out amongst them with this year. I hope it has been helpful for you and as usual, please do not hesitate to comment below if you have any questions, need some advice or have any experiences to share. Oh, and especially comment if you have any experience with these, or any other charters as well.

Until next time

Have fun

Paul

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I am a passionate fishing, camping and four wheeled driving hobbyist who researches, tests and educates around issues and equipment relevant to them.

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