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According to a report offered by the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife Associated Recreation (FHWAR) in 2006, there were nearly 40 million anglers in the US. The fishing industry offers employment to one million people and contributes $125 billion to the nation. In fact, as a hobby choice, fishing is said to be one of the bigger favorites of the Americans when compared with the total number of golf and tennis lovers, (which is, 34.8 millions). So, if you have decided to take up fishing as a hobby, there are some beginners' tips you must keep in mind when aboard fishing charters

Fishing Charters: Beginners' Tips

An amateur needs a lot of guidance and tips before he sets foot on the boat. These are a few things you must keep in mind when you book fishing charters for the first time:

  • Be Patient and quiet
  • Noise scares away fish. To be good at fishing you should be able to sit quietly (without any vigorous movement) for long periods of time. It is suggested that you spend at least 30 minutes at one location and try to spot fish in the vicinity. If after half an hour of wait you are still not able to spot any fish, move into a new location and start the scrutinizing exercise again.
  • Make a to-do list
  • Go well prepared for the fishing trip. Make a list of all the equipment, such as fishing rod, bait, fishing reel and hook, you need to carry in case your charter does not offer them. You also need to be properly dressed for your fishing endeavor. It is recommended that you wear rubber soled shoes and layered clothing. Do make sure that you carry a sun block and some snacks just in case if you get hungry.
  • Select your location and season with a lot of thought
  • This is the reason due to which researching is of prime importance. Book your fishing charters keeping in mind the kind of fish you want to catch. Decide on the place you wish to go fishing and the season those fish can be found in plenty. For example, the best time to fish cod is in the autumn and winter months, whereas spring is the best time to fish haddock.
  • Be very attentive
  • You will need to understand the sounds and sights in your vicinity as these will help you to catch fish. Pay special attention to birds and their movement. If you see too many birds diving at a particular spot, there is a high probability that you find a large number of fish in that place. Fishing is all about being instinctive and no one can train you in that. However, it is recommended that you hire professional fishing charters with an experience of at least seven years. Experienced captains can help you gain a deeper insight into fishing.

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Name: Captain Wade Osborne
Email: wade@afishionado.com
Organization: Afishionado Guide Services, Inc.
Address: 5108 W Gandy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33611
Phone: (813) 286-3474

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Looking for some great spots to boat and fish in Florida? With both fresh water and salt water locations in almost every part of the state, Florida is the perfect destination for a boating or fishing excursion. Even Floridians will benefit from learning of spots away from their comfort boating and fishing zones.

Anywhere along the Gulf of Mexico, boaters and anglers alike will find incredible spots to explore. The fishing in Florida's Panhandle is like none other - with many sport fishermen enjoying trolling the Gulf for such big catches as Blue Marlin, shark, Wahoo, and King Mackerel, amongst many other species.

In the Tampa area and south of there, boaters will be amazed at all of the different islands and keys there are to check out. Popular locations to go boating are: Long Boat Key, Marco Island, Sanibel, and Anna Maria Island. These places are not only wonderful boating spots, but they also offer tourist attractions, shopping and dining as well.

The Florida Keys have a reputation that certainly precedes them. If you've never been to the Keys, though, you should know that there really aren't that many beaches. Most people discover that the best way to spend their time in the Keys is to rent a jet boat or jet skis from one of the many boat rental businesses, and explore the gorgeous aquamarine waters surrounding them. Fishing charter options are numerous in the Keys, with full and half day, as well as private or group charter options available.

No matter where you go in Florida, great boating and fishing are always at your doorstep.

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Traveling to the Tampa Bay this winter and like to fish? It may be chillier outside, but unlike other places, fishing opportunities are still plentiful and abundant. In fact, many locals say it's their favorite time of the year to fish because of the diverse fish that migrate south for the winter.

As the seasons change from summer to fall, kingfish and flounder can be spotted around John's Pass Fishing Pier in Madeira Beach, along with Spanish mackerel, karcher, trout, and cobia.

For Spanish mackerel, you can expect to see fish 6-7 lbs and for kingfish, 12-15 lbs. Other fish like karcher, grouper, including 12-16 lb grouper, and cobia are bountiful, but you need to pay attention to the laws that regulate what you are and aren't allowed to keep. For example, you are limited in how much grouper you can keep in the 20-60 foot range (WOW!) The captain of your fishing charter will be able to tell you what you can and can't keep so you are in compliance with local fishing laws.

Speaking of deals - because it's a slower time of year for vacations, the fall means that many of Tampa Bay beaches' hotels, motels, and vacation rentals/condos offer cheaper weekly rental rates, including Madeira Beach which is where John's Pass Village is located in. That means you can stay longer and at a more affordable rate. Check with local vacation condo rental companies to learn more.

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