How is Sebastian Game Fishing Inc. different from other charter companies?
We run more deep sea fishing charters than anyone else out of Sebastian Inlet. We use high end light tackle consisting of small reels and lightweight carbon fiber rods designed for braided spectra line which is what makes sport fishing “sporty” and it’s way more fun this way! We have a huge tackle arsenal of new, well maintained rods and reels for every style of fishing. We easily have over $20K invested in tackle and we are continuously adding new equipment. We have the newest, nicest, fastest, safest, most comfortable and best maintained charter boat. The hull is foam filled and unsinkable. Because we have a fast boat we can cover more territory and get you more fishing time for your money. In addition to everything we offer we are on par or cheaper than our competitors charter rates.
Why don’t you include fuel in your deep sea fishing charter prices?
Fuel prices are constantly fluctuating. Changing our charter price to reflect an increase or decrease in the pump price isn’t realistic. It also isn’t fair to charge someone the same charter price to fish 10 miles offshore as it does for another customer to fish 30 miles offshore. Some days the fish are in close and easy to catch and sometimes we have to work a little harder and go a little farther. The charter prices we charge are enough to cover the price of operating the charter and make a fair profit. If the charter price was a fixed price including fuel it would be in our best interest to fish close to shore and profit off gas you paid for but didn’t use. If you feel a tip for the crew is appropriate the tip should only reflect a percentage of the charter cost and not the price of the fuel which saves you money.
Why do other charters include gas in their prices?
The fixed price other charter companies give you is for an allocated amount of fuel. There are limits as to how far the captain will go to catch fish. Charters often add a fuel surcharge in addition to their printed rates which we don’t believe is fair. Always ask when booking a charter to make sure you know exactly what your getting. Like everything else in life… you get what you pay for.
What will the fuel cost be for deep sea fishing charters?
Generally a full 9 hour charter will average $150 in gas. A 6 hour charter will average approximately $125 in gas. These have been the average fuel costs on our most recent trips with gas @ $4.50 per gallon. We will give you the pump price of gas before we leave the dock. We will keep you updated on the fuel you have burned as your charter progresses.
What happens if we have to return to the dock early due to bad weather or rough seas?
We don’t want our customers to be uncomfortable out on the water. We will not take you out in poor sea conditions just to collect a fare. We are quite reasonable compared to other charters when considering the weather and making the decision to go fishing or not. We understand sometimes when we get outside the inlet in the open ocean the state of the seas are other than what was forecast. If that is the case and the seas are unreasonably rough we will return to dock and there will be no charge. If inclement weather develops while you’re fishing and you have to return you will only be charged a prorated amount per hour plus the cost of the fuel used if it’s a deep sea charter. If the seas are reasonable and safe and the customer decides to return to the dock we will have to charge the full charter price.
What is your cancellation policy?
We have a 48-hour cancellation policy. You can cancel your trip 48 hours before your scheduled departure time without penalty. Customers cancelling inside of 48-hours before your departure time will be charged 50% of the cost of their charter. We will contact you 2 days before your charter to discuss the forecast weather conditions. Inside 48 hours we will cancel a trip if the sea conditions are unreasonably rough or weather conditions pose a concern for safety. If we cancel a trip inside 48-hours there is no charge. Rain showers are a common occurrence here in FL and we do not cancel trips because of rain. We recommend a cheap rain poncho to keep dry should we encounter some showers. Fishing is an outdoor sport. Please be prepared to be out in the elements.
Do you support catch & release?
We are strong supporters of catch and release and try to promote the ideology that what you won’t eat should be released. The final decision to keep a fish is always left to the customer unless federal or state laws prevent us from keeping the fish.