FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where are your boats located?
As of March 1, 2017 our boats are located side-by-side in slips #31 and #32 of Clearwater Municipal Marina, 25 Causeway Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767.
What’s the difference between the boats and how do I choose which one to charter?
Both the REEL DEAL and REEL DEAL II are 34 ft vessels that can accommodate all of your needs for a great day of fishing! The REEL DEAL boasts a large, open back deck along with plenty of covered seating and a downstairs drive-station for a more intimate experience with the captain. The REEL DEAL II is a newer vessel with more amenities including an enclosed cabin to get out of the sun or rain. Many of our returning customers may also choose one or the other based on preference of captain. Click here for more details on the vessels and captains.
How many people can I bring on my charter?
Both the REEL DEAL and REEL DEAL II are each licensed to carry up to 6 anglers.
What if I am a single person or a couple and do not want to book the whole boat or share the cost with others?
Due to our high volume of customers, we do not arrange shared charters in the months of March through August and all charters must be booked privately. If you have a few empty spaces (6 people is max) on your charter and are willing to let someone jump on and split the cost, please let Heather know when booking (727)906-7749. This will not guarantee we will find someone to share and you will still be responsible for the full cost of the charter if we do not.
***Shared charters will be arranged again in offseason – September 2020 – at $150 cash price for the halfday for 4 total anglers. In an effort to help get people together for shared charters, we have launched a Facebook group Reel Deal Fishing Club to make it easier for you to interact with us and our other customers! Join the club and let us know when you’re available!
What is included in the price of my fishing charter?
The price for your charter includes everything you need for fishing! All rods, reels, tackle, bait, licensing, and vessel amenities are included. Each boat has coast-guard approved number of adult and child life preservers. We are a full service fishing charter and will help with baiting and fish removal as needed. Our captains are experienced offshore fishermen out of Clearwater, Florida which means they know better than anyone where and how to catch fish! They will also fillet your catch when you return to the dock and have advice on how to transport or prepare your fish. They also know a few restaurants in the area that will cook your catch!
Are there any “hidden” fees not included in the charter price?
It is customary to tip the captain/crew if you enjoy your charter fishing experience (15-20% is standard). Parking in our marina lot is controlled by the City of Clearwater, who currently sells passes if you are a patron of a marina business. Our customers must visit the Parking Office in the marina building with proof of their charter to purchase a pass. Best advice: we encourage carpooling, park in a metered spot near the boat, and find the captain on how to obtain a city parking pass (current price is $6 per halfday per car).
What should I bring with me?
All you need to bring is whatever you want to eat or drink for the duration of the charter. We have ice and coolers on board you may keep any food and drink in – alcohol okay! Dress accordingly for the weather – layers are always great – and of course sunscreen (we are the Sunshine State afterall!)
Any other questions, feel free to contact us!