Frequently Asked Questions
Are there age limits?
We do not impose age restrictions. Parental guidance is suggested for very young children.
Are you wheelchair accessible?
Yes. We have a ramp for boarding, and you have access to the cabin and bottom deck with most wheelchairs.
Do I need a reservation and deposit?
It is advisable to call ahead to confirm the date is available as we sometimes have private groups that charter the whole boat for the day. We also keep a very close eye on the weather and when we know you are coming we will call you if a trip has to be canceled. Your reservation also helps to ensure that we have the minimum number of anglers needed for us to leave the dock. Deposits and Credit Card guarantees help ensure that we do not have to cancel the trip due to possible No Shows and cancellations.
Do I need a Saltwater Fishing License?
No, we have a Blanket License that covers all anglers.
Do you go to the Gulf Stream, and what fish will we be fishing for?
Due to the strong currents, we fish the inshore edge of the Stream so the rigs can stay on the bottom. The Full and 18 Hour trips have the opportunity for a wider range of species. You will target various Snapper, Grouper, Trigger Fish, and Black Sea Bass. Dolphin, Mackerel, Wahoo and Amberjack are also possible. Half Days will be Snapper, Black Sea Bass, Porgys as well as a good possibility of the other fish.
Do you have fish cleaning available?
There are fish cleaners at the dock on your return. The charge is .50¢ a pound cleaned and bagged for Bottom Fish.
How many people can we carry?
We are licensed to carry 152 people within 20 miles inshore, and 120 people offshore. For your comfort we limit the number of anglers on our trips. Full and Half Day trips are cut off at 80 anglers (66% capacity); 18 hour trips are limited to 55 anglers (less than 50% capacity).
Should I tip the Mates and Chef?
It is customary and based on your discretion like any tipping. 15-20% of ticket amount is suggested.
What are the departure times for trips?
The times for each trip are shown on the specific trip pages. Please be at the dock a minimum of 30 minutes before trip departure time. We would advise you to arrive early if you have a special fishing spot that you would like on the boat. The office opens 90 minutes before each trip. If you have a problem on the road en route, please call us at the office.
What if the weather is bad?
Captain Terrell keeps a close eye on the weather at all times and takes your safety and comfort seriously. If he believes that the seas are not suitable that day he will call off the trip. He makes every effort to notify you as early as possible as he is aware some of our anglers travel long distances to fish with him. However, Mother Nature does not always give notice on storms. We make every effort to contact you to save you a trip to the dock, so please leave a number where you can be reached if you are traveling.
What is covered with the ticket price?
Your rod, bait, (Boston Mackerel and Squid) and storage of your fish on ice while on the boat. We have Cigar Minnows on board for purchase. You are welcome to bring your own rod if you would like, as well. Only one rod per person is allowed at a time for bottom fishing, however if you are on the stern you may use a rod for top fishing.
What should I bring?
You are welcome to bring a small cooler with food and drink. However, personal alcohol will not be allowed on board. Our galley menu includes hot and cold selections, soft drinks, water and beer. Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, camera and jacket (depending on the season) are all items to consider bringing with you.
What should I not bring?
Personal alcohol of any kind will not be allowed on board. Beer is offered for sale in the Galley. We require the ability to limit consumption to help ensure your safety and comfort while on board. You do not need a cooler on board for your fish. Also, NO BANANAS! (These are considered bad luck on boats.)
What trips do you have?
We have three different bottom fishing trips. Please see the descriptions on the Trip Descriptions page.
What type of boat is the Carolina Princess?
A 95-foot headboat. Tickets are purchased individually. You may purchase from one ticket to group amounts.