Charter Fishing Costs

6 Hour Regular (Most Popular) $1,700 max out of pocket.  Breakdown/Cost- $1,400 cash pays for the boat/trip.   You need to have an additional $280-$300 minimum cash only for the deckhand.  Free Fish Cleaning and bagging by the mate.

6 Hour Premium (Faster/Farther)  $2,150 max out of pocket.  Breakdown/Cost- $1,800 cash pays for the trip.  You need to have an additional $350-$375 cash only for the deckhand.  Free Fish Cleaning and bagging by the mate/deckhand.   This trip gives you the same amount of fishing time as our regular 6 hour.   The only difference, this trip budgets for fuel, gets you farther offshore and we fish with heavier tackle and try to catch bigger fish.

10 Hour Summer Trips are $3,500 (May 16 to August 19).   Breakdown – $2,900 cash pays for the boat/trip.   You need to have an additional $600-$700 cash only for the mate/deckhand.   Free fish cleaning and bagging by the mate/deckhand.

Off Season Charters (August 20 to May 15)

5 Hour Special $1,450  Breakdown/Cost- $1,200 cash pays for the boat/trip.   You need to have an additional $240-$250 minimum cash only for the deckhand.  Free Fish Cleaning and bagging by the mate.

8 Hour Special $2,400  Breakdown/Cost – $2,000 cash pays for the boat/trip.  You need to have an additional $400 cash only for the mate/deckhand.  Free Fish Cleaning and bagging by the mate/deckhand.

10 Hour Special $3,100  Breakdown – $2,500 cash pays for the boat/trip.   You need to have an additional s $500-$600 cash only  for the mate/deckhand.   Free Fish Cleaning and bagging by the mate/deckhand.

 

Credit Card Convenience Fee:

Depending on which trip you choose, we do charge a $25, $50 or $75 credit card convenience fee in addition to the price of the trip.   Remember, the deckhand is independent contractor and is to be paid cash only, minimum fee after the trip is complete.     To read about each trip, please visit “Our Deep Sea Fishing Trips” page.

Why Deckhands Charge/Cost What They Do:

Orange Beach / Gulf Shores is similar to other resort areas like Aspen, Vail, Cozumel, Jamaica, USVI, etc.   The cost to live in this gulf coast area is expensive.   Therefore, the wages he charges are a little more than middle America or non resort areas.   Our crew is self employed.  He/she has to generate enough revenue during the 6 month fishing season, to pay bills for 12 months.  Just like a waiter/waitress in a fine restaurant that has a minimum tip/fee for a table of 6, so do fishing charters.   Instead of calling it a tip (because it’s not optional), we charge a minimum fee for his services.    His/her fee is based on the price of the trip.  For us, he has a minimum fee of 20-22% of the price of the trip.   You will need to pay him directly after the trip.  He is to be paid cash only.  If he/she does a good job, you may tip them on top or above their minimum.

 

 

How Our Rates Are Compared To Others:

5 Hour Trips:  Competitors are $1,100 to $1,250    We are $1,200

6 Hour Trips:  Competitors are $1,200 to $1,600.   We are $1,400 or $1,800 for our Premium 6 Hour.

8 Hour Trips:  Competitors are $1,800 to $2,200.   We are $2,000.

10 Hour Trips:  Competitors are $2,250 to $2,800.   We are $2,500 off season or $2,900 peak season.

 

Fuel Surcharge 2023:

At this time ( January 2023), diesel fuel is $4.95 a gallon at our marina.   Last year it got up to $6.10 a gallon and we had to add a fuel surcharge.    At this time, we set our rates based on $4.95 a gallon.   If fuel goes up or over $5.00 a gallon, we may add a small surcharge to cover only the extra fuel costs per trip.   We do not use a fuel surcharge to make a profit.  It merely covers the extra cost of fuel per trip.

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