No one wants to plan every aspect of their vacation and anglers sometimes miss out on fishing opportunities when they visit new areas of the country. Unfortunately, between booking your transportation and accommodations, there’s hardly anytime to plan your recreational activities. So when you’re itchin’ for some fishin’ while the spouse is out shopping, what’s an angler to do? Here are a few tips to get you on the water during your next vacation.
Go Local! Visit the local tackle shop wherever you go on vacation. They will have the best bait choices and you won’t find a more reliable source of information on the surrounding waters and fisheries.
Ask about regulations and size limits for the local fishes. States individually manage their local waters and creel limits vary throughout the U.S..
Check the area’s magazines and newspapers. Many free publications, such as Coastal Angler Magazine and The Angler Magazine, include local fishing reports from the areas top anglers.
Check the tides. Tidal variations can differ dramatically among similar locations and areas that hold fish at high tide may be dry at the low.
Go Pro! Utilize one of the areas professionals and find fish via charter captain. This is by far the best way to catch fish in an unfamiliar area. Charter captains practically live on the water, and are often “on the other line” when potential customers call. A great way to find them and book online is through the EZ Waves website.
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There might be a lot of fish in the sea, but it seems like everybody and their brother is starting a charter business to try and catch them. Last year, the Department of Natural Resources issued 495 licenses to charter boat captains throughout South Carolina. Fortunately, South Carolina is leading the nation’s economy as the number one tourist destination in the United States and we are currently on track for a record year. However, business is just like fishing, if you don’t have any bait in the water, how do you expect to catch a fish? Below are some easy ideas to help your charter business succeed in an online world.
- Being online doesn’t mean you’re stuck behind a desk at a computer. There’s more technology in an iphone than it took to get to the moon, utilize it. If you don’t have a smartphone, think of the above mentioned 494 reasons to get one.
- Set up a facebook account and create a page for your charter business. In January, facebook reportedly had 1.23 billion monthly users and each one of them is a potential client. Plus, it’s at the perfect price-Free. You also get what you pay for and are responsible for updating and managing your site.
- Create a webpage. There’s probably a solid grand in electronic equipment that you have aboard your boat, and you learned to use that just fine. Youtube has tutorial videos on anything you could possible think of including how to create a webpage from start to finish. If that’s not you, have someone do it for you or utilize a company that provides one for you.
Some of those 495 license holders are reading this, thinking “Tell me something I don’t know!”, and if you got this far, thanks. Now let’s talk about that iphone you’re sitting there reading this on.
- Download a scheduler that you can manage from your phone. Ensure that it can adjust your availability on the go, because more time on the water equals more money in the bank.
- Become an amature photographer. Learn how to take and upload pictures to the internet. Create trip galleries that feature your clients. People love seeing a great picture of themselves, and will most-often share it with friends, as well as include it on their own page. Be sure to include your web address in the post, or better yet, post it directly to your webpage and provide a link in your facebook post. Webtraffic is a significant factor in web search results ranking, and utilizing this approach to facebook is one way to improve results.
- Include customer reviews on your web page. Even with the world wide web, nothing is better than word of mouth advertising. Let your previous clients sell your business by allowing them to speak for you.
- Show off what you’ve got! Include pictures of your boat on your web page and include any professional affiliations or credentials.
*data courtesy South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
One of the benefits of living in the Lowcountry is the amount of beauty that surrounds us. This month’s photo submission winner is Travis H. in Charleston, SC. He and his family recently took an eco-charter out of Shem Creek and came back with some fantastic photos. Thanks for your submission, Travis. Our monthly photo-contest winners are automatically entered in to our year end calendar contest, where the grand prize winner will receive a free charter from one of our captains! Send your best shots on the water to email@example.com