*We pick up from Sheffield’s or your private dock*
Deposit: Reservations will be accepted and secured only after 1) Calling or emailing me (843-340-5486 or email@example.com) to first ensure the date of your choice is available and then 2) after completion of the $100 deposit made on the Follow Me website. Even clients booking the day before a trip must put down a $100 deposit.
Departure Times: Fishing trips generally start at 7am (or possibly earlier on an inshore trip) unless you book an afternoon trip. The charter starts at the agreed upon time, so please do not be late to Sheffield’s (57 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC). All trips are “dock to dock” in nature, so a 4 hour trip will leave the dock at 7am and return to the dock at 11 am.
Charter Maximums: All rates on fishing trips are for parties of 1 to 6 passengers on the 21′ Coastal and 1-6 passengers on the 28′ Mako. All rates on cruises are for 1 to 6 people on either boat. The captain and mate do not count against your party limit on any type of trip. I am unable to take more than 6 paying passengers per my license. Even infants count as one of your allotted passengers in the eyes of the US Coast Guard.
Cancellation Policy: There is no penalty for cancellations received (and confirmed by me) 5 days prior to the trip. Your deposit will be refunded 100%. If the captain cancels the trip for any reason, (ie. poor weather) your deposit will be refunded 100%. For cancellations made within 5 days, the deposit will be retained by Follow Me Charters unless a new trip is booked in your place. This policy is firm for any and all reasons for canceling on your end within 5 days. Unfortunately, this policy includes deaths in the family (a common excuse). Thank you for your understanding.
What is Included in the Rate: Charter prices include all bait, tackle, ice for fish, SC and NC saltwater fishing licenses, crab trap licenses (on inshore trips) rods & reels, and bottled water. We do not charge extra for “captain’s fees”, fuel surcharge fees, credit card fees, extra bait or tackle, extra person charges or any other various miscellaneous fees. Tips are appreciated if you had a good time. We also provide 20 minutes of fish cleaning as part of the trip. Sorry, but fish cleaning is not offered on gigging trips.
What to Bring: Bring a cooler with whatever you wish to eat or drink (I provide bottled water) and enough ice to keep your personal food and drink cold. No glass bottles, wine, or hard liquor allowed on fishing trips, they are okay on cruises. Beer is allowed on any type of trip just make sure it is in a can for fishing trips. It is a good idea to bring a good pair of sunglasses, sunscreen, and hat. My mate and I generally dress in Columbia long sleeve and long pant fishing gear to reduce our sun exposure.
Lost Reel Fee: Any rod and reel lost on the Follow Me Two or Follow Me Three will result in a $200 charge for replacement. A Gulf Stream rod and reel combo (Shimano Tiagra 50W LRSA two speed reel) lost will result in a $1,000 fee for replacement.
Note on Seasickness: There are several over the counter seasickness medications along with prescription options. Please take whatever makes you comfortable. However, the two biggest factors in not getting seasick in my opinion are 1) coming well rested, 8 hours of sleep the night before the trip and 2) and coming well hydrated, this means start drinking plenty of water two days before your trip.
The Mako has a nice 7 foot clearance fully enclosed bathroom. The bathroom is cleaned with ammonia or Clorox after ever trip, so please come well hydrated. Do not worry about “where to go.” On the Coastal, you can go off the back of the boat, or we can get you to a restroom if desired (since we are close to facilities).