*We pick up from the docks behind Sheffield’s (the Sonoco station on Ocean Isle Beach).

Deposit: Reservations can be with a phone call or email to Captain Fred. He will give you a courteous call within 24 hours of your trip to discuss your trip and take extra notes.  Just call 910-612-5343 or email freddavid9@gmail.com.  Calling to simply talk fishing is also encouraged anytime. Please plan to pay by check or cash at the end of the trip rather than with a credit card.

Departure Times: Summertime fishing trips generally start at 6:30am unless you book an afternoon trip.   All trips are “dock to dock” in nature, so a 4 hour trip will leave the dock at 6:30am and return to the dock at 10:30am.  In the late Fall, winter, and early Spring, we generally depart at 7am.

Charter Maximums: All rates on fishing trips are for parties of 1 to 6  passengers.   The captain and mate do not count against your party limit on any type of trip.  Even infants count as one of your allotted passengers in the eyes of the US Coast Guard.

What Age is Appropriate:   With offshore fishing, generally age 6 and up is fine. If booking a cruise, any age is appropriate. All trips should be considered an outdoor adventure. If it is raining, we still go fishing, but we try to avoid thunder and lightning. We also avoid a rough ocean too and will cancel the trip before the trip if the ocean is expected to be rough. With the inshore 2 to 3 hour kids trip, age 4 and up is fine.

Cancellation Policy: There is no penalty for cancellations received (and confirmed by Capt. Fred) 3 days prior to the trip. If bad weather expected, Capt. Fred will call you the evening before your trip to cancel. The morning of your trip, have your cell phone on please, because if the weather is unexpectedly bad, Capt. Fred will call you at 5:30am to cancel trip prior to 6:30am departure.

What is Included in the Rate: Charter prices include all bait, tackle, ice for fish, NC saltwater fishing licenses, 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.  A cash tip to the First Mate is appreciated.  We provide 20 minutes of fish cleaning as part of the trip, and yes the fish are yours (with some charter companies, you have to buy the fish you catch, if you indeed want to keep the fish).

What to Bring: Bring a cooler with whatever you wish to eat or drink. We provide free bottled water and enough ice to keep your personal food and drinks cold.   Avoid bringing onboard glass bottles, wine, or hard liquor; these are okay however on cruises.  Beer is allowed on any FOLLOW ME charter and smoking is allowed also, but NO DOPE, as per NC and USCG law. Bring a good pair of sunglasses, sunscreen, and hat. Rub on sunscreen is better to use on a boat, rather than spraying sunscreen that makes the boat floor slick like spraying WD-40. By the way, Sheffield’s does not open til 7am in the summer and 8am in the winter so if you need to buy something or use the bathroom it is best to do that before arriving at Sheffields for our departure.

Seasickness: There are several over the counter seasickness medications along with prescription options.  Use these if you anticipate a problem.  Three significant factors in reducing your risk of 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 a day before your trip, and 3) stay well hydrated during the trip.

Bathroom: The 42 Prowler has a nice 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.”

Music: The 42 Prowler has a wonderful stereo system with all Sirius channels such as Prime Country, Elvis, 80s on 8, etc. Just ask Capt. Fred anytime on the trip to play music and he gladly will accommodate. He likes all kinds of music.  There is no bathroom on the 21 ft. Coastal but we are close enough to Sheffield’s or Inlet View restaurant to scoot over there if someone has to use the bathroom on the kid’s trip.