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1. What if we don't know much about fishing?

10. Can we bring along non-fishermen?
2. Do you furnish bait and tackle? 11. Can we bring along kids or pets?
3. How far out do we go? 12. Is there a bathroom on board?
4. Can we keep our catch? 13. What about food and drink?
5. What method of fishing is used? 14. What is the policy regarding alcoholic drinks?
6. When do we leave and return to the dock? 15. What is the policy regarding smoking?
7. What if the weather is bad? 16. What do we need to bring on the trip?
8. Is there protection from the weather? 17. What shouldn't we bring?
9. Does the BENMAR meet all safety requirements? 18. Is seasickness a problem?
 

1)  What if we don’t know much about fishing?

We welcome novices. The captain and mate will patiently explain how to use the equipment and you will be fishing in no time, here. Even first time anglers usually land a nice catch!

2)  Do you furnish bait and tackle?

Yes, the trip fee includes the cost of bait and the use of rods and reels. We use high quality Penn equipment that is kept in tip top condition.

3)  How far out do we go?

Generally we can find productive fishing locations within 5 miles of shore. When weather is favorable we may venture 10 - 20 miles offshore if the group is comfortable with that option.

4)  Can we keep our catch?

Any fish meeting the legal limits set by the state may be retained for your personal use. The mate will clean and package your catch.

5)  What method of fishing is used?

We use a variety of methods such as drifting baited rigs along the bottom, trolling lures, anchoring and chunking or casting to surface fish. We like to change methods during the day to keep things interesting and to catch multiple varieties of fish. The experience of the anglers in the group is taken into account in detirmining how best to fish a given location.

6)  When do we leave and return to the dock?

We are as flexible as possible and will discuss departure times with you prior to the day of your trip. The half day (approx. 5 hour) trips usually start around 6 or 7 am and again at 1pm. There is flexibility on the whole day (approx. 8 hour) trips.

7)  What if the weather is bad?

Weather cancellations are up to the captain. Your safety and enjoyment are our primary concerns. If a cancellation is necessary the trip may be moved to a different date or a full refund is made.

8)  Is there protection from the weather?

Yes, the BENMAR has a nice cabin which will accommodate up to 6 people. However, it is a good idea to bring along some rain gear if the forecast so indicates. Light rain or showers is not usually cause for cancellation and often the fish bite very well under these conditions making for a memorable day!

9)  Does the BENMAR have all the required safety requirements?

Yes, we have class 1 ocean life preservers for each person aboard, fire extinguishers, rescue flairs and other equipment. We provide a full safety breifing before each trip. Most importantly, the captain personally maintains the boat and makes daily inspections above and below decks!

10) Can we bring along non-fishermen?

Yes, non-fisherman are welcome but they "count" towards the maximum of 6 persons per charter.

11) Can we bring along kids or pets?

Children must be over the age of 8 to go out on fishing trips but can be any age if you are just out for a cruise abourd the BENMAR. Each child "counts" towards the maximum of 6 persons per charter. The inclusion of pets is not recommended.

12) Is there a bathroom on board?

Yes, the BENMAR has a nice, clean, private bathroom. The captain provides a tour of the facilities before leaving the dock.

13) What about food and drink?

Most people bring along a cooler with "easy to eat" food like sandwiches and fruit. Drinks must be in non-breakable containers. The captain can arrange for food and drink to be aboard if given notice ahead of time.

14) What is the policy regarding alcoholic drinks?

Modest beer or wine drinking is allowed, no hard liquor or illegal drugs may be brought aboard. The captain may terminate the trip if any person's actions become a safety concern.

15) What is the policy regarding smoking?

Smoking is permitted outside of the cabin as long as the boat is underway.

16) What do we need to bring on the trip?

Each person should wear comfortable, soft-soled shoes, a hat, and enough layers to ensure warm comfort. It is generally 10 to 15 degrees cooler out on the water. Sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, food and drink are suggested. Your trip fee, cash tip for the mate, and directions to the boat are a must.

17) What shouldn’t we bring?

Too many coolers will take up your space (suggested limit: two for the group). No extra passengers (we are limited to 6 by the coast guard). Hard liquor, illegal drugs, firearms, hazardous or flammable materials, and breakable containers must not be brought aboard.

18) Is seasickness a problem?

Very few people get seasick over the coarse of a season. For those who are susceptible or who have little experience on boats we recommend taking a "Bonine" tablet before bed and then another the morning of your trip. eat high protein, low fat meals and limit alcohol consumption. People who follow this regime are fine.




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