Nobody but the Captain of the charter boat, should make arrangements for booking a charter. Let’s examine the reasons why?

  1. First the boat has limitations to how much weight it will safely carry, how many passengers it can have onboard.
  2. The Captain knows all the fishing regulations for the areas you’ll be fishing.
  3. Marine Captains in Canada must be legally licensed with Transport Canada. Their charter boat’s must have a current survey. They must be commercially insured. Ask the Captain to show you their license’s and insurance. Don’t choose them as your charter guide if they can’t produce the license copies.
  4. Your Captain has special knowledge of the areas you’ll be fishing. To target certain species of fish. They have an understanding of how to revive certain fish not being kept.
  5. Your Captain will know his boat and equipment. If you have kids onboard he /she must have a proper life jacket. It is rated for their use and that fit proper. Same for the adults onboard.
  6. Should an emergency arise the Captain knows exactly how to deal with it and proceed to overcome whatever it is.
  7. Captain’s know their vessels. They know the engines and operational procedures of the special equipment. Most Captain’s keep their boats updated with the best in safety equipment. However things beyond control do happen from time to time. It’s the Captain that shoulders the responsibility for the crew and guests. 
  8. Also, does the middleman have a business license?, or credentials, or pay taxes in Canada? Or support any of our local economy? Like fuel companies? Or fishing gear suppliers? Boat repair companies? accountants? Marina’s?
  9. A middleman (fish booker) is an outsider. They take a cut of the income from the charter company. They take a fee from the charter Captain. They book charters and control the sale. The middleman (fish booker) don’t share in the risks or costs of doing the charter business.
  10. Are they Canadian owned ?They don’t say. I don’t want more of my hard earned money going into another country’s pockets. Especially for doing business on Vancouver Island, in Nanaimo BC. It’s the Captain of the boat that does all the work serving the guests. Getting to know the guests and making sure they get fish.
  11. Various companies online are advertising charters, sitting at their computer, maybe with their feet up. At any rate, I hope most skippers in BC choose not to support the outsiders (fish booker). Keep the earnings in your own pockets. Keep your profits working in the BC economy, and the smaller business people.
Captain Al

Author: Captain Al

I've been fishing in the oceans since I was 14 years old. I thoroughly love fishing and catching record sized Salmon and Cod. Some 45 years later I'm teaching others to fish and enjoy the nature of the oceans. I started catching Salmon and Ling Cod in record sizes in the Port Alberni canal and Bamfield area at 14 years old. My parents owned a 14 foot aluminum boat so I'd head out every chance to enjoy all I could catch. 45 lb Springs were common in those areas.

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