What are you wanting to do?
The next thing you will want to take into account is the type of fish you are looking to catch. If you are looking for true deep-sea fishing, longer trips will be needed. Maybe you’re happy with whatever bites, shorter trips that get you out to shallower water will allow you to fish just as much. If you are looking for shark or sport fishing, then the captain needs to know.
Typically, the type of fishing you will be doing will be decided by the time of the trip. Shorter trips, such as 4-5 hours are in-shore fishing trips. The reason is that the good bottom fishing spots are farther out. Longer trips, between 6-8 hours, usually are combination trips. This means that we do a little of both bottom fishing and trolling. This will give you the widest range of fish to catch, including snapper, trigger, mackerel, Wahoo, and more. Long trips (all day fishing trips), 10 hours or more, typically focus on either trophy fish, shark fishing, or reef fishing.