As the holiday season approaches, the Outdoors Bound Team is on a mission to turn you into a Holiday Hero by presenting innovative gift ideas for the outdoor enthusiasts in your life. Among these ideas is a remarkable opportunity to gift your family a memorable ocean fishing experience without breaking the bank.
For many families, an ocean fishing trip is a dream vacation, especially when spending time at the beach. The challenge, however, lies in the often hefty price tag associated with deep-sea charters, ranging from $600 to over $1,000. Recognizing the financial constraints faced by many families, there’s a budget-friendly alternative that promises an exciting day of fishing beyond the breakers – the headboat charter.
A headboat charter offers families the chance to embark on a fishing adventure at a fraction of the cost of a private charter. The concept is straightforward – you pay per head to board the boat, typically ranging from $40 to $80 depending on the location and the nature of the trip.
Robert Taylor, the owner of the Calabash Fishing Fleet and Seafood Shack in Calabash, North Carolina, highlights the popularity of gifting headboat charter gift certificates for summer trips during the holiday season. “It’s a great time to be had,” says Taylor. “It’s a great opportunity to come down and catch some fish.”
Captain Todd Colabella of the Calabash Fishing Fleet emphasizes that a headboat charter is an excellent way to bring the family together for a day of fun, coupled with the potential reward of a delicious dinner. The Calabash Fishing Fleet, for instance, caters to various drum species and black sea bass, with surprises like sharks, red drum, cobia, and red snapper making appearances.
Headboats are available from coast to coast, making them accessible in popular vacation destinations. These charters typically provide all necessary equipment, tackle, bait, ice, fish cleaning services, and, depending on the location, fishing licenses.
The fishing experience can vary, but it often includes bottom fishing with live or cut bait for a diverse range of species. The unpredictability of the catch adds an adventurous element to the trip. As Becky Guanajuato, a vacationer from Indianapolis, shared, “It’s an adventure! For a fleeting moment, you don’t know whether you’ve gotten the bottom or whether you have something serious down there.”
For families seeking quality time on the water without breaking the budget, a headboat charter trip emerges as a fantastic and reasonably priced Christmas gift. “It’s perfect, reasonably priced,” says Guanajuato. “If you happen to catch a stringer of fish and get to take them home with you, that’s just icing on the cake.”
This holiday season, consider gifting your family the joy of an affordable ocean fishing adventure – a unique and unforgettable experience for all.