Weather, winds, tides, and conditions are always changing therefore fishing times are never set way in advance. We fish out of a few locations and try to plan around how the fishing has been in that particular area. When we set a time for fishing we are basing that on the tide and typically its pretty important to get out there shortly after we meet. Being late also cuts into your fishing time so its important to be on time.
Fishing Departure Times:
Family Fun Trips depart at 9am, 1pm or 4:30pm
1/2 day trips generally depart at 6am, 7am or, 8am/1pm/5pm
Full day trips depart at 5am, 6am or 7 am >> TBD
Pickup Locations (TBD):
Bay Heights Park (Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary Park - Across the street from Ace Hardware and North of Beach Rd)
1000 S. McCall Road
Englewood, FL 34223
Best Marine 1228 Crafton Quarter Rd Saluda, VA 23149
Do I need a fishing permit?
No, you do not need a fishing license
What do I need to bring?
We provide all the necessary fishing equipment including custom rods, reels, tackle, live and artificial bait but clients are always welcome to bring their own equipment. Please bring sunglasses, food & drink, non-marking shoes, cap/hat, and sunblock.... NO BANANAS. Fun Fact: Bananas are bad luck on boats.
Will I get seasick?
Seasickness: If you have never been out on the water or know you do get carsick/seasick, I recommend taking Bonine the night before the trip and a half dose when you wake up the morning of the trip.
Do you require a deposit? Where should I send it?
Yes, a $100 deposit is required for booking charters in advance.
For deposits payed by check please mail to Divergent Fishing Charters, 51 Long Meadow Lane, Rotonda West, FL 33947. Balance is due day of charter by cash, check or credit card. Credit cards are also accepted but there will be a 3% charge for their use.
If bad weather is imminent, Captain Doug reserves the right to cancel a scheduled trip for your safety. If the captain cancels a scheduled trip, the deposit will be transferable to a new date or refunded. Examples of inclement weather would be small craft advisory, high seas or hazardous weather conditions.
Captain Doug thinks every moment fishing is not only fun but also a great learning experience for everyone. He is happy to share his secrets and expertise on equipment, bait and best techniques to use. The kids love his hands on experience during the day from baiting a hook, to catching a crab swimming by or watching a family of dolphins playing in the water. Want to know some history of the area..... just ask.