7 Tips for a Fun Fishing Trip for First-Timers

First time to go on an offshore or inshore fishing trip? No worries. You'll have no problems finding a fishing charter captain with the following tips:

Download the HOBA app

Download the HOBA mobile app to help you find inshore and offshore fishing charter captains. You'll find licensed and experienced captains that will make your fishing trip memorable.

Read reviews

Before you accept your HOBA trip through the app, check out the Captain's reviews. All of HOBA's captains are licensed and ready to take you on the trip of a lifetime. Make sure to leave your captain a review as well so you can share your experience with others.

Be ready for the swells

One thing you'll need to know about offshore fishing charters is that these involve going out into deeper waters, where the waves are usually high and can get the boat rocking. If this is your first time to go on one, be ready for the waves. It's a good idea to take medicine beforehand and if you are prone to seasickness, get it in your system the night before your trip.

Trust your HOBA captain

Experienced fishing captains know their local waters and where the fish like to hang out. They also know other tricks like looking for "weed lines" where fish tend to bite. Rest assured that booking a captain through the HOBA app will pair you with a great captain for your day on the water.

Bring the right gear

Ask your captain what supplies you should bring so you can come prepared. You'll want food, drinks, ice, sunscreen and protective gear to name a few, but double check with your captain to be prepared.

Never bring bananas on the boat

I repeat, never bring bananas on a boat. Banana flavor, actual banana, banana smelling stuff, banana nut muffins, banana lotion, banana chapstick...it's a big no-no. Bananas are deemed unlucky by captains and boat owners.

When the fish hit, listen to your captain

If you're inexperienced with fishing, the best thing you can do is listen to your captain. Your captain will guide you through exactly what to do when you're reeling in a fish, getting it to the boat and into the fishbox. Download the HOBA app now on the App Store or Google Play.