*No Fish – No Pay Guarantee:
Florida Light Tackle Charters is one of only a few charter business who offer a
“No-Fish – No Pay” Guarantee. We are so confident in our ability to put you on
fish, that if we don’t, your trip will be free of charge, no questions asked. It
is really simple. If you book a Backcountry/Flats Trip and do not battle a
Game-fish; Snook, Redfish, Trout, Sheepshead, Flounder, Crevalle, etc., your
trip is free. If you book a Beach or Gulf/Atlantic Trip and do not battle a
Mackerel, Lil-Tunny, Shark, Barracuda, any type of Snapper or Grouper, etc.,
your trip is free. We use the term “Battle” as we cannot guarantee that you will
win against our hard fighting game fish or that it will be in season or legal
The Purpose behind our Policy is to insure you that our Staff is highly
knowledgeable in the art of light tackle fishing. It is to further insure you
that our captains will convey to you the proper techniques required to set the
tempo for a "Catching" day and not a "Fishing Day" as we
only employ the best of the best guides in Fla! Lastly, it is to insure you
that we WILL NOT run a charter in adverse weather and/or tide conditions.
Fishing is Fishing and at times, fish can be difficult to coax into feeding.
Even though, we still feel confident enough that under the toughest fishing
conditions, you will at the least, do battle with one of our game fish species! In other
words, you will not take you on an expensive boat ride.
Fishing and/or Sight Fishing:
Our Guarantee DOES NOT apply to full or partial "Fly-Fishing"
and/or "Sight Fishing" charters. Sight Fishing and/or Fly Fishing provides for
the highest degree of difficulty and requires a very high level of "Angler
Skill" in order to precisely and very quickly acquire a target and place a
bait/lure/fly without spooking a game fish.
Unlike freshwater fishing, sight/fly fishing for Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit, Reds
and other shallow water game fish, may at times require a 50, 75 or even a 100+
foot cast. Our Guides will do their best to position you for a 25 - 50 foot
cast, but as we all know; in clear, calm and extremely shallow water, getting
too close to fish may result in a "Spooked fish". Tap on the deck, walk on your
heels, slap the water with a false cast or even place a fly/lure/bait one foot
off its mark and you will send a Bonefish or Tarpon screaming for the horizon.
Have a lure/bait/fly land just a little too loudly, and you will send a Permit
off the flat faster then you can say "Did you see that?"
It's not just a stealthy approach and a perfect cast; it's also being able to
acquire a target in adverse conditions, determining the direction of the fish
and at times, having to make a perfect cast within seconds. Sight Casting and/or
Fly Fishing is like "Hunting". You will not make a 100 casts in a day. It's a
one cast = one fish ratio. If you make ten casts, then you should hook ten fish.
Consider yourself a sniper. Our Guides will show you targets and will position
you within casting distance, from that point it's your skill level that will
determine success. With such said, we encourage our Sight & Fly Fisherman to
hone in their casting skills before they board a FLTC Sight or Fly Fishing
quick turn in weather conditions can lead to an unsafe and/or an uncomfortable
trip, hence an unsuccessful attempt in targeting specific species. Certain game
fish can be highly mobile, and at times the whereabouts difficult to predict on
a given day. Certain game fish may also decide to take a day or a tide off, and
not feed. This can be the result of weather, traffic and/or freak tides. Florida
Light Tackle Charters reserves the right to target other game fish in lieu of a
"Specified target" to provide for a fun outing for you and your guest. Should
you decide to continue to fish for a specific species against our captain's
recommendation, Florida Light Tackle Charters is then relieved
of it’s No Fish – No Pay obligation.
Methods/Areas Fished; A good guide will always define a game plan based on a
target species, weather & tide conditions and the anglers skill level &
preference. With the aforementioned, a proposed plan of attack will be provided.
This is to fish a certain area and to utilize a certain method to insure a
successful day of "Catching" for your charter.
There are times when anglers will choose to use their own equipment, lures, and
in some cases, even fish their own "Honey Holes" As always, our Guides will
always do what you want us to do.
are extremely knowledgeable. Years if not decades of local fishing experience is
applied to every charter. Wind, tides, moon phase, prevailing forage, time of
day, water temp, air temp and even boat traffic in concert with species
targeted, determines an area most probable to hold active game fish, and
equipment, lures and/or bait to be used. This is a "Science" Our Captain's
recommendations are based on a percentage of 100%. Should you not follow our
Captain's recommendation, you may decide to fish at a rate of 50 or 75%. While
FLTC respects your rights as you have the final say, please respect our policy
to WAIVE our No Fish No Pay Guarantee should you not accept our Captain's
Recommendations or instruction for technique &/or angling assistance!
only applies to the SW Florida region*. Tarpon
fishing mostly involves partial/full sight casting and/or drifting with
lures/bait. Either way, the angler’s ability to learn the skills and apply such
in short order will set the tempo for a successful or unsuccessful trip.
Lure/Bait presentation to being able to detect a strike and properly set the
hook will determine a hook up. When fishing for the aforementioned species, our
No Fish No Pay Guarantee will be limited to presenting you with an opportunity
at the fish. Whether you coax a fish in to eating your lure or bait will be up
to you and your ability to apply what you have been taught to a "Real Live
Opportunity" In other words, we will put you on the fish. You will see them and
will have an opportunity to cast to them.
Our No Fish No Pay Guarantee DOES NOT apply to Permit &
Bonefish Charters. Fishing for Bonefish & Permit hinges solely on the
angler's ability to identify a target as quickly as the guide and react at a
moment's notice. Extremely accurate & soft casting is a must. One must be able
to cast at a target the size of a beer can at 25 feet or as far as 100 feet.
This is "Trophy" fishing at the highest level and should only be attempted by
highly experienced anglers. If you have a half a dozen shots at fish, hook three
and land one...you have had a good day! If you are looking to land a bonefish or
permit on fly...please book at least two or three days.
Time On The Water:
Your charter length may be a 4, 6 or 8-hr+ charter.
While actual "Fishing" time is not as important when fishing for Snook, Redfish,
Trout and most other backcountry & flats species, actual fishing time is of the
utmost importance when targeting Bonefish, Permit, Shark, Tarpon and Cobia, as
our No Fish No Pay will
only apply to a 6 or 8hr charter
when targeting any game-fish species in the region you are chartering as tide and location play a major role. There are
times when our clients ask to make a run to the beach so the anglers can cool
off by taking a swim; or run back to the Marina or nearby Restaurant to take a
break; or take time to watch and photograph our wildlife. While our Captains
will always do what you want us to do, what you want to do may at times lead to
missing out on "The Best" time to target a certain species. With that said, if
you’re not fishing, you waive your right to our "No Fish No Pay Policy"
*SW Fla Region: Ft Myers to Venice
**South Region: Key Biscayne only
***FLTC Will "Always" Stand Behind Our Guarantee***
As of 04/11/07,
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