Frequently Asked Questions
Looking for the best fishing charter near Key Largo, Islamorada or Tavernier? I always ask clients what they are looking to do and do my very best to accomplish their requests. However- weather is the boss and fishing is fishing. The best experiences hands down are when you let me be the Captain. I want you to have a great day and I work extremely hard to make that happen. But I have seen time and time again the folks with the super high expectations don’t get what they want. Just saying.
No illegal drugs this includes the use of marijuana substances and no vaping. There is a ZERO TOLERANCE FOR DRUGS per USCG rules. Any use of illicit drugs will terminate the charter and full charter price will be retained and the Coast Guard will be notified.
Highly recommend taking a motion sickness pill, such as Dramamine the night before you go to bed, then in the morning before you get on board. All the local pharmacies carry them, as well as patches for advanced cases. It needs to be in your blood system. If you take Dramamine right before you get on the boat it will do nothing for you, but make you sick and very sleepy. The directions on the box do not work. Our Seakeeper does not prevent seasickness, but it does help. We recommend that you do not party the night before or eat a greasy meal as you will more than likely get seasick.
I have a strict ” No Bad Attitude Policy”, Good Karma is all about “Good Karma”. I love taking clients out that really love fishing, but if you bring a bad attitude this ruins fishing vibe and fish love “good vibes” only.
Good Karma Sportfishing reserves the right to film charters for quality control purposes.
No cell phone trackers, high tech g.p.s watches or hidden g.p.s. tracking devices. I encourage cell phones be off and stored away during the fishing charter. Any use of tracking device will terminate the charter and you will take home some bad karma.
Booking and Cancelation Policy: We require a valid credit card to hold your charter, but unlike other fishing charters we do not bill your card or withhold a deposit. If you cancel the night before the charter or do not show up day of the scheduled fishing charter or cancel the night before we will bill you the full amount of the charter. Good Karma does not penalize clients if we cancel due to weather or mechanical issues. We begin planning client charters 5 days prior to the date of the trip which includes watching the weather and planning the specifics of what type of fishing I can and can’t do based on the oceanic conditions forecast(wind, current and fish migrations) if I see the weather is not looking favorable for getting outside the Florida Keys barrier reef on your trip I will do my best to notify as far in advance as I can so you are not caught off guard and work to reschedule your charter if it is possible, if it is not possible to reschedule then I will cancel the charter with no penalty. Please note that sometimes there are unforeseen reasons and challenges where I may have to cancel your charter. Two of the main reasons are unsafe weather conditions(high winds or big waves) or mechanical issues that cannot be fixed in time for your charter. I can not control the weather and anyone that has a boat( or a car, wash machine etc.) knows that sometimes things break.
I am not responsible for finding a replacement charter for you or provide recommendations, even though I do refer other large marinas. I am not responsible for the cost of your vacation or time the time you took off work. It is never a fun discussion for me as I love fishing and look forward to taking my clients. I do no know most people are aware of this (99.9%) and I appreciate that.
What should I leave behind?
No illegal drugs and no illegal drugs, this includes Vaping. There is a ZERO TOLERANCE FOR DRUGS per USCG rules. Any use of illicit drugs will terminate the charter and full charter price will be retained and the Coast Guard will be notified, I have a strict ” No Bad Attitude Policy”, Good Karma is all about “Good Karma”.
How much should I tip?
A 20% gratuity is greatly appreciated. Tipping in cash is appreciated.
What should I do about Seasickness?
Highly recommend taking a motion sickness pill, such as Dramamine the night before you go to bed, then in the morning before you get on board. All the local pharmacies carry them, as well as patches for advanced cases. It needs to be in your blood system. If you take Dramamine right before you get on the boat it will do nothing for you, but make you sick and very sleepy. The directions on the box do not work! We also have a Seakeeper which eliminates roll and helps prevent seasickness.
Do we need to bring our own tackle?
We offer the best tackle available on the market today to our clients for use on the charter. We have limited space for extra rods/reels so please ask before bringing your own tackle. Clients are responsible for payment of rods and reels if they dropped in the water due to mishandling or negligence.
How do I book a trip with you?
Once you have decided on a date(s) and type of trip you’d like, you can call us at 305-619-2126, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for availability. Email is best way to get ahold of me and I will typically respond within 24 hours or sooner.
How do I pay for the trip?
We prefer cash. We are unable to accept personal checks. If you wish to pay by credit card, you are welcomed to do so.
What happens if the weather is bad?
Sometimes fishing in not so ideal weather conditions can help the fishing. Safety is our #1 priority and we cannot control the weather. We will be in touch with you if your trip needs to be changed.
Do I need a fishing license to fish on your boat?
No. All passengers are covered under our recreational charter boat license.
What do I need to bring for my trip?
Sun block, hat, sunglasses and light colored clothes are suggested for the summer months. Warmer clothes in the winter months. Any food and beer, wine, liquor, or soft drinks you would like for duration of the trip. We highly recommend bringing extra water; especially during the peak of summer in Florida Keys. Please wear comfortable sneakers, rubber fishing boots or deck shoes that won’t be slippery on the boat. I do not recommend sandles as all fish have “teeth”.
Can I bring alcoholic beverages aboard?
You are welcome to bring beer, wine and liquor and consume in moderation. We have a cooler on the boat for your beverages.
What time do we leave?
I typically like to start the mornings very early, but it really just depends on the weather, moon phase, fish migrations and more. We will plan our departure time the day prior to the charter.
What’s up with the “No Bananas?”
Personally I can tell you countless stories about a bad fishing trip or something going wrong and sure enough my client had a banana with them. I won’t even look at a banana the day of a trip so please- NO BANANAS!!!
Published in Boaters World Magazine
There are many stories why bananas have been thought of as bad luck on boats. This is only one of the nautical superstitions that I know of and is particularly prevalent amongst watermen. Many stories have banana oil rubbing off on ones hands and “spooking” the fish; therefore the fish don’t bite. There is always the story of a crew member slipping on the banana peel left on the deck. Some say that bananas give you the runs so you are always in the marine head and can’t catch fish because you are busy “draining the pipes”. Many other stories are told about bad luck and bananas, however the one that I find most plausible is a historical one.
Back in the days of the transatlantic crossings by wooden sailing ships many hazards would befall the captains, crew and passengers. Disease, pirates, shipwrecks, storms, etc., claimed the lives of a good percentage of the captains, crew and passengers attempting the dangerous voyage. Needless to say, a transatlantic crossing in the 17th and 18th centuries was a very risky endeavor. Often the vessels would stop along the way in tropical islands to gather provisions such as food and water. There the passengers and crew would often purchase wooden crates of bananas from the locals and bring them aboard the ship. These crates would have all manner of critters in them such as bugs, spiders, vermin and snakes.
These critters would make their way into the bilges of the ships, multiply, and then find their way into the captain’s quarters. The captains circulated the rumor that bananas were bad luck in an attempt to keep the critters off the ship and out of their cabin.
Watermen are a mysterious lot. While we are known for our simple pragmatism, we also have many odd quirks. Superstitions have been prevalent on almost every vessel I have worked on. I feel that this is due to the nature of a waterman in that he sees the randomness of the world around him juxtaposed with the rhythmic, seasonal flows of nature and then tries to reconcile these observations into some sort of personal and/or environmental order. As Stevie Wonder (a blind man) pointed out so eloquently: “When you believe in things you can’t understand, that’s superstition”.