Fishing off the shore, a bridge, or a dock can all yield favorable results, but if you're keen on experiencing a different type of fishing, you'll need a boat. This doesn't necessarily mean that you need to find a friend who owns a boat or decide to buy a boat yourself. Instead, looking for a fishing boat rental service in your area will be the first step toward enjoying a day of angling on the open water. You'll typically have your choice of fishing boat, so you can choose one that will accommodate your needs in terms of size and features. Here are some details that you'll want to confirm when you rent a fishing boat for the first time.
Any reputable boat rental service will include several pieces of marine safety equipment when you rent a fishing boat. While safe boating techniques should mean that you don't experience any safety issue, it's a good idea to speak with your rental assistant for a few minutes to get a tutorial on how to use the provided equipment. For example, there might be a flare gun that you could use to signal distress. Your rental assistant can explain how to use this device so that you're not panicking about it if there's a need to use it.
There's a good chance that your fishing boat's gas tank will be full when you rent the vessel and that you'll need to pay to fill the tank up again at the end of the rental period. It's a good idea to cover a few additional gas-related topics with your rental assistant. For example, it doesn't hurt to ask how many hours you can expect to use the boat before the gas tank runs low. Doing so may help you to plan your outing. Should you have plans to run the boat extensively, you may wish to learn about the different marinas and other locations where you can top up the tank before returning to the rental drop-off location.
You may have plans to spend several hours fishing and then immediately the boat to the marina. It's also possible that you plan to stop a few times throughout the day — perhaps to visit a local waterfront restaurant for a meal. It's a good idea to speak to your rental assistant about how to use the boat's ropes to properly secure it to a dock. You may even wish to practice this task under the supervision of the rental assistant so that you can feel confident about your ability.