to Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to bring with me?
a Lunch (coffee is provided)
Wear boots if you have them, or rubber soled shoes
Bring your lucky hat
Dress Warm (you can always remove it)
Rain Gear (if you have it, if not we sell a light rain
Seasick medicine (just in case)
Small coolers only. No room for huge coolers on the
Most of all a good night's sleep!
Q: How far out do you go?
Generally we travel between 6 and 20 miles
for Salmon and Bottomfish. We travel 25-50 miles for
Halibut fishing and 40-100 miles for Albacore Tuna.
Q: I don't have any fishing gear!
Westport Charters provides all the fishing
gear you need and it is included in the price. The gear
will be on the boat for you the morning of your trip.
The vast majority of our customers choose to use our
fishing gear rather than bring or buy their own.
Q: I don't know how to fish!
will be able to show you how to do it the right way.
We have a great method for each kind of fish we catch,
and new people often do well because they learn the
right way without being influenced by bad habits they
have picked up over the years. The skipper and deckhand
will gladly show you what to do because they want you
to have a great time and catch lots of fish!
Q: Do I need a license?
At the charter office we sell license stamps that are
for 1 day of fishing. The cost is $11 and it is required
for everyone age 15 and up. If you are planning on fishing
multiple times during the season, it would be best if
you bought a season license at a sporting goods store.
The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife
does check occasionally for licenses when we are on
the ocean and when we get back to the dock.
Q: What about seasickness?
There are many people that never get seasick.
If you are concerned, you may want to buy an over the
counter seasickness medication. Read the instructions
on the box. Most of them are preventative, and the instructions
on the box will tell you when you should take them and
how often. Dramamine is very popular, but we have seen
very good results with Marezine.
Q: What do I do with my fish once I catch them?
The skipper and the deckhand will do everything
for you. You don't even ever have to touch your fish
(unless you want to). The deckhand will clean your fish
for you. Rockfish are filleted for $6 per limit. Salmon
are cleaned on the way in and most deckhands will fillet
them for you after you get in for a small charge. Bags
are provided for you to take your fish with you off
Q: Is there someplace that sells ice for my
fish for the car ride home?
The charter office sells ice for $1.50 per
Q: What is the minimum age to go fishing?
We don't have a strict minimum, but we recommend
that the children are at least 7 years old.
Q: Which trip is the most fun?
They are all very fun. Bottomfishing
is a favorite of many because the limit is 10 rockfish
per person and 2 ling cod per person. You get lots of
action and catch lots of fish. This is the trip in which
we catch the most fish. It is great for first timers
because it is not too difficult. Salmon
fishing is exciting, because salmon are great fighters
and run all over the place. You frequently have to follow
them around the boat it takes a little more skill to
catch the salmon, but the skipper and deckhand will
gladly show you how. Combo trips are
a combination of salmon and bottomfishing. Halibut
fishing is exciting because it is a longer range trip,
and the fish get big. It is not uncommon to catch halibut
over 40 pounds! This trip is physically demanding. It
is a longer ride, and we fish in up to 720 feet deep
of water. Tuna fishing has been called
by many "the most fun I have ever had in my entire
life." When fishing is hot, you will not find a
more exciting trip. This fishing is not recommended
for first timers because it is better to have a bit
of skill, but if you are a fast learner, you can pick
up on it no problem, but we would recommend getting
another trip in under your belt first.
Q: Which boat should I go out on?
Westport Charters is very selective about which boats
we allow to run out of our office. All of our captains
are very good at what they do. If you want to go out
on a particular boat, let us know when you make your
reservation, otherwise we can put you on one that is
taking the kind of trip you want when you call to make
Q: How much does it cost to go fishing?
Our trips page has all of our pricing information.
Q: How do I make a reservation?
You will find our phone numbers on our contact
page. Give us a call today!
Q: What if I want to use my own rod and reel?
That is fine but there are a couple stipulations.
NO BRAIDED LINE (fire line, tuff line, spider wire,
dacron, etc) except on deep water Halibut trips, but
still check with the office. We use 25 to 30 pound test
clear mono on salmon and 30 to 40 test on bottom fish
reels and this is what Westport Charters and the Boat
Captains recommend. We've experienced the braided lines
just don't mix well in the charter boat environment.
These lines are so strong (a little to strong) and thin
to the point of being dangerous, especially when snagged
on the bottom. Knot tying, tangles and fouling in the
boats running gear are also problematic.
/ Cancellation Policy: A deposit is required for each
trip when placing your reservation. For the deposit
to be refunded, the following notice must be given:
21 days notice required for salmon, combo, and bottomfishing
trips; 150 days notice for halibut and tuna trips. Anyone
who shows up intoxicated will not be allowed to go fishing,
and they will not be given a refund. No exceptions.