Frequently Asked Questions

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What type of fishing do you offer?
We offer inshore, offshore, and everything in between. We can do whichever style of fishing you prefer: fly fishing, spin gear, live bait, artificials, light tackle, electric deep dropping, or whatever we can do to accommodate your fishing preferences and the conditions.
How can I book a trip?
Get ahold of Lacey in the office to check on dates and book a trip. Call or text (989)339-0931, email booking@tailchasincharters.com.
How long is a fishing trip?
We offer full days, half days, or 3/4 days. Night trips are also available if the tide is right.
Half Day - 4 hours
3/4 Day - 6 hours
Full Day - 8 hours
Night trip - 3 hours
What are your rates?
Flats Charters:
4 hours - $600
6 hours - $700
8 hours - $800
Offshore/ Light Tackle Charters:
4 hours - $800
6 hours - $950
8 hours - $1,100
Night Trips:
3 hours - $600
How many people can come?
Flats charters can hold 1-2 people. Our bigger skiff can hold a 3rd person, but there is an additional fee to accommodate extra gear, bait, and logistics the day of the trip. Our larger boat, typically used for offshore and reef trips, holds up to 4 people. This boat can also be used for inshore fishing.
Are charters kid friendly?
Absolutely! We love teaching kids to fish, helping them catch their biggest fish yet, and creating lasting memories.
Where do we depart from?
You can meet us on the dock at Kiki’s Sandbar and Grille on Little Torch Key.
Do I need to tip the captain and crew?
It is customary to tip the captain and crew. Industry standard is 20%.
What should I bring?
Bring whatever you’d like to eat and drink for the day and we’ll store it in our coolers. UPF clothing, polarized sunglasses, hat, bathing suit, sunscreen, and towel are also good to have on hand.
What NOT to bring: Spray Sunscreen! Please do not bring Aresol spray sunscreen aboard. It is very harmful to the boats upholstery, finish, and fishing gear.
What if I get seasick?
We suggest taking a dose of motion sickness medication the night before and again the morning of your trip. This gives you time to sleep off any drowsiness and enjoy your day on the water. Please consult with your doctor for their expert advice. Should you become very ill while on the charter, you can decide to end the trip early. However, you may still be charged the full amount.
Can we keep the fish we catch?
Yes, you are more than welcome to keep your catch as long as they are within species size and seasonal limits. Our captains will clean the fish for you. Kiki’s offers an excellent Cook Your Catch dinner.
Check out Florida’s Saltwater Fishing Regulations here. (link to FWC https://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/)
How do we get our fish home?
While our captains will filet your fish for you, we do not offer packaging or shipping. We recommend checking with your airline to get details on taking fish home with you.
Do I need a fishing license?
No, you do not need a fishing license. We are fully licensed and insured, so your fishing license is covered under our vessel permit.
Do you guarantee we will catch fish?
Are you kidding me? No one can do that but the Lord Almighty! But we do our best to control our controllables  and give you the best opportunities to catch fish.
Is alcohol allowed on the boats?
Yes, but please drink responsibly. Alcohol may only be consumed by adults over 21 years of age. Please be advised that consumption of alcohol may limit the activities we will allow you to participate in while on our charters.
What about going to the bathroom?
We are one with nature on the boats! Some prefer to go over the side or go in a bucket.
What do we do about bad weather?
We keep a close eye on conditions daily. We’d never put our captains or clients in danger, but we often fish through rain showers here and there. It’s wise to bring a jacket just in case. When possible, we recommend booking your fishing trip towards the beginning of your stay in the Keys. That gives us some flexibility if conditions aren’t cooperating.
What is your cancellation policy?
Cancellations outside of 30 days are fully refundable.
If you cancel within 30 days, we will do everything possible to rebook the trip and issue a refund, but if we are unable to fill the day, a refund will not be issued.
Bookings made within 7 days of the scheduled trip may require payment in full and are non-refundable. Similarly, any cancellations within 7 days must be paid in full.
If we are unable to fish due to weather conditions, the deposit is refunded in full.
How far in advance should I make my reservation?
Make your reservation as far in advance as possible to ensure you get the dates you want. Our returning clients often book the same week a year in advance.
Can I extend the charter while on the water?
This is completely dependent on schedules and availability. If the bite is on fire and your schedule and our schedule allow it, we are happy to extend. During peak season we often book multiple trips in a day and this may not be possible.