1) What do I need to bring on my Flats Class Charter?
Answer: Nothing other than a pad & pencil, your lunch, some sunscreen, and possibly a camera! If you would like to bring your personal rod & reel set up, please let me know in advance so that I can allow for it.
2) How do I register for the Flats Class Inshore Schools?
Answer: Simply email your request to me and I’ll provide you with a confirmation number to reserve your seat for the particular class you are interested in attending.
3) Is it possible to bring a third angler with us on the charter?
Answer: Unfortunately no, It’s important to me as an instructional guide to maximize the comfort and time to teach my clients what they need to learn in the alotted time frame. Bringing a third angler hinders that effort; less is more when it comes to light tackle plug & fly fishing.
4) Does Capt. C.A. charter in any other areas outside of Tampa Bay?
Answer: Yes, although 80% of my charter business is run out of the Tampa Bay area… I do run exclusive trips in the summer (July) in the Louisiana Marsh plus upon request I do guide in the Crystal River area of Florida primarily in the spring and late summer for a nominal upcharge with many of my regular clientele.
5) Is the Flats Class V2.0 Inshore School for beginner or intermediate anglers? Is there a more advanced version of the class for anglers wanting even more?
Answer: The Flats Class V2.0 Inshore School is ideally suited for both groups of anglers (novice to intermediate)! The Flats Class V2.0 class does a good job of explaining scenario fishing, rigging techniques, and advising anglers on what equipment is best suited for a variety of environments. And yes, there will be another more advanced version of the Flats Class Inshore School developed for the more seasoned anglers coming in the winter of 2013… visit my “fishing school” page for the info on this exciting new class coming soon!
6) Can I harvest the fish we catch on our trip?
Answer: As a rule, I have a “no kill” policy for my charters for trout, redfish, and snook because we need to protect these resources for our future fishing. But, I have made exceptions for seasonal species that are more plentiful and are good table fare such as Spanish mackerel or flounder. Overall though, I want to promote conservation and photo/release fishing with my clients and leave the days of “killing our catches” in the past!