Let's go fishing! Uh now what? A fishing party is a great idea, but if you have never done it, you need to know a few of the basics and the first basic is that it takes some organisation. You can't just get up one morning and spend the day sea fishing. Fishing for most is a social occasion, so how many people in the party is the first question. The number of people determines the size of the boat and how much each angler will need to pay. Where do you want to fish, wreck fishing, reef fishing, or shore fishing, all require different tackle and bait so decide early on which is best for your group. Where to sail from, all sea fishing parties start early so a two or three hour drive on the morning in question is not a good idea, find a charter boat near you or go the night before and stay in a hotel. When you have made your decision find a good skipper (call around, word of mouth is a great way to find the right guy) tell him what you need and he will tell you the cost. Once you know the cost of the trip, get the money from each in your party, if someone has to cancel at the last minute, and you can't get a replacement, the rest of you will be on the hook: literally. You will need to find out if bait and tackle are included, personally I wouldn't go with any charter that didn't, but some don't so find out. Make sure the guy is fully licensed and that the boat has a good reputation, again word of mouth. Lastly, as with any good fishing party, keep the fish you will eat and release any extras, it’s a good policy, enjoy.