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FAQ -Frequently asked questions


Below is a list of questions which we get asked frequently. Hopefully your questions with our appropriate answer are below. Clicking on your question will take your to the answer.

1. How many people can
the vessel carry?
2.What about individuals ? 3. What is the cost of a Charter and how do I pay?
4. What tackle should I bring? 5. Is bait provided? 6. What fish will we catch and what happens to the fish we catch? Do you support catch & release?
7. What about conservation and fish bans? 8. Where is your boat berthed & what about car parking? 9. Do you require a deposit?
10. What if the charter is cancelled? 11. What about the weather? 12. What about safety at sea?
13. Are you licensed and insured? 14. How do I book? 15. What if I require accommodation near Palm Beach?
16. Do you hire out fishing rods & reels? 17. What is your area of operation for wrecks? 18. Do you do Dive Charters? ?
19. What is deep drop fishing? 20. What is Sword Fishing? 21. What is trolling?
22. Never be afraid to ask the Captain a question on your trip. 23. I am told you are a Pharmacist. I occasionally suffer from sea sickness what do you recommend. 24. Do you have a toilet on board?
25. Are crew members Drug Tested? 26. How safe are uninspected Charter Vessels? 27.From where does the vessel leave?

1. How many people can the vessel carry?

"ELECTRIC BLUE" is licensed by the USCG under what is known as an OUVP 6 pack license uninspected vessel. That means we can only carry 6 passengers + 2 crew. You are however paying for the cost of the boat, not per passenger.  Capt. Tony Allen is not a US Citizen (Alien Green Card Holder) and under the USCG regulations he cannot apply for an inspected vessel status, which would allow him to carry more passengers with regard to the vessels size if he operated a larger vessel. Captain Tony has been a fishing Captain since he was 19 yrs old and comes from the United Kingdom. He holds a UK Certification and is licensed by the US Coastguard and is a TWIC Card Holder.

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2. What about individuals ?

We try to accommodate individuals when there is a suitable booking vacancy. 
Please phone us and leave your number and we will see what miracles we can perform. 

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3. What is the cost of a Charter and how do I pay?

Please refer to our "CHARTER BOOKINGS-COSTS & TERMS"   In short we take the following CREDIT CARDS.

VISA
MASTERCARD.

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4. What tackle should I bring?


We supply all your tackle needs for your days fishing. There is however nothing to stop your bringing your favorite gear if you so wish.

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5. Is bait provided?

We provide frozen bait for all bottom fishing.  We also catch live bait if they about using sabiki rigs. Live bait is then stored in fish well. You can of course bring your own bait should you wish. Live bait can be purchased from the nearby tackle stores on the marina.

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6. What fish will we catch and what happens to the fish we catch?

Who knows what we will actually catch on the day. There are some 114 species of fish, and I think some 71 of which are regulated. We can target certain species like Grouper, Amberjack, Blackfin Tuna, Kingfish, Sailfish, Tarpon or Barracuda but after that it's largely up to lady luck.


small Amberjack returned to get bigger

The catch is yours to do with what you will, but you have to keep within the limits laid down within Florida for catches.  Most fish we catch are either subject to a bag or length limits. Sometimes there is a closed season when you cannot retain certain species. Red Snapper is a usual one. We encourage catch & release of all species and take pictures of your catch which we will forward by post. We also prefer not to keep sharks, as they are so slow growing. So we have a policy of releasing all sharks.
WARNING-We do NOT LAND ANY BILLFISH unless you catch a WORLD RECORD!
We photograph them and then release! The same applies for SHARKS.

We keep your catch in one of our iced fish boxes until the end of the day. We then fillet or steak it as required, pack into zip lock bags and put it into your cooler with a supply of ice. It cannot be fresher!

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7. What about conservation and fish bans?

Our conservation policy is simple IF YOUR NOT GOING TO EAT YOUR CATCH, RETURN IT FOR ANOTHER DAY. We will of course photograph it.

If there is a ban in a particular month on catching a particular species, say Grouper, Red Snapper.......any fish that are captured will be released. The fines are astronomical for offenders and we do not wish to threaten the operation and viability of our vessel and business for the sake of a few fish.

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8. Where is your boat berthed and what about car parking?

Directions & maps can be found on our 'BOOKINGS' page.
We will be located near the DONALD ROSS bridge on the Inter Coastal Waterway. Our vessel is berthed on a private dock at there.

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9. Do you require a deposit?

If you are regulars, we do not charge a deposit. Actually we hardly ever charge a deposit. However if make a weeks charters we usually ask for a small deposit then. In order to have your booking confirmed you will need to pay us $100 deposit or the total cost of the charter. We can do this over the phone by giving us your CREDIT CARD NUMBER. We will give you a receipt. Any balance is due on completion of the charter. Circumstances under which the deposit is returnable are explained in our conditions of hire, a copy of which can be found in our "Charter Bookings, Costs & Terms" page.

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10. What if the charter is cancelled?

It depends on who cancels and when. The full story is told in our conditions of hire, a copy of which can be found in our "Charter Bookings, Costs & Terms" page, but in short, if we cancel there is no charge. If you cancel late however, the CHARTER FEE is payable in FULL. However if there are extenuating circumstances we will reconsider.

If one of the party drops out, it makes no difference to overall CHARTER COST, you are paying for the boat, not the number in the party. Please remember we are operating a business.

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11. What about the weather?


Wish we could control that! However weather is not normally a problem and we could average probably in the region of 300 days per year if we had the clients.

Some days storm cells pop up and lightning may be a problem even though it is sunny. As lightning is particularly dangerous at sea we usually make the option to return to Port unless the storm appears to be heading away from our position or we can head away from it. Carbon fiber rods are great lightning attractors! In this case you would only be charged for the period of time you were at sea.

It is essential that you call us on the evening before your trip & we will try to make a decision then should the weather look "iffy". If you are not travelling too far, or are here on holiday we will meet you at the dock regardless.

Please remember that even with today's technology trips are sometimes cancelled when in hindsight they should not have been. Also some times we advise anglers that the weather will be OK, when in fact we find the following morning that the conditions are not as forecast.

For charters of longer than one day, you must travel regardless of the weather, unless there is a hurricane warning. When you arrive and are settled, we can meet and discuss prospects for your charter. If you lose one or more days due to the weather, there are plenty of things to do.  

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12. What about safety at sea?


Your safety whilst on our vessel is of paramount importance to us.
Captain Tony is all about safety. You will have a safety briefing before we go to sea. Much like going on an aircraft. More on that later.

The most important piece of safety equipment we carry is a  LIFE RAFT . There is also a lifejacket provided for each person on board.

Never go fishing on a vessel that does not carry such equipment. I ask you, how far can you swim or how long do you think you can stay afloat? And what about sharks?

The safety equipment that "ELECTRIC BLUE" carries is outlined on the "ELECTRIC BLUE" boat page ON THIS WEBSITE. It carries the latest in safety gear, even though most of it is not a requirement of the USCG. Our philosophy is "You just never know when an emergency may happen". I have never had one yet, but you just never know. However I have rescued several mariners in distress situations. In Europe where I come from the safety regulations are much stiffer than here in the USA. A charter boat there cannot go to sea without a life raft.

A Life raft for instance is carried that can accommodate all persons onboard. We also have an  E.P.I.R.B  (A piece of equipment that transmits a signal to a satellite indicating our position) & a  SART  (The SEA 20 Search and Rescue Transponder (SART) is a 9GHz receiver/transmitter. On receiving a pulse from any standard 9GHz X-band radar, the SART immediately transmits a signal which clearly identifies the survival craft on the radar screen by means of a series of 12 in-line dots. Once activated, the SEA 20 SART will remain in standby mode for over 96 hours).  We also carry two V.H.F Radio's  

We also have a AIS TRANSMITTER. This gives our vessels position to any vessel over 200grt which has to carry an AIS receiver by law or any vessel that carries an AIS receiver.

Please always follow the directions of the Captain or his crew. When you sail with us, you will be given a brief lecture and shown the location of such things as all safety gear and how to put on a lifejacket. Much like the safety film show on an aircraft. The idea is that, in the highly unlikely event of an emergency, everyone on board knows exactly what to do.

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13. Are you licensed and insured?

"ELECTRIC BLUE" is licensed to carry out Charter Operation to 100 miles from the coastline by the US Coastguard. We also are licensed by the STATE of Florida to six carry fare paying passengers.

The vessel and occupants are insured for charter operations. A copy of our Insurance Certificate may also be viewed on board together with our Coastguard Certificate for the Captain Tony ALLEN and his TWIC CARD. Always ask you Charter Captain to view these documents as we have many illegal operators here in Florida , especially in the Keyes.

PLEASE NOTE: There is no requirement by USCG for Charter Boats to carry insurance.

However would you Charter an uninsured vessel? Please remember these documents should be available for inspection on any vessel you charter. Some Captains may tell you that they are insured but if they are not a BONA FIDA charter vessel, guess what,  any insurance that they may carry will be negated in any accident claim. Never charter a vessel unless you can view these documents as you could be travelling uninsured. Then there is a problem should an accident ever occur. BE SAFE, NOT SORRY! Think about the consequences for your family should there be a fatality? You just never know.

Any Charter Operator that asks you to purchase a fishing permit will give you the clue that they are operating illegally.

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14. How do I book?

We do not have a facility for booking directly via the web, but you can see from our bookings page if there is a vacancy for a particular date. Therefore you need to call 

 
Mobile + 1 (312)-330-6689

or e-mail  
 
electricbluefishing@gmail.com

and tell us your requirements.



Any dates agreed are reserved pending your sending us a deposit. Send us your deposit ASAP with the date confirmation. If your deposit is late arriving, you may lose the charter date as we may have re-booked the date. "Electric Blue Fishing" is a business and as such we try to ensure our vessel is operating FULL TIME.

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15. What if I require accommodation in Palm Beach area?

We have a list of suitable places to stay which are close to where our vessel berths. This can be found on the MAIN MENU under ACCOMMODATION.

We have no direct involvement with any accommodation other than to direct anglers to them. We do not endorse any particular accommodation.

Should you have a complaint about the accommodation that you book, that complaint should be directed to the owners of that establishment and not ourselves.

We are always grateful for your comments with regard to accommodation that you stay in.

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16. Do you hire out fishing rods & reels?


All fishing equipment including terminal tackle is provided for you as part of your charter fee. We have a very large selection available. You may of course bring your own favourite rod & reel if you wish. If your coming from Europe make sure they are protected in a proper rod case.

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17. What is your area of operation for wrecks?

In short anywhere on the the Atlantic Coast within a range of 100 miles from Jupiter Inlet.
 

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18. Do you do dive charters?

At this time moment in time the answer is no, as we are concentrating on Fishing Charters. We are of course open to any special suggestions re - special dive charters.

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19. What is deep drop fishing?

Deep drop fishing as the name implies is performed in deep water (250 -800 feet) and is usually performed with an electric fishing reel along with a stand up stick type rod and is used from a rod holder mounted on the gunnels of the boat. Only one rod at a time can be fished when fishing on the bottom from 250 to 800 feet deep as two lines would constantly be getting tangled up. If you are fishing for world records you have to use a manual reel as electric reels do not count. This is hard work as we use leads from 2 lbs. up to 8 lbs. End tackle is a multi hook rig using circle hooks and we prefer braid line as it does not stretch. Typical baits used are pieces of cut fish and squid.

PLEASE NOTE:
The weather has to be relatively calm for this type of fishing.
The run to the fishing grounds is too far and recommend a maximum of 2 anglers fishing at any one time and only one person deep drops. Obviously up to six persons can be carried and a rotation can be performed. This is a long day as it's as far as 75 miles offshore.

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20. What is Sword Fishing?

Well it's not fishing with swords, that's for sure. This was originally an overnight sport, fished in the deep waters of the Atlantic Coast & Gulf of Mexico with illuminated baits, preferable whole large squid. Sword fish eat at night and come up from the depths to eat their prey. It's a drifting game of wait. Night Charters are not my thing. I love my bed. However the sport is also accomplished by day, but its a waiting game and requires patience. You may just have a blank day, but without trying you just never know. If you want to go Sword Fishing just ask. This is a long day and it may not for those anglers who are not patient.

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21. What is trolling?

Trolling is the dragging/pulling of Lures or mounted fish bait through the water on the vessels outriggers. The vessel in the picture above is probably towing eight to ten lures. This is performed at a speed of 4 to 6 knots and we are usually after species like King Mackerel, Blackfin Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi-mahi etc. Notice the weed line which is where fish like Mahi Mahi like to hide underneath. Some vessels tow at a speed of up to 20 knots. We do not.

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22. Never be afraid to ask the Captain a question.

That's how we all learn.  I may not have the answer, but experience is a great teacher.

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23. I understand  you are a Pharmacist. I occasionally suffer from sea sickness what do you recommend?

We have some information on our website. Click on SEA SICKNESS.

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24.Do you have a toilet on board?

Yes, we have a Vacu-flush model.  Please follow the posted instructions carefully. In doubt - please ask. However I would remind anglers that marine toilets are not the same as the household toilets that we are used to at home. We use special dissolvable toilet tissue so never put any other tissue paper down our toilet as it will clog. That's not a nice job for me at the end of the day to un-clog the bathroom. Always courtesy flush as well. If we are near shore this goes into a holding tank.

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25. Are crew members DRUG TESTED?

All our crew members are enrolled in the Maritime Drug Consortium. Employees must pass a pre-hire drug screening. During the calendar year the consortium draws from itís pool of members individuals who will have to respond to a request for a random drug tests. Captain Tony Allen was randomly drug tested in November 2014.

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26. How safe are uninspected Charter Vessels?

We may have answered that question above. However does the charter boat you are considering chartering have a LIFE RAFT? Does it have an EPIRB emergency locator beacon? Does it have AIS? Does it have a SART? Are the passengers insured and can I see a copy of your insurance certificate. Do you carry FIRST AID EQUIPMENT?

These are questions you should ask before booking a charter. The code of federal regulations states what minimum safety equipment must be on board to operate within the law. We carry above and beyond that requirement.

LIFE RAFTS are not required safety equipment if the vessel is operated as an uninspected passenger vessel carrying 6 passengers or less out to 100 miles. Life rafts are very expensive to purchase and maintain. They must be inspected and repacked every 3 years. The vast majority of 6 passenger charter boats donít have a life raft aboard. Our boat is equipped with 8 man LIFE RAFT.

An EPIRB is an emergency locator beacon. If the boat sinks you take the EPIRB into the life raft and activate it. It sends out a signal to satellites overheard relaying your current position to the coast guard. The coast guard knows your exact location and can get help to you immediately. They are not required either but we have one of those as well.

SOLAS distress signals. SOLAS stands for ďSafety Of Life At SeaĒ. SOLAS requirements for flares and smoke signals go far beyond what the USCG regulations require. SOLAS signals are much easier to see by rescuers than the ones approved by the USCG. SOLAS signals are not required by the US Coast Guard either, but we chose SOLAS signals.

Donít take for granted that other charters take your safety as seriously as we do. Some just meet the minimum requirements by law. We go above and beyond what is required because itís the right thing to do. Always make sure the Charter Boat is insured for Passengers. Its NOT A US COASTGUARD REQUIREMENT.

Sadly there are a few operators around that operate outside of the law. They will tell you that they are insured, but they also require you to purchase your own fishing license, unless its an additional Snook license. That should ring an alarm bell as a BONAFIDA Charter Boat will be covered by the State Vessel License.
 

FLORIDA VESSEL  LICENSES are required for all vessels
that charge a fee to take passengers out to catch marine
fish.                                                                     Cost $401.50

US COASTGUARD CAPTAINS LICENSE is also required to carry passengers and from NOAA, FISHING PERMITS for the ATLANTIC COAST. Charterers do not then have to purchase a fishing license as they are covered by the STATE CHARTER BOAT LICENSE.

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27. From where does the vessel leave?

We leave from a Private Mooring near the Donald Ross Inter Coastal Waterway Bridge and then out to sea via the Jupiter Inlet.

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INLETS OF PALM BEACH COUNTY
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
SHARK ATTACKS IN FLORIDA
FISHING IN FLORIDA
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2008 REEF FISH GEAR RULES
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MERCURY IN FISH & SHELLFISH
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SEA SICKNESS (MAL DA MER)
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OUR FISHING REPORT
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USA & FLORIDA DIVING
THE MOON & FISHING
SHIPWRECK LIST OF FLORIDA
FLORIDA SALTWATER FISHING REGS
SINKING OF THE USS ORISKANY
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SHIPWRECKS AROUND THE WORLD
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