FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHERE DO YOU PICK UP AND DROP OFF PASSENGERS?
We pick up and drop off passengers at the fuel dock behind the marina store at the far end of the St. Andrews Marina, 3151 West 10th Street, Panama City, FL 32401. Free public parking is usually available in close proximity to the marina store (look for the blue roof ).
DO WE NEED A FISHING LICENSE?
You do not need a fishing license to fish aboard a GoldenRod Fishing Charters boat.
DO YOU PROVIDE FOOD AND BEVERAGES?
GoldenRod Fishing Charters does not provide food and beverages. We do provide ice and a cooler. Soft-sided coolers are welcome on board.
CAN I BRING MY KIDS?
Absolutely!!! We love to take families fishing. Our best memories are fishing adventures we shared with our son and Matthew and their little buddies as they were growing up. It brings us great joy to introduce the sport of fishing to kids. Our light tackle is easy for kids to handle. Nevertheless, we do not recommend taking kids three and under on offshore trips unless it is predicted to be very calm. Open boats are a challenge for toddlers and a hardship for infants.
CAN WE BRING ALCOHOL?
Yes, but the captain reserves the right to refuse passengers who are a threat to safety or otherwise disruptive. He also can cut a trip short without a refund or discount if a passenger becomes problematic.
IS ALL BAIT & TACKLE PROVIDED?
We have everything you will need in the way of bait and tackle. If you are a stickler for live bait, it is available at an extra charge with prior notice. We carry a variety of tackle to suit the needs of the trip. We proudly offer light tackle, which is easier for kids to handle and provides adults with the thrill of extended action. We have the perfect gear for sport seekers.
IS THERE A TOILET?
On the Stuart there is a full-functioning toilet in the center console. On the Young there is no toilet. We are accustomed to looking the other way.
WHAT IF THE WEATHER IS BAD?
If the captain determines that the weather is too bad for fishing, he will cancel your trip and your deposit will be refunded. An effort will be made to reschedule your trip if possible.
HOW DO WE PAY?
A 10% deposit is required upon booking a trip. We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. The balance is due at the conclusion of the trip and may be made by cash or credit card. A customary tip for the captain/crew is 15 - 25%, just as in a restaurant. Failure to show on the day of charter results in a full charge.
WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION & NO-SHOW POLICY?
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 days before the trip without forfeiting your deposit. Failure to show on the day of charter results in a full charge. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or cancelled free of charge and your deposit refunded. The captain reserves the right to refuse passengers who are a threat to safety or otherwise disruptive. He also can cut a trip short without a refund or discount if a passenger becomes problematic.
CAN WE BRING OUR OWN MUSIC?
Yes, both of GoldenRod Fishing Charters' vessels are equipped with Bluetooth sound systems.
WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT GETTING OUR FISH CLEANED?
Once the fishing season is in full swing, there is usually a fish cleaning service available at the marina. The cost is ordinarily determined by the pound. If you plan to keep fish, you need to bring a cooler that you can leave in your vehicle while fishing. If fish cleaning is not available at the marina, the captain can recommend a conveniently located fish house such as Gandy's, which is only 1 mile away.