FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

WHERE DO YOU PICK UP AND DROP OFF PASSENGERS?

We pick up and drop off passengers at the gazebo located on the St. Andrews Marina at the intersection of Bayview Avenue and 11th Street, Panama City, FL  32401. Free public parking is usually available in close proximity.

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. Please bring your own snacks and drinks in a small cooler, soft sided preferred.

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 tackle and cut bait. If you desire live bait, and it is available, there is an extra charge. 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 no charges will be incurred. An effort will be made to reschedule your trip if possible.

HOW DO WE PAY?

Credit card information is required to book a trip. We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. Payment 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 - 20% of the total charter price. 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 penalty. 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. 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 discount if a passenger becomes problematic. 

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.