Today we had a Six hour trip with 31 people on the Emerald Spirit charter boat. A good trip with a decent amount of people without being crowded. Every morning we have a Safety meeting and a fishing instructional before we pull out of the marina. We cover and discuss things like where the life-saving equipment is located, where the bathrooms are, as well as the dreaded sea sickness and what NOT to do. Part of the speech also covers rod and reel instructions, how to be safe with your equipment. The last part I go over is how we fish as a team to be more efficient. The primary rule is to have fun and enjoy the trip and we all know that an injury or illness is never any fun so we give as much information as possible to safeguard against any trouble. Being well informed is part of a team effort.
Our team of deck hands attends to every need of the customers from parking the car all the way thru the day till they get their cleaned fish in a Ziploc bag with some ice for their cooler. This same group of guys work together on the way out and on the way in every day as a team to get somewhere between 15 and 50 rod and reels ready to fish with new hooks on a new rig every day. On the way in they de-rig and re-rig all the rods we used that day and spray and wipe each one down with an anti corrosion lube so they stay in perfect working order.
Also in order for us to have hooks every day and bait in the freezer and bottom sinkers there has to be a team effort to tell someone in charge that we are low on supplies so that person can make sure supplies are provided. Everything has to work efficiently and smoothly, as a team we get it all together and provide a service that resembles a close knit family.
We want your trip to feel like you were out with good friends and family enjoying the day. As I say in the speech each morning, “Believe me, you’re better off fishing as a team”.