It also pays big dividends to e-mail or call the captain directly. Capt. Bouncer Smith, one of south Florida’s legendary charter skippers for more than 45 years, recommends making a checklist of questions. Ask about what kind of fishing they’ve been doing recently, what type of tackle they have available, and whether fishing licenses are included. If you want to do a specialized type of fishing, like chasing sails on fly, ask if the crew is experienced with that style of fishing and if you need to bring your own tackle. He recommends that you find out as many details as possible ahead of time, like who keeps any game fish that are landed, or if lunches and drinks are included, since these types of details vary widely from place to place. Few things cause more hard feelings at the end of the day than a simple misunderstanding about what’s included and, more importantly, what’s not, in the price of a charter.