On many of our fishing trips we will catch fish that you can take home for dinner. In my opinion it only adds to the fishing experience to bring home your catch and enjoy the fish that you caught on that day. On the other hand, I also have no problem with practicing catch and release. If we do catch edible fish I offer fish cleaning and bagging at no charge at the end of the trip. You need to remember that for most of our edible fish there are both state and federal regulations that we must follow that outline size and bag limits on what we can take on any given day. Moreover, I as a responsible charter boat captain also impose additional bag limits for many of the fish that we are keeping depending on the time of the year and how I feel that that fishery is holding up. For example: during the spring and summer I will only keep up to 1 cobia per boat rather than the state regulation of 2 per person and I do release all egg bearing females. The reason for this is that these fish are here to spawn during that time of the year. Outside of the cobia, I enforce a 2 fish per person combined species for redfish, speckled sea trout and flounder and also release all large egg bearing trout. Though I have no problem bringing fish back for dinner; I am not out here to “meat fish”. I primarily run a sport fishing operation so if your main goal is to go out and “fill up the cooler” I might not be the best choice of charter boat to consider.
If you do need to freeze your catch here is a great video on using a vacuum packer and if you are looking for some fish recipes you can visit my fishing blog to see some of my personal favorites!