A full-day charter is 9-10 hours from departure until return to the dock. A half-day is 4.5 to 5 hours.
For a full day or morning half day, Try to be at the docks by 6:45-7:00 am to maximize your time on the water. The crew will be ready to leave the dock between 7 to 7:30am. It is usually about an hour run to the fishing grounds. A morning half-day should return by 12:30 pm and full-day should return around 4:30 to 5:00 pm.
For an afternoon half-day charter, you should arrive at the dock by 12:00 noon and expect a 12:30 to 1:00 pm departure. You will return to the dock between 5:00 and 5:45pm (sunset).
We recommend a full day if your budget allows - the best action of the day cannot always be predicted. It could be morning or afternoon, or scattered throughout the day. If you book a morning half-day and another half-day gets booked the same day, you will not have the option of extending your fishing time the day of the trip.
Also, be aware that a typical offshore trip involves running an hour out and an hour back. An inshore trip may be a shorter run, but may involve several short runs from spot to spot. This reduces your time fishing in a half day.