How Much Does Deep Sea Fishing Cost (2017 Edition)

By Tomy Evans | Budgets

May 31
How Much Does Deep Sea Fishing Cost

Bodies of water like seas, lakes, and rivers are very popular spots for travelers. And it is really easy to understand why! Not only are bodies of water picturesque, but they also provide a wide range of different activities.

With vast improvements in marine transportation, the seas have become more accessible than ever. It has become a venue for cruises, water sports, and even recreational fishing. Deep sea fishing, in particular, has become popular in recent years.


In this article, I will talk about how much does deep sea fishing cost and share with you practical tips for when you decide to try it.​

What is Deep Sea Fishing?

What is Deep Sea Fishing

Deep sea fishing is a type of recreational fishing. Unlike other types of fishing where one would fish from the shoreline or riverbank, deep sea fishing is done from a boat or a fishing vessel. Different fishing techniques can be used, including nets, angling, and fish traps.

Since there are more varieties of fish in the deeper parts of the sea, deep sea fishing gives recreational fishermen more access to different fish species. It also allows them to cover more fishing grounds. Deep sea fishing is regulated differently in different countries and locations.​

Is Deep Sea Fishing Difficult For First-Timers?

Is Deep Sea Fishing Difficult For First-Timers

Deep sea fishing might sound overly complicated if you have never done it before, but trust me, it is certainly something even first-timers can do. Due to the popularity of recreational or sports fishing nowadays, chartered fishing vessels and fishing trip packages have multiplied!

The good thing about chartered fishing trips is that it will allow you to leisurely fish without having to learn how to steer or operate boats. The crew can easily give you a rundown of how to go about deep sea fishing.

Of course, even if the crew will be more than happy to give you a tutorial, there are a couple of things you should also know before going on a deep sea fishing trip. More specifically, you need to know the things you have to bring for deep sea fishing.​

What Will You Need For Deep Sea Fishing?

What Will You Need For Deep Sea Fishing

The first thing you will need for deep sea fishing is, naturally, fishing gear. For those of you who have taken up fishing before, you are probably already familiar with the fishing equipment. For those of you who are not familiar, here are the things you will need:

  • Rod
  • Extra fishing line
  • Extra fishing line
  • Sinkers
  • Bait
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Line cutters
  • Knife

If you do not readily have this fishing equipment at home, do not worry! You can easily rent fishing gear in locations which offer chartered fishing trips. Apart from fishing gear, there are other things you must not forget to bring on your deep sea fishing trip. These are:

  • Comfortable clothing, including gloves and non-skid rubber shoes
  • Weather protection, including sunscreen, sunglasses, and brimmed hats
  • First-aid kit
  • Waterproof backpack for storing your essentials, especially electronic gadgets
  • Collapsible cooler

How Much Will It Cost You?

Deep Sea Fishing Cost

It depends on a number of factors. For example, are you planning to do it overseas or just within your country? You will naturally spend more for transportation if you are planning on going on an overseas deep sea fishing trip.

Another factor you have to consider is fishing gear. If you already have your own, then you will only have to pay for the chartered fishing trip itself. On the other hand, if you do not have the equipment, then you have to rent them from the charterer.

Prices would vary from one charterer to another, but a ticket would typically cost $40 to $250, depending on your age and on the length of the trip. The longer the trip, the more expensive it will be.

For equipment rental, the price would typically vary from one charterer to another. Rod rental alone can set you back some $13 and a tackle pack can cost you anywhere from $9.50 to $12.

In places where a license is required for deep sea fishing, you would have to pay an additional amount. Fortunately, charterers often offer discounted packages which would include both fishing gear and the required license.​


Deep sea fishing is a rather enjoyable and unique recreational activity. It is a great way to enjoy the waters and to be in good company. While not exactly cheap, it is not overly expensive either. You can even do it quite often if you are near any chartering areas.

​Have any questions about deep sea fishing? Drop us a line or two in the comments below. If you want to see more articles like this, let us know, too! Have fun going on your very first deep sea fishing trip!



About the Author

I'm Tomy Evans, Lily's younger brother. I started hunting at an early age with my father and grandfather and I’ve hunted big game all over the United States as well as in Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.