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20ft Bennington Pontoon BoatPowerboats in Potomac River · 7 guests

20ft Bennington Pontoon Boat

Brand new Bayliner DX2200 Boat Rental in Baltimore, MarylandPowerboats in Potomac River · 8 guests

Brand new Bayliner DX2200 Boat Rental in Baltimore, Maryland

Fishing Charter in Pasadena, MarylandPotomac River · 6 guests

Fishing Charter in Pasadena, Maryland

Robbins Chesapeake 40' Fishing Charters in MarylandFishing in Potomac River · 6 guests

Robbins Chesapeake 40' Fishing Charters in Maryland

Captained Fishing Trips in Chesapeake Beach, MarylandFishing in Potomac River · 6 guests

Captained Fishing Trips in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland

Seaborn LX24 Center Console for Charter! Relax at Hart Miller Island! Essex MDPowerboats in Potomac River · 6 guests

Seaborn LX24 Center Console for Charter! Relax at Hart Miller Island! Essex MD

27' Sport Fisherman In Stevensville, Maryland United StatesFishing in Potomac River · 4 guests

27' Sport Fisherman In Stevensville, Maryland United States

40ft Evans Fishing Charter Boat in Colonial BeachFishing in Potomac River · 6 guests

40ft Evans Fishing Charter Boat in Colonial Beach

Chesapeake Bay Rock Fishing Trip for 6 people with Captain DougFishing in Potomac River · 6 guests

Chesapeake Bay Rock Fishing Trip for 6 people with Captain Doug

Pontoon Boat Rental in Bumpass, VirginiaPowerboats in Lake Anna · 11 guests

Pontoon Boat Rental in Bumpass, Virginia

Fishing Charter in SolomonsFishing in Potomac River · 6 guests

Fishing Charter in Solomons

Kayak Fishing In Lower Windsor TownshipAdventures in Pennsylvania · 1 guest

Kayak Fishing In Lower Windsor Township

Guided Bowfishing Trip Charter In Lower Windsor TownshipFishing in Pennsylvania · 4 guests

Guided Bowfishing Trip Charter In Lower Windsor Township

16' Low Profile Drift Boat In HarrisburgFishing in Harrisburg · 2 guests

16' Low Profile Drift Boat In Harrisburg

20' Bow Fishing Trip Boat In West Lampeter TownshipFishing in Lampeter · 6 guests

20' Bow Fishing Trip Boat In West Lampeter Township

Regal Bowrider 20ft Bay Fishing or Sightseeing in Fenwick Island!Powerboats in Chesapeake Bay · 5 guests

Regal Bowrider 20ft Bay Fishing or Sightseeing in Fenwick Island!

44' Ocean Yacht Sportfisher in Ocean City, MDFishing in Chesapeake Bay · 6 guests

44' Ocean Yacht Sportfisher in Ocean City, MD

Full Day Offshore Fishing Charter in Ocean City, MarylandFishing in Chesapeake Bay · 6 guests

Full Day Offshore Fishing Charter in Ocean City, Maryland

Great Center Console for rent in Ocean CityPowerboats in Chesapeake Bay · 6 guests

Great Center Console for rent in Ocean City

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Gone Fishin’ Sport Fishing Charters - Cape MayFishing in Chesapeake Bay · 6 guests

Gone Fishin’ Sport Fishing Charters - Cape May

Fishing Kayak: 10' Sit On Top (3 available)Adventures in Chesapeake Bay · 1 guest

Fishing Kayak: 10' Sit On Top (3 available)

42ft ''Four Winds'' Fishing Yacht in Hampton, VirginiaFishing in Chesapeake Bay · 10 guests

42ft ''Four Winds'' Fishing Yacht in Hampton, Virginia

Party Boat or Private Cruise aboard 70ft Motor Yacht in Ocean City, NJOcean City · 75 guests

Party Boat or Private Cruise aboard 70ft Motor Yacht in Ocean City, NJ

Fishing Charter on 38' Dawson Sportfish Yacht in Norfolk, VirginiaFishing in Chesapeake Bay · 6 guests

Fishing Charter on 38' Dawson Sportfish Yacht in Norfolk, Virginia


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  1. JC
    Fishing Charter in Pasadena, Maryland

    Captain Dave is outstanding and he is absolute 💯 🔥 on the water. Thank you for hospitality and providing my son the experience of a lifetime. You didn't have to be this awesome, but my son, will never forget! Salute

  2. MC
    Fishing Charter on 38' Dawson Sportfish Yacht in Norfolk, Virginia

    Damani was excellent and the boat was tidy, well kept, and perfect for our needs. We were even able to see the boat a day early to ensure all of our personal items would fit inside the cabin, which they easily did. I would absolutely recommend Damani and Salty Girl charters to anyone.

  3. LW
    Fishing Charter in Pasadena, Maryland

    Amazing Experience! Captain David was excellent, very accommodating and knowledgeable. He took us out and we caught fish. We had a great time and got back safe. Cant ask for a better experience. I will definitely repeat and recommend his service. Thank you again Captain David!

  4. NH
    Great Center Console for rent in Ocean City

    Friendly operators, knowledgeable and shared tidbits about the area - clean and nice boat - answered all my questions (and there were many!) - Book w Tabitha you won't regret it!! Flexible with pickup location I could go on! I'm seriously looking forward to booking more adventures with Tabitha!!!

  5. DC
    Great Center Console for rent in Ocean City

    Absolutely recommend. Booked the boat to spend a morning with a group of 6 total boating around and a bit of floating/swimming. Boat is spacious and in great shape. Plenty of space for 6 adults to sit and hang out + our cooler. Mason was our Captain and he was professional, educated and nice to hang out with. He taught us all about the area and knew the great spots to hang out and float/swim. Great experience.

  6. Catina
    Great Center Console for rent in Ocean City

    I absolutely recommend booking with Tabitha cause from the beginning of my booking to the end of our boat ride everything was professional , our captain was very knowledgeable about the history of ocean city on down to the best places to eat and enjoy. Also was very patient with helping my elderly mother on and off the boat.

The Ultimate Fishing Rental Guide for 2022

  • First Published Sep 22, 2022
In This Guide
Fishing Charters

Fishing is a sport as old as time, and popular for good reason: it’s easy for any age, it’s relaxing, and it provides an excellent opportunity to get out on the water and enjoy nature in a new way. And while fishing from a riverbank or off a dock is all well and good, a boat day is even better.

Whether you want to nab the perfect fish for dinner or just enjoy a day of catch-and-release, a fishing charter will enable you to make your angling dreams come true.

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Types of Fishing Charters & Fishing Boat Rentals

From renting a boat on your own and bringing your own gear to booking a luxury fishing charter with a professional captain and crew, you can find all these types of experiences on GetMyBoat.

Occasions to Get out on the Water

Not that you need an excuse for a fun day of fishing — any day is a good day to get out on the water — but here are some of the occasions for which we often see people renting fishing charters. Whether you already have a special occasion lined up, or you’re looking for an excuse to start planning a new trip, we recommend booking a captained charter with a professional who knows the waters, the wildlife, and can ensure your group is staying safe and having fun.

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What to Bring on Your Fishing Charter

Bringing the right stuff can make or break your boat day, so get together a checklist of what you’ll want well ahead of time so that you don’t forget on the day of.

What to bring will depend on your itinerary and weather conditions, but that being said — it’s always a good idea to bring water, snacks, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, towels, a warm extra layer of clothing (in case it gets chilly), as well as boat shoes. Your boat captain or owner that you rent from can give you more ideas on necessary essentials to bring.

And while most boat captains, owners, and boat rental services should include lifejackets and safety gear, if you have a personal lifejacket that you prefer to wear while enjoying watersports or other activities, it’s a good idea to bring it along.

It might feel like overkill for a casual day on the water, but it’s always better to be over-prepared than under-prepared.

Things to Bring on Your Fishing Trip:

  • A windbreaker or water-resistant jacket. This can help if you get your start on a cold, early morning or if there is a lot of water spray coming over the side of the boat.
  • Sun protection. This includes a hat, polarized sunglasses, sunscreen, and light clothing to keep your skin covered and protected. You can still get burned even on a cloudy day. Polarized sunglasses will help cut through any harsh glare that you encounter on the water — making it much easier to see.
  • Non-slip rubber soled shoes. Wear your boat shoes — not flip flops — on your fishing charter.
  • Seasickness medication. If you’re predisposed to feeling ill on the open water.
  • A cooler full of ice and drinks. Sometimes the charter operator provides an iced cooler — so be sure to ask before you head to the docks.
  • A waterproof bag. This is good for keeping your fishing license and other important documents or electronics dry.

While most fishing charter companies will provide some form of refreshments, it’s a good idea to bring a big, full water bottle so you can stay hydrated while making your catches. It’s very easy to get dehydrated while on the water, so make sure you remember to keep drinking.

Do I need to bring my own fishing rod, bait, and tackle?

Most fishing charters include all the gear, bait and tackle within the cost of the price, but it can vary by operator. Send a quick message to your captain or the charter company to ask about what fishing gear you’ll need to bring with you.

What to Bring on Your Fishing Charter

Weather Safety

Fishing charters rental: Weather Safety

Obviously, you don’t want to get stuck in a storm or plan your boat day during rainy, cold weather. Check your local weather forecast a few days out, and keep tabs on the radar to make sure you’re renting on a day where it’s safe to go out.

But even with that basic preparation, you can still be caught off guard on the water, so it’s good to prepare ahead of time in case conditions change.

What if the weather takes a turn?

One of the first tricks a boater should learn is how to read clouds, since their shape, speed, and position in the sky are all hints as to what the weather will be doing in the near future — and with that knowledge, you can plan and react accordingly. Below are a few basics; for more, check out our full guide on how to predict the weather at sea.

And if there’s a risk you’ll get stuck in bad weather, check out this guide for buying foul-weather gear that will keep you protected.

Cirrus Clouds

These high, wispy clouds are ice clouds positioned high in the atmosphere. If they appear long and wispy, or if you actually see them moving, then a change in weather might be imminent that day.

Distant Storms

You might see the edges of storms and cloud banks while at sea. Don’t panic —they may head toward you, or they may pass harmlessly by. You can try to gauge a storm system’s movement and move accordingly, but remember that storms often change direction, and larger ones tend to travel in a circular pattern. If you happen to have a barometer on board, you can check it for a better reference; a drop in air pressure means that a storm could be imminent in your area.


A shift in wind direction means a change in weather. Most prevailing winds in the Northern Hemisphere go from west to east, and so a persistent wind blowing due north or south may have a strong system connected to it.


As humidity increases, so does your sense of smell. A day at sea where everything smells much stronger than usual can mean an impending rain.

Weather Questions and Concerns

What if it rains on my boat rental day?

Cancellation and rescheduling policies vary from owner to owner. If the weather is bad on your scheduled boat day, contact your owner/operator to ask about rescheduling, or a refund. You can (and should) also ask about specific cancellation policies before you book, and often the owner will put it in the listing description of their boat.

Can I cancel or reschedule my boat rental if there’s bad weather?

This will vary depending on your boat owner or captain, but many are very flexible and will work with you to find an alternative time when the weather is better. Be sure to ask about their cancellation and rescheduling policy before you book.

Navigation Safety

Boating at Night

Visibility is reduced at night, so it’s essential to slow down and be aware of your surroundings. Chartplotters and marine radars are beneficial tools to use in the dark and help you feel more confident when navigating the waters at night. Between the hours of sunset and sunrise or during times of reduced visibility (fog, rain, haze), recreational vessels are required to display navigation lights.

Wake Zones

“Wake” are the waves that form as your watercraft moves through the water. It’s important to be on the lookout for “no-wake zones” — these are areas where a vessel must operate at a slow speed that doesn’t create a wake. You can usually identify a no-wake zone by white and orange floating markers or a row of markers.

Fishing Charter Rental Costs

Fishing charter prices will vary depending on the type of fishing you’ll be enjoying and the location where you’re going to. A half-day fishing charter is about 4-hours in duration, while a full-day is usually 8 hours or longer. On average, these are the costs for the various types of fishing charters:

Cost Breakdown

Hourly Rate

This is the base cost per hour for your boat rental before taxes, captain’s fees, or fuel. For every hour of your rental, you’ll pay this price.

Captain’s Fee

This can be listed as a separate charge or included in the hourly rate. Be sure to check the boat listing’s description to see if the captain’s fees are included or a separate charge.


Fuel charges are sometimes included but are sometimes separate from the hourly rate price, and will fluctuate based on how far you travel and how much fuel is used during the trip.


Tax charges for boat rentals vary by region.


While gratuity is always optional and isn’t part of the GetMyBoat checkout process, tipping is customary in many places. 10-20% of the rental cost is somewhat standard if you have a captain and crew catering to your needs on a charter, but it can vary depending on your region.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Boat Rental Basics

What makes GetMyBoat different from other boat rental apps?

GetMyBoat is the world’s largest boat rental and water experience marketplace. We connect more people to boat rental services than any other company. Our mobile app available for iOS and Android makes it possible to find and book boating experiences right on your phone.

You can access thousands of professional boat captains and companies to help plan your perfect day on the water. GetMyBoat’s 24/7 customer service team is always available to help with any step in the booking process. We also enable you to read real user reviews and see photos added from past users, so you can book with confidence that you’re choosing a 5-star boat rental or water experience.

GetMyBoat is committed to taking the lowest booking fees in the industry to save the customer money in pursuit of their perfect day on the water.

What is a boat charter?

A boat charter (vs. a boat rental) includes a professional captain to drive the boat. Frequently, it also includes crew members to provide services to the passengers, like food and beverage, as well as being there to assist the captain. The number of crew members working a boat charter will depend on the size of the vessel and the number of guests onboard.

A boat charter with a licensed, professional captain is the best option for inexperienced boaters or people unfamiliar with the waterways they wish to explore. A captain can provide an amazing experience on a private boat rental and help make the experience safer and more relaxing for boaters.

Can I rent a boat for a week?

While half-day and full-day boat rentals are the most commonly booked trip durations on GetMyBoat, some boat owners and operators allow for multi-day or week-long rentals. Some owners and boat rental services offer discounted rates when you book for more than one day. Ask about weekly deals on rentals if you’re hoping to go boating for more than one day.

Where do I pick up the boat rental?

While it’s common to meet at a marina or public dock, boat captains and owners can often coordinate a drop off at a boat launch or ramp, or another spot if it’s more convenient. Get the exact directions to where you need to meet your boat owner/captain to determine where to pick up the vessel. Send your captain a message to clarify if you’re unsure where to go!

Where do I refuel the boat?

If you need to refuel your boat rental before you return to the dock, ask the boat rental service or owner where they recommend that you refuel. Most waterways will have several fuel stations to choose from, and often the docks that you meet at for your boat rental will also have them. Many captains and owners will take care of this for you, but it’s a good idea to ask what their specific policy is for fueling. Check out local marinas to see if they have a fuel dock.

Fishing Charter Basics

What is a fishing charter?

A fishing charter is an excursion service where a captain and/or crew operate the boat, provide the equipment, selection the location, and help guests catch fish. A charter experience is the best way to make the most of your time on the water, and a stress-free way to enjoy fishing.

Why should I book a fishing charter with GetMyBoat?

GetMyBoat offers the largest selection of fishing charters in more locations around the world than any fishing booking service. You can read real user reviews before you book, compare different offerings, and filter by price to find the perfect fishing charter that will fit your budget. Use GetMyBoat to book a fishing charter right on your phone with the app, and enjoy 24/7 customer service and a seamless booking process.

Are fishing charters good for families with children?

While it depends on the location and the sea conditions for the day, a fishing charter can be an excellent family activity. While you might not want to bring a baby or a toddler on a fishing boat, children aged 6 and up can have a lot of fun catching fish with their parents. Ask your operator if there are any restrictions on bringing minors/children on your fishing charter.

Do I need a fishing license?

Not only do fishing license laws vary by state — but they can also vary within a state based on regional regulations and the body of water you’re fishing. Some states and regions have areas where a license is not required, and certain parks include a fishing license within the pass you purchase to access it. Check with the local department of natural resources (DNR) or game and wildlife department to determine if you’ll need a special license for your particular fishing destination or type of fish you’re hoping to catch.

Where can I get a fishing license?

In almost all situations, you can buy a fishing license online, and it’s a great idea to purchase it the day before your charter, so you don’t have to deal with it the same day and risk being late to to the dock. Some states even have low-cost options for discounted fishing licenses.

Are there regulations on what fish I can catch on a fishing charter?

Fishing regulations change with the seasons and specific location where you’re fishing. Check the local DNR or Fish & Wildlife service for more information on what you can catch and any size restrictions and quantity restrictions on fish that you can keep from your fishing day.

Do they clean the fish for you on a fishing charter?

Some captains and crew on a fishing charter will provide a deluxe service of cleaning and preparing your catch for you — so you’ll leave with some perfect filets to cook for dinner. Sometimes this is an extra upcharge and sometimes it is included in the price of the fishing charter.

Does the Captain cook the fish for you on a fishing charter?

On many fishing charters, the captain and crew will provide the exceptional service of cleaning and cooking your fish for you. If you’re looking to take the fish home to cook at a different time, they can clean and fllet it for you, so it’s all ready for your freezer to cook up at another date. Before you book a fishing charter, ask if fish cleaning and preparation services are included in the experience.

Are you guaranteed to catch fish on a charter?

No. There is no guarantee that you’ll catch fish, regardless of where you go or the type of charter you’re on. Many captains will be knowledgeable about the best spots to go to so that you’ll have the best chance of a successful fishing trip, but it’s never a guarantee. Many factors will determine if you have a successful fishing trip — but the best way to increase the likelihood that you’ll come home with a lot of fish is with a guided charter, as local captains have the best insights on where to go.

Is there a bathroom on the fishing boat?

Large vessels used for deep-sea fishing charters come equipped with a bathroom. Smaller boats like kayaks, canoes, skiffs, and jon boats won’t have a bathroom and are suitable for shorter fishing trips that are closer to shore, where you can easily get back on land to access any necessary facilities.

Services, Costs, & Fees

How much does it cost to rent a boat near me?

GetMyBoat’s mission is to make boating more accessible and affordable. To do this, we’re constantly growing our team of boat owners, captains, and operators around the world to offer a wider range of boat rentals and services at different price points. We want to provide the joys of boating to everyone - regardless of their budget.

Boat rental costs will vary depending on the size and type of boat you wish to rent. Other factors that impact the price of a boat rental include: trip duration, desired route, and itinerary. A boat rental usually costs between $50 and $150/hour but can range up to over $400/hour. Renting a boat for a few hours is usually less expensive than renting a boat for a whole day, but you can sometimes save money on the hourly rate by renting for longer - some owners and rental services offer discounted rates.

There’s no booking obligation at the inquiry stage with GetMyBoat - so you can send an inquiry message to a captain to get a price quote before you commit.

How much is a boat rental near me for a day?

The cost of a boat rental will depend on the duration of your rental, the size of the boat, and the size of your group. Sometimes, specific itineraries (i.e., traveling far distances to get to a famous swimming spot) can add extra costs if they require additional fuel. Typically, a half-day boat rental is 4-hours, and a full-day is 8 hours. Depending on your specific needs, you can expect to pay anywhere from $250 to over $1000 for your boat rental.

How much should I tip the boat captain?

When a captain and crew provide excellent service on the water, leaving a gratuity as a show of appreciation is a common custom. In many places, 10-20% of the rental cost is standard, but this can vary depending on where you are using boat rental services. GetMyBoat does not handle tips or gratuity payments, so please bring cash with you to tip, or many boat captains also have the option of CashApp or Venmo for leaving a tip after your boat charter.

How much does fuel cost for a boat rental?

Sometimes the boat owner/captain you are renting from will include fuel costs in the total fee charged, while others will charge on a usage basis - so depending on how much you use on your boat day. Inquire with the boat owner/captain about the typical fuel costs for your boat rental duration.

Are there additional costs for renting a boat near me?

Costs for your boat rental will vary from owner to owner, so be sure to inquire about any extra costs that might not be covered in the listed price - like fuel, captain’s fees, or additional charges for unique itineraries. Your captain will let you know what to expect if there is any deviation from the price on the boat listing.

Safety, Laws, and Regulations

How old do you have to be to rent a boat?

You must be at least 18 years old to rent with GetMyBoat. To operate a boat without a captain, you will need to ensure you meet the correct boating safety requirements. Boat owners and operators on GetMyBoat sometimes have their own individual age requirements for renting, so inquire with them on their minimum age when you send a booking inquiry.

How many people can I bring on my boat rental?

The boat's capacity will vary depending on the captain’s licensing rules, size of the boat, style of the boat, and the location you’re renting in. Every boat listing on GetMyBoat indicates the maximum number of people allowed on the boat, so you’ll know before inquiring if it will suit your group’s size.

Do I have to rent a boat with a captain?

Whether or not you rent a boat with a captain will depend on many factors. If you do not have boating experience - it is recommended that you book a boat rental with a captain service for safety. Some locations require that renters have a licensed captain onboard operating the boat at all times. If you do have boating experience and want to rent a boat without a captain, in most locations you are able to rent it bareboat to go on your own. Ask the boat rental service provider for information on renting a boat without a captain and let them know information about your boating experience.

Where should I go with my boat rental?

When you rent a boat, it’s a great idea to do some research on your own or ask the boat owner/company for recommendations if you’re not from the area. With a boat rental, popular places to venture to include sandbars, islands, beaches, coves, and waterfront restaurants. It’s a good idea to inquire with the boat owner for recommendations on what to do and advice on navigating there safely.

Do I need my own insurance to rent a boat?

You do not need your own insurance to rent a boat.

Where can I take a boating safety course?

Many boat safety courses are offered online and you can earn a certificate that will qualify you to rent a boat on your own. You can also often take in-person boating lessons which will teach you the necessary hands-on skills to operate a boat independently. Check out BoatEd for more information on local boating safety requirements and courses. You can also check out our Top Boating Safety Tips resources.

Are lifejackets Included in the price of a boat rental?

Most boat owners and boat rental services will include all lifejackets and safety equipment within the price of your listing. It’s always a good idea to ask where the equipment is located onboard before you leave the dock. Your captain or the owner should give you a briefing at the beginning of your rental experience, so you’re aware of all safety features and equipment on the boat.

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