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Old 09-09-2020, 09:15 PM
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My son will turn 10 this fall. And I was thinking of bringing him on his first tuna charter for his birthday. He has been offshore numerous times but usually 20-30 miles out In our boat for snapper, Cobia, etc. He loves fishing so much to the point he watches it on you tube. And talks non stop about catching a tuna. Now honestly I know he canít catch a tuna unless maybe some smaller black fin. But heís love to watch it. Iíve always gone on offshore charters with all adults. I donít think itís issue but wanted to hear others opinions and or advice. I know the tuna fishing picks up in fall so the timing seems to be right.

If so Iíd like to go out of Grand Isle or Fourchon. Could do Venice but my preference is GI area. Any charters youíd recommend there for fall tuna trip with a kid. Actually prob kids bc Iíll have to talk a buddy into going with his kid being itís his birthday heíll want to have at least one buddy there. Thanks for any info here.
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My son was six when he first went offshore with me. He's been numerous times now up to 80 miles out and will turn 8 in december. I was actually pretty surprised at how well he's done. Number one thing is make sure they don't get sick! I'd take a freeman charter with mexican gulf if I was taking kids. Or peace marvel. Or blake rigby
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My son started coming offshore when he was eight or nine mid size express boat with satellite TV and a good crew kept him interested
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Ok yeah the more I think about it itís a no brainer. Heís been out a bunch already and never gotten sea sick yet. But again that was always closer in for snapper type trips. This will be a little different but I have no doubt he can hang. What else besides tuna should I expect to catch in mid to late October?
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I was always told 10, by numerous captains. I'm in the same boat as you, my oldest turns 10 in the spring, and ever since he was little has a love for fishing, mostly catching, but still likes to get on a boat with dad and grandpa. Lucky for me, we have a neighborhood full of kids who like to fish, and are all his age, so when the spring rolls around, I'll be dragging him, and probably 3 friends/dads and going to Venice to experience what we all love to do.

Problem with fishing in October is, it's a great time of year to fish for tuna, and the vast majority of the charter boats book out a year in advance for fall fishing. Just my observation. Now, if you follow the fleet on social media, they often have last minute cancellations, and you can probably jump in a slot like that.
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My kids have been going on trolling charters in the Carolinas since they were 5&7yrs old. Dramamine the morning of the charter and never an issue. They sleep on the way out and are wide awake by the time lines are in the water. We did 7-10 charters every year prior to Covid. At 8yrs old my daughter reeled in a 48# kingfish on a 30w with absolutely zero help from the charter guides or me. Iím still beaming with pride!
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ive had my 4 year old out 25+ miles 3 or 4 times already and he has never gotten board or scared. 10 i would think he would be up for an overnighter if i asked him, hell he may be driving the boat by then.

i have buddies that have 8-12 year old sons that tournament fish in the gulf all the time, take him he will always remember that trip.

i caught my first big yellowfin and my first blue marlin out of Venice on Charters, you dont forget those trips especially as a kid.
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I think it's child dependent and it sounds like he's ready, but only you know your child. Would probably take mine if the weather was good.

Some charters you can check out in GI area:
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The best thing to do would be communicate with your charter captain and make sure that they are good with having kids on board. I would also work the clarify with them on what you personally want to get out of the charter. If its primarily focused on making sure the kids have a great time, then the charter captain can focus on catching some blackfins vs. large yellowfin that the kids can reel in. If it's more focused on just getting the kids offshore to experience tuna fishing and see some giant fish, just make sure that is communicated with the captain prior to the trip.

As for me, when I was 10 years old I would have been just fine staring into a livewell for the entire charter and been perfectly entertained!
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GrandisleFisher-
This is a great subject and completely appropriate for you to seek input before you venture off into the Tuna Grounds, you are asking the right question, proceeding with caution and nurturing the bond you are building with your son in the most admirable way.
I can't provide you with an actual number for an age that is appropriate, let me give you some thoughts to consider.
Too often I see most dad's living vicariously through their son just as pageant moms live through their daughters. Oh, these dads will not agree nor will they recognize I am talking about them, but I am. I have dads all the time that call me and want to take kids offshore telling me they grew up bass fishing, have been inshore and grew up hunting/fishing and even been Snapper fishing. These dads tell me their kids are fisherman tough, offshore ready, weather prepared and so is the wifey. These big buff muscle bound dads show up with JR. and the wifey, who are not nearly as excited as the dad, and yep, you guessed it, sick at first Snapper stop in before 9 AM and thankfully I stopped in close to gauge the situation based on looks from faces and questions such as how far, will we see land, how rough, what time be in, how much longer till we stop, etc.....etc....etc..... It's one thing to watch your grown ass buddies throw up, watching a kid or wife is not acceptable and we don't stay to that point.
With this being said, often times it's not your child that will get sick, it's his buddy. My kid used to wonder why I would not let his buddies go. I can't chance a long run with a "Buddy" that says he won't get sick even if the Dad allows me to take that child. Err on the side of caution and you will create a little buddy that will grow to love offshore fishing more than you can imagine. Throw a kid to the wolves, scare him, get him sick, make him uncomfortable and you stall the process or even ruin it...
I took it real slow with my son, I started him young and monitored each trip for excitement and engagement. Although he wanted to go Tuna fishing or overnight I wouldn't take him until I felt he was ready and would be eager to go again, not just say he did it and be afraid to do it again.... One thing I can control that some dad's can't is the ability to take him out in stable weather. Be careful on your charter and make the right weather call, back out if weather is poor, don't put him in a situation that is not rewarding, fun and easy on him. Speaking of charter, I would certainly make an attempt to choose a kid friendly charter operation AND have a discussion with your captain. When I was in the business one of my main functions was putting the right group of men/women/bachelors/family's etc...etc.... with the correct charter captain, chemistry on the boat is always a major consideration for an enjoyable day of fishing.
BTW, I certainly believe your son is ready......

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Thanks all, making calls now! We have a fall break so maybe do a weekday I am sure the weekends are pretty full already.
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Originally Posted by CajunOdysea View Post
GrandisleFisher-
This is a great subject and completely appropriate for you to seek input before you venture off into the Tuna Grounds, you are asking the right question, proceeding with caution and nurturing the bond you are building with your son in the most admirable way.
I can't provide you with an actual number for an age that is appropriate, let me give you some thoughts to consider.
Too often I see most dad's living vicariously through their son just as pageant moms live through their daughters. Oh, these dads will not agree nor will they recognize I am talking about them, but I am. I have dads all the time that call me and want to take kids offshore telling me they grew up bass fishing, have been inshore and grew up hunting/fishing and even been Snapper fishing. These dads tell me their kids are fisherman tough, offshore ready, weather prepared and so is the wifey. These big buff muscle bound dads show up with JR. and the wifey, who are not nearly as excited as the dad, and yep, you guessed it, sick at first Snapper stop in before 9 AM and thankfully I stopped in close to gauge the situation based on looks from faces and questions such as how far, will we see land, how rough, what time be in, how much longer till we stop, etc.....etc....etc..... It's one thing to watch your grown ass buddies throw up, watching a kid or wife is not acceptable and we don't stay to that point.
With this being said, often times it's not your child that will get sick, it's his buddy. My kid used to wonder why I would not let his buddies go. I can't chance a long run with a "Buddy" that says he won't get sick even if the Dad allows me to take that child. Err on the side of caution and you will create a little buddy that will grow to love offshore fishing more than you can imagine. Throw a kid to the wolves, scare him, get him sick, make him uncomfortable and you stall the process or even ruin it...
I took it real slow with my son, I started him young and monitored each trip for excitement and engagement. Although he wanted to go Tuna fishing or overnight I wouldn't take him until I felt he was ready and would be eager to go again, not just say he did it and be afraid to do it again.... One thing I can control that some dad's can't is the ability to take him out in stable weather. Be careful on your charter and make the right weather call, back out if weather is poor, don't put him in a situation that is not rewarding, fun and easy on him. Speaking of charter, I would certainly make an attempt to choose a kid friendly charter operation AND have a discussion with your captain. When I was in the business one of my main functions was putting the right group of men/women/bachelors/family's etc...etc.... with the correct charter captain, chemistry on the boat is always a major consideration for an enjoyable day of fishing.
BTW, I certainly believe your son is ready......

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The best thing to do would be communicate with your charter captain and make sure that they are good with having kids on board. I would also work the clarify with them on what you personally want to get out of the charter. If its primarily focused on making sure the kids have a great time, then the charter captain can focus on catching some blackfins vs. large yellowfin that the kids can reel in. If it's more focused on just getting the kids offshore to experience tuna fishing and see some giant fish, just make sure that is communicated with the captain prior to the trip.

As for me, when I was 10 years old I would have been just fine staring into a livewell for the entire charter and been perfectly entertained!
Totally agree with this post. Communicate with you captain to make sure everyone is on board with the game plan. If the captain is hesitant or doesn't sound like a good fit for a kid, move on a find another charter. Plenty of charters out there to find the one that fits for your son & your budget. Communication is key.
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All good advice, be careful about the weather. At that age one bad trip can burn them for life on offshore. Do not be afraid to call an offshore trip off due to weather and be content to fish jetty's or bay. Also smart to head in early if T-storm chances increase in the evening.
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Originally Posted by CajunOdysea View Post
GrandisleFisher-
This is a great subject and completely appropriate for you to seek input before you venture off into the Tuna Grounds, you are asking the right question, proceeding with caution and nurturing the bond you are building with your son in the most admirable way.
I can't provide you with an actual number for an age that is appropriate, let me give you some thoughts to consider.
Too often I see most dad's living vicariously through their son just as pageant moms live through their daughters. Oh, these dads will not agree nor will they recognize I am talking about them, but I am. I have dads all the time that call me and want to take kids offshore telling me they grew up bass fishing, have been inshore and grew up hunting/fishing and even been Snapper fishing. These dads tell me their kids are fisherman tough, offshore ready, weather prepared and so is the wifey. These big buff muscle bound dads show up with JR. and the wifey, who are not nearly as excited as the dad, and yep, you guessed it, sick at first Snapper stop in before 9 AM and thankfully I stopped in close to gauge the situation based on looks from faces and questions such as how far, will we see land, how rough, what time be in, how much longer till we stop, etc.....etc....etc..... It's one thing to watch your grown ass buddies throw up, watching a kid or wife is not acceptable and we don't stay to that point.
With this being said, often times it's not your child that will get sick, it's his buddy. My kid used to wonder why I would not let his buddies go. I can't chance a long run with a "Buddy" that says he won't get sick even if the Dad allows me to take that child. Err on the side of caution and you will create a little buddy that will grow to love offshore fishing more than you can imagine. Throw a kid to the wolves, scare him, get him sick, make him uncomfortable and you stall the process or even ruin it...
I took it real slow with my son, I started him young and monitored each trip for excitement and engagement. Although he wanted to go Tuna fishing or overnight I wouldn't take him until I felt he was ready and would be eager to go again, not just say he did it and be afraid to do it again.... One thing I can control that some dad's can't is the ability to take him out in stable weather. Be careful on your charter and make the right weather call, back out if weather is poor, don't put him in a situation that is not rewarding, fun and easy on him. Speaking of charter, I would certainly make an attempt to choose a kid friendly charter operation AND have a discussion with your captain. When I was in the business one of my main functions was putting the right group of men/women/bachelors/family's etc...etc.... with the correct charter captain, chemistry on the boat is always a major consideration for an enjoyable day of fishing.
BTW, I certainly believe your son is ready......

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This is 100% the correct answer. My young kids think offshore is always inland lake flat because they haven't seen more than 1'-2' in the dozens of trips they have taken through the years. I convert more trips than not to an island run or trout fishing the night before we go so that they remain passionate about the big hunt. 3 kids - 8, 10, 12 / Girl, Boy, Girl... The 8 year old loves it the most by far

Ive taken 2 of the 3 offshore at 6 years old, and I let them reel in every fish until they are tired of reeling or completely bored of it. We lose a lot of fish this way but we make some great memories. If nothing is out there, we will always stop and catch some trash sharks, because sharks are cool to kids. We also stop at large dolphin pods to get them to swin with the boat, throw cast nets every time they want to catch more bait, stop to spot sea turtle, count flying fish, and name frigate birds... keep it fun and there really isn't an age to it if the equipment, company, and weather is right.

Def. tell the captain what your intentions are and what you want from the trip, they will probably enjoy a fun easy day too

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