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Asked Questions

  • How do I book a trip?
    You can give us a call at 804-513-8311, email us or book through the site by filling out our form. Our staff will walk you through booking the right trip for you!
  • How do I know which trip to book?
    The best thing to do is look through our sportfishing or island excursion optionsto get a good idea of what we offer. If you are still up in the air or want something totally customizable, then shoot us an email or call 804-513-8311. Kelsey will walk your through your interests and create a perfect day or week for you!
  • Where do you pick up and drop off?
    Our home port is on Water Island. We do complimentary pick ups and drop offs at the Water Island Ferry Dock and in Frenchtown near the fish market, next to Frenchtown Deli. We would be happy to do specialty pick ups on St. John, at your resort or cruise ship dock upon request. Additional dockage fees may apply, please call 804-513-8311 to discuss options.
  • How does payment work?
    We accept Venmo, Paypal, traveler's checks, and cash payments. Cash gratuities for the captain and crew are most appreciated. This is a service industry and they do work for tips. 20-25% of your trip is a customary tip if you had a great time, or more if you feel your captain/crew went above and beyond! We will take a deposit of 50% to secure your trip type and date, and the final 50% when you arrive to meet your captain.
  • What is your cancellation policy?
    We require a 50% deposit to confirm your charter booking. The deposit will be applied to the total cost of your charter. Cancellations made 48 hours or more in advance of your charter date will receive a full refund of the deposit. Any cancellation within 48 hours, will forfeit your deposit. No shows will be charged the full amount of the charter. If you need to cancel a scheduled trip for any reason, please call us at 804-513-8311. Fourth Island Charters reserves the right to modify reservation policies and fees at any time.
  • Will you cancel the trip for bad weather?
    We want to be on the water just as bad as you do! We do everything we can to check forecasts, wind patterns, and radar so that you have the best time on the water. However, some things are unpredictable. Occassionally the weather does not cooperate and boats break down. Your safety and comfort are our number one priority. In the event of inclement weather or unforseen boat issues causes us to cancel the trip, and we are unable to reschedule your charter during your stay, we will provide a full refund.
  • Are kids allowed on the trips?
    Absolutely! Our crew love having kids on board and teaching them new things about fishing/snorkeling. Because there are different Coast Guard rules for children, please just let us know ahead of time how many children and ages of each so that we can make sure we have the correct gear and safety equipment on board.
  • How many guests can go on the trips?
    We can take a maximum of 6 guests on our boat, Dogsled. If you have more guests, no worries! Kelsey can help you book a charter to accomodate up to 450 people. Whatever your needs, we can help you make it work on the water.
  • Does the boat have a bathroom?
    Yes, we do have marine head. This head is used for emergencies only and we suggest trying to use the bathroom before coming aboard, as this is nothing like your toilets at home 🙂
  • What should we wear or bring?
    It gets very hot out on the water, so covering up in SPF shirts, sunglasses, hats and reef safe sunscreen is a must. We provide ice cold water and soda but any snacks or drinks you would like to bring, feel free (just no glass on the boat). Cameras or GoPros to get some great shots are also smart to bring along.
  • Where should we stay?
    We work with lots of Airbnbs, hotels and villas. Give us a call and we would be happy to share some of our favorite areas on the island and suggestions for lodging.
  • Is there an age or weight requirement?
    We accept guests between the ages of 2-80. Although we technically do not have a weight limit, our tours require individuals to be in good physical health. Both fishing and snorkeling/ moving around a boat can be strenuous activities. We do not want this to get in the way of you having a wonderful excursion, but guest safety is our top priority. If you have any concerns about your condition, please feel free to contact us first.
  • Do you do SCUBA?
    We do not do SCUBA on Dogsled, but can set you up on an excursion that can take you diving to the best local spots!!
  • Why choose us over other fishing charters?
    We are a small business that is locally owned. Your captain and crew are from generations of local fisherman and care about their industry. It is in their blood. When the guys aren't on charter, they are fishing on their own. The captain and crew's professionalism and commitment to a safe/fun trip is unparralled. Not only is the crew amazing, Dogsled, has been in these waters since 2006. It is an amazing boat with lots of experience slaying fish in the VI. When you choose to go with Fourth Island Charters, you support local. Click here more information about crew and us.
  • Do I have to know how to fish?
    Taking novice fisherman out on the water is just as fun. Our captain will take care of all the hard work to make sure you are having a blast. He will also teach you along the way so the next time you come out with us, you will know exactly what you are doing!
  • Can I fish for a certain type of fish/ what will I catch?
    Our captain will do his best to go after specific species of your choice, but this ultimately depends on the weather/fishing conditions and time of year. Below is a list of what is generally caught in the area, or Click here to see what's typically biting during your trip. Offshore: Wahoo Mahi Mahi Yellowfin Tuna Blackfin Tuna Sailfish White and Blue Marlin Shark Inshore: Bonito Snapper Barracuda Kingfish Mackeral Jacks Tarpon Grouper
  • Is a fishing license required?
    No, our license will cover all those on board.
  • Will I be refunded if I get seasick or don’t catch anything?
    Unfortunately, no. Our experienced captain will do his best to make sure you catch something. In all of the times going out, the crew has never come back without a catch. If you are prone to getting seasick, we suggest taking medication at least an hour prior to your trip. It is ultimately your choice when to come in if you do get sick, but the boat/crew has been booked for a certain time and the full amount will be due.
  • Can we keep the fish?
    You caught it, you keep it. Upon request, your captain will clean and fillet your catch. Industry standard is up to 25lbs of fish. This is enough fish for everyone on board to eat off of for a few nights!
  • What tackle and equipment/ bait is supplied?
    We have Penn and Shimano reels and poles on board for you. These are industry favorites and kept in excellent condition. We also have a fighting chair and belts available upon request. Live bait (generally ballyhoo or sprat) will be used if available. The boat is also stocked with artificial baits and lures if that’s your preference. Although we have all the gear you would need, feel free to bring your lucky equipment!
  • What's the best time to go fishing/ can I add on time once out on the water?
    In the Virgin Islands there is no extreme tidal change. However, there is a morning and afternoon bite. Your crew will already have bait on the boat, so you dont have to worry about getting up early for that. Typically morning trips start at 8am/9am and afternoon 12pm/1pm. Choosing any of these times will get you out on the water and to the bite in time. If we do not have another charter booked for the day, we can certainly extend your time on the water. Each additional hour is $100.
  • Can we go offshore during a 4hour trip?
    Yes, in about 30-40 minutes you can be out on the South Drop. This is an amazing fishing area located 8 miles offshore that provides all sorts of activity.
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