Destin Fishing Charters now face an uphill battle as gasoline prices continue to rise. For this reason, there is no choice but to pass these costs on to customers as the peak fishing season approaches. The average cost of a gallon of gasoline in Florida is now $6, with gasoline costing boaters more.
“Unfortunately gas prices have doubled, if not more,” said Tim Stock, owner of Destin Florida Fishing Charters. “Because the boats have sensitive fuel systems, charter captains will pay more for pure, ethanol-free gas. Add to that the fact that economic pressure has diminished charter sales and we are looking at what could be the least profitable season we have ever seen.
Many charters pass the additional costs on to customers. With the combined news of rising charter rates and economic uncertainties, charter captains are now also facing another problem: fewer customers willing to spend to travel and fish in Destin. This has caused fishing captains and guides nervous, given that charters are their main source of income.
Despite the bad news, fishing charters are still full of hope as day-to-day operations continue. “As summer approaches, we hope to see more locals and tourists interested in taking charter trips to go coastal fishing or on deep water adventures,” said Tim Stock. As tourism leaders view 2022 as a banner year and tourism taxes rise by 48%, people continue to pay to travel and hopefully this will extend to Destiny waters as well.
Destin fishing charters and guides continue to offer their services to local anglers and tourists looking to go ashore or offshore fishing trips. The area is still known as the luckiest fishing village in the world, and even with declining numbers there are still anglers heading to Destin to catch a variety of fish like snapper, rockfish, tarpon and mahi mahi, among many others.
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