The main problem an out of town small boat owner has is finding fishable days off the oceanfront. It's a crap shoot. Even if the forecast is ideal at the time you hitch your trailer, by the time you get here and ready to launch, the weatherman pulls the bait and switch on you and the weather is crappy. Yes you will get much greater satisfaction by doing it all yourself, your boat, your tackle, your gameplan. Nothing like finding feeding fish on your own. Hoing is also a crap shoot. I sometimes look for hos but will cancel too if the weather looks bad. I try to pick my days carefully as I'm getting too old to get tossed around for 2 fish. But if you want a reasonable assurance to be able to fish, minus a gale warning, then hook up a reputable charter with the bigger boats. They will usually still fish even in a small craft advisory but probably not a gale warning. There are many good ones out there.
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