Our challenge was finding a charter that would accommodate a party of 8 that wasn't a HUGE party boat charter with 50 people. We found this charter and I called and spoke with Chris about what we were looking for and he explained that his boat will hold 40 something people but he will not book more than 20...and at $120 per person plus tip (includes everything, including fish cleaning, except for our snacks) we were happy.
Drove to Orange Beach and were happy to see a very clean boat ready and waiting at 6am. After a few minutes explaining how things would operate we were off, trolling lines in tow. The kids got to reel in a few mackerel that were caught on the lines they ran behind the boat as we went out into the gulf.
Once we were where the Capt wanted us to be the two helpers already had us setup and ready to go with poles and bait. We had a good understanding of how to use the equipment we were working with and when Capt said to drop...we were ready to drop.
I will say, we did not catch a lot of fish, but we still had a fun day. There was a storm just a few miles south of us, and because of that it was pretty rough out there. We kept drifting from the spots, so we would have to pull up our lines so he could move back over the reef, but be still really enjoyed the day. The crew were very helpful with getting lines untangled and fish off the lines.
When we returned to the marina they quickly (very quickly!) cleaned the fish and everything was divided up between everyone on the boat. Very clean boat with bathrooms on board, but no running water in the sink so you will definitely want to bring handy wipes/hand sanitizer after you've been digging around in a bait bucket all morning!
We were back between 12:30 - 1...I think he kept us out a little longer than normal because we hadn't caught as many fish as they had hoped, so he wanted to try a little longer...plus it wasn't going to take as much time to clean the fish when we got back. We traveled out for about an hour, maybe an hour 15 minutes before we dropped our lines.