If you think party boat fishing is for rookies only, think again. Pay-to-play vessels offer the chance to learn new fishing tricks from an experienced crew or preview waters you've yet to fish. They are also ideal for introducing youngsters and novice anglers to the pleasures of fishing.
What it costs: Party boat fares vary depending on trip length and distance to the fishing grounds. Expect to pay $40 to $50 for half-day trips, $60 to $90 for full-day adventures. Many boats discount children's and senior citizen tickets. Tip 15 to 20 percent, adding extra for fish cleaning. The optional pool ante, usually $2, goes to the angler hauling aboard the day's biggest fish.