Offshore fishing varies from state to state and country to country, but two things remain the same – Big Boats and Big Fish.
I think one of the biggest benefits of an offshore fishing lifestyle is the absolute variety of species that can be caught. Most areas have their own seasonal runs for a variety of offshore species, but all of the areas have something biting all year round. I think the biggest obstacle is probably gaining the experience to understand your exact fishery. That’s actually a task that ever ends. For offshore charter boats there is usually a pattern from deck hand, to first mate, to Captain that your local guide will follow along his/her career.
In other cases you will find that a Captain actually started as a young kid with a pack of frozen shrimp at the jetty, who taught himself all the ropes from this early age, and right through every evolution of his personal fishing career. These guys are sometimes the absolute best to fish with because you simply cannot beat being around that passion, expertise, and in depth knowledge for the given offshore fishery.
For someone just diving in to offshore fishing, you may want to do a test run with a buddy, or if that is not available to you, invest in a simple offshore fishing charter. This will help you understand what is involved, see if you’re going to blow chunks out at sea (it happens.. to me), and finally- get a glimpse of the realities of offshore fishing before diving in financially yourself.