Fishing is a multi-billion dollar industry around the globe, but the industry seems to be pretty old-fashioned when it comes to arranging charters for your big trip. You can book online, of course, but a number of players currently on the market are limited in their geographic focus (mainly arranging trips in Florida or the Caribbean) or require you to deal directly with the charter and leave you wondering if you are working with a reputable service or got the best deal available.
Launching less than a year ago, FishingBooker looks to change that and firmly establish itself as the global leader in this market.
Hailing from Belgrade, Serbia, FishingBooker has already made a name for itself as a leading marketplace for connecting fishers and charters around the world. FishingBooker gained a bit of local attention back in July when they won a ticket to Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt, but really generated some buzz this week as the “Audience Choice” at the latter event.
As you would expect from a marketplace, FishingBooker allows users to find charters, read reviews, book the one you want. The price is what you would pay normally, but FishingBooker takes a small commission for facilitating the transaction.
FishingBooker is not simply interested in connecting prospective fishers with boating services. As fishing-lovers themselves, they also maintain a blog about top fishing destinations around the world and post interviews with captains, in which they discuss issues related to conservation and favorite local hotspots. FishingBooker also works on the vendor side by helping captains to manage to manage their inventory and to increase their internet marketing efforts in order to better reach potential customers.
FishingBooker currently lists 583 charters from 55 countries on its site. The team behind FishingBooker has bootstrapped the company since it launched back in October 2013, but it would not be surprising if they received new attention after their recent success at TechCrunch Disrupt. For now, the company says that they are looking to expand their global presence, with a specific goal of increasing the number of charters listed from the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.