Going sea fishing is an incredible adventure and if you are to try it for the very first time you may be wise to bear in mind that there are certain things that will make your day a whole lot more fun. As for safety equipment you can pretty much leave that up to the boat owner, the equipment we are talking about is for your own personal comfort on-board the boat.
When you set off from the quay for a day’s fishing there is no popping back home for items that you may have forgot. What you take on-board is what you will have for the rest of the day, so plan your trip with this in mind.
Personal essentials include:
- Protective eye-wear
- Hand towel
- Gunny sack
- Layers of clothing
- Boat shoes
- Sea sickness pills
You also need to check out with your boat charter company if they are providing food during the day and if drinks and refreshments will also be available. Do they have an ice-chest to keep the fish you have caught fresh for the journey home? And also, are they going to provide tackle etc? One think to consider is that alcohol and boats do not normally mix unless you are on a cruise or on-board a super-yacht. But one or two cold beers during the day would be perfectly acceptable.
What to Wear
What you should wear on board rather depends on where your fishing expedition is traveling to. However, layers of clothing will suffice for almost every eventuality as you can take off or put on layers as you want. The most important item is your shoes, non-skid rubber soled shoes are ideal. A boat tends to get covered in water so wearing flip-flops or bare feet is not a good idea. When you are trying to decide what to bring then bear in mind these factors:
- Sea conditions
- Size of boat
- Anticipated weather
- Length of cruise
- And the type of fishing you expect
If you plan around the above you should not be too far off the mark with your choice of clothing, and your day will be all the more enjoyable because of it.
Before you set out on your fishing trip ensure that you have the correct fishing licenses for where you are going fishing. Your boat charter company should inform you and supply the correct documentation, but it is advisable to check in advance.
Also check on the prices that you have been quoted for the trip cover exactly everything that you need. It is never a good idea to take a lot of cash with you on a boat, so the last thing you want to be doing is haggling how much a sandwich for lunch costs, or another load of bait. If you prepare properly for your day’s fishing, then you are going to have a terrific day out and a wonderful time to be remembered for ever.