You’ve picked the date, booked your charter fishing trip, and it’s about time to get out on the water. Your vessel is fully equipped and ready and waiting for you. Have you prepared for your trip? Going on any trip requires some planning, and with the boat ready, you have to pack for the trip. Wondering what exactly you should pack for your charter fishing trip? Don’t worry. Here’s a look at some of the essential items that you should take with you.
When going on the open water, it’s a good idea to take with you clothes that can be layered. You have to keep in mind that regardless of the weather, it’s possible that the temperature offshore could drop. Consider the time of day that you will leave the dock; if, for example, you are leaving at 5 am, if the temperature is low, there will be sun to provide warmth. Be ready to take off the layers when necessary, remembering that there is no shade on the water. Specific clothing to take includes, a windbreaker, shorts, gloves, lightweight shirt, light-colored clothes, and non-skid rubber-soled shoes.
Weather Protection Items
The open water provides you no protection from the sun, and if your trip takes you to the tropics, you need to be ready to protect your skin from the harsh temperatures of the sun. You don’t want your trip to end before it begins. Keep in mind that the weather can be a little unpredictable, with an unexpected downpour, for example. Pack sunscreen with a strong SPF for adequate protection, lip balm, hat, polarized sunglasses, and waterproof jacket and rain pants.
If your charter fishing trip takes you abroad, you want to ensure that you travel with your prescription medication. Your health is a top priority, and you don’t want to run into a language barrier on your trip that could prevent you from getting the medicine you need. Worst, you run the risk of not finding the exact medicine that was prescribed by your physician. Simply take your medications with you on the trip and avoid a medical crisis. If you have seasickness issues, it’s good to stock up on medicines like Bonine and Dramamine. Beyond medications, it’s a good idea to have a small first aid kit, hand sanitizer, and bug spray.
Whether your charter fishing trip is local or international, you will need storage containers and bags. Seaspray and sea salt can be damaging, and you want to avoid worrying about your items. Bring a sturdy backpack, collapsible cooler for food and drink, drinking bottle to stay hydrated, and waterproof bag for your electronics.
Additional Essential Items
A few other items that you should take with you include a smartphone or camera to document your big catch; hand towels to clean up messes; swimsuit for swimming or snorkeling; and your favorite rod and reel.
For your next charter fishing trip, Cape Cod Bay Outfitters can help make you dream a reality. We offer the luxuries of a charter boat, an exciting experience, and guidance to help you hook a great catch. Contact us today by giving us a call at 617-721-9182 or filling out a contact form and get your charter fishing trip on the way!