Is deep sea fishing on your Bucket List? It can definitely be a thrill of a lifetime. But it also has the potential to be a miserable waste of your time and money if you don’t prepare for it like you should.
Here are some helpful tips to help make your first offshore charter fishing experience the very best it can be.
First, 5 Things NOT to Do:
1. Stay out partying until 2:00am the night before your fishing trip.
Don’t be the person who gets three hours of sleep, shows up hungover at sunrise, and throws up at the dock before you even get on the boat.
2. Eat a bunch of greasy, heavy foods within 24 hours of your trip.
A stomach full of junk and a ship out in the middle of the ocean are not a good combination. If you’re not kind to your body before you get on that boat, your body will not be kind to you once you’re on board.
3. Forget your sunscreen.
Fish love the sun. People do too. But if you’ve ever been out in the middle of the ocean on a boat for 4-12 hours in direct Texas sunlight, you know it can result in bad sunburn, heat exhaustion, and dehydration. There will be shady places to sit on the boat, but apply (and reapply) sunscreen for the times you need to be in the sun.
4. Assume you don’t need anti-nausea medication.
Maybe you don’t get carsick. Maybe you don’t get sick on roller coasters. But the motion in the middle of the ocean is different. And it lasts for hours and hours. (You’ve probably never been on an eight-hour roller coaster ride.) Even if you’ve survived a boat trip in the past without nausea, these waves are new. Take a pill just to be safe.
5. Bring young kids.
A deep sea fishing adventure is not for the little ones. They could get sick or scared, and you don’t want to spend all your time worrying about them and whether they’ve fallen in the sea or not. Mature teenagers who can swim should do great, but leave your small kids at home.
Now, DO These 5 Things for an Amazing Experience:
1. Get plenty of sleep the night before.
Instead of staying out partying, go to bed early and get plenty of rest, so you’re not falling asleep on the boat and missing out on some great fishing. Instead of alcohol, drink some water or calming tea before bed. Instead of eating unhealthy foods that might disagree with you once you’re out on the boat, eat something simple and familiar.
2. And your best bet is to do all of this for a full 24 hours before you get on the boat.
Bring plenty of sunscreen and apply it liberally.
Even if your skin is already sun-kissed or naturally dark, do yourself a favor and bring sunscreen. Put it on, then put it on again. And maybe even again. Remember, the fish love sunlight, but your skin can’t handle hours of exposure. And you might sweat off the sunscreen or get a little wet, so another application or three can’t hurt. A hat and sunglasses are also a good idea.
3. Take anti-nausea medication the night before as a precaution.
We recommend taking a whole pill before you go to bed and then another half of a pill the next morning. Most anti-nausea meds have drowsiness as a side effect, so you want it in your system, but you don’t want to fall asleep and miss the fun.
4. Bring water and your own snacks.
We provide Cokes, beer, chips, and tuna fish sandwiches, but you’re free to bring any kind of snacks you like and/or snacks that might settle an upset stomach more than tuna fish. Water is great to keep you hydrated, and honestly, if you do get sick, you’ll want to keep drinking water to give you something to throw up. Your body isn’t going to stop heaving until you get back to shore.
5. Look to the horizon if you start to feel seasick.
It really does help. Without getting into a deep scientific explanation of motion sickness, just know that a rocking boat sends your brain conflicting messages about its position in space and the motion it’s experiencing. The horizon stands still and gives your brain something steady to focus on. So, if you start to feel sick, you may be able to curb the nausea by looking to the horizon.
You can also stand up on the boat and face into the wind. Breathe deeply and slowly to help calm your brain and body down.
And Now You’re Ready to Go!
You really do need to take these tips seriously. Be vigilant. Don’t shrug any of them off. The rewards of a trip like this are pretty great, but there are some pretty steep obstacles.
Don’t be the person who spends hundreds of dollars on a fun family vacation activity just to throw up for six hours.
Take our simple, practical advice and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime! And when you're ready, book here.