Deep sea fishing (also referred to as ‘offshore’ fishing) is an exciting adventure for both novice anglers and seasoned anglers. The wide blue sea is home to plenty of majestic fish species like tuna, marlins, swordfish and others, fish that leave even seasoned freshwater anglers in awe. If you haven’t tried offshore fishing before, then you’ll want to consider joining a deep sea fishing charter. This way you have a professional deep sea fishing guide who can introduce you to the process and help make your fishing adventure memorable and successful. That said, here’s our brief guide and some tips to prepare you for your first deep sea fishing adventure.
What to Bring
Most deep sea fishing charters already have everything you’ll need for the trip. This includes saltwater fishing rods, baits, life jackets, and others. Even fishing licenses are offered on the spot. Nonetheless, you’ll still want to ask the guide if there’s anything else that you’ll be required to bring. For the most part though, you’ll want to make sure that you pack the following.
- High-SPF Sunscreen. Spending time out in the water, even during overcast days, can still lead a stinging sunburn. That said, make sure bring a high-SPF rated sunscreen and apply and reapply as needed. Go for sunscreen for watersports so it doesn’t wear off easily when you get wet.
- Anti-motion Sickness Medication. If this is the first time you’re heading out into the sea, know that the boat can get rocky sometimes and make you feel sick. If you are prone to motion sickness, pop some anti-motion sickness tablets before getting in the boat.
- Water. Long-term exposure to the sun will make you dehydrated rather quickly, so be sure to bring and drink plenty of water during the trip. Avoid drinking alcohol since it will only make you lose body liquids quicker.
- Although most items have been paid for when you booked the trip, there are some things which you may need to buy or pay for aboard the ship like fish bags, galley purchases, fish cleaning services, gratuities, and others.
- Ice Chest. Of course you’ll want to bring your catch home and cook it for dinner, so be sure to have an ice chest ready in your car.
- To capture those awesome moments and that big fish you just caught.
There are plenty of other things that you may want or be required to bring on the trip. Talk to your guide or check the fishing charter’s website to know exactly what you can and are not allowed to bring to the trip.
What to Wear
When going on a deep sea fishing adventure, you’ll want to make sure that you are dressed for the occasion. This will help to ensure that you are not only comfortable during the trip, but it will also help ensure your safety while on board.
- Waterproof Clothing. You will get wet while deep sea fishing no matter how careful you are, so you’ll want to wear waterproof clothes. If not, wear clothes that you don’t mind getting wet. Also, bring a towel to dry yourself after your battle with the fish.
- Slip-resistant Footwear. This is not the time to wear those expensive leather loafers. Choose something that has a rubber sole and with excellent grip. Many fishing shoes have these features are quite comfortable especially when you have to stand for a long time on deck.
- Fishing Sunglasses and Hat. The sun’s glare can be really bothersome and negatively affect your enjoyment while out in the water. Choose polarized fishing sunglasses to protect your eyes and help ease the sun’s glare when you’re looking at the water. Fishing hats are also necessary to protect your face and the back of your neck from sunburn.
- Extra Layers. Some deep sea fishing charters can last until late afternoon, and out in the open water temperatures can drop really quickly so you’ll want to bring along an insulated jacket or a thick fishing jacket to keep you warm.
- Fishing Gloves. Fishing gloves help to improve your grip on the fishing rod and help protect your hands from cuts and blisters.
Before the Trip
Once you arrive at the pier or dock and get in on the boat, you will be greeted by your guide and required to sign the ship’s manifesto. After that, find a place in the boat where you can stow your gear and belongings. Never leave your things strewn around the deck.
The guide will then introduce you to the crew and orient you about the trip including the safety rules, where the life jackets are located, and what you can expect from the trip. You may also be asked to rent a fish bag where you will put your catch. However, you will not be taking the bag. Instead, the bag will be placed in their cold storage and you will be given a bag number. When you catch a fish, give it to the crew and they will be the one to put it in the bag.
During the Trip
Generally, it takes more or less thirty minutes for the boat to arrive at the fishing destination. If you brought along your own fishing rod and reel, you can spend this time checking your gear. If not, you can sit back and relax en route to the destination. In any case, a guide will give a basic orientation on how to use fishing gear to the first-time anglers joining the trip, and you’ll want to listen because they may give some tips that can help you land that big fish. After all, they’ve been there before so their advice must be worth listening to.
Once you reach the fishing grounds, the boat captain will steady the boat and give the signal to drop your lines and let the fishing begin.
After the Trip
As the boat heads back to shore, you can have your fish cleaned and filleted by the crew. You can also just bring the whole fish home if you want to if you would like to do the cleaning and filleting yourself. Double check also that you didn’t forget anything before getting off the boat.
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If you haven’t gone offshore fishing before, it is highly recommended that you join a deep sea fishing charter and get your feet wet (so to speak) before attempting a solo adventure. This way you have a deep sea fishing guide who knows the waters well, have an idea of where the big fish are, and help you learn the ropes in general.