Essentials For Your Sport Fishing Charter Experience

If you are new to fishing, whether that's freshwater or deep-sea fishing, you should look into charter fishing. A charter fishing tour is a great way to learn the ropes because you can get out on a boat with an experienced guide. Your guide can show you the best fishing spots and help you work on your technique if you eventually want to enter competitions. Here are just a few essentials you'll need for this experience.

A Fishing License

Every state has its own rules when it comes to fishing. You'll need to purchase a fishing license or permit before you head out on the charter or else you could be fined by the state for not having one. You can purchase a fishing license from the state's Department of Fish and Wildlife. The fishing charter company can also set you up with one, or you can sometimes pick up a permit at an outdoor recreational shop.

Sun Protection

Even if it's not a particularly sunny day, you need sun protection since UV rays can bounce off the surface of the water and burn your skin. Your charter may be a few hours or last the whole day, so you don't want to be out in the sun this long without protection. Make sure you pack sunblock—use this especially on your arms, neck, and face. Also, pack sunglasses, a hat, and a long-sleeved shirt. It's beneficial to dress in layers so that you are not only protected from the sun but also so that you can stay warm and dry if the weather does happen to be unpleasant.

Water Bottle and Snacks

You may think that you don't need to eat or stay hydrated because you are just standing or sitting on the fishing boat. However, you will burn calories while you adjust your balance to the water underneath the boat and while you are casting and reeling. If you get seasick, then it's important to drink water since dehydration can make this experience worse. Bring along snacks so that if you need to take medication for seasickness, you won't be doing so on an empty stomach.

Ice Chest

The fishing charter may provide the equipment and tackle, but keep in mind that if you do catch a fish, you'll want to transport it safely home. You'll need an ice chest so that your catch will stay fresh during transport.

Contact a company in your area that offers sport fishing charters for more information on essentials you'll need to make this a fun, safe experience.

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