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Grandfather and Child Fishing

What To Bring On Your Fishing Charter:


Clothing – Comfortable Clothing is a must but also please make sure to bring protective gear. Wear protective clothing against sunlight, rain or wind if needed.  For the purpose of photography, we encourage you to wear bring Bright Colored Shirts like Red, Orange, Blue, Green, Yellow.   It is OK to wear your swimsuit if you would  like.  


Hats and Shoes – It is important to have a good secure shoe when on the boat. For safety reasons, we recommend that you wear non skid sneakers, deck shoes or shoes with toes or sandals that securely fasten to your feet.  Tennis Shoes, shoes with heels,  Hat (if your bald) and any clothing that protects your skin from the sun.  Flip flops or Shower Shoes are NOT the safest choice and often stick to the wet deck and when you step, the center piece between your toes often pulls through or tears.  Shoes that have a toe and heal strap work best.  Going Barefoot is NOT OK- You can step on fish fins or a misplaced hook. 


Cooler, Food, Beverages, Snacks – A “Clean” Small Personal Cooler 48 quart or less, Food, Drink (your favorite adult beverage “Beers” should be in cans).  Your cooler should be clean and has not been riding around in the back of your farm or work truck with grease or mud all over it.  Only bring one cooler, please.  We have limited space on board and usually one cooler up to 48 quarts is plenty big enough to handle your food and beverages.  Some people grab the cooler out of the back of their work truck that is dirty, oily, greasy or muddy.   Please wash it or bring a clean cooler.


NO  Hard Liquor – This ain’t no booze cruise.  Drunk people are a liability and we don’t like being around people who over do it.   Beer and wine coolers are fine.   Just try to bring all cans or plastic bottles only. The Captain reserves the right to bring the boat to harbor and end the trip if anyone in the party becomes too intoxicated.


Remember to bring WATER or FLUIDS for YOU AND YOUR family.  It is hot out there during the summer and early fall and you will dehydrate if you don’t drink enough fluids.


Basics – (optional) Hand Towel to wipe your hands. (after you bait your hook).   Our deckhand does a good job helping you bait your hook so you don’t get too messy. If you bait your own hooks, please wipe your hands after you bait your hook. This way you won’t be smearing oily, fishy bait on our rod handles.  It dries sticky and is very hard to clean off.


Sunscreen - Be sure to apply RUB ON sunscreen before going deep sea fishing.  Avoid bringing AEROSOL spray on sunscreen because it goes all over the deck and creates a slip hazard when sprayed.  If you spray it on inside our cabin, it will over spray and ruin our carpet.  Please stick with old fashioned rub on lotion and avoid aerosols.

Sunglasses are helpful because it is bright outside.  I will ask you to take your sunglasses off during photo sessions because your pictures will turn out better when we can see your eyes.


Motion sickness medication – (Bonine®, non-drowsy Dramamine® or the Scopolamine® Patches from your doctor).  Some people get the prescribed patch and cut them in half – so they can share one with another member of the group.   Regular Dramamine usually makes people extremely drowsy per our experience.  Ask your doctor, but Benadryl® might be an option.  I know, it makes you sleepy, but so does Dramamine.



Cheap, Grumpy, Negative, Rude or Drunk People .  Over the years and from time to time, we have had wonderful trips except for that one special person (we all know one or have one of them in our family or as a friend), who makes everyone Else, miserable and complains about everything from travel time, fish size, not being able to keep fish because they are out of season or too short.  The list continues….


We also have people who have been invited by you, and they have not budgeted for these trips or are expected to pay the deckhand fee. It is important that they are prepared and have enough cash to take care of the deckhand properly and adequately.  If this happens, we are looking to you (the person who booked the trip), to make up the difference.


The Expectation of filling the cooler or fishing for limits on any trip. :


 Our half day trips or less are for fun, not to fill the cooler or freezer.   We take you fishing and to have a good experience.  If you participate and the fish are biting well, you will catch a lot of them.  If you don’t participate, you may not catch as many as everyone else.  You are welcome to keep any fish that is legal.


Due to current federal and state fishery regulations, bag limits and seasons, a lot of the fish you will be catching will not be able to be harvested and must be released.  We want you to take as many fish as you need for a few meals, but we don’t rush you and go from one species to the next, trying to catch a limit.  Rushing from one spot to another is not what we do.  We take you fishing and do our best to keep your pole bent.


Spray On Sunscreen – The spray gets on the deck and makes a slip hazard.  If you must use sunscreen, do so before getting on the boat.  We recommend using lotion based, non-aerosol kind that has been around for a million years.   Be sure to wash your hands before baiting your hook because the sunscreen can keep fish from biting your bait.


Extra Coolers – We have limited space on board, so only one 48 quart cooler or smaller is allowed.  From time to time, we have people show up with 3 or 4 coolers or one giant cooler which are simply too big or we don’t have enough room for.  Since most of the fish after they are cleaned, will fit into a few gallon ziploc bags,  please bring only one cooler to the boat.  

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