When you’ve been looking forward to a fishing expedition in Hawaii, you likely have a lot of things on your mind. The anticipation of a major catch, the mental picture of the ocean and fantasies about the feel of the wind and the water on your skin can induce so much excitement that it’s easy to get a little ahead of yourself. But, before you set foot on the boat and begin charter fishing in Hawaii, there are some important things you ought to do to ensure a safe and enjoyable excursion.
Passengers on a charter fishing boat need to prepare for the conditions they might encounter during their trip, and often, the best form of preparation involves making sure they have necessary equipment and supplies. If you’re looking forward to charter fishing in Hawaii, here are some of the essentials you shouldn’t go without:
- Proper attire: Ordinarily you’ll have delightful weather to look forward to, but you’ll want to have more than just shorts and a t-shirt. For starters, it can be a little chilly sometimes in the morning, so having a light jacket and maybe even long-sleeved athletic pants can help you stay comfortable while you’re waiting for the sun to reach its peak. Don’t forget about safe, sensible footwear, as well. Remember that the deck will likely be slick, and you might appreciate shoes with some traction.
- Protective accessories: The two most essential accessories to bring along are a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses. Keeping the sun out of your eyes will allow you to relax and enjoy the experience of being on the boat, and it’ll help you spot fish much more easily. Remember to keep hats and sunglasses securely fastened to your head, lest a gust of wind carry them out to sea.
- Sunscreen: While it might feel cool enough with the breezes you’ll be enjoying on the boat, the sun will still be up there, and no less likely to cause painful sunburns. Bring along lots of quality sunscreen and remember to apply it regularly. With sunburns, it’s always better safe than sorry.
- Camera: You’ve been planning this trip for a long time, talking it up to your friends, imagining what it’s going to be like. Don’t leave your camera at home and find yourself with little to show for your trip. But remember that water and most cameras don’t mix. Like your hat and sunglasses, a camera with a strap will be less likely to be lost at sea.
- Avoiding seasickness: This isn’t so much something you’ll need to bring along as it is something you’ll want to plan ahead for. There’s not much worse than being miserable at sea, where you have no way of avoiding the misery until you’re back on land. Avoid large meals the day before, don’t expect the ocean breeze to cure your hangover, and be sure you’re well-hydrated before climbing aboard.
At Sea Wife Charters, we’re committed to ensuring a safe and enjoyable trip for all of our passengers who join us for charter fishing in Hawaii. Remember to bring along everything you need to stay comfortable and safe—you’ll still have plenty of room for the fish you’ll be taking home with you.