You will want to make sure you are completely certified and you have all the proper documentation available before you go out on the boat. Check with your state's license requirements to ensure you aren't forgetting anything!
Weather can turn on a dime when you are out on the water, so it is best to be prepared with all types of clothes. No fishing vacation is complete without:
- Long pants, as they keep both the chill and bugs away
- A hat, not a visor, to protect your entire head from the sun
- Cream sunscreen. Spray sunscreen isn't that useful when applied in the wind, as it can miss your skin entirely when applied outside
- Extra socks
- A first aid kit
- High boots, which are especially helpful for beach fishing
- An adequate supply of towels, as things can get wet very quickly
- A waterproof bag to store all your electronics
While this may seem obvious, many vacationers forget this simple navigational tool. Even if you know where you are going, make sure to bring a map along just in case the road gets unfamiliar.
Once the hard work is done, you need to be prepared! Bring along different sized buckets to hold your fish in, along with some nail clippers, pliers, and hemostats to help remove those tricky hooks and lines from the fish. Then, if you plan to gut the fish on the spot, you will need ice chests, sharp knives, and proper cooking equipment.
After all, you'll want to show off your big catch, won't you? This way, when you have a tape measure next to the picture of your fish, you'll be able to show exactly what a feat it was!
Simply follow this guide and you will be all set to enjoy that fishing vacation of yours!