What to Bring on a Fishing Charter in Pensacola, FL

What to Bring on a Fishing Charter in Pensacola, FL

October 2, 2018

So, you’re getting ready to go on your first fishing charter, but need help preparing. We’re here to help! Here’s what you should plan to bring on a fishing charter in Pensacola, FL.

The right clothing

It may be cooler early in the morning, warmer in the afternoon and cold again come evening. Because the temperature fluctuates throughout the day (and from one fishing location to another), wear plenty of layers no matter the time of year you’re fishing in open waters.

Layering up is a good plan. Start with a lightweight shirt to protect your shoulders and arms from sunburn. A light-colored shirt reflects the sun to keep you cool, and a fabric like beige linen works well at keeping the heat off skin. Shorts are perfect for warm-weather fishing locations, but you should wear long pants otherwise. Not sure about the weather? Get a pair of zip-off hiking or athletic pants that can suffice in a variety of conditions. A waterproof windbreaker is perfect to combat the morning chill and protects your clothes from water spray.

Don’t wear hard shoes or flip-flops on your fishing charter trip. This is a requirement for all of Entertainer Charters, LLC’s guided trips, and for many other companies as well. You need to wear deck shoes so your feet stay dry, safe and comfortable all day long. Make sure the shoes you choose have tread to keep you from slipping and sliding around the boat deck.

Fishing gear

Using the right fishing equipment for the type of fish you want to catch (and the weather) is key to your success. Check with your fishing guide ahead of time to find out whether you need to bring your own fishing gear, or if they provide any or all of it. If you book a trip with Entertainer Charters, LLC, we provide all licenses, rods, reels, tackle, bait and ice! Let the company know if you need any special accommodations or equipment as soon as possible.

Weather protection

Whether you’re planning to board a fishing charter in Florida, Hawaii or Michigan, and whether it’s during the summer or late fall, weather protection essentials are similar. The weather can change suddenly, and you don’t want to be caught off guard by the changing conditions of the open water. In a waterproof bag, pack a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays, a lip balm with sun and wind protection to prevent chapped lips, polarized sunglasses to cancel out the glare on the water, a brimmed hat and a waterproof jacket. Bring these items even if you don’t think you’re going to need them.

Medicines and medical supplies

Bring all your personal medications and medical equipment with you. Chances are, your charter has items like bandages and ointments on board, but it’s not a bad idea to pack things like a small first aid kit, hand sanitizer, seasickness medication and bug spray (yes, you’ll probably encounter bugs, even in the middle of the ocean).

Finally, other items you are encouraged to bring include cameras, binoculars, coolers, food, drinks and towels. Call Entertainer Charters, LLC for more information or to book a fishing charter in Pensacola, FL today!

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