The secret word here is to “layer.” The water of the Gulf Stream
warms the Outer Banks in all seasons. If you leave the dock
on a chilly day, you might actually be surprised at how comfortable
it is in the Gulf Stream. Try to plan your clothing by layering.
Even on a hot sunny day don’t forget to bring along lightweight
loose fitting long pants and long sleeve shirts that will protect
you from the sun. Unless you are very familiar with spending
long hours in the sun it is also a wise choice to bring a hat
sufficient to protect your head. These things need to be planned
because they sometimes need to be available during hectic times
of great fishing action.
Please remember that virtually all boats have decks that are
finished in a light colored fiberglass. Although some boats
don’t discourage it, going barefoot is actually a terrible idea
on any offshore boat because of all the sharp hooks and gaffs.
Captains normally prefer their customers to wear sneakers that
won’t scuff the finish. If available the best choice is a “boat
shoe.” Boat shoes with their squeegee type bottoms are
designed to not slip easily on wet surfaces. Boat shoes are
not a requirement or necessity but I have found that wearing
my boat shoes daily really does come in handy on slick flooring
that I run into every day.
The waters of The Gulf Stream are unbelievably crystal clear
cobalt blue and the things that you might see under the surface
will highlight your trip. Unfortunately, the sun reflecting
off the water is like being attacked from a thousand different
angles by the sun’s rays. The depths are even more visible with
a good pair of quality “polarized” sunglasses. Most fashion
sunglasses are not polarized but they will help somewhat. However,
if you have a pair of
available, they are by far the better choice to help more fully
enjoy your day offshore.
is going to lots of action with many opportunities
for some great pictures but you need to beware that you will
be bringing along your expensive camera at your own risk. Boats
are a wet environment and cameras are not very friendly to getting
wet. Boats can also get very bumpy and good cameras don’t seem
to like getting slammed on the floor. If you take along your
high quality camera, you definitely need to take it in a protective
travel case of some sort and keep it stored safely in the saloon
until you are ready to use it.
should go without saying but sunscreen is no longer a suggestion.
It is an absolute necessity for most.
best way to keep this all organized is in a carrying bag of
some sort like a gym or duffle bag which is large enough to
transport and hold all of your possessions.
guests need to remember to bring along coolers with their
food and drinks. We are not going to make suggestions about
exactly what to bring. However, light sandwiches with pretzels
and crackers can be good for an upset stomach and a cold clear
soda can also be somewhat soothing. I have also found that ginger
snaps can be effective for mildly upset motion sickness.
Nothing can ruin a fishing trip like getting seasick. Problem
is that most people have no idea ahead of time whether or not
they will be susceptible to this form of
motion sickness. If
you suffer from this particular affliction, an offshore fishing
boat just seems to bring it out even if you have never gotten
seasick before. In other words, if you have never been offshore
fishing it is probably best not to take chances. If there is
time you can tell your family doctor about your trip and ask
him or her about their suggestions. If this was a last minute
idea you might want to ask a pharmacist for his thoughts on
what is available over the counter. There is a product called
a Relief Band that I strongly recommend because it is the only
thing I have ever seem that brings a person back from strong