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Preparing For Your First Deep Sea Fishing Trip

by Amanda Phillips

When you have become confident in lake and river fishing, you might decide it's time to take on a much greater challenge: deep sea fishing. But before you do so, you will need to take steps to protect yourself from seasickness, sunburn and anything else that can make your trip less enjoyable.

Protect Yourself from Seasickness

If you are prone to getting seasick, make sure that you take an appropriate medication before you get on the boat. Sometimes, the medication can take time to take affect. Make sure that you get plenty to eat and drink plenty of water before you begin deep sea fish diving, since this activity can be physically demanding. A lack of rest and hydration will increase the chances that you will suffer from seasickness. It is common to drink alcohol while fishing, but alternate between alcohol and water.

Despite taking preventative measures, if you still get seasick, go to the center of the boat where you are less likely to experience the boat rocking. Drink plenty of water. Stay on deck so you can get more fresh air. Focus your eyes on the horizon, since it is more stable and will help you feel less sick.

Get Physically Prepared for Deep Sea Fishing

The fish you have to fight with when deep sea diving tend to be larger than fish found in shallower waters. Some fish might be 90 pounds. Therefore, you will need to stay in good shape if you expect to be successful.

Wear the Right Clothes

Wear clothing that can get wet without becoming damaged. Keep a towel with you to dry off periodically. Depending on what time of the day you fish and how cloudy it is, you may need to wear several layers of clothing. Leave anything that you would be concerned about losing, such as jewelry, behind.

Get Sunscreen

You will usually be out to sea for several hours, which means you will need to protect yourself from excessive sunlight exposure. Wear waterproof sunscreen.

The safest way to engage in deep sea fishing is to contact a guide to charter a boat. These individuals will know how to take you on the best fishing experience possible and how to stay comfortable and avoid risks. While you are out on a charter with a guide, make sure to follow his or her instructions to have the best adventure possible. Also, verify that you will be able to keep the fish you catch. There might be restrictions based on whether the fish is in season.