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What should you take with you when going deep sea fishing?

The fishing season is here and fishing is an awesome sport to unwind from the week’s tedious work. Catching up with friends, out in the quiet ocean and catching a few fish, nothing can be more relaxing than that. But before going on a trip, you should make sure that you carry everything necessary. The things you need to carry with you will change depending on the type of fish you plan to catch. However, after some research we have compiled a basic fishing checklist that every fisherman ought to carry with him when going deep sea fishing.

Deep Sea fishing in Costa Rica
Deep Sea fishing in Costa Rica

The good part is that if you rent a fishing charter then you don’t need to go through the hustle, almost everything below will be provided by the Captain.

Captain Hisham with his Penn rod
Captain Hisham with his Penn rod


Fishing Gear:

  • Rod: Of course you’ll need a rod to fish (except for some regions that still enjoy using handlines). It might be light or heavy tackle depending on the fish that you are going after.

  • Extra fishing line is required if you are going to fish in the deep sea as there are chances that your line will get tangled or broken. Carrying a heavier and durable line when going in rough waters is advisable.

  • Hooks of different sizes should be carried in order to catch fish of varying sizes.

  • Sinkers are required in deep sea fishing when you go for bottom fishing as the bait and hook alone will be too light to sink to the bottom. Carrying a few extra sinkers is always good as sinkers have gone lost in many a fishing expeditions.

Bait: Live and artificial baits can be brought. Live baits can be small fish or worms that can be caught on the way to the main fishing spot or they can be bought like the artificial baits. Dead bait or bait cut into pieces will include bits of fish like squid, sardine and mackerel usually used for bottom fishing.

Needle Nose Plier
Needle Nose Plier

Needle Nose Pliers: These are very important on a fishing trip as they are used to take off a hook from the fish you catch. It can at times come very handy to take out a hook from you hand that you accidently got in.

Line Cutters
Line Cutters

Line Cutter: When you get a snag that you cannot get out of, the only way is to cut the line. One of the easiest equipment to use is a line cutter or a nail cutter. These are quick and easy to use and you can get the line cut in a jiffy with them.

Knife: Carrying a knife with you is always good while on a fishing trip as you will be able to cut and fillet your fish.

Rope Tape Measure
Rope Tape Measure

Rope Tape Measure: After you make your catch you can always measure your fish and record it for future references.

First Aid Box
First Aid Box

First Aid Box: For those small cuts and scars that you might get while fishing and on the boat in a rough sea, you will need some first aid. Carrying a first aid box with some band-aids, waterproof medical tapes, neosporin, small bandages will prove useful.

Sun Gear: You are going to be out in the sun all day. Sunglasses, hat and a sunscreen will help you beat the sun to some extent. Carrying a sunscreen in your tackle box will not only remind you to use it when you are at sea it will also protect your skin from looking charred.

Footwear: Soft bottom shoes are the best to be used in a boat as it gives better traction and thus prevent you from slipping on the boat.

Warm Clothes: Though you are in the sun, the temperature in sea is always colder than the land temperature. Carrying warm clothes with you will protect you from the cold winds arising in the sea.

Rag or Gloves: Fish are very slippery and to catch them you can carry a rag or a special glove that gives you grip on the slippery fish.

Camera: Don’t forget these. To capture all the fun and the pictures of your catch, carry your camera with you and refrain from using mobile phone cameras as they have a high chance of slipping and falling into the water.

Cooler for the fish
Cooler for the fish

Cooler: If you wish to carry your catch home, bringing a cooler with you to take your fish home will be advisable, though charter boats will have all of these equipment with them.

Seasickness Medication: It is said that even the most experienced angler can get seasick at times. Carrying a medicine that will counteract the seasickness is better than ruining your trip with nausea.

Hand Sanitizer: To keep your hands free of germs and pathogens carry a hand sanitizer with you.

Towels: Carrying a couple of towels with you to dry yourself will be very useful.

Water Bottles: Drinking water should be carried with you at all times as you are in the sun and you will get dehydrated.

Food and Snacks: Carry some food and snacks with you to keep you charged up because, you aren’t going to find any stores out there in the ocean. You don’t want to feel all tired and out of energy when a Dorado or a Yellowfin Tuna gets in.

This is a quick list that can be gone over every time you go fishing, so that you do not miss out on any necessary items.

When you book a fishing trip with you don’t have to worry about the the check list or itinerary as our chartered boats will provide you with everything. So just loosen up and enjoy.

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