Outfitted & Equipped: Deep Sea Fishing Trip

by Jeremy Anderberg on August 8, 2013 · 16 Comments

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Whether off the coast of California, Florida, Cancun, or even Prince Edward Island, a deep sea fishing adventure is a great way to spend a day of your vacation. So what characterizes deep sea fishing versus other varieties of fishing? It obviously takes place in deeper water, with a depth of 100 feet generally being known as the “deep sea” cut off. Because of this, you’re able to fish for larger and more exotic species like tuna, marlin, and even shark. This isn’t your average fishing trip on a calm lake, so the gear will look just a little different to protect you from wind and sun and ensure you have a memorable trip.

1. The Shades. SW Polarized Sport. Ya never know what can happen out on the boat. You don’t want to be hit with a big wave only to lose your brand-new, expensive shades. Pick up a cheaper pair of wraparounds and you won’t ruin your trip if they end up overboard.

2. The Pullover. Venley Lightweight Hoodie. Layering is key when out on the ocean. This hoodie is perfect to go over your tee if the wind picks up. It’s also lightweight enough to make sure you’re comfortable the whole time and not going back and forth between sweating and freezing.

3. The Camera. Canon PowerShot. You don’t want to have to be fiddling with lenses and settings when you need to snap a quick picture of a marlin jumping out of the water. This camera is pocketable and can be whipped out in a flash so you can catch all the action fishing shots you want. This is the camera I have, and love it.

4. The Tee. Out-of-Print Moby-Dick. This is an awesome company that makes clothing and accessories that feature cover art from literary classics. What better homage to deep sea fishing than Moby-Dick? Harness your inner Ahab, and go get that white whale!

5. The Shoes. Sebago Docksides. These boat shoes are perfect for your outing. Their rubber sole is slip-resistant so you don’t slide all over the deck. It also has a leather sock lining so you don’t have to wear socks. Nobody likes wet socks.

6. The Shorts. Old Navy Swim-to-Street Shorts. Want to stroll down the dock with some style and not be wearing those cheesy Hawaiian print swim trunks? Want to take a dip in the water (if it’s not shark-infested, of course) and not be wet the rest of the day? These shorts have you covered. They look like a great pair of khaki cargo shorts, but still have a swim-ready polyester lining and are made with a quick-dry material. You’ll be set for the day no matter where your adventures take you.

7. The Jacket. North Face Rain Jacket. Storms can pop up without warning on the open sea, and when you’re miles from shore, you want to make sure you have something waterproof to protect yourself. This is a great jacket, and will serve you well beyond your deep sea expedition.

8. The Hat. Columbia Bora Bora Booney. The sun is especially brutal when it’s reflecting off the waves. Not wearing any kind of protection on your head is asking for killer sunburn. A baseball cap will do the trick, but this wide-brimmed hat from Columbia is designed with deep sea fishing in mind. It’s breathable and protects your entire head from the sun so you don’t have to choose between your neck and your face.

9. The Sunscreen. Banana Boat Spray. Because the sun’s rays are magnified when you’re out in the water, you want a higher SPF than you might normally use. A spray version also comes in handy because it leaves your hands grease-free so you can maintain your strong grip on the fishing pole with no worry of it flying out of your hands.

10. The Handkerchief. Cotton Anchor Print. Your stuff will get wet. That’s pretty much a given. It may also get slimy, as fish tend to do that. Which is why you definitely need a handkerchief for your expedition, and it’s even better when it’s themed perfectly for your day. Whether it’s wiping water off your sunglasses, fish slime off your camera lens, or a spilled beverage off your cooler, this handkerchief will get the job done.

11. The Cooler. Coleman Xtreme. I’m not sure whether it’s the wheels or the built-in cupholders on this bad boy that make it “xtreme” (maybe both?), but either way this cooler is a winner. It can hold up to 84 cans of your favorite beverage, and even doubles as an extra seat should you need it. And the cupholders mean you can set your drink down and be sure it won’t topple over onto the deck when you feel that shark tugging on your line.

12. The Beverage. Bacardi. Celebrate reeling in a 400 lb marlin by grabbing a cola out of that cooler and mixing in some rum. Sit back, contentedly sip your drink, enjoy the wind in your hair as the boat heads back to shore, and contemplate the satisfaction of a day well spent. Vivimos!

Have you been deep sea fishing? What did you wear and bring along? Share your tips and stories with us in the comments!

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 andrew August 8, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Seem like this is a list if you can guarantee decent weather and warm, even if it rains.
Besides the required electronics and safety equip., next most valuable item on our EdgeWater is the Mustang PFD coats. And I’m not even talking off-shore ocean fishing, this is Georgian Bay-Tobermory waters.
Oh and a waterproof camera is left on the boat, Nikon CoolPix something or other, 16mp I believe. Skip the non-waterproof, they’re pretty much destined to be replaced once a year otherwise.

2 Chris Chadwick August 8, 2013 at 4:03 pm

That is not a outfit I would use on a boat doing a big fishing session at least in the UK (or Norway in Summer).

You need a decent pair of boots, Jeens or Combats (Cotton M65′s are a godsend in summer), a Long sleeve shirt, a Jacket possibly a floatation jacket. And a Cap and Gloves.

3 James Dale Wilson August 8, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Good heavens, where’s the top hat and nosegay?

Seriously, have you been on a small boat in the north Pacific?

There’s a word for lubbers who show up in such cute and tidy outfits.

4 John Moore August 8, 2013 at 8:42 pm

If you want everyone to laugh at you while you freeze your ass off and destroy all those expensive clothes with tuna blood, by all means…

5 Jeremy Anderberg August 8, 2013 at 9:58 pm

@John & @James

Noted about cold weather — this was more intended for warm weather environs like Southern California, Florida, the Gulf, etc. It would have been difficult to encompass every possible environment in a single gallery.

As for expensive clothes and “cute and tidy outfits,” I have to disagree. It’s shorts, a t-shirt, a hoodie, and a rain jacket. Not exactly a night out at the opera. The shorts are $25, hoodie is the same — anything you buy will be at least that much. The rain jacket is a little more, but still not outlandish. North Face is a fantastic brand, and will last through plenty of deep sea fishing adventures.

Thanks for your comments.

6 Max August 9, 2013 at 9:24 am

As noted, a great gear list for warm water fishing. You should be able to determine the changes you need to make for your own circumstances.

A couple of alterations/additions I’ve found useful –
Liquid sunscreen. Overspray makes for slippery decks.
Lip balm with sunscreen.
A hand towel. More absorbent than the handkerchief.
A water resistant backpack to keep all this together.
#1 – Fishing License. Reason is self evident.

Good luck and remember – If you don’t leave any, there won’t be any!

7 M Clark August 9, 2013 at 9:52 am

One glaring mistake in your list. Anything Banana related on a fishing boat is absolutely forbidden. Including Banana Boat sunscreen. Otherwise, well done.

8 Greg August 9, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Decent list, one bit of input though. Many charter and/or party fishing boats do not allow glass bottles or hard alcohol on board, so canned beer is definitely the way to go.

Also, Max:
Most charter and/or party fishing boats do not require state fishing licenses, as the fees are built into the cost of admission onto the boat.

9 Jack August 9, 2013 at 3:08 pm

No sweatshirts. Fleece is the way to go. Rubber boots or “water sneakers” like those from sperry, not those docksiders. Large amounts of water come into the boat, even on flat, windless days days. You will slip on a wet deck, even if it has non skid in those shoes. A cooler with a rubber gasket, like igloo or the pricier ones like Yeti, is a must. The coleman will be filled with lukewarm water by noon. A long pvc raincoat is better than the northface. Anything below the waist will be saturated in anything more than a drizzle. And don’t expect to bring glass or hard alcohol on any charter. Great call on quick dry shorts. I see far too many folks who are soaked head to toe because they wore all cotton.
With a subject like deepwater fishing that so specialized, you many want to consult with an expert, ie someone who tournament fishes or runs a charter boat.

10 Trey August 9, 2013 at 4:48 pm

This is all wrong.
1. Costa Del Mar w/ croackies. Glass lens. You will see fish in the water better.
2. Dont need it, see link on 4
3. Get a waterproof camera.
4.Columbia PFG Searsucker (http://www.columbia.com/Men%27s-Super-Bahama%E2%84%A2-Long-Sleeve-Shirt/FM7188,default,pd.html&colorID=801)
5. I wear Sperry white slip on shoes, like the vans.
6. 10/10, would bang. I wear similar ones that feel like silk, they dry in about 60 seconds. I think they are guy harvey.
7. Simms windbreaker breaths better, but I would support this.
8. I wear a neck gaiter and straw hat, but need to keep the sun off of you.
9. Whatever.
10 Sure
12 Fill it with cold beer. It will dehydrate you slower than the liquor.

11 Bryan August 10, 2013 at 10:58 am

Woah…a couple of you guys need to take a breath. Everyone has their own preferred brands, styles, equipment, etc. Give the guy a break, no need to bust his chops up and down the coast. I dont agree with the whole list either, but I thought it was a good post.

12 al leggs August 10, 2013 at 11:50 pm

Gotta take prescription glasses when I go boating. A cheap pair ain’t gonna do it son. Gloves are recommended esp if you can participate as a crewman pulling in the sails, or handeling rope. Take them off when applying sunscreen. But you knew this already.

13 John August 12, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Not how I roll. Take My wetsuit, speargun, mask. fins, gloves, knife, and stringer, leave the license with your pack and dive in.

Slay’em gents!

14 Mike August 13, 2013 at 8:23 pm

I think a lot the harshness is from people who have spent time on the water. This list works for a half day trip on a nice warm water charter like Florida. Bring this on a northeast charter, and you will get laughed at. The things I have a real problem with is the footwear and the cooler. Wellies or rubber muck boots to protect the feet, and coolers without wheels are mandatory. Many a charter captain will not allow something that can slide do easily onto his deck. And that’s a big nono on breakable glass bottles too.

15 dean January 5, 2014 at 1:00 am

On 10 I tend use a handkerchief for non fish related things and have cheap and somewhat disposable shop towel type rags handy for fishy messy work.

16 Frazer January 23, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Great list. However I carry so much with me already I wont have much room left for anything else :)

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