Debbie Hanson: Hi, I am Debbie Hanson, professional angler and outdoor blogger. And I am going to talk about a few of the things you need to make sure that you have when you are getting ready to go out on a charter boat.
First you want to make sure that you've got plenty of food and beverages. Make sure that you pack a cooler that has plenty of fluids and water, because when you are out there on a boat for an extended period of time during the day, it's easy to get dehydrated.
You also want to make sure that you bring motion sickness pills. If you've never been on a fishing charter before and you are not sure if you get see sick or not, bring motion sickness pills, you can't expect the captain to turn around the boat and bring it back to the dock just for you if you are the only one onboard that's not feeling well.
And the next thing would be tip money. The captain and crew make their living off of tips provided by the passengers on the charter boats. So make sure that you bring between 15 and 20%, just the same as any service industry when you board a charter boat.
And then finally a camera, because obviously; if there is no evidence of your catch, it didn't happened. And now Natalie Leeke is going to give you a few more suggestions of things that you would want to make sure you bring with you on a charter boat.
Natalie Leeke: You'll want to remember to bring a hat to protect your head and face from the sun. Also a pair of sunglasses, we highly recommend polarized sunglasses, since they'll cut the glare from the water and help you see fish more easily. Also very important is sunscreen. We recommend one with Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide that blocks both UVA and UVB rays.
Mornings and evenings can be chilly out on the water, so you may want to pack a sweatshirt of sweater to help keep you warm. Also rain showers can develop rather quickly, especially when you are out on the ocean, so you might want to pack some rain gear to help keep you dry.
Debbie Hanson: So running through this checklist of items is going to ensure that you have the best day possible when you are out there on the water on a charter boat.