Prepared with these essentials, you’re ready to cast off and enjoy a memorable day on the waters of San Diego. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or a first-time fisherman, a well-packed bag ensures you have everything you need for a successful and enjoyable fishing charter experience. Tight lines!
1. Sunscreen: Shield Against the Glare
San Diego is blessed with abundant sunshine, and spending a day on the open water means prolonged exposure to the sun’s rays. Pack a high-SPF sunscreen to protect your skin from the glare reflecting off the water.
2. Hat: Cover Up and Stay Cool
A wide-brimmed hat is your shield against the sun’s intensity. It provides shade for your face and neck, helping you stay cool during the warm California days. Opt for a hat with a chin strap to ensure it stays put in case of windy conditions.
3. Food (Cold Options): Fuel for the Journey
Pack a variety of cold foods to keep you energized throughout the day. Sandwiches, wraps, and fresh fruit are excellent choices. Cold options are not only refreshing but also convenient for the limited space on the charter.
4. Drinks (No Glass Bottles or Alcohol Allowed): Stay Hydrated Responsibly
Hydration is key when spending a day in the sun. Bring plenty of water, and consider packing sports drinks to replenish electrolytes. Remember, glass bottles are generally discouraged for safety reasons, but alcohol is allowed in moderation.
5. Clothes You Aren’t Worried About Ruining: Dress for Comfort
Fishing can be a messy business, so wear clothes that can withstand a bit of seawater, fish scales, and bait. Opt for layers as it normally is cold in the morning and warms throughout the day. Also when the action gets hot so will you, having the option to take a jacket off will be nice!
6. Fishing Licenses: Ensure Compliance
Before you set sail, ensure everyone on board has the necessary fishing licenses. It’s a legal requirement and helps support our local fishery. California Fishing Licenses can be purchased at any local tackle shop or sporting goods store. They can also be purchased online here. If your trip is going into Mexican waters you will also need a Mexican Fishing license which can be purchased online here.
7. Sunglasses: Protect Your Eyes
Invest in a good pair of polarized sunglasses to reduce glare on the water’s surface. Not only will this enhance your ability to spot fish, but it also protects your eyes from harmful UV rays.
8. Cooler for Fish After the Trip: Preserve Your Catch
If you’re planning to keep your catch, bring a cooler with ice packs to ensure the fish stays fresh until you get home. This is essential for maintaining the quality of your seafood.