Things to Bring With You
Although Captain Bob supplies ice, bait, tackle, rods, and reels for your charter, there are some items that you should bring yourself.
Shoes: For safety, boat shoes (Topsiders or Docksiders) are preferred. Tennis shoes or other soft soled shoes (even flip flops) are OK too. Hard, dark soled shoes such as dress shoes are not recommended, they not only leave dark streaks, but become very slippery in wet conditions.
A Cooler: To bring food and drinks for during your charter, but also to carry your fish home in. Ask Captain Bob how large a cooler you will need.
NOTE: If you want to bring beer you must clear it with the charter boat Captain first.
A Sports Bag: For carrying your rain gear, hat, glasses etc and other personal items that you need on your fishing charter. Although Fin Seeker has covers and cabins, you may want to bring some gear to keep you dry if fishing in foul or rainy weather.
Sun glasses: Preferrably polarized fishing glasses to minimize the sun’s glare reflecting off of the water.
A Camera: Take snapshots of those big fish you catch or video the beautiful offshore waters of Virginia.
A hat or ball cap: Protect your head from the sun’s burning rays, especially for you guys that are getting a bit thin on top.
Sunscreen: The mid-atlantic region can get very hot during the summer. Make sure you bring sunscreen, especially if you are light-skinned. The ocean is several degrees cooler than the land, so many people don’t even realize they are burning until they’re crispy.
Dramamine: If you get sea sick or aren’t sure if you get sea sick, take some before leaving the dock. Nothing can ruin a fishing trip worse than calling for a guy named "RALPH".
A Tip: You have probably already paid for the trip but you should make sure you have some cash in pocket to tip the First Mate. Being Mate on a charter boat is hard work and these guys deserve every dime they get. Tip them well!
What NOT to bring!
Bananas: Many fishing Captains are superstitious when it comes to special routines they practice or items they carry or forbid. One major forbidden item that you should NEVER EVER bring on a boat is a banana!
No bananas, no banana pudding, banana sandwiches, banana splits, banana drinks, banana boat suntan lotion, no banana anything.
It may be an old wives tale, but it’s a fact that bananas are bad luck on a fishing boat.
History tells us that this tale originated as early as the 17th century from banana laden cargo boats that ran aground, lost crew members to sickness and disease, or became lost at sea.
Although further investigation indicated that the bananas were also prone to carry the deadly poisonous tarantula spider, that might just be a coincidence, and we’re not taking any chances ;)