For safety reasons, boat shoes (topsiders or docksiders) are preferred. Tennis shoes or other soft-soled shoes (even flip-flops) are okay, too. Hard, dark-soled shoes, such as dress shoes, are not recommended. They not only leave dark streaks but also become very slippery in wet conditions.
Pack a cooler for food, drinks, and taking your fish home. Ask Captain Tiki Bob what size you will need. If you want to bring beer, you must clear it with him first.
Although Fin Seeker has covers and cabins, you may want to bring some rain gear to keep you dry when fishing in foul or rainy weather. It's easier to carry your gear, hat, glasses, and other personal items in a bag.
We suggest wearing polarized fishing glasses. They minimize the sun's glare reflecting off of the water.
Hat or Ball Cap
Protect your head from the sun's burning rays with a hat. This is particularly recommended for guys who are getting a bit thin on top.
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.
Take snapshots of those big fish you catch or video the beautiful offshore waters of North Carolina.
Motion Sickness Medicine
If you are prone to becoming seasick or aren't sure if you do, take some motion sickness medicine before leaving the dock. Nothing can ruin a fishing trip worse than calling for a guy named Ralph.
You have already paid for the fishing trip, but you should make sure to put 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
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 bring on a boat is anything banana, including banana pudding, banana sandwiches, banana splits, banana drinks, or Banana Boat products.
It may be an old wives tale, but it's a fact that bananas are bad luck on a fishing boat. History tells us 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. Further investigation indicated the bananas were also prone to carry the deadly, poisonous tarantula spider. That might just be a coincidence, but we're not taking any chances!