Recently, we highlighted the many benefits of taking your kids deep-sea fishing. It’s an experience they won’t forget. It’s also a great opportunity to reinforce the bonds you share with them.
We’ll now address the second part of the equation: what to bring on the private fishing charter to ensure that your children have a great time. Use the following checklist to make certain you have everything you need before you board the boat.
#1 – Sunscreen
This one pays dividends after your game fishing expedition is over.
You and your family will be out on the water for several hours, whether you book a full-day or half-day offshore charter. That’s a lot of time under the sun. Sunscreen will protect your kids’ skin from burning. Reapply several times during the fishing trip.
#2 – Snacks
Snacks represent more than just fuel for the body. They offer a welcome break, in what can sometimes be a monotonous wait for the fish to bite.
Pack carrots, cheese, raisins, and sliced deli meat. Bring some hummus and nut butter for dipping. These are healthy choices that will occupy your kids while they wait for the excitement to begin.
#3 – Water
It’s important to stay hydrated. A few hours in the sun without drinking water can make your children cranky and lethargic. During the summer, water is always a good idea.
Make sure you bring plenty of water. It’s better to bring too much than too little.
#4 – Life Jackets
It goes without saying that your kids should have access to life jackets before the fishing charter leaves the dock. They’re unlikely to need them, of course. But the ocean can be unpredictable. It’s always a good idea to put safety first, even if the odds of a mishap are minimal.
It’s worth noting our new 36′ fishing boat, a richly-appointed Calvin Beal, offers children’s life jackets. That’s one less thing for you to worry about.
#5 – Ready For Fun Attitude
You don’t need us to tell you that patience is important with kids. Hours spent on a private game fishing charter can make even the most even-keeled child restless. It pays to keep your composure and have your ready for fun attitude to really embrace this experience with your kids. If your children lose their tempers, stay calm, give them a snack and water, and let them regroup and reengage.
The best way to introduce your kids to deep-sea fishing is to take them out on a private offshore charter. Just be sure to bring the five items above with you on your family adventure.