Whether you’re visiting Oahu, or another of Hawaii’s top sportfishing locations, you’ll want to know what to expect deep sea fishing before you ‘dive’ in. Read through our what to expect resource before you head out. It includes helpful information on what the day will be like, what to bring, and how to make the most of your experience.
The Basics – Deep Sea Fishing
Deep sea fishing is a form of fishing that requires you to be at least 30 meters from shore. On charter boats, fisherman/woman have the opportunity to experience an entirely different kind of fishing with an array of exotic fish including Yellowfin Tuna (Ahi) and Mahi Mahi. In other words, fish you would never see floating by in shallow water. (Unless something has gone very wrong!)
Deep sea fishing, also commonly called sport fishing or saltwater fishing, is best experienced in Oahu, Hawaii, thanks to fish like the Blue Marlin that can weigh up to 1000 pounds! Unless you’re planning on standing by the tracks and reeling in a freight train, there’s nothing quite like the sensation of hooking a marlin or swordfish on the end of your line!
What to Bring On A Fishing Charter
Equipment– You don’t need to bring much! Whipsaw will provide all of the equipment and rods you need. You’ll find most charters provide you with all the equipment you’ll need, but if you are going out from a different location, be sure to check what they provide before you book.
Clothing– Dressing in layers is always a good idea. No matter the temperature on land, it is often 10 to 20 degrees cooler on the water. We recommend bringing a windbreaker and something to keep you dry in case it gets rainy. For footwear, you’ll want your deck shoes if you have them, if not, bring footwear with a good grip.
Food & Drink– Once you leave on your charter, there’s no going back for extra snacks. On all of Whipsaw’s charters, you are more than welcome to bring your own food and drink. You don’t need to bring your own coolers, we have plenty of cooler space and ice on board. You may also bring alcohol (no glass containers, please), but we ask that you also bring just as much water and soda as well. We also have catering options available for private charters if you want to leave those details to us. Other deep sea fishing locations around Honolulu and Hawaii may have different rules around what food and drink you are allowed to bring on board. Always look for these details before you leave so that you’re prepared with the food you need for the day, and so you don’t waste time bringing items you’re not allowed to have on board. One more note about food on board: don’t bring bananas if you want the fish to bite! Bananas are unlucky in the fishing world.
Personal Items – Bringing along sea sickness medication is a good idea. We recommend taking your pills before you go to bed and then once again when you wake up to ensure your comfort out on the water. If you have questions or concerns about sea sickness medication, it’s best to consult a doctor well in advance of your trip. We also recommend you bring sunscreen with an SPF no less than 30. The sun can get pretty intense on the open water! Remember, you can get a sunburn even on a cool or cloudy day, so please come prepared with sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat. Bring your cameras! If you have cell phones and other valuables, consider a waterproof pouch or container. You don’t want to miss out on once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities.
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