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Frequently Asked Questions 
What Should I Bring on a Fishing Trip?

SOFT-SIDED COOLER
Small is the keyword and soft-sided is the other. This should contain any food you are going to need to eat for the trip. Drinks will go in the big Yeti cooler that sits on the deck. Bring food just for you. Pack light. If you aren't going to eat a 24 pack of chips, don't bring a 24 pack of chips. Bring what you will likely eat and just a tad more just in case. 

Why soft-side? Because hard coolers will bang around and can damage the boat. They also weigh more.

Several of us have the RTIC 30 or RTIC 20. They have been great. Anything similar to this should work.

DRY BAG

Everything besides food goes into your dry bag. The dry bag should be waterproof and hold things like medicines, sunscreen, and other miscellaneous items. Usually, a 10L - 20L is plenty big. You'd be surprised what you can put in one. Duffle bags work too and there are some even fancier ones that are also backpacks. Here's a link to give you a starting point

With your soft-side cooler and dry bag, those two items should contain everything you need to have a great day on the water. We supply water on the boat so don't worry about that. But, anything you want to drink we will put into the big cooler on the deck. 

SUNSCREEN

Rub on 30SPF - 50SPF. Anything more and you are wasting your money. Do NOT bring spray-on sunscreen of any type.  Spray on sunscreen takes wax off of the boat, isn't easy to apply in the wind, isn't good for your skin (see the studies), and will not give you the protection you want. Apply BEFORE getting on the boat to give you a good base coast for the day. 

NON-MARKING BOAT SHOES

Bring comfortable shoes you can stand up in and wear all day long. Your feet WILL get wet on the boat, especially when fishing. Make sure your shoes are non-marking and will not scuff the deck. If you fish a lot, invest in a good pair like the Xtratuf 6" Boot. Sperry makes some nice shoes that you could wear on or off the boat. Any local sporting goods store will have them. 

HAT

Visors and caps aren't enough. Your face will get sunburned on an all-day trip. Get a bigger hat, round, that'll cover your ears and most of your face. Make sure it has a string so you can secure it. Once it blows off when we are running 45mph, we'll never find it even if we turn around 97% of the time. You don't have to invest a lot in a hat. Wal-mart and sporting good stores have cheap options. Remember, it is going to be hot, so don't get anything too heavy if you can help it. 

SUNGUARD

This one is a lifesaver and cheap. It'll save your ears, neck, mouth, the face from getting too much sun. Especially when we are riding 3 hours one way. It is cheap but absolutely valuable. Here's a link to one.

CROAKIES

If you fall off the boat, or you lean over the boat and your $200 sunglasses fall off your face into the water they are going to Davey Jones' Locker. Get a pair of croakies that will float. 

FISHING PLIERS AND KNIFE

We have pliers on the boat. But they aren't always where you need them. It is best to have a pair that are on your person at all times. Carry a pocket knife as well. You never know when you need to cut a rope or a line. These are expensive but have lasted several years and come with a case: T-reign ProSheath. Your local sporting goods store will carry cheaper options, just make sure they have a sheath you can keep them easily on your person with. You will find lots of gear on the gear page

QUICK DRY CLOTHES WITH SPF

If you've been fishing before you probably have a set routine. This is not a super duper requirement but just having fished offshore for numerous years I know what has worked best for me. It all starts with zero pieces of cotton. From underwear to socks to shirts, shorts, and pants. Cotton doesn't dry very well and you will sweat. And, it can cause irritation. In the summer most of us wear a long sleeve dry fit shirt and shorts. Other times of the year we are wearing foul weather gear and layered to stay warm.

What NOT to Bring?

ROD AND REELS

if you fish offshore and have your own gear, let's chat and compare and we'll come up with a game plan. If you don't have any offshore tackle, don't worry, we have everything covered in that area. 

TACKLE

If you have your own tackle, bring a small portable tackle kit. Do not bring a large tackle box as we do not need the extra weight in the boat. Or it to take up space. If you have some special lures, let's chat.

SPRAY ON SUNSCREEN

See "sunscreen" above.

GLASS BOTTLES

Glass is dangerous on a boat and a beach. 

What will we catch?

It depends on the time of year, weather, conditions, the salinity of the water, how far we have to run and lots of other factors. Offshore fishing has seasons similar to hunting. Here is a list of all the different species we target at various times of the year:

  • Red Snapper

  • Wahoo

  • Mahi Mahi (Dorado)

  • Amberjack

  • Almaco Jack

  • Mangrove Snapper

  • Grouper

  • Yellow Fin Tuna

  • Blackfin Tuna

  • Tilefish

  • Barrelfish

  • Cobia

What are the Details for Flying From Out of Town

FLIGHT
Fly into Gulfport International Airport (GPT). The boat and camp are located in Gautier, MS (see the contact page). 

LODGING

Magnolia Inn, in Gautier, MS has reasonable rates. Last time checked they were $99 / night. We can accommodate a couple of guests at the camp if needed.