Thursday, October 21, 2021

What to Bring on Your Chartered Fishing Trip


Wide rimmed and billed hats keep the sun off your face. Photos by Capt. Pete Rapps

Wide rimmed and billed hats keep the sun off your face. Photos by Capt. Pete Rapps

The 10,000 Islands area is a great place for chartered shallow water fishing trips, especially as the weather begins to warm. Chartered trips not only make for fun days spent on the open water, but can be very informative as well. The fisherman guiding your charter will provide tips and pointers during your trip.

Although chartered trips are great for fishermen of all ages and experience levels, they can be especially memorable for those new to fishing. If you are not an experienced charter fisherman, be sure to pack these essentials for your trip. Clothing

White or light colored clothing reflects the sun, keeping you cooler on the water.

White or light colored clothing reflects the sun, keeping you cooler on the water.

Be sure to check the weather forecast in the 10,000 Islands area when planning your attire for the trip. More importantly, you should be mindful of your departure time. If you are leaving before the sun comes up, or expect to be on the water once the sun goes down, plan for cooler temperatures. Remember that it can typically be a bit cooler on the water than it is on land. So, consider bringing a light, waterproof windbreaker for the trip.



Otherwise, you’ll want to pack for a long day under the warm Florida sun. Pack shorts or lightweight long pants that you don’t mind getting wet and a little dirty. You should also pack a lightweight, light-colored shirt. It can get especially hot on the water during the day, so you’ll want to do everything possible to deflect the sun. Try not to wear black or dark clothing, as you will absorb a lot of heat from the sun. Sport-type moisture wicking shirts, and even linen, are used by many Florida fishermen as a way to keep the heat away.

Lastly, be sure to wear rubber-soled shoes that will prevent you from skidding or slipping. Many that sign up for a charter trip assume a tropical getaway and choose to wear sandals. But these can prove very dangerous once the fish start to bite and the boat floor gets wet. Sneakers will work just fine for your trip. Other Items

Because you’ll be in the sun all day, you’ll want to take extreme precautions to protect yourself. Bring a hat, sunglasses, Chapstick, and plenty of sunscreen. Ideally, hats would be fullbrimmed to protect you from the sun. Everything else should provide protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

Bring lots of water to drink. On a four-hour trip, bring at least three bottles of water per person. You are better off bringing more than you need, rather than running out and getting dehydrated.

Be sure to pack any medications you’ll need throughout the day. In addition to the essentials, consider packing things like motion sickness medication, Benadryl, and Ibuprofen. All three of these are easy to pack in a bag. Time and time again, I have seen how handy these can be when on a chartered trip, especially if you’ve never spent much time on the open water before.

Keep in mind that if you are interested in learning more about fishing in our area, it’s best to hire a professional guide before going out on your own to gain local knowledge of tackle, baits, areas to fish, local regulations, and more. Send us an email or get on our website to schedule an “on the water” educational fishing charter. Our specialty is getting families out for an enjoyable and memorable day in the shallow and calm waters here in the 10,000 Islands

Captain Rapps’ Charters & Guides offers expert guided, light tackle, near shore, and backwater fishing trips in the 10,000 Islands of the Everglades National Park, and tarpon-only charters in the Florida Keys. Capt. Rapps’ top-notch team accommodates men, women and children of all ages, experienced or not, and those with special needs. Between their vast knowledge and experience of the area, and easygoing demeanors, you are guaranteed to have a great day. Book your charter 24/7 using the online booking calendar, see Capt. Rapps’ first class web site at, or call 239-571-1756.

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