Friday, January 21, 2022

What to Pack for Your Next Fishing Charter


Make sure to stay hydrated when you are on the water. | Submitted Photos

Chartering a boat is a fun experience if you have never had the opportunity to do so before. However, since it is unlike any other regular fishing trip out on the water that you went on yourself, you will want to make sure that you pack everything you may need for your day out on the water.

Clothes: Extras and Layers

When you are deciding on which clothes to pack for your charter, you will want to consider some extras and layers. You should assume that you will be splashed with water at some point during your trip, so you will want to have those extra dry clothes handy.

You will also want to make sure you have a waterproof windbreaker depending on the time of year so that you can stay warm. But if you get too warm, it is just another layer you will be able to remove.


When you charter a boat, the chances are that you will be outside for a good part of the day, so you will definitely want to make sure you pack your sunscreen. Also, if you find that you are susceptible to motion sickness, you will also want to have a few anti-nausea essentials to help you through. Bug spray and a good lip balm containing SPF are also advisable for a trip out on the water.

Fishing Gear

Don’t get too swept up in the other stuff you are packing that you forget your fishing gear! It is always a good idea to check with the captain of the boat prior to your trip so they can offer suggestions on the type of gear you should make sure to have with you. Some boats may even have some supplies available for you to use as well.

Life jackets are also a must when you are out on the water so check with the boat to see if they are provided or if you have to make sure to bring your own. Always make sure there is one for everyone on the boat.


Since you will be out all day, you want to be sure to pack enough food and snacks to hold you over until you get back to the shore. Food and water are essentials you will not want to forget and can make a huge difference between a comfortable and memorable trip and a miserable trip. Do some meal prep before you hit the dock for your trip and make sure you have plenty of water packed away with your snacks.

Finally, it is time to enjoy your fishing charter. To get a complete and all-around experience when visiting the 10,000 Islands in Florida, you should definitely consider chartering a boat. An experienced guide will be able to show you the best places to fish and will arm you with all the knowledge and education you will need for a very successful and bountiful fishing vacation in Florida at any time of the year. Send us an email or give us a call 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 and the Everglades National Park.

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

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