Please CALL the night before the trip (7:30 PM to 9:30 PM) to confirm that the trip is a GO and to leave a local contact number or room number if needed.
Sun screen, sun glasses, a hat that will not blow off your head or has a chin strap, soft non marking shoes. Drinks and snacks, especially if you are bringing children. If you plan to take fish home, bring a cooler but leave it in the car. Storage is limited so just bring what you think you will need for a fishing trip, not a picnic. I have coolers built into the boat for fish and drinks.
A Summertime fishing trip is not a good place to get a new suntan! Sun-block helps but is not enough, especially for children. Shoes and socks, long pants, hat and long sleeved shirt are a must for most people coming from the North.
Shoes are very important for your safety! Sandals, Flip-Flops or barefooted won't work on a fishing boat. Don't be afraid to wear your new sneakers, the boat is clean and you won't be fishing in the bush. At least bring some clothes with you to put on when needed. Light colors are best, starting with white. Sun block is best applied at home before leaving for the charter. You can see what you are doing and apply it under your clothing more evenly. Greaseless type Sun blocks work better for fishing. I use Coppertone spe45 Sunblock Lotion, Waterproof/Moisturizing.
Dress warm on the cold days! If you plan on doing any outdoor activates during the winter months in Florida, you should bring a heavy jacket and pants with you. Standing on a boat for four hours in a cold wind can chill the heartiest. You may come from a much colder climate but you probably don't stand outside in the wind for four or more hours at a time. During the winter months we can have 80 degrees one day and 50 degrees the next.