What To Wear on a Deep Sea Fishing Charter (+what to bring on a fishing trip)

Deep sea fishing on the open ocean is one of the most exciting experiences. Waiting in anticipation for hours until you finally feel something bite from the darkest depths of the sea.

But it can be overwhelming to know what to wear and bring on the trip. After all, you will be outside for hours, exposed to the elements. Sun, rain, wind, water, and cold, are all challenges to tackle.

This article will help you know what to wear and what you should bring when planning your deep sea fishing adventure.

Dress According to the Weather and Check the Forecast

When planning a fishing excursion, you must check the weather forecast beforehand to know how to dress.

  • Long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and a hat with a brim are essential to protect you from the sun.
  • Lightweight and moisture-wicking fabrics are best, as they will help to keep you cool.
  • We recommend sturdy and waterproof shoes, as you may be standing on a boat all day.
  • Depending on the weather, you may also need a jacket or raincoat.
  • Layering is also essential, as temperatures can change quickly out on the water.
  • Remember sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat to protect your face.

With the proper clothing, you can stay comfortable and enjoy your trip.

What to Wear on a Deep Sea Fishing Charter

man holding fish and tackle

Lightweight and breathable clothes

In hot weather, you want to wear comfortable, lightweight, and breathable clothing, which helps you stay cool and dry while on the boat.


A good option is to wear shorts and a t-shirt or a lightweight long-sleeved shirt; either pick a shirt made of a quick-drying material or cool and breathable such as linen or a fabric mix.

Bring a sweater or jacket

To protect yourself from the cold breeze, you should also bring a jacket or sweater for extra warmth, especially if you plan to stay out on the boat for an extended period.


In terms of footwear, it’s best to wear something that is non-slip and provides good traction.

Flip-flops can be convenient but may not provide the best protection if you accidentally step on something sharp or slippery.

Instead, opt for sneakers or other sturdy shoes that provide good support and protection.

If you are boarding from shore and have to wade in shallow water, you may want tall waterproof boots to keep your feet dry.

Hat or cap

In addition to clothing, wearing a wide-brimmed hat is essential to protect your head, scalp, and skin from the sun. It will lower your exposure to UV radiation and shade your face and neck from the sun. Especially the nose is vulnerable to sunburns, so a long and wide brim will give better protection.

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Polarized sunglasses

It would be best if you had polarized sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays and the intense glare reflected from the water. The advantage of polarized lenses is that they can give clearer vision because they filter out some of the light rays that enter the eye. Reducing glare and strain on your eyes helps to keep focused as you don’t tire your eyes as quickly.

Protect yourself from the elements

Fishing boat on the water

When you go fishing, it’s best to dress depending on your location and season.

For example, it will be hot and sunny if you go fishing in San Diego, Florida, or Hawaii in the summer. You want to wear lightweight and breathable clothes in the summer. Perhaps a t-shirt or long-sleeve shirt, a wide-brim fishing hat, sunglasses, and shorts or thin pants. Some clothing comes with Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF), often listed as UPF 30 or UPF 50 on the label.

On the other hand, the weather will be colder and wetter if you are fishing in Maine or New Hampshire. If the weather is gray, wear long pants, a fishing shirt, sweater or hoodie, a windbreaker or raincoat, an insulated coat, and layer clothes to keep comfortable.

If the water is cold, you want to wear gloves. If you have ever pulled up a fishing net in the winter without gloves, you will know how cold hands feel. If you’re fishing in the cold, your hands will be freezing. It’s suffering and unbearable, so protect them with insulated and water-resistant gloves. Wool socks and shoes that keep your feet dry make a night and day difference in comfort and enjoyment when fishing, and it’s a lifesaver.

Water is another challenging element. The boat deck can be slippery, so wear non-slip shoes with good traction. If you are boarding the boat from the shoreline or beach, wear waterproof boots as you may have to step in shallow water.

What a woman should wear for a deep sea fishing trip

woman fishing

Here’s for the girls:

  • Comfortable shoes with good grip (non-slip soles) 
  • Clothing made of quick-drying materials 
  • Clothing that protects the skin from sunlight
  • Long, light-weight pants (cotton or synthetic) 
  • A windbreaker or light-weight jacket
  • Sun hat
  • Polarized sunglasses 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Light, comfortable gloves 
  • A waterproof bag for personal items
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What to bring to a deep sea fishing trip

fishing tackles and lures in open handbag

Sunscreen or Sunblock

The most important thing to bring is sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun, and the Sun Protection Factor (SPF) should be at least 50. If you stay outside for a long time, reapply sunscreen every two hours.

Lip Balm Chapstick with SPF

Keeping a lip balm or chapstick with SPF will protect your lips from the sun’s harmful UV rays, moisturize, and prevent them from becoming dry and cracked. As a bonus, it adds color and shine to your lips. It is convenient to pack as it takes up little space and weighs almost nothing, so you don’t have any excuses to leave it at home.

Food, Drinks, and Snacks

You should also bring a cooler with food and drinks to stay hydrated and energized throughout the day.

Drinking enough water is crucial to prevent dehydration. Staying in direct sunlight for a whole day can dehydrate you quickly and cause you to sweat several liters. Dehydration can be dangerous, and sweating can deplete your body of salts, minerals, and electrolytes which can have side effects such as making you feel tired and unwell. Consider bringing some electrolyte packs or gels.

Fishing Gear

Ensure you have all the necessary supplies for your deep sea fishing trip, including a fishing rod, tackle, bait, and a reel.

First-aid Kit

It’s also a good idea to bring a first-aid kit in case of minor accidents or injuries. Better safe than sorry.

Best snacks to bring for deep sea fishing

Here are snacks you can bring on a charter fishing trip:

  • Jerky is a great protein-packed snack that won’t take up too much space. 
  • Trail mix and dried fruit will provide energy and sustenance. 
  • Granola bars are a good source of carbohydrates that won’t spoil in the sun. 
  • Crackers: A light and easy snack that won’t weigh you down. 
  • Fruit: Apples, oranges, and other fruits are full of vitamins and minerals (don’t bring bananas as anglers believe they are bad luck)
  • Sandwiches: A classic snack that will keep you going throughout the day. Try peanut butter and jelly.
  • Protein bars are a good choice for a quick energy boost.

Sea Fishing Attire – Quick Summary

  • Start with a good pair of shoes with plenty of traction on the boat’s deck.
  • A lightweight waterproof jacket is essential for keeping you dry and warm in rainy or windy weather.
  • Wear comfortable and breathable layers underneath, like a long-sleeved shirt, trousers, and thermals if it’s cold outside.
  • If you’re heading out early in the morning, bring a hat or cap to protect you from the sun.
  • Don’t forget sun cream, sunglasses, and lip balm — all essential items for a day spent outdoors.
  • Finally, bring spare clothes just in case you get wet while fishing.
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With all these items packed in your bag, you’ll be ready for your next deep sea fishing adventure!

Frequently Asked Questions About What to Wear on a Fishing Charter

What shoes do you wear for deep sea fishing?

Fisherman in a boat

Shoes made of rubber or neoprene are good as these materials are waterproof and will provide traction on wet surfaces. Or you can choose boat shoes, non-slip shoes, or waterproof boots.

Can I wear flip flops deep sea fishing?

No. Don’t wear flip flops on a boat. The deck can be wet and slippery, and flip flops have lousy traction. Also, they don’t protect your feet from hooks, or sharp fishing tackle often found on boats.

How do you prepare for deep sea fishing?

deep sea fishing boat

1. Research the Fish Species and the best strategies for catching them.  
2. Check the Weather to ensure it is safe to go out on the water. 
3. Pack all the Right Gear and double-check that you have everything. 
4. Choose the Right Bait for the fish you are targeting
5. Know how to use your boat, and adjust the speed and direction to operate safely.
6. Bring Safety Equipment such as a first-aid kit, life vest, and flares.

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