Do you plan on going to the fishing charters soon to enjoy an entire day of peace and quiet as you wait for a nibble? If you’re thinking of getting the big one, then you’ll need to be prepared with everything! But you shouldn’t only ready your fishing gear and skills; you’ll also need to make sure your stomach is prepared as well, especially when you’re prone to seasickness.
Fortunately, there are ways to prevent seasickness from happening, even if you’re one of the most nauseating ones in the group as you sail through the waves. Read on to prepare ahead!
How to Prevent Seasickness While on Fishing Charters
It’s a buzzkill having a queasy stomach and constantly reaching for a puke bag in case your lunch comes up. But with various products and tips from fellow anglers, you may be able to stop the seasickness. Here are some tips you can follow and try:
Use Prescription Patches
This is one of the most popular and successful seasickness remedies today. You can find prescription patches that use Scopolamine, which is worn behind your ear. They will work similarly to antihistamines, as it interferes with the communication between the nerves and your part of the brain controlling vomiting.
Apply this patch at least four hours before your fishing charter, and you’re good to go!
There are over-the-counter medications that work by counteracting effects from the chemicals your brain releases during motion sicknesses. Here are some medications that can work:
Before taking any of these medications, talk with your doctor to see your best option, and if you are allowed to take any of these for motion sickness.
Did you know that ginger root is a herbal remedy for aiding in digestion, which can also alleviate nausea connected with motion sickness? You can take ginger root in any form, whether it’s through ginger powder, capsules, pills, candies, tea, syrup, or even ginger ale. Just make sure that you get the all-natural products.
Know and Avoid Your Triggers
There are various triggers that may cause your seasickness, such as food and drinks. Avoid the following:
Heavy, fatty, or greasy food, as well as large meals before the trip
Spicy, salty, and/or sugary food
Alcohol before the trip, as you may feel tipsy while drinking or when suffering from a hangover
Coffee or orange juices, as well as other acidic drinks
Instead, do stay sober and drink a lot of water. Also, take a light and bland meal the night before your fishing charter instead. Rather than eggs and bacon or an empty stomach, opt for plain bread or bagels before the trip.
No matter where you are, you should always stay hydrated! Always drink a lot of water, as dehydration can amplify the symptoms of seasickness. If you plan on drinking alcohol during the fishing charter, then have B vitamins to fight off dehydration.
Enjoy the View, Not the Phone
If you’re feeling queasy, enjoy the view, looking up and out, as the horizons appear stable. Your peripheral vision will view the whole picture rather than just the motions of the sea, helping you gain your balance and fighting off any vertigo symptoms. The best area to stay in is in the center of the boat, where you won’t be rocking and rolling as much.
And of course, do not look down and avoid looking at your phone, which is a common trigger of motion sickness. Avoid using your phone or reading, because when you focus on one stationary target, your inner ears and eyes will send different (and negative) signals to your brain.
Don’t Think About It
Your mind works wonders, and if you think it, you will do it. That’s why motion sickness shouldn’t even be in your mind, as this can stress you out and trigger your seasickness. Focus more on fishing and other activities when on the fishing charter, and avoid being near someone who may feel seasick as well.
Wrapping It Up
There are many people, no matter what they do, that suffer from seasickness. However, there are some things you can do to prevent, or at least minimize that queasy feeling so you get the most off your fishing charter. It takes some trial and error to try different products and methods, but once you find the ultimate remedy, you’ll be reeling in the big one without grabbing the puke bag!
Hopefully, these tips on preventing seasickness on fishing charters gave you an idea of what to prepare for to stay healthy and focused. Before you head to the boat, make sure to have these tips in mind, and have a successful fishing trip ahead. Good luck!