Deep sea fishing is an amazing experience for both the novice and rookie fisherman – that is, unless you’re prone to sea sickness.
Deep sea fishing requires traveling to deep offshore waters – generally at least 30 meters deep – where anglers have an opportunity to reel in big game like grouper, mahi mahi, snapper, swordfish and sailfish. However, anyone who has ever been on a boat in the middle of the ocean or deep water knows that water conditions can quickly become rougher or choppier at a moment’s notice. With most deep sea fishing trips taking anglers an hour or more out into the ocean, a quick return to shore is not always possible and heavy waves and high seas can make even the strongest of people turn green fast. High winds and a rocking boat are the perfect combination to induce seasickness, which can make for a miserable trip.
So, whether you’re a veteran sea dog who never gets sick or get queasy at the thought of being out on the water, how can you combat getting nauseous while on your deep sea fishing trip in Orange Beach with The Triple-Trouble? Here are a few tips to keep your lunch down and enjoy the full day of deep sea fishing ahead.
A prescription solution is available in the form of a scopolamine patch. The Mayo Clinic suggests that these patches can help to relieve symptoms of seasickness for up to three days at a time. The patch is conveniently placed behind your ear, and is a discreet and effective option.
Dramamine in another common prescription solution that helps keep nausea at bay. Offered as a pill, you should plan a regiment of these drugs in days before your trip, serving to get into your system and prevent your motion sickness symptoms before they start. Speak with your doctor to see whether a scopolamine patch or dramamine might be right for you before leaving on your trip.
Ginger has been a trusted natural herb remedy for combating seasickness. You probably have had ginger ale when suffering from an upset stomach, and may already know about the soothing effect it can have. Ginger supplements are available over the counter at most drug, convenience and grocery stores, and offer both a mild flavor and a mild effect. Depending on the severity of your nausea, ginger supplements could be helpful in your case.
The expression goes it’s all in your head, but it’s true with seasickness. FishingCharters.com points out that 90 percent of feeling nauseous is a mental game – the disorientation and disconnect of your body responding to standing on a moving surface instead of stationary ground. Focusing on something other than your symptoms and remaining calm can help you stay on top of seasickness.
It also is a good idea to avoid looking at anyone else who may be seasick to keep from being nauseous yourself. A sympathetic gag reflex is common, and many people will get ill when they see others vomiting, even on dry land. Don’t fall into the trap and let someone else’s struggles make you sick. If you see someone else bent over the rail, try and find a place on the other side of the boat where you can maintain your poise – and your lunch.
When you start feeling ill, you might instinctually want to seek comfort inside the cabin or below decks. The truth is, though, you should stay above and in the fresh air to help overcome your symptoms. Staying in an enclosed area will only exacerbate your symptoms and make your slight queasiness grow into full-blown seasickness – guaranteed.
Control Your Breathing
Panic commonly sets in when people begin to feel ill. A sense of dread falls over a person, making them feel even worse as they think about puking and how this sensation is ruining their trip. However, taking controlled, deep breaths can help to keep you calm and control your symptoms. Hyperventilating or taking rapid shallow breaths can make nausea worse, but by remaining calm and collected you can work to move past your symptoms and get back to fishing.
Rest and Diet
You should also make sure you are well rested before setting sail, as exhaustion can make you more susceptible for motion sickness. Certain foods may also triggers nausea, so if you know that greasy, spicy or acidic foods might cause you a concern, avoid them in the days ahead of your charter. Avoid eating too much as well, as large of meals can further exacerbate symptoms of seasickness.
If you suffer from seasickness or have a fear of it, we hope that the above tips will help ease your discomfort and trust – and stomach. Capt. Chad always works hard to ensure that every guest is as comfortable as possible on deep sea fishing excursions, but sometimes the sea can be unpredictable, so it’s best to be prepared just in case you know that you could be seasick.
Of course, the goal of any chartered fishing trip is to catch great fish, not nausea. Plan your trip with Capt. Chad and The Triple-Trouble today by calling 256-431-5767.