Things to Bring on a Guided Fishing Excursion

Fishing Charter in WNY

It has been a particularly rainy season in Western New York these past few weeks/months. If you were to book a True Blue WNY Fishing Charter, check the weather forecast and probably bring/wear rain gear “just in case.”

What are some of the things to bring for a guided fishing excursion?

Variety of Clothing

Weather can change, so it’s a good idea to bring a variety of clothing with you. For instance, a windbreaker makes sense; it will help protect you from spray and/or keep you warm when it’s chilly, especially for those early morning starts. While most anglers wear shorts and a light weight shirt, why not bring along long pants and a sweatshirt in case it gets cold? For your hands, bring gloves– these protect your hands from sunburn and line cuts. Oh, and as for footwear, flip flops are not ideal. Sneakers or non-skid rubber soled shoes work best on a fishing boat.


Since a fishing trip typically involves being “out on the water in the sun,” you should bring sunscreen with you that protects against UVA and UVB rays. Lip balm is good if you want to avoid chapped lips. A hat can be invaluable, keeping intense heat and sun off your scalp, forehead and nose– the bigger/wider the brim, the better. To cut through the glare on the water, try using polarized sunglasses. And, as mentioned earlier, rain gear such as a waterproof jacket, makes sense, especially in Western New York.

Items You Need

Though the boat captain might have things like a small first aid kit and bug spray on board for you to use, you might be a particular person… therefore, bring whatever you’d bring to an outdoor event that will make you feel comfortable– your favorite bug spray, for instance, or “the one hand sanitizer I like.” Meanwhile, if you’re prone to seasickness, you could take some Dramamine before the trip. Maybe bring some Ibuprofen or anti-nausea pills with you, too.

A Carrier

As for other things to bring on your fishing trip, how about a backpack to conveniently carry all the stuff you’re bringing aboard the boat? If you want to bring your own food/drink, a collapsible cooler makes sense. A water bottle or two is a good idea, as well. And if you own a waterproof bag, a fishing trip is the right time to use it– especially for electronic items and important documents and/or your wallet– things you don’t want to get wet.

Finally, don’t forget a camera so you can have proof of what you saw, what you caught, etc.

If you’re looking to go on a guided fishing trip in Western New York, then look no further than True Blue WNY Fishing Charters.