So you’ve booked your fishing charter adventure and reserved your overnight stay on one of our houseboats… all that’s left to do is pack! But if this is your first charter fishing trip, it can feel overwhelming trying to make sure you’ll have everything you need. Even if you’re a seasoned fishing pro, it’s helpful to be able to refer to a comprehensive packing list when planning for a trip.

Our charter fishing guides have put together a list of everything you should be thinking about bringing for your trip. Review the packing list below, and if you still have questions, then feel free to contact us today! We’re excited to share the bountiful Gulf waters with you, and eager to help you prepare.


We can handle most of the licenses, but you’ll still need to purchase a $10 three-day charter pass from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Each person in your group needs a pass.

Follow the link above, then follow the instructions to provide your information. Once you’re reviewing the product catalog, choose the Charter Pass 3-Day option (“trip led by charter boat fishing guide”). Purchase as many as you need for your group.

If you have any licensing questions, feel free to contact us. We’re happy to help.

Food and Drink

Water: Please bring plenty of water. It’s important to stay hydrated while we’re out on the water, where the sun can beat down hard and cause you to sweat and become dehydrated very quickly. Make sure you have more than enough water for every member of your group. We can ice it down on the boat!

Breakfast: We recommend that you eat before we leave the dock.

Lunch: Pack a picnic-style lunch, along with any snacks to munch on throughout the day.

Dinner: We will be back at the dock for dinner.


Make sure you bring several layers. Even in Louisiana, early morning starts can be chilly, and sunny afternoons usually heat up fast, so you want to make sure you’re prepared for each phase of the day.

  • Light jacket or windbreaker
  • Shorts
  • Non-slip boat shoes — Sneakers and athletic sandals are great! Flip flops, not so much.
  • Lightweight clothing — Choose breezy clothing to protect your arms and shoulders from sunburn without getting too hot.
  • Light-colored clothing — Light colors will reflect the sunlight off of you and keep you cooler in hot weather. Dark-colored clothing will heat up much faster.
  • Gloves — If you’d like to bring some sturdy gloves, they can help protect your hands from sunburn and line cuts.

Weather Protection

  • Sunscreen (lotion) — No spray, please.
  • Lip balm
  • Brimmed hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof jacket and pants — Stay dry and protect yourself against storm and spray.
  • Light jacket

Miscellaneous Recommended Items

  • Seasickness or nausea medication — If you’re concerned about seasickness, then bring some over-the-counter nausea remedies like Bonine® or Dramamine®. This can make the difference between an epic fishing trip and a miserable one.
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Waterproof bag
  • Camera
  • Hand towel
  • Swimsuit