What do I bring on my trip? This is a common question. This page will have the information our looking for.
If you have not fished or experienced the outdoors in western Washington, you might be wondering what to bring on your trip.
We supply all of the rods, reels, and tackle. We have all the top notch safety equipment. But it is important that you bring some essentials, so you are comfortable throughout the day.
We have detailed a list of minimum items to bring on your fishing trip. Some items may be an option, but fishing licenses are mandatory.
You need to have the appropriate fishing license depending on what species you will be fishing. For example; if we are fishing the river, you want a fresh water license with a Salmon and Steelhead catch card. If we are fishing Puget Sound Sturgeon, you need a saltwater license and a catch card.
The weather in the Pacific Northwest can change quickly. Dressing properly is important to your comfort. You really should read this article about dressing properly.
One day licenses are available at the boat for $10 for those who fly in late and cannot get a license prior to the trip. Or you can buy your license online at WDFW.
- Fresh water fishing license (For Rivers or Lakes)
- Saltwater fishing license (Puget Sound or Saltwater areas)
- Catch record card (Mandatory for salt and freshwater)
- Weather appropriate clothing – Read more…..
- Food or snacks
- Sunglasses (Polarized sunglasses for bass fishing is strongly recommended!)
- Rain-gear – please do not bring umbrellas
- Camera / Binoculars / Video camera
- A cooler or container to bring fish home
- Kids Life Vest (PFD) Children are not required to wear life vest on our boats, due to the size of our boats. However, if you would like your child to wear a life vest all day, you should bring your own. Our life vests are Type I Commercial life vests and kids can be very uncomfortable in our life vests.
Most importantly, bring a positive attitude!
Of all the items you will bring on your fishing trip, the must have items are a fishing license, water, and dressing for the weather. Even in our climate you can become dehydrated. Fishing for 6 -7 hours without water is not good!
Question: Can we bring some beer? Answer: Yes, you can drink alcohol while fishing with us. You must bring your own. If you become intoxicated to the point you are a safety hazard, that can end your trip. Not to mention, you have to get home somehow because driving is not an option.
Do not bring drugs. Even though marijuana is legal in Washington state, you cannot bring it on our boats. Ridge to River Outdoors & 365 Charters vessels and licensed captains are subject to boarding and inspection the United States Coast Guard, and they enforce federal laws. If you have prescription medication in a labeled prescription bottle, that is acceptable.
Have more questions? Check out our FAQ.