How To Prevent Sea Sickness When Deep Sea Fishing

If there’s one thing that can ruin a perfectly good fishing trip it’s sickness. In this post we take a look at how to prevent sea sickness when deep sea fishing through six amazing tips!

How To Prevent Sea Sickness When Deep Sea Fishing

1. Prescription

The first option and the one almost guaranteed to see you saying farewell to your sea sickness is to seek advice from your doctor or local pharmacist.

The two most common pharma options are a Scopolamine Patch which you can get from your doctor and and Dramamine which is available from your pharmacist.

So which is best?

Scopolamine Patch

According to eMedicineHealth.com a Scopolamine patch is used to:

Relieve nausea, vomiting, and dizziness associated with motion sickness and recovery from anesthesia and surgery.

The patch is easy to apply as it just needs to sit behind your ear as this allows the medication to enter your body most easily.

The patch works by helping your brain readjust you vestibular system (balance and equilibrium) to the motion of the boat.

With very few side effects (occasionally dry mouth), this is a fantastic treatment for those prone to seasickness on deep water sea fishing trips.

Dramamine

The other pharmaceutical option commonly used to battle sea sickness is Dramamine.

Taken as a treatment a few days before your trip, Dramamine works to suppress the symptoms of seasickness before they develop.

The one major downside of Dramamine is that it’s prone to causing drowsiness – a major issue if you’re walking about on deck!

As always, consult your physician before taking either.

2. Natural Remedies

Prescription pharmaceutical products aren’t to everyone’s taste, but thankfully there are a whole host of natural remedies that can help you find your sea legs.

The most common of these is ginger – this herb has been used to settle stomachs aboard ship for centuries.

In the days leading up to your big trip, make sure that you take a ginger supplement (commonly available in your local supermarket) and ginger ale.

3. Mind Over Matter

If you’ve ever suffered from sea sickness then you’ll no doubt know that what often starts as a thought of “I don’t feel great” then turns into more physical symptoms.

The truth is that seasickness is as much a mental condition as it is a physical one.

Thankfully, this means that you can delay the onset of or even completely beat sea sickness by thinking it away, or more specifically, thinking about something else.

If you start to get the thoughts of feeling unwell, start thinking about what you hope to achieve, which gear you’re going to run or even share some stories with your buddies.

4. Fresh Air

While it can be tempting to want to retreat below deck when a bout of nausea comes on, you need to fight the urge and get out into the fresh air!

Being outside actually goes a long way towards helping your inner ear and eyes start working together again.

5. Watch What You Eat

Okay, so this one is particularly relevant to those deep sea fishing trips that happen right after a heavy night of partying.

You know the drill, you’ve been out the night before eating junk and drinking a few too many beers. Next day you wake up already feeling pretty run down with a slightly upset stomach. You get out to sea and then BAM the nausea hits!

Before setting off on any sea fishing trip, watch your diet and try to avoid any foods that naturally upset your stomach such as a greasy and acidic foods.

Stay hydrated and limit your alcohol.

6. Rest Up Before You Go

Finally, if you go into your trip tired and run down, chances are that you’re going to fall foul of seasickness much easier!

While you don’t need to be right on top of your mental game, you should be rested enough to feel up to the fishing trip.

Happy Sailing: Pulling It All Together

So there you have it, now you know exactly how to prevent sea sickness when deep sea fishing. Apply these six tips during your next trip and your sure to bean the bad belly and be sure to check out the rest of our sea fishing tips to make the most from your next outing.

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