What to bring....

 

  1. Saltwater Fishing License. If you don’t already have a saltwater fishing license, you can get one at www.la-web.s3licensing.com . For help, call (888) 362-LDWF. You will get a number that will serve as your license. Write the 16-digit number down and bring it with you, along with a copy of your driver’s license.​​​​

  2. Recreational Offshore Landings Permit & EFP Exemption. If the trip is planned to be offshore, go to www.wlf.louisiana.gov/rolp and obtain a free Recreational Offshore Landing Permit and the associated EFP Red Snapper exemption. Please print both permits and bring them with you. Apps are also available for Apple and Android devices. NOTE: You must have your fishing license number (or 16-digit temporary number) to apply.​​

  3. Boat shoes. No black sole shoes. Black soles leave scuff marks on the boat which are very hard to remove. However, do not plan on fishing barefoot. Although it feels great in the summer, going barefoot is dangerous in a boat filled with huge hooks, gaffs, and mad fish with sharp teeth.​

  4. Refreshments. Bring whatever food and drinks you want for a full day/night on the water. Water is important to prevent dehydration. If you bring beer, only bring cans (no glass). Lastly, no bananas on the boat!

  5. Dry Bag. If going offshore, or overnight, a small dry bag is a good idea, although unnecessary, to bring for carrying rain gear, hat, glasses, and other personal items you may need while fishing.

  6. Rainwear. If going offshore, or overnight, Foul weather gear is optional but encouraged. It doesn’t have to rain to get wet offshore, and in the summer, showers happen every day. If the seas and the wind are just right, you can get wet just riding in the boat.

  7. Sunglasses. Preferably polarized fishing glasses, if you have them, to lessen the sun's glare.

  8. Camera. Bring a camera to document the gigantic fish you catch or video the beautiful Gulf Coast or marsh sights. If we catch any billfish, we will tag and release them, so photos are a must.

  9. Headgear. A brimmed hat or ball cap is a good idea, especially for those of us getting thin on top.

  10. Bonine. If you get seasick or aren't sure if you do, take Bonine, or other similar product, the night before a day trip, or the morning of a night trip and an hour before departure. We recommend Bonine over Dramamine because it causes less drowsiness. If you aren’t sure if Bonine is ok to take, as your doctor.

  11. Sun Protection. We have lots of sunscreen at Camp Alibi, but if you bring your own, we recommend Neutrogena CoolDry Sport Sunscreen or Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch; but anything broad spectrum and not Banana Boat is ok (see #4 above). Spray sunscreen is discouraged as it turns the boat into an ice rink.  

  12. Cooler. Bring a cooler to transport your catch home. On an awesome day, you could take home 50+ lbs. of filets.

  13. Cash. Bring cash to purchase anything (shirts, hats, decals, snacks) you might want at Coco Marina and to tip the boat's deckhand if we hire one. About $30-50 per person is a customary tip for an offshore trip.

  14. Reels & Tackle. Please do not bring any rods, reels, or tackle. We have everything you will need, and you are welcome to use it all.

  15. Communication. Cell phone coverage with AT&T in Cocodrie is spotty; Verizon is a little better. However, the boat has a satellite phone if you need to contact your family or conduct some important business. Lastly, the camp has high-speed Wi-Fi for your laptops and handheld devices.

 

Tight lines,

 

Stephen Babcock

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