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What to bring....


  1. Saltwater Fishing License. If you don’t already have a saltwater fishing license, you can get one at 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. If the trip is planned to be offshore, go to and obtain a free Recreational Offshore Landing Permit. Print the permit and bring it with you. Apps are also available for Apple and Android devices. NOTE: You must have your 16-digit fishing license number to apply.

  3. Boat shoes. No black sole shoes. Black soles leave scuff marks on the boat, which are hard to remove.

  4. Refreshments. Bring whatever food and drinks you want for a whole day/night on the water. If you bring beer, only bring cans (no glass). If you bring sports drinks, don’t bring dark-colored flavors. Lastly, no bananas on the boat!

  5. Dry Bag. If going offshore or overnight tuna fishing, a small dry bag is a good idea, although unnecessary, to bring for carrying rain gear, a 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 need not rain to get wet offshore, and in the summer, showers happen every single day.

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

  8. Camera. Bring a camera to document the 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 or it didn’t happen!

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

  10. Bonine. If you get seasick or aren’t sure if you do, consider taking Bonine or another similar product as directed the night before a day trip, and the morning before a night trip, and another an hour before departure. If you aren’t sure if Bonine is ok to take, ask your doctor. If you know you get seasick or want to bring a gun to the knife fight, bring a Reliefband. or obtain a scopolamine patch from your doctor.

  11. Sun Protection. We have sunscreen on the boat, so there’s no need to bring any. But, if you bring some, don’t bring Banana Boat (see #4 above). Spray sunscreen is no bueno; It turns the boat into an ice rink and stains the upholstery.  

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

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

  14. Reels & Tackle. Please do not bring any rods, reels, or tackle. We have everything you need.

  15. CCA STAR Membership. If the trip is during the summertime, sign up for the CCA STAR Tournament at

  16. Communication. Cell phone coverage with AT&T is spotty on the coast; 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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