Photo Courtesy of Port of Coos Bay
With spring now gracing Oregon’s adventure coast, it’s the ideal time to head out on the water and take part in one of Coos Bay’s most renowned activities: fishing. We’ve offered tips and locations to help you spend a terrific day fishing; now it’s time to offer a bit more detail on what you should pack for your Oregon fishing adventure.
It’s best to assume fluctuating weather; anticipate cold weather when making an early morning departure, but be prepared for direct sunlight once the sun comes out. It’s also important to remember that even the warmest of days can experience a big drop in temperature when offshore. Layered clothing allows you to adjust for changes in temperature accordingly. Be sure that part of your layer clothing includes a waterproof jacket and rain pants.
Not only will gloves protect you from both sunburn and cold temperatures associated with the previous tip, they will protect you from line cuts.
A hat is paramount when sitting out on the water in the direct sunlight. Be sure to bring a wide brimmed hat, a baseball hat, or anything else that will provide some shade. Additionally, a hat can help keep you warm on those cold days.
Be sure to have sunscreen on hand and apply generously every few hours. Even on overcast days, you can get a sunburn!
There are many good reasons to have a pair of polarized sunglasses: they give relief from direct sunlight; they can protect your eyes from sharp hooks; they allow you better visibility of fish and your line. A good pair of sunglasses is worth the investment.
You’ll want to bring rubber soled shoes to prevent skidding; it can get slippery out on the boat!
Fishing can be a strenuous activity—more so on a hot sunny day. Stay hydrated with a drink on hand. A good quality reusable water bottle will prevent leaks or damage should it bounce around on the boat.
As cuts and scrapes are a possibility whenever fishing, a good first aid kit is essential. The kit should include band aids, antiseptic cream, hand sanitize, and seasickness medication.
It’s the law to have a life jacket (that fits) for each person on board of any boat.
When you finally land that epic catch, you’ll no doubt want to snap a picture or two to share. A camera/phone will come in handy, just be sure to store it in a…
Bring a waterproof ziplock and/or other sealable bag to hold your electronics and valuables.
If you’re bringing drinks or snacks with you, a cooler will be invaluable. Fill it with some ice and you’re good to go!
An Oregon fishing license is required for those age 12 years or older_._ Most fishing charters, bait shops and sporting goods stores can supply these for you. Visit our Fishing License page for more information. _Note: there are eight free fishing days in 2018. There dates are February 17-18, June 2-3, Sept 1-2, Nov 23-24_.
With these items packed, you’re ensured to have a productive—and safe—day of fishing, all that’s left is to go out there and catch some fish!