What to wear:
On the ocean, it’s usually 10-20 degrees cooler than it is inland. Conditions can also change rapidly. If you wear layers, you can adjust up and down accordingly. If it’s hot, shorts and a tshirt are fine, but bring a hoodie or windbreaker to wear on top. It will come in handy, especially when you are going to and coming back from the fishing grounds. If it’s going to be cooler, wear long pants instead of shorts and add a light jacket to wear outside your hoodie. If you have deck boots (rain boots will work), wear them. If not, where flat, non-slip shoes.
If you have little ones, it's a good idea to bring a change of clothes for them. Kids tend to have a knack of getting wet!
What not to bring:
This is essentially the setup they will rig for you if you rent it from the landing.
A spinning or conventional rod and reel combo rated for 20-40 lb test line. The reel will be spooled with 25 or 30lb. test monofilament line.
2 each: 6, 8, 10 oz torpedo sinkers
1 package of 2/0 bait hooks (4-6 hooks)
Useful tackle upgrades:
Spool your reel with braided line (also known as “spectra”) – if you do this, you’ll also need swivels (to tie braid to mono), and 25 or 30lb monofilament or fluorocarbon leader line
2/0 or 3/0 circle hooks – good to have if you will be rockfishing
If you find that you enjoy fishing and you are ready to step up to a Full Day or even an Overnight trip, here are the 3 main setups you will want to eventually have in your arsenal.
Here’s what to bring on an Overnight Trip.