Channel Islands

Channel Islands Sportfishing boats

Suggested items to bring on a Deep Sea Fishing Trip at Channel Islands Sportfishing.

What to bring:

  • Fishing license (can be purchased online here. You can also purchase at the landing (cash only).
  • Cash to pay for items on the boat such as fish cleaning, galley purchases, gratuities, etc.
  • Gunny sack. (These can also be purchased on most boats.)
  • Sunblock (30+ SPF) Thoroughly cover your face, neck and ears; and any other exposed skin.
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Hand towel or chamois
  • Camera: to capture that trophy fish photo
  • Sea sickness medication: If you haven’t been out before or have a history.  It doesn’t hurt to bring some.  Don’t overindulge with alcohol the night before going fishing.
  • Water and snacks: They are available on the boat for purchase, but you may want to bring your own.
  • Ice Chest to leave in your vehicle to transport fish home.

What not to bring:

  • Your own alcohol
  • Illegal drugs
  • Weapons or fireworks


We sell tackle at competitive prices but if you bring your own here's some suggestions.
This is essentially the setup they will rig for you if you rent your rod/reel from the landing. (Tackle is not included in the rental price. Bring your own or you can purchase at 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.

Useful tackle to bring:

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 each: 6, 8, 10 oz torpedo sinkers.
1 package of 2/0 bait hooks (4-6 hooks)
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.

What To Wear:

Think layers. 
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. Sandels and flip flops not recommended.
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!