How to Prepare for Your Fishing Charter
What to bring, what to wear, and what to do with your catch…
At certain times of the year, you may find it a little chilly first thing in the morning. We always recommend you dress in layers so that as the day heats up, you can stay comfortable. Also, a good pair of boating shoes or sneakers is a good idea.
Of course, you will need to ensure you have a good pair of sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen and definitely a camera! If there is any possibility of sea-sickness, be sure to either take an anti-nausea medication or wear a sea band.
Most of the hotels in Manzanillo are “all inclusive” and are generally happy to provide you with a boxed lunch for your day on the water. Ensure you ask either at the front desk or in one of the restaurants so that this will be packed and ready for you. Although we have a small amount of beer on board and also drinking water and ice to keep things cool, we do recommend that you bring some extra drinking water, or your choice of beverage. It can get pretty warm out there, especially if you are extending the length of your fishing charter.
We regularly freeze and bring our fish back to Canada. Many of the hotels in Manzanillo are happy to freeze your fresh fish so that it can be packaged and taken home. Generally we recommend that you bring some large ziplock freezer bags, a roll of duct tape and a small amount of plastic rope for making handles on your cooler. You can either bring a cooler or purchase a Styrofoam cooler in Manzanillo. Your captain and crew will filet your fish right at the dock and assist with packaging your fish. Then, take it back to the hotel, freeze it, then pack it into your cooler right before leaving. You may want to do most of the taping at this point, but make sure the lid is easily removable as they will want to check the contents at the airport. Once the contents are checked, have your tape ready to securely close your cooler. In most cases, your airline will ensure your package is stored in the coolest area of the airplane.
Thinking of having your bill fish, tuna, dorado etc stuffed? We have contacts within Mexico who do a wonderful job of stuffing and mounting your trophy fish. Also, should you wish to have your fish smoked and canned, this too is within our ability – simply ask Captain Miguel!