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I had the opportunity a couple weeks ago to go offshore tuna fishing. I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest for years and this is something I’ve never had the opportunity to go do, so I jumped on it! It takes a big, tough boat to take on the waves 50 miles offshore and a crew who knows what they are doing.
The day started about 4:00 am, so by the time we got back to the marina at 3:00 pm we were all pooped. But, every single person caught a tuna! I ended up catching the second largest tuna of the day, coming in at 32 lbs! And, let me tell you, that fish kicked my butt. I had bruises for weeks after. It really was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I’m so glad I went out of my comfort zone to go.
But, the important thing really is, what do you wear? What is a good offshore fishing outfit?
If you go on a fishing charter, they are likely to have coveralls for you. But, if you’re not going with a commercial outfit here are some pointers to keep in mind.
The Pacific Northwest is known for perfect summer days. But, once you get on the water, the temperature drops. Add in some wind and next thing you know it’s downright chilly. Especially when you’re loading up the boat at 4:00 am. Pack a bag to go on the boat with you, and bring layers. I was fine most of the day in a t-shirt and chambray shirt overtop. In the morning though, I was glad I had a sweatshirt.
It’s going to be a long day. To get 50 miles offshore took us a few hours. Add in the time fishing, and then the travel time back, it was 11 hours before we were even unloading the boat and cleaning up. You want to be comfortable. This is an area where you want to sacrifice looks for comfort.
This is a little morbid. You’re going fishing, with the goal being catching fish. There will be blood and guts. I suggest wearing something that you will be okay getting perhaps permanently stained. I opted for dark colors that wouldn’t show any blood.
It’s sunny out on the water! You’ll love having a hat to shield your eyes from the sun.
And there you have your offshore fishing outfit! Make sure you pack a dramamine in your bag and you’ll have everything you need for a day of fun offshore fishing.