Imagine coasting carelessly along endlessly wind-tossed waves in the very heart of New Hampshire’s stunning coastal region. Deep sea fishing is a hugely rewarding spring outdoors activity that allows you to experience the rush of catching prized fish at the secluded depths of the Atlantic Ocean. There are few outdoors sports that allow you to connect this closely with nature by being entirely removed from any form of civilization. When you are out there, it’s just you, your crew, the fish, the sky and the sea.
I’m definitely interested! Where do I go to deep sea fish?
Although there are several charter boating companies along the Seacoast, we recommend two local New Hampshire companies in particular. The first is Eastman’s Docks in Seabrook. They offer marathon, full and half-day deep sea fishing excursions from April until October. Eastman’s takes its passengers either to the Isles of Shoals or even as far as Jeffrey’s Ledge depending on the trip! A second reputable deep sea fishing company is Algauron Deep Sea Fishing. Like Eastman’s, Algauron offer’s marathon, full and half-day trips but they also have a special two-hour night fishing excursions later in the season. They also offer rates for renting entire charter boats for you and your motley crew!
What should I wear and bring?
Temperatures away from the mainland tend to be much cooler than you would expect. For this reason, always remember to dress in layers to avoid being either too cold or too hot on your seafaring vessel. The boats will take care of essential equipment such as bait, fishing rods, bags for caught fish, etc. However, here are some other useful items to bring with you on your trip:
- Sunscreen: You should pack anything greater than 30+ SPF. You would be very surprised how easily it is to burn out on the water. The reflective glare of the water makes it doubly bright! Make sure to cover both your face, arms and definitely the back of your neck. That sunburn is the worst!
- Sunglasses: For reasons cited above, you definitely want to bring some protective eyewear. The beaming reflection off of the ocean may be beautiful, but it will make it harder for you to fish!
- A hat: Typically, any good fisherman will have plenty fish-gut stained, floppy hats laying around for you to borrow, but trust me, you want to bring your own hat.
- Seasickness meds: Even if you think you aren’t the queasy type, we definitely suggest packing some Dramamine or something similar.
- Towel: It gets wet, very wet, on the boat.
- BOOTS: We can’t stress this enough! Pack some knee-high rubber/waterproof boots. We’ve seen some poor saps attempt to wear sneakers on the boat only to slosh around for hours in complete misery.
- Camera: Hey, if you catch that huge lunker, you will want to show it off to your friends. But make sure you wrap it in a waterproof bag or keep it safely stored away so it doesn’t get wet.
- Snacks and water: You will definitely want to bring some snacks and water to keep yourself going throughout the day. Although, because you will be surrounded by fish guts, fish smells and teetering on a rocking boat, don’t pack anything that might be too rich or savory as it may make your stomach turn.
- Cooler and ice: At the end of the day, you will want to pack up your fish and keep them nice, cold and fresh.
- A change of clothes: You will be covered in seawater, fish guts and pride when you leave the boat. If you don’t feel like transferring that smell to your vehicle, you may want to pack an extra set of clothes.