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MANAGING MOTION SICKNESS

There are a lot of things that go into preparing for a day of deepsea fishing. There’s the proper clothing and the right deck shoes. You probably packed a cooler full of drinks and maybe a picnic basket full of fried chicken and potato salad. You saved your money all year for this big adventure and you have everything planned from A to Z. But have you thought about the one thing that can ruin the best- laid plans of any offshore fisherman?

Motion sickness is usually the last thing people think about in the excitement of planning a trip to the bluewater. But the wise have learned from experience that it is better to learn to manage motion sickness than to let it manage you. Here are a few tips that will help you enjoy your trip. A few are preventative maintenance tips and I’ll also recommend what to do if you do become ill.

Let’s talk about preventative maintenance first. There are three things that cause people to become more easily prone to seasickness. The first of these is lack of sleep. It’s a given that you are going to have

to be up early because most offshore boats leave the dock at around 5:00 a.m. And most people stay up late making sandwiches and getting ready. Some choose to sample the many opportunities of night-life offered on the Outer Banks, and some are just too excited to sleep well.

The moral of that story is to do whatever you can to get a good nights rest. My experience has been that fatigue is a leading cause of motion sickness. It also may cause you to fall asleep on board which in some cases causes a person to become a little unbalanced and disoriented. This is because different people have varying levels of resistance to motion sickness. And drowsiness is one thing that people who already know they may be prone to seasickness need to watch carefully.

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