MANAGING MOTION SICKNESS
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The second common mistake that can be easily prevented is the consumption of alcohol on the eve of your offshore trip. OK, I know some of you have proven that alcohol doesn’t bother you at all, on land or sea, but for the first timer or for those that are prone….skip the alcohol the night prior to your trip. Why? Because my observations over the years have made me convinced that you can multiply your alcohol intake by four, as far as how the physical effects will make you feel on the high seas. So if you have one beer, you may feel like you had four as you cross the bar (the one at the inlet) the next morning, and if you have had four beers….well… you do the math. So my advice is to skip the alcohol prior to the trip. If you get to the fishing grounds and you feel fine, then by all means enjoy a libation
Finally there is the most obvious of taboos. I was always amazed at what people put in their stomach ON THE MORNING of the trip. So here again, if you are going for the first time OR are prone to seasickness DO NOT eat the common breakfast foods like eggs, bacon or sausage and hash browns. As a matter of fact, don’t eat anything except a piece of toast or a cracker until you get offshore. Then, if you have an appetite, start nibbling on some real food. One thing I have found, is that you can’t have an appetite AND be seasick at the same time. So if you get to the bluewater, and you feel OK, then go for it. Oh, by the way, skip the normal breakfast fluids too, like orange juice, milk and coffee. All three of those are tough on your stomach. Instead just drink a little ginger ale or soda or a small amount of water. Your stomach and your fishing buddies will thank you later.
That pretty much covers what to do before you go out to sea. Now let’s