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Did you or anybody on your boat get sea sick in the 2019 season?

Old 10-29-2019, 10:05 AM
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yep everytime i go out unless go with a patch or spray
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Old 10-29-2019, 01:53 PM
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No puke, but felt bad twice, kept on fishing both times.

Son and wife got sick on one trip, slept all day.

He will remain nameless, but a pretty hardcore guy from around here got pretty sick on a rather calm day, still crushed the fish.
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Old 10-29-2019, 02:00 PM
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This is bad, but I cannot keep from laughing when one of my buddies is puking over the side. I Thank Gods of the Sea that I am not cursed with that malady.
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Old 10-29-2019, 02:12 PM
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Have a bunch of guys that fish with me who have never gotten seasick, regardless of sea state. And we fish some gnarly stuff. But one day. one of the guys bring his brother in law to fish a striper tournament with us. We head out of the Canal toward Billingsgate Shoals with a hard SW wind. Not bad until around halfway across when the seas get a bit snotty with some nice 3s and 4s mixed in. This being a tourney, we decided push on, due to the promise of some very big stripers out at the shoals.

We finally get there, and with the tide running out across the shoals and the SW wind, they're stacked up. We're in a 26' boat, so not super dangerous by any means, but drifting a mack through the turbulence gets the boat rocking pretty good. I keep an eye on the BIL and he's fine. Hadn't cracked a beer yet. We get our first fish on and he reels it in and he's pumped. A 22#, his first every striper. After we release, he just continues staring at the water, turning legitimately green, and pukes overboard. We say that we'll turn around and head back (just to be polite) but he knows the deal and says he's fine. This goes on for another hour, kneeling along the gunnels, while we catch fish after fish trying to maneuver around his near lifeless body. As the morning went on, the seas flattened out, but he remained seasick, as is so often the case. Pretty soon, we hear that there's some wild surface action a few miles south, so we jet over there.

When we stop, he hears the splashes and perks up, picks up a rod, and fires a Doc right into the fray. He hooks up immediately. Suddenly, he's just yelling for joy. He lands it and casts immediately again and he hooks up again. Then a third. When he's all done, he cracks a beer and just starts chatting away like the first three hours never happened. I've never seen such a rally.

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Old 10-29-2019, 04:00 PM
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I got a little off one time this year about 20 miles out with my SNL. It went away pretty quick. In 2018 I got sick twice. I have never been seasick in my life until these the happened. I'm 46. I don't like it at all. It is a horrible feeling. Being drunk with a hangover and not had one drink. I'm hoping that Dramamine works. So far it has.
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Old 10-30-2019, 05:41 AM
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Took all of my wife's family out when they were in town. One brother in law is a big time fresh water fisherman and hunter and I've had him out before and knew he was good and the other is an engineer. Well, the engineer was green pretty quick and I offered to turn around. His wife says "he'll be fine, it's so calm I'm sure it will pass." About 35 miles out while slaying the fish he's over the side puking his guts out. I offer to go in but he's still puking and not talking. Again same response from his wife. We continue to do really well spot after spot. His wife is having such a good time she just keeps saying "one more spot, he'll be fine." Meanwhile his daughter keeps showing him cut bait and squid and how well she's doing helping....she's 4 and doesn't realize it's making him worse. I never laughed at him but his wife had me and the other brother in law laughing till we were crying. We got home at dark and we all had a great time sans one. He was mad at her for two days after.
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Old 10-30-2019, 06:22 AM
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My son got sea sick on the boat heading across Tampa Bay in rough weather a few weekends ago, but I suspect it was something from the night before that instigated it...
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Old 10-30-2019, 07:25 AM
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I'm a fair-weather boater mostly, and sold my boat this spring, so no. But I do have a possible solution to sea-sickness. My wife was heavily into natural medicines, and we discovered the smell of citrus stops motion sickness. Years ago we were crossing the Straits of Mackinac in a wooden speedboat when the distributor chewed up the rubber O-ring around the bottom of the cap. Lots of time heads-down in the engine hatch in big waves and heat, and I was turning green. Wife started peeling oranges we brought, and I instantly felt 100% better when I smelled the oranges. We looked it up and it is a natural remedy for motion sickness to smell citrus. I've tried it occasionally when flying, you can watch a passenger turn from grey to pink as they smell it, instant relief.
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Old 11-03-2019, 02:57 PM
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Don't read this thread or even let the title of this topic enter your mind and you should be good. And don't let anyone talk about it. If you feel a little queasy quickly focus on the horizon and think about anything but being seasick.
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Old 11-03-2019, 04:25 PM
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Default Trial and error... usually more error than anything else!

The sea gods are with me this year, as no one (yet!) has been sea sick.

I find a bag of ginger snap cookies makes for a good light snack for guests when first getting underway, with the added benefit of helping soak up excess stomach acid for those who choose poorly for breakfast or have a tendency to be borderline queasy to begin with. Sea sickness prevention tends to be personal - mostly trial and error until finding a solution that works for that person. Although there are many remedies, my experience is having guests take motion sickness pills at least 6 hours before leaving the dock has the greatest chance of success than the other methods I've had experience with.

If you are looking for a place to start, I've had better success with seasickness pills for guests than any other remedy.

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Old 11-03-2019, 04:33 PM
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The bands mentioned earlier works great. I bought one for my wife and one for my daughter, and they are able to fish the entire day, regardless of weather. My son and I are the weird ones, we couldn’t get seasick while upside down in a holding tank during a hurricane. My wife still can’t go in the cabin after we leave the dock, nor sleep on the hook in bigger than 0.03’ of wave action, but she loves the ability to fish all day without getting sick. We are still working on the “sleep in cabin while on the hook” issue and any advice is gladly accepted.
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Old 11-03-2019, 04:38 PM
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Originally Posted by BrettR View Post
Yes and Yes...
Tried those silly bands that go around your wrist, and I'll be damned if they didn't work.
My wife started going with me last year and we could not anchor or drift fish at all because she would start feeling bad.
Got her a set of the bands as well this summer, had two very sketchy days,were not that rough, just not the most comfortably, we both made it through like champs.
Looking forward to next year.
What name brand of band did you find the most success with?
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Old 11-03-2019, 05:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Ex Nuc View Post
What name brand of band did you find the most success with?
We have only tried the SEA-BAND brand.

Just started using them this year, I was very skeptical, but they work for both of us.
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Old 11-03-2019, 05:36 PM
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Misjudged the weather and took a trip to Block Island (7 ish miles). Back side of the island was stacked 4 footers. 17 foot boat. I lasted about 3 minutes.
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Old 11-03-2019, 05:40 PM
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Seems like every third person I fish with ends up chumming. My 9 year old is still going strong now after two years and a couple 4'-6' days though. It's funny to me that it NEVER seems to bother her even when I send her in the cabin to get stuff.
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Old 11-03-2019, 06:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Bugsbunnyboater View Post
With the 2019 season ending for some did you win the sea sick battle this year?
I learned that I never get sick as long as I am at the helm.
And yes a young cousin got sick on my boat.
Fished a offshore tournament out of Post Canaveral. It was just a little “sporty”, even in a 35’ CC. One of the crew was a retired CG vet, with 25 years service. He chummed the whole time.

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Old 11-05-2019, 06:12 AM
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Default Answer to motion sickness


I am not a doctor or a pharmacist. At one time, I was well read on the subject of motion-sickness medications, but, bottom line, I am a diver, like you.

I ask my primary-care physician for a prescription for “Scopolamine hydrobromide 0.25mg capsules, take 2 to 6 capsules every 4 hours as needed for motion sickness.” I send the prescription to my drug plan (Cigna Home Delivery Pharmacy), Attn.: Compounding Dept. Your drug plan probably has a compounding department, too, and if you do not have a drug plan, your local drugstore either has one or can refer you to the nearest one.

The capsules are remarkable. They contain the same medication as the Transderm Scop patch, but only one sixth the dosage. The capsules have many advantages over the patch. You don’t wear the capsules like a sign behind your ear that says, “I get seasick.” The capsules don’t come off in the water. They work almost instantly, so, unlike the patch, you don’t have to “drug up” eight hours in advance. The capsules can give you dry mouth, but I never suffer drowsiness. The medication in the capsules, in my experience, exits your system in four hours. You decide, based on how you feel, how much medication to take. I think the capsules are usually significantly less expensive than the patch.

Typically, I take no medication. If, when I get out on the ocean, it is bumpy and I start to feel a hair queasy, I immediately take a two-capsule starting dose. I note the time, and a half-hour later, I assess my condition. I then do what makes sense for how I feel. If I feel the slightest bit uncomfortable, I take an additional single capsule. I do this every half-hour until I have no hint of symptoms.

I think the most capsules I have ever taken are four in a day. You can safely take up to six capsules in a four-hour period without exceeding the sustained 1.5mg dosage of the Transderm Scop patch.

I am sure results vary with the individual. This medication is remarkably effective with me, and, twice, I have seen amazing results with other people.

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Old 11-08-2019, 05:27 PM
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Yep, daughter in law did the same Labor Day Weekend. Never asked to go in but we knew she was hurting, landed her fish and then curled up in a ball. Too many drinks the night before and biscuits and gravy before heading out.
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