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Old 04-24-2019, 07:10 AM
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With snapper season about to open here in Ms the wife and I went and scouted some new areas yesterday. She loves to snapper fish but the poor thing just gets sea sick almost immediately as soon as we come off plane. It hit her before I even got the rods rigged yesterday, I tried to talk her into chumming but she claims she can't so I gave up on that after 5 mins and we headed back north. I have never gotten sea sick so I don't know what she is going through. We've tried everything, chugging 2 or 3 beers out the way out, meds, etc.. Anyone have a success story they'd like to share?
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Old 04-24-2019, 07:15 AM
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I take a Dramamine the night before and as soon as I get up. Works for me.....if you wait until you get on the boat, it ain't gonna work. Probably the scopolamine patch is a remedy for her.
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There are the usual tricks: don't stare at the bottom of the boat, keep your field of view moving , don't boat on an empty stomach. They have varying degrees of success depending on how susceptible she is. I have friends who swear by the Scopoline patch, but like Dramamine, it might make her drowsy. Have you tried the wrist bands? Might need to up the beers to 4-5. Hope you find a solution. Mine occasionally gets queasy and unfortunately it usually seems to coincide with the best days.
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Ginger candy and ginger ale work for my daughter.
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Scopaline patch all the way. Works like a charm with no drowsiness.
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Old 04-24-2019, 07:25 AM
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I second both the patch and the Gin Gin candies. Put the patch on the night prior, sleep like a baby and then your are bullet proof for 3 days.
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Old 04-24-2019, 07:27 AM
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We haven't tried the patch. I will give that a try. Thanks guys.

I'm worried it may all be in her head and she gets nervous about it now so it just hits no matter what. She can read a book going down the road and never look up. I can't make it through a paragraph and that makes me swimy headed.
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Old 04-24-2019, 07:34 AM
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My wife is the same way. The patch is by far the most effective treatment.
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i fish 100+ days a year and am prone to motion sickness. Have had just miserable days but can usually puke a time or 2 and keep going. That said when I know I am going offshore I start taking real dramamine at noon the day before. Take another that night. Another when I get up that morning and then usually one more on the boat around noon if its rough and if not generally skip that last one unless its gonna be a multiday trip. Since doing that I have never gotten sick but on those impromptu trips it still happens sometimes when dont have time to get the meds in the system. Seems they take a while to really start working.

The wife is much less prone to it and when she does occasionally get a little uneasy feeling she just takes a dissolving zofran and is good to go. I tried that but did not work for me so I stick with the dramamine but she may want to try zofran.
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Have her drive the boat.
Keep her mind on something will help.
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Originally Posted by JCC123 View Post
Have her drive the boat.
Keep her mind on something will help.
Tried that yesterday she got to feeling better after 5 mins. We decided to jig some channel markers for Cobia on the way in. Made one loop around the first marker and it hit her again.
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Following sea will get me everytime, that cork screw motion. Maybe try a drift sock to chang drift...
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Old 04-24-2019, 08:06 AM
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I randomly get sea sick... Someone's I'm fine, other times I puked my brains out. I have found that Marizene works better than Dramamine for me and doesn't have the same sleepy side effects. I take one the evening before, and another the morning of. I haven't been sick since taking it. Dramamine works, but always put me to sleep. I also mix in a few Coca-Cola's on the boat... Never drink Coke otherwise. Not sure if it's the sodium or the carbonated water, but it seems to help, too. Much better than the old days of puking the whole time I was fishing. Hope she finds something that works. Seasickness is the worst sickness I've ever had. It's miserable.
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Old 04-24-2019, 08:11 AM
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I've taken thousands upon thousands of people out in open water, and these are my observations:

I can tell you without a doubt that meclizine (bonine is one brand) works better for most people than dramamine.

It needs to be taken the night before so that it is already in your bloodstream the next day. Take the recommended amount the next day as well.

For people that this doesn't work transderm scop is an option. Scopolamine used to also be available in pill/capsule form from some compounding pharmacies (not sure you can still get it that way).

If scopolamine alone doesn't work, for the people that are the most prone seasickness taking bonine AND scoplamine has worked.

One of my best buds was the most prone to seasickness I've ever seen and once he got a prescription for scopolamine and took bonine he was fine. Before that he would just throw up all day. He loved offshore fishing that much.

If you get transderm scop (the patch) follow the directions closely. Some people have to shave a spot to get it to stick well also. You have to make sure you don't get it in your eyes.

A handful of people also seemed to like gin gin. I haven't had enough customers using it to form an opinion.

I have had about a 50/50 split on whether you should or should not eat before heading out. I've had some people say if they go out on an empty stomach they were more prone to seasickness, and others say just the opposite. So I guess that's a case by case thing.

Another note, in 2006 I had a lady pharmacist fishing with me, iirc she told me any antihistamine that crosses the blood-brain barrier would keep you from getting seasick.

I'm fortunate it doesn't bother me, however I was violently seasick for 9 months in 2015, I was on some pretty strong chemotherapy. Aloxi (sp?) was a miracle drug but I only got it when I was in the hospital in my IV. I also had sublingual zofran but it gave me a seriously bad headache. I can tell you that everyone who smoked MJ (which is obviously illegal in MS) swore by it.

Hopefully this helps someone.

If I forgot anything, or didn't explain it well, feel free to ask any questions.

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P.S. out of the thousands of passengers I've carried it's amazing that none of the pukers have been "seasick" - it was always "that greasy breakfast" haha. Since I had cancer now I just pat them on the back and say "you've only got 8 more hours, I was seasick for 9 months". They look at me and then I tell them I was on chemotherapy. I don't know if it makes them feel better, but they don't complain as much hehe
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My wife does dramamine the night before and in the morning. in the morning she also takes a Zofran. This make her not get sick. If she doesn't take them she is getting sick period. The only thing I have ever seen cure it on the water after getting sick is smoking some Mary Jane. Not kidding either!
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Old 04-24-2019, 08:37 AM
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I get sea sick. I've tried Dramamine and scopamine patches, neither has solved it. I've tried the beering thing and a half dozen other things. I can't deal with a sloshing belly, that I know. Diesel smell, also not helpful. Outboards and center consoles help vs. sport fishers where I can't see the horizon. Running the boat helps, keeping an eye on the horizon helps. She might just have to deal with it. I puke and fish, such is life. Heat does not help, if you can keep a towel that has been wet with icy water around that will help some.
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Old 04-24-2019, 08:45 AM
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Ginger candy and ginger ale work for my daughter.
I worked on a large research vessel. We kept cases of ginger ale and ginger snaps aboard.

"Drink this, eat this, stand on a weather deck looking at the horizon. If you puke, please puke near a hose, if you smell like puke please don't come up to the bridge"
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Bonine pills. Does not dehydrate or make drowsy like Dramamine.
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my wife bought that $100 relief band that send an electrical pulse from your wrist to the tip of your finger and down toward your elbow. Fells kinda weird but on the last 2 trips has worked well and scop patches are all that help her usually. The relief band is something for spontaneous unplanned trips and is over when you take it off most patches are good for 3 days. So far she likes it time will tell if its real or palebo.
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Old 04-24-2019, 09:10 AM
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We always had Pecan Sandies cookies for those squeamish moments..
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