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Joined: 06/27/2013
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 posted 06/28/2013 12:10 PM  

I love fishing on party boats on the ocean. The only problem is that I am prone to getting seasick. I generally take 75mg of Meclizine which is found in Dramamine. It is higher than the recommended dose. I am able to avoid getting sick in 2 to 3 foot waves. But when I leave the rail to sit in the boat's cabin I feel nauseous. The seasickness puts fear in me about going on eight hour trips or offshore for night blue fishing. I just bring water and pretzels on my trips. I took other over the counter pills but I got sick even after taking that. I recall getting very sick on a 22ft boat due to swells in an inlet. Does anyone have any tips on how to avoid getting seasick? I tried the wristbands but they didn't work. The seasickness is very frustrating since the fish I like to target are usually offshore a bit. Please help. I also heard that fishing at night can cause seasickness since you can't see the horizon. Any tips would be appreciated.

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 posted 06/28/2013 12:24 PM  

you might need a prescription "patch" from your doctor if over the counter does not work.

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 posted 06/28/2013 12:25 PM  

The Patch.

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 posted 06/28/2013 12:49 PM  

as soon as you feel nausea you should press your wrist veins with your thumbs and have a glass of ginger ale

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 posted 06/28/2013 12:52 PM  


Thanks for the tip. My doctor just phoned in a prescription for the patch for me. It is called Transdermal Scopolamine. I hope it works better than the pills. I am nervous it might not work but I guess I have nothing to lose. Is there anyone else out there who suffers from Seasickness and has found the Patch works better than the pills?

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 posted 06/28/2013 01:02 PM  

How are you taking the pills? are you just taking one in the morning before the trip? What works best is to take one the night before and then again in the morning. Also straight ginger pills I here also work and are natural.

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 posted 06/28/2013 01:07 PM  

Do you feel better when the captain blows 3 whistles to go home, most people do. If that's the case the sea sickness is all in your head.


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 posted 06/28/2013 01:08 PM  


I take 3 pills about 2 hours before the boat leaves. I was under the impression that the pills were strongest within the first few hours of taking them. I was considering using the patch and taking the pills at the same time. But I read online that could cause a bad reaction.

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 posted 06/28/2013 01:09 PM  

May I also suggest drinking between 18 to 30 beers the night before, resulting in you over slleeping and missing trip.

This post edited by JesusBird 01:55 PM 06/28/2013

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 posted 06/28/2013 01:13 PM  


I know the seasickness isn't in my head. I get nauseous while reading while a passenger in a car. I also have gotten sick on private boats. I was told it has to do with being able to see the horizon and points of reference. Recently I got nauseous sitting in the cabin of a 80ft party boat on our way in as we travelled through a rough inlet in Fire Island.

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 posted 06/28/2013 01:15 PM  


I love fishing and have been actively fishing for 37 years. I am expanding my horizons by going on offshore trips.

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 posted 06/28/2013 01:21 PM  

Some people swear by that funny tobacco

I've never been seasick. Once, after a 3 hour steam in bangin' seas I felt a wave come over when we suddenly stopped without any land in sight. Took about 5 minutes for it to pass.

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 posted 06/28/2013 01:29 PM  

Paigesdad wrote:

I was considering using the patch and taking the pills at the same time. But I read online that could cause a bad reaction.

Don't do that! The patch should work, and you can safely add some ginger tea to drink if you still feel a little queezy. Just boil some water and add a load of cut up ginger root to it and boil for a few minutes. Put it in a jar when its cool and drink as needed.


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 posted 06/28/2013 01:32 PM  

Put the patch on the night before, that is very important. I've had 100% success with it done this way.

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 posted 06/28/2013 01:38 PM  

I wasn't sure when to put on the patch. The night before sounds good. I will try this out with five hour night trips. If I am successful I know of a Brooklyn party boat that does a 24 hour trip for Tilefish. The patch lasts three days. So I may brave it and go. I hear fishing for Tilefish is a blast.
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