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Old 06-26-2022, 07:10 PM   #1
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I am taking my wife and two kids deep sea fishing in July. Although I have been out several times, they have only bay fished. I believe you can buy Dramamine over the counter for motion sickness, but is there something better. I want them to have a good time and want to do it again. Anybody have a suggestion to prevent or minimize their chance of getting sick?

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Old 06-26-2022, 07:12 PM   #2
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Ginger pills and go bare foot. Not joking.

Could also look at prescription Transderm-Scop patches.
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Old 06-26-2022, 07:13 PM   #3
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I get very bad motion sickness. It never affects me when I am bass fishing, but on the bay or gulf I just can’t do it no matter how much Dramamine I take. I hope y’all have a great trip.
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Old 06-26-2022, 07:24 PM   #4
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Prescription patch, only way to go. If it gets too bad Dramamine won’t do it
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Old 06-26-2022, 07:27 PM   #5
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Stay up on deck!
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Old 06-26-2022, 07:27 PM   #6
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Whatever, you take needs to bee in your system for several days ahead of time.
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Old 06-26-2022, 07:30 PM   #7
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Whatever, you take needs to bee in your system for several days ahead of time.
This is what I have been told
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Old 06-26-2022, 07:35 PM   #8
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If they start feeling queasy tell them to focus on the horizon. It's the only thing that is steady on a moving boat.
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Old 06-26-2022, 07:47 PM   #9
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Glad you brought this up

My buddy & I are taking his boat almost 80 miles out in a couple weeks and last time we just went past the jetty’s and I got sick

Didn’t throw up but had to lay down after only 2 hours out
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Old 06-26-2022, 07:52 PM   #10
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I've been sick everytime I've ever been out. Ask your doctor for scoplamine. It's the patch. Worked for me. Only time I didn't get sick.
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Old 06-26-2022, 08:02 PM   #11
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I've had many of people take ginger pills, bonine, dramamine, and the patch get sick offshore.
I fish offshore alot, run out 100 miles or so on alot of trips. Sometimes the conditions just make for a bad mix.
If it's bumpy especially and the boat rocks while fishing. Not so bad if your moving.

If you do take dramamine, you might need to take some caffeine with it. Drink something with some caffeine if you get to drowsy.

If they do start to get to feeling bad. Just go to the back, finger in your throat and get it out. You'll feel better pretty fast after that.

But what I find best, after any thing thats been taken to prevent it. Is plenty of water, cold fluids. Don't eat alot of food. Fresh fruit, and don't look down at the deck , look out.
I hope its a nice day, for yall.
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Old 06-26-2022, 08:09 PM   #12
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Old 06-26-2022, 08:20 PM   #13
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Concentrate on the horizon and puke if you’re queasy. I’ve been told jumping in the water is instant relief, but never tried it. I like to eat peppermints as I’m fishing, seems to help.
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Old 06-26-2022, 08:22 PM   #14
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Tell your GP what you are doing before you go, they can prescribe Dramamine and the patch so you’ll have it if needed. That’s about all you can do
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Old 06-26-2022, 08:37 PM   #15
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I've had many of people take ginger pills, bonine, dramamine, and the patch get sick offshore.
I fish offshore alot, run out 100 miles or so on alot of trips. Sometimes the conditions just make for a bad mix.
If it's bumpy especially and the boat rocks while fishing. Not so bad if your moving.

If you do take dramamine, you might need to take some caffeine with it. Drink something with some caffeine if you get to drowsy.

If they do start to get to feeling bad. Just go to the back, finger in your throat and get it out. You'll feel better pretty fast after that.

But what I find best, after any thing thats been taken to prevent it. Is plenty of water, cold fluids. Don't eat alot of food. Fresh fruit, and don't look down at the deck , look out.
I hope its a nice day, for yall.
All of the above, and stay on the deck where there’s fresh air/wind. Also, a cold wet towel around the neck helps.
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Old 06-26-2022, 08:39 PM   #16
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I’m going to try a patch next time. Weirdest thing, I grew up fishing offshore / deck hand on sport fishing boats and never got sick. Last year we went on our annual trip and was sick the entire time! Guess something about getting older.


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Old 06-26-2022, 08:41 PM   #17
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Bonine works better for me. Take one about an hour before leaving the dock.
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Old 06-26-2022, 08:42 PM   #18
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Just DO NOT use the patch and take Dramamine together.
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Old 06-26-2022, 08:44 PM   #19
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This for me. Have a couple buddies with SF’ers and the only time I get nauseous is when going down to the restroom when it’s rough.
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Old 06-26-2022, 08:47 PM   #20
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I hate how sleepy dramamine makes me. I use to take it when I was a kid and it would flat knock me out. I don't take anything anymore. But I guess it might be better than puking all day.

I agree strongly with keeping hydrated and start working on that the day before and the morning before you get on the boat.

If they start feeling bad keep the fresh breeze blowing in their faces and watch the horizon. The only times I get to feeling a little green anymore is when I am hot and working on something, rigging tackle or whatever and I have my head down in conjunction with getting hit with gas fumes, exhaust, etc. That is the one-two punch for me. As soon as I feel it if I can get fresh air going on my face and watch the horizon a minute it quickly subsides and I can get on back to what I was doing. I have not puked in many years but I know as soon as I start feeling iffy to get up, get fresh air and watch the horizon for a few minutes until it settles out.
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Old 06-26-2022, 08:50 PM   #21
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None of that fufu holstic stuff works coming from someone who gets seriously sea sick and has tried it all...and cost me many offshore trips. Scoplamine patches work peroid end of story. Dramine works also but you so stupid tired/loopy the trip isnt fun.
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Old 06-26-2022, 09:09 PM   #22
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Lots of cold water , orange crackers , sipping a 7up , patch 24h before the trip,
I hate dramimine it makes me sleepy and sours stomach
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Old 06-26-2022, 09:10 PM   #23
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Scopolamine patch.
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Old 06-26-2022, 09:12 PM   #24
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Those using Transderm-Scop patches (aka scopolamine), put on the patch on the night before the trip, don’t wait til the morning or when you get to feeling sick. It is too late then.

I don’t like them, the one time I used one, I felt horrible for a couple days after wearing it. I don’t get sick easily though, thankfully.

Don’t discount taking your shoes off and going bare foot (if it is safe).

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Old 06-26-2022, 09:27 PM   #25
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I’m going offshore in the morning, supposed to be 1-2 ft seas so should be fine. Been sick once but seas where 5ft plus
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Old 06-26-2022, 09:28 PM   #26
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Jump in the water for a bit. Cool off.
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Old 06-26-2022, 09:29 PM   #27
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Listen to me on this. All the above is garbage. You need to have your wife Wrastle with your shirts off 2Xs a day the week prior. And then the morning of the fishing trip. The endorphins set off during that time are amazing.

The following week you will be on your own. Enjoy the week prior.
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Old 06-26-2022, 09:36 PM   #28
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Old 06-26-2022, 09:38 PM   #29
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Old 06-26-2022, 10:13 PM   #30
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7-11 breakfast and a few beers
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Old 06-26-2022, 10:16 PM   #31
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Dill pickles or pickle slices and pickle juice. It works really well.
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Old 06-26-2022, 10:50 PM   #32
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The over the counter meds work well. But don’t hang out in the cabin of the boat. Get outside while traveling from spot to spot. Drink lots of water and this last one you will not believe! Tape a penny behind both ears. Y’all will be fine. I’ve brought many out and the penny trick is worth more than 2 cents.
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Old 06-27-2022, 12:19 AM   #33
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I got sick in 6 foot seas skinning a bear in the back of the boat. Didn’t throw up but didnt feel good either.
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Old 06-27-2022, 12:24 AM   #34
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Do the patch if you are worried…you need to put it on the day before and it might cause a little cotton mouth but that’s about it. I don’t get seasick but most of my buddies do and the I always have a few patches handy when planning offshore trips


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Old 06-27-2022, 05:26 AM   #35
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Transcopalime Trans derm patch behind the ear. Knock on wood, I don’t get sick but this is the trick for those who do.


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Old 06-27-2022, 07:34 AM   #36
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Yea this always works for me! Not really don’t do this
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Old 06-27-2022, 08:39 AM   #37
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I usually just drink alot of whiskey and stay up real late the night before. Then a really big breakfast and lots of coffee before heading out. Lots of greasy barbacoa tacos usually sets me straight.



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Old 06-27-2022, 08:47 AM   #38
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Old 06-27-2022, 08:48 AM   #39
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Following to see what works for you. I’ve never found any relief myself. (That includes my entire Navy career)
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Old 06-27-2022, 09:53 AM   #40
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I've never had much issue, although, I'll admit that 5+ foot seas will test the best of many.

To be honest, I think for a lot of people sea sickness is just in their head. If all you are thinking about is getting sick when heading out, it very possibly will happen.

I agree with a lot of the advice above -

- Non-drowsy dramamine or prescription patch starting the night before, not the day of
- Stay hydrated, again, starting with the day before.
- Don't sit in a hot cabin on the ride out. Sit outside and get some breeze and view the horizon.
- Don't eat too heavy the night before
- Carbonated beverage can help keep stomache settled
- Think about fishing, not about getting sick
- jumping in the water can provide instant relief, but it's not practical on many vessels
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Old 06-27-2022, 09:55 AM   #41
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just make sure you start it the night before, not when you need it. make sure you are hydrate and ate a good breakfast. keep your eyes on the horizon, not fiddling around it bags. back of the boat is better than front....trolling in white caps is no fun
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Old 06-27-2022, 10:08 AM   #42
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Prescription patch, only way to go. If it gets too bad Dramamine won’t do it
I know you wrote prescription patch, but by chance does this patch have the same ingrediants?

Just curious if its now over the counter.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H9F15Y8...=Tyche-6019-20


OP,

I'd get the relief bands with the patch.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QTPWD1C...=Tyche-6019-20
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Old 06-27-2022, 10:10 AM   #43
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had good luck with the patch and bonine
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Old 06-27-2022, 10:14 AM   #44
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I know you wrote prescription patch, but by chance does this patch have the same ingrediants?

Just curious if its now over the counter.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H9F15Y8...=Tyche-6019-20


OP,

I'd get the relief bands with the patch.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QTPWD1C...=Tyche-6019-20
Nope. Not the same.
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Old 06-27-2022, 10:20 AM   #45
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See if your GP can write you a script for Zofran. 2mg an hour before leaving the dock and you wont even think about being sick. Plus you won't get the side effects of dramamine or scopalamine.
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Old 06-27-2022, 10:29 AM   #46
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Those Sea Bands do help but I don't mess around anymore, I go ahead & call in a prescription for patches for all who is going out on the trip. Nothing worse than ruining a fun event by getting sea sick.
I used to never have a problem with it, until that 1 day, went out with a big group on the Scat Cat out of Port A, nasty front blew in, even the Deck Hands said we shouldn't go out, but we did & only 3 people on the boat didn't get sick, absolutely miserable feeling.
I think I threw up everything but my toenails & testicles.
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Old 06-27-2022, 10:33 AM   #47
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Always sit facing toward. If I sit looking out the back of the boat I’m done. I once landed a 6 foot blue marlin while puking off the boat.
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Old 06-27-2022, 10:35 AM   #48
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Old 06-27-2022, 10:37 AM   #49
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Go get a patch from the Dr.

Stay hydrated and cool off. Don’t think about it.

I don’t get motion sickness to bad unless I start getting very hot, once I cool off or start catching fish it goes away lol. We had patches in Alaska fishing on a 36’ boat for 3 days in 8-12’ seas and I never felt bad at all.
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Old 06-27-2022, 10:56 AM   #50
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If a newbie is getting green we normally let them drive. Having something else on your mind works wonder’s.
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