How To Not Get Seasick On A Fishing Boat

Seasickness doesn’t discriminate, and it can affect even the most experienced anglers. Without a remedy, standing on solid ground remains the only option for relief, thus limiting your fishing adventures.

A long-term cure for seasickness has yet to be discovered, but fortunately, there are a multitude of natural and medical remedies. Let us take a look at the most effective solutions that will allow you to embark on a successful fishing adventure! Eating the right food and preparing for the trip can make a big difference.

What Is Seasickness?

Seasickness is essentially a form of motion sickness experienced on vessels. The balance of the body and the sense of movement is governed by the inner ear. You are aware that you are moving, and so is your inner ear. However, the eyes are not properly registering the motion. 

Laying in the cabin, reading, or looking at your phone makes the problem worse, as eyes now have a static image that contradicts what your body senses. Technological developments are happening rapidly, and while our minds can keep up, the body takes much longer to adapt.

Surprisingly seasickness affects everyone, but the majority of people do not show symptoms. If you get motion sickness from traveling by air or land, it is a strong indicator that you won’t fare well on a boat. However, even if you don’t present any symptoms, you can still get seasick. 

How To Treat Seasickness

There are many ways to handle seasickness: mental exercises, diet, natural ingredients, and medication. Our advice is to try more than one method at the same time, except medicine. Finding the right combination is essential for prolonged sailing, especially if you are sleeping on the boat. 

Mental Gymnastics

Mind over matter is more than just a saying when it comes to seasickness. Confidence and willpower play a vital part in our everyday lives, and they can be applied to fight off nausea. 

Trick yourself into actually believing it. Once you are on the open sea, never think about it — and why would you? You are not a person that gets sick! Resolve never to be seasick again, and stick to it. 

Get accustomed to a primitive lifestyle while you are sailing. That means no watching movies, reading books, or using your phone. They are the fastest causes of sickness, so avoid them as much as you can. 

Spend most of your time on the deck to breathe in the fresh air and look around. You will also be more occupied with the fishing equipment, distracting you from thinking about nausea. Sleeping can be problematic, and one way to handle it is to get as tired as possible and reduce the time it takes you to fall asleep. 

Sailing Diet 

Your biggest enemy on the boat is your stomach, so you will have to do everything in your power to keep it settled. Start with a healthy diet at least a day before you embark and avoid heavy and spicy food. Alcohol is strictly prohibited, and water is going to be your primary beverage. Coffee can upset your stomach, while tea should be fine. 

Hydrating is a critical factor not only for preventing seasickness but also for your health in general. Ginger, lavender, and mint have soothing effects on the digestive system, so you can soak the one you like in water and drink it throughout the day. If you are having trouble keeping down your meals, resort to eating saltines and crackers without sugar. 

Chewing gum and mints garner mixed results. Some find it helpful, while others are overwhelmed by the strong smell. The artificial sweeteners they contain can cause stomach issues. So, if you must consume them, make sure not to take too many.

Avoid Foul Odors

Odors are one of the prime causes of nausea, even when we are just standing on solid ground. The sensation is made even worse on a boat, especially inside the cabin or near the live well. Try to steer clear of anything that might upset your stomach, especially if you gut the fish onboard. 


If symptoms are too intense for the natural remedies, modern medicine is necessary to help alleviate your symptoms. Antiemetic drugs include Bonine and Dramamine and are specifically used to combat nausea. Scopolamine transdermal skin patches are another option but can only be purchased with a prescription. 

Discuss your problem with the pharmacist, and they will help you determine the best option. If the issue is too severe, consult with a doctor to get more potent antiemetics. 


Getting seasick is not uncommon, so don’t give up on your fishing aspirations until you have tried all the available methods to neutralize your symptoms. Don’t underestimate the power of the mind. Use it to your advantage until your body gets accustomed to the motion. 

Most of the medicine does not have any side effects, but we still recommend going with a natural approach. Smelling pleasant scents (or something like sliced ginger) is highly recommended to combat nausea-inducing odors.

We hope this article has helped you find a suitable method to combat your seasickness.