Before you venture on a Tippin’ Scales fishing trip, you can run down a quick checklist to make sure you have everything you need to make your trip a good one. Tippin’ Scales provides all the bait, tackle and rods.  Here are a few other things you can bring to help ensure that you have a safe comfortable day.

  • Free Marine Registry
  • Warm Clothing in Layers
  • Protective Footwear
  • Rain Gear (if forecasted)
  • Sunscreen / Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Seasickness Remedy
  • Large Cooler
  • Food & Snacks
  • Water, drinks, adult beverages are allowed but in moderation


New York State requires a free Marine Registry for migratory species which can be acquired at Sporting License Issuing Agent Locations or Online by clicking here.


It’s always colder on the water. Layering is a good way to be prepared regardless of the forecast. Dressing in layers allows you to start shedding some of the outer clothing as the day warms up. Being able to add or subtract items provides control and comfort throughout the day that cannot occur if you wear just one heavier clothing item.


It is best to wear footwear that covers your entire foot and have good traction while you are on the boat. Wet surfaces can sometimes be slippery.  Also, hooks can easily fall to the floor and stepping on one or having one catch on your toe could lead to a very painful experience. Sandals and flip flops are not recommended.


It’s hard to predict the weather for a trip that is booked weeks or months in advance, but as the trip gets closer you can definitely prepare your group for the elements if even a slight chance of rain is in the forecast. Be sure to pack a poncho or other rain gear so that you’re able to stary as dry as possible while fishing in open waters.


When on the boat in open water, the exposure to the sun is more intense than when on shore.  The reflective nature of the water has rays coming down from above and bouncing off of the water. Even days that are overcast can still have damaging effects on your skin. Applying copious amounts of sunblock prior to getting on the boat and while you are aboard will lessen your chances of getting sunburned.  Tippi’ Scales, does have a few covered areas that can provide shade when you need to get out of the sun.


When out on the water, the sun is naturally more intense as the rays reflect off of the water. Wearing dark or polarized sunglasses will protect your eyes from the sun and will make seeing into the water much easier.


Being on the open water in a boat can sometimes lead to seasickness. Chances are, you already know how your body responds to similar types of motion.  If this is your first time on a boat, you may want to bring seasickness pills Just in case. You can also see your doctor to in advance to ensure that you are able to enjoy your trip no matter how choppy the water is.


Tippin’ Scales always encourages anglers to catch-and-release.  That said, you are certainly entitled to bring home your legal limit.  Tippin’ Scales will provide you with coolers can store the fish in while you are still on the boat.  If you choose to keep the fish that you catch, it’s recommended bringing coolers with you to the boat to keep them cool on the ride home.


Your day will be packed with lots of activity and excitement.  With all the fun, it’s likely that you’re going to get hungry and thirsty while on the boat. That is why it is essential to keep yourself hydrated and fed, particularly as we approach the hotter summer season.  Sandwiches and other easily handled finger foods are recommended.


Water is always the best thing to drink, especially on a hot day, so load the cooler with plenty of ice and cold drinks. Staying hydrated will help with motion sickness, and keep your energy up throughout the day. Soft drinks and alcohol are best kept to a minimum as both dehydrate.  Adult beverages are allowed in moderation but rude and intoxicated behavior will not be tolerated.  No glass bottles on boat. Small bag cooler or similar for food and beverages so it’s not hindering movement around the deck.  Captain reserves the right to return the boat to the dock at any time.