Essentials

FIGHTING FINS CHARTER ESSENTIALS

The trip will begin from a private boat dock centrally located near the Hathaway bridge in Panama City Beach. Once you have booked your trip we will send you easy to follow directions.

We want you to have a safe and fun trip. Make sure you bring the following items:

  • Comfortable Light Soled Shoes ( No dark soled shoes)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Lunch/Snacks
  • Beverages (We supply bottled water)
  • DON’T FORGET a cooler to take your fish home in……

But do NOT bring bananas! Fishermen are an especially superstitious lot and bananas have a long tradition of being deemed unlucky. Usually this rumor takes the form of the fish not biting on the day bananas are onboard, but mechanical breakdowns and other mishaps have also been noted.

There are many theories on why people believe bananas are bad luck for a boat. One superstition is that boats carrying bananas don’t catch fish. The origin of this belief dates back to the Caribbean trade of the 1700s. The wooden sailing boats of that time had to move quickly to deliver bananas before they spoiled, and fishermen had a hard time trolling for fish on such fast-moving boats, which is how the superstition came about. Another superstition that originated during that time is that bananas will cause a boat to sink. This belief developed after many boats never made it to their destinations, and all of the doomed boats were carrying bananas.

Some in the fishing charter business extend their distaste for the fruit to include not only banana ingestibles (fresh or dried chips of banana, banana muffins, plus anything banana flavored), but even to items bearing the word “banana” or anything evocative of it, such as Fruit of the Loom under things, Banana Republic apparel, and Banana Boat sunscreen. (The prohibition against Fruit of the Loom under things is particularly baffling because that clothier’s logo depicts an apple, leaves, green grapes, currants, and purple grapes, but nary a banana in sight!)

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