What to Bring

Dry Tortugas fishing trips with Fish Quest Charters Mahi MahiA long-range fishing trip warrants taking everything you might need with you because even though we will possibly be near Fort Jefferson there are no supplies nearby.

We have put a list together for our guests to use as a guide for what to bring for their breakfast, lunch and dinner items. This is a suggested shopping list but you may bring whatever you like.


Suggested shopping for breakfast items. You may want to have a full breakfast some mornings but bring along some quick breakfast items like donuts or bagels too.

  • Eggs
  • Bacon
  • Bread for toast
  • Butter
  • Jelly/Jam
  • Donuts
  • Bagels
  • Coffee Rolls
  • Juice
  • Milk
  • Cereal
  • 1 Pound of Drip Coffee


Suggested shopping for lunch items. Bring along sandwich cold cuts and some hotdogs and hamburgers. We don’t mind cooking a hot lunch!

  • Deli Meats (turkey, ham, etc.)
  • Sliced cheese
  • Condiments (mustard, ketchup, mayo, salt, pepper)
  • Lettuce, Tomato, Onion
  • Hotdogs, Hamburgers, etc.
  • Cheap paper plates (no Styrofoam please)
  • Snacks (potato chips, cookies, fruit, etc.)


Suggested shopping for dinner items. We usually have fish either baked or fried one night. Some parties bring something different for the second night other than fish.

  • Dinner item for second night (chicken, meat, etc.)
  • Salad & Salad Dressing
  • Black Beans & Yellow Rice (easy to fix)
  • Good bread & butter.

This is only a list of suggestions. You may bring whatever you like to eat and drink.

Fishing Tackle List

General List of Fishing Tackle for your Dry Tortugas / Marquesas Fishing Trip

    (optional package $400 for 6 anglers)

    • HOOKS: Mustad style 3407 saltwater is the best brand very small “hair” hooks, (1 Box). 3/0, 5/0, (2 boxes of 100 each), 7/0, (1 box each) A few 9/0
    • LINE CLASS: 12, 20, 50 AND 80 pound line
    • LEAD: Biggest split shots, (100) 1/8 oz, (half pound) 1/4 oz, (1 lb) 1/2 oz, (3 lb) 3/4 oz (3 lb), 1 oz, (3 lbs), 2 oz, (5 lbs, 4 oz, (5 lbs), 6 oz, (5lbs), 8 oz, (10 lbs).
    • SWIVELS: #5 and #7 swivels (100 each) black
    • TROLLING LURES: Various bucktails, lures, jellybellies, sea witches, plugs, etc (variety of stuff to troll with)
    • WIRE: 20-80 lb test copper colored, 25′ each
    • RODS & REELS: SHIMANO TLD 25s on Custom Rods with 50 lb line, and DIAWA BG 60 SPINNERS on custom rods with 20lb line.