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Five Popular Boat Superstitions

Fishing ChartersAs any boater will know, the sea can be unpredictable, giving rise to a number of superstitions over the centuries. Here are a few examples:

Bananas for bad luck

Today, bananas may be a common breakfast staple on board, but it was once believed that they’d cause a ship to be lost! There are many theories as to why this superstition came about. Some believe it’s because poisonous spiders hid in shipments of bananas, biting and killing sailors, while others point to a trend of ships in the 1700s that carried loads of bananas becoming lost.

Forbidden words

Certain words are considered bad luck when uttered on a boat, including “goodbye,” and “drowned.” “Good luck” wasn’t allowed either as it was considered to bring bad luck.

No whistling allowed

Whistling is considered bad luck on a ship, because you could “whistle up a storm.”

Don’t pass the salt

Another superstition holds that it’s bad luck for crewmen to pass salt directly to one another. To avoid the curse, one would set the salt bowl down and the other would pick it up.

Man overboard

Here’s one that we’re sure you’re glad is no longer believed. In Scotland, fisherman used to throw one of their numbers overboard and then haul him back up in order to ensure a good catch.

Whether or not you believe in any of these superstitions, there’s no better summer activity than going out on a boat to do some fishing, especially if you have a professional chef preparing your catch after you return to dry land! Check out Dockside Seafood Fishing in Virginia Beach, where we prepare the delicious fish you catch at our restaurant. Contact us today by calling 757-481-4545!

How to Prevent Seasickness

Love fishing, but could do without the motion in the ocean? If you’re prone to seasickness, you’re probably familiar with the common symptoms: headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and cold sweats. It’s no fun at all, and can ruin an otherwise great day out on the water. So why do you get seasickness in the firstContinue Reading

Why You’ll Want to Fish More

Whether you’re a novice or an expert fisherman, we’re willing to bet that the more you fish, the more you’ll want to fish. Fishing is a fantastic outdoor activity that offers lots of benefits. Read on to find out why 46 million Americans love to fish. Anyone can do it Male, female, young, old, rich,Continue Reading

Patience is Key When Fishing

Fishing is no easy feat. It requires patience, time and persistence but it always pays off when you get a bite and reel in a substantial sized fish. Fishing is a hobby that can cultivate patience and teach us to appreciate the rewards of waiting. Although the old saying, “patience is key” is an old-timeContinue Reading

Reasons to Go Striped Bass Fishing

Lurking just below the surface, fishing for striped bass is always an exciting endeavor. Reeling in a striped bass is on the bucket list of many anglers. Striped bass are strong and resilient, so it’s a welcome challenge to hook them home.There are many interesting nuances about the striped bass, including the following: Striped bassContinue Reading

Enjoy Half-Day Fishing Trips Through December

Enjoy Half-Day Fishing Trips Through December

Planning a trip to Virginia Beach during November or December this year? Our half-day charter fishing trips continue through the end of December. A beautiful and relaxing place to visit throughout the year, there is plenty to do in Virginia Beach during the fall and winter months. Enjoy a morning or afternoon with Dockside FishingContinue Reading

Packing for a Fall Day on the Water

Packing for a Fall Day on the Water

Fall is here and with it comes some of our favorite fishing weather! A nice breeze makes for an enjoyable morning or afternoon out on our boat with average temperatures in the mid 70’s. So what should you pack for a fall fishing trip with Dockside Fishing Center? Protection from the Sun Even though theContinue Reading

A Brief History of the Chesapeake Bay Area

The Chesapeake Bay region is a well-known tourist destination with a long and unique history. Home to Native American tribes for thousands of years, over 24,000 people lived in the area by the 1500s. It was not until 1524 that Europeans entered the region with the visit of Italian caption Giovanni da Verrazano and hisContinue Reading

The Benefits of Charter Fishing

There are plenty of benefits to charter fishing. This is where you can go fishing with a guide. You use their boat, their knowledge and they can help you learn. Even if you are already a fishing expert, you can have the added benefit of fishing on a large boat. Here are some of theContinue Reading