Preparing your boat for a fishing trip: a few things to keep in mind
Angling from a boat is one of the most challenging, but at the same time, rewarding experiences regardless of whether you’re fishing professionally or are simply a keen hobbyist.
In order for everything to go smoothly and increase your chances of success, there are some things that you need to know about fishing from a boat, its preparation being one of the most important things.
This article is exactly about that - a few tips on how to properly prepare your boat for a fishing trip.
Take care of your boat trailer
The first thing that you need to make sure is that your boat arrives at your fishing spot without any hassles. Without a proper trailer attachment, you probably won’t go very far.
But how can you do that?
First of all, check the state of the trailer itself. Buying a quality product ensures that it will last longer than cheaper alternatives, so we definitely recommend investing in a good trailer if you plan on having plenty of fishing trips with your boat.
Next of course, focus on areas of deterioration. Wheel bearings, rusty parts as well as electrics are the key parts in this case. Make sure everything is in an operable state before you head out fishing.
Keen on trying difficult areas? Get a boat loader
In some cases, the best fishing spots are those that are not easily accessible. This means that transporting your boat might be quite a challenge in some cases. Luckily, boat loaders are there to help you out in this case when you are using small to medium size fishing boat such as kayak, canoe or lightweight aluminum boat. Always check local laws if you are allowed to to this.
Instead of loading your boat on a trailer, simply secure it safely on the roof of your vehicle, allowing you to drive on rougher roads without a heavy load lingering behind you.
Bungs are the most important part of the boat
Before you head out on a fishing trip, make sure that your bungs are tightened properly. We cannot emphasize this enough, as even the most experienced boat operators can make this simple overlook.
A thorough check before loading your boat onto the water will make a difference between a successful fishing trip and a potentially lost boat.
Pay attention to the fuel tank
Fuel is another area where even those with plenty of experience can make a mistake. Before you head, map out the trip that you’re planning on water. This way you’ll know the exact amount of fuel you need to carry.
After you’ve done that, we also recommend get extra can with fuel, just to be safe.
Always keep safety in mind
Last but not least, there’s safety to keep in mind. In this case, we want to talk about having the appropriate safety gear on your boat. Typically, having certain safety elements in required by law, however, you should always have the very basics onboard.
This includes lifejackets, floatation devices, signaling devices and so on. Double check to see if everything is in working condition and you should be ready to go boating.
All in all
Today we’ve talked about the very basics of preparing your boat for a fishing trip. Even though these are simple aspects, even the most experienced of anglers can overlook these things, so use this article as a basic checklist before heading out to the open waters.