Anglers put so much thought into what lures and rods they are going to bring on their next fishing trip, they usually forget about the essential items that all anglers should keep in their boat. Take a look at my top ten items all anglers should keep in their boat, so simple problems can be avoided and your day fishing, stays that way.
As a bass fisherman, my means of fishing relies utterly on my trolling motor. An angler can do everything in his power to make sure his batteries are charged and their trolling motor is in top shape, but once you leave the garage and are on the water, that all goes out the window. To be able to salvage your day of fishing and not be left at the mercy of the wind or current to fish, I always carry a spare prop for my Minn Kota trolling motor, along with extra fuses, rope and sheer pins. All of these items are small, but will keep your trolling motor running and your fishing!
Staying warm and dry isn’t just more comfortable, depending on the time of year; it could prevent you from getting sick, either way a good set of rain gear will keep you on the water fishing and not heading inside. I always keep my Onyx Pro Tech Jacket and Bibs in a dry compartment in a bag, so I can quickly grab it and put it on.
This one is a no brainer and it’s the law, but always have the correct number of life jackets in your boat. In my Ranger, I always am wearing my Onyx Inflatable Life Jacket, remember to also keep your throw able flotation cushion in an accessible spot.
For the amount of information and importance we have stored in our cell phones and wallets these days, it just blows my mind that anglers still fish with these items in their pockets. All it takes is one slip, one wave or a scattered strong storm and your phone and wallet could be soaked and ruined. I have a Plano Waterproof Guide Series Box that I put my phone, wallet, keys and camera in. This way I know where they are all the time and know that they are protected from the elements.
Tape, tape and more tape is never a bad thing to have in a boat. I always keep a roll of duck and electrical tape in my boat tool box as you never know when something needs to get held together. From fixes to your motor or trolling motor, to wiring on your batteries a simply roll of tape and keep your day on the water enjoyable.
A simple selection of basic tools will take care of many issues that may arise when you are in a boat. Here is a quick rundown of tools you should have in your boat:
Phillips & Flat Head Screw Drivers in different sizes
Socket Set & Wrench
Pliers & Side Cutters
A good quality rope that is wrapped around an extension cord holder allows you to quickly unwind and then wrap back up when not in use. It is important to have rope, just in case you need to be towed in or you need to tow another boat in, or to tie off on a dock.
Keeping an extension cord that is at least a 100’ long is always a good item to keep in your boat as you never know when you’ll need to plug in your battery charger and how far away the outlet is from your boat.
A set of jumper cables will keep your motor starting, if your starting battery starts to fail. Just hook your cables up to your trolling motor batteries or flag down another boat for a jump. This will at least get you back to a boat ramp or dock where you can switch out your battery.
Keeping some simple parts for your motor will help keep your day moving forward and your line wet. A spare prop and hub is important to have so you can make a switch should your prop become damaged. Keeping spare spark plugs, filters and fuses is also a good idea to help curb simple a simple problem.
A day on the water fishing should be a fun and enjoyable event, which is why keeping these top ten items in your boat, will help keep your boat moving forward and your line wet.
Glenn has been fishing tournaments for over ten years, spreading his passion and knowledge of the sport via articles and videos, for more information check out glennwalkerfishing.com or on his Facebook page, facebook.com/GlennWalkerFishing