Making the most of their precious time on the water is important for everyone who loves to fish. Whether it’s a scheduled vacation day or simply trying to fit as much fishing as possible into a weekend, avoiding any mishaps or pitfalls that can take away from valuable fishing time is an important skill and worthy of consideration.
Fishermen who are boat owners know that things can happen in a blink of an eye, preventing them from enjoying their time fishing or ending the trip entirely. It could be a mechanical issue with the boat, Mother Nature, or even an emergency issue that might ruin an angler's plans. Here’s a list of five boat essentials that can save your fishing day when unexpected events occur.
Every boat owner knows that mechanical issues will occur at some point. But these issues don’t always have to end your fishing. Keeping a small toolbox in the boat's dry box or storage compartment can often fix these problems.
Items to keep inside the toolbox include various wrenches, screwdrivers, and pliers that fit the fasteners and other mechanical components of your boat and motor. A socket wrench that fits the prop nut and spark plugs is also a great item to keep on board. Mechanical issues commonly involve electrical items, so wire cutters, wire connectors, electrical tape, appropriate fuses, and extra wire should also be included in the toolbox. By putting such tools in a waterproof storage box and storing them inside the boat, you’ll have access to what’s needed to fix common problems while you’re on the water, saving time and allowing the chance to remain fishing.
If mechanical issues requiring more assistance than can be performed on the water occur, keeping a generous length of line onboard will allow you to be towed to shore where you can seek further help. In an emergency, the extra line can be used to help someone stranded in the water or on board another boat.
Extra Clothing or Rain Gear
One of the fastest ways to end a fishing trip is by becoming wet or cold. Being in wet clothing can be uncomfortable but can also become dangerous. Even in the warmest weather, when an unexpected rain cloud looms on the horizon, the last thing anyone wants to do is stand in the rain, get wet, then try to resume fishing afterward. That’s why it’s essential to carry extra clothing. The Whitewater Packable Rain Jacket and Packable Rain Pant are ideal. These breathable, waterproof garments protect from wind and rain and serve as a handy extra layer if things turn chilly. These technical performance garments stow in included, compact stuff bags that easily fit into almost any boat compartment. By quickly putting on their packable rain gear, anglers can keep on casting without ending their fishing day.
First Aid Kit
Seasoned fishermen also know that getting a hook stuck on their body is likely to occur at one time or another. Many fishermen have buried hooks in their hands, legs, arms, ears, and even their lips while trying to fish. Keeping a wire-cutter in your toolbox that can easily cut through steel hooks and a stocked first aid kit on the boat is essential to attend to all but the worst of these incidents without ending your fishing day. At a minimum, a first aid kit for fishing should include antiseptic, various bandages, gauze, medical tape, antibiotic ointment, scissors, tweezers, and pain-relieving medications. Of course, seek immediate medical for any accident involving a hook in or near the eyes or an artery.
OZ NFuse Ozone Sprayer
Many live baits or packaged baits can create smells that boaters do not want to be left inside their boats. These unwanted and unpleasant odors can become embedded in the boat's carpet, or linger within live wells, coolers, or other compartments of the boat.
The OZ NFuse Ozone Sprayer from ScentLok allows boaters and fishermen to use ozone technology and ordinary water to destroy these odors for a pleasant-smelling fishing trip. The NFuse creates a diffused, organic and non-toxic ozone solution that can be sprayed on any surface to kill up to 99.9% of odor-causing bacteria on contact, while also attacking mold, mildew, fungus, and viruses, and killing existing odor molecules through oxidation.