While casting a line off of a pier or shore is a fun pastime, there’s nothing quite like fishing on a boat. You’re in the middle of the action, ready and primed to catch that big fish you’ve been thinking about. Being out on the water is a different experience than fishing from the land and requires additional considerations and preparation.
Preparing for a Safe and Fruitful Excursion
Whether you’re fishing for fun or sourcing your next meal, it’s important to check for the following things before you set sail:
- Boat – Make sure your boat is fully functional, in good condition and properly equipped (e.g. anchor, lifejackets etc.).
- Weather – Check forecasts and look for conditions that are conducive to fishing and safe operations of your boat for the entire day.
- Fishing Gear – Make sure your fishing tackle and equipment are in good, working condition.
- Attire – Dress appropriately and comfortably for your day.
Generally, it’s best to do your homework before you set out. What type of fish are you hoping to catch? Are they available where and when you plan to fish? Being prepared can make all the difference between a successful and fruitless day.
Considering Other Details
You should also think about fishing techniques and employing modern technology in your hunt. Are you going “old school” or taking advantage of equipment such as sounders or temperature meters? These can also affect the outcome of your boat fishing excursion.