Fishing Trip Check List
Items Not To Forget
In this article, I am going to run down a fishing trip check list of
things that I nor you want to forget that could turn a great day of fishing into a
- Change of cloths in case for some reason the
cloths you have on get wet by either falling in
- Rain suit, don't always go by the
weatherman he has been wrong more than right.
- Plenty of drinks such as water,gator aid,
no beer that does not mix with boating or
fishing. Most accidents on the lake are caused by some had to much of the
wrong stuff to drink. There will be time
when your done boating and fishing to celebrate and have a few. Most of all do not allow yourself to dehydrate out on the lake a lot of
folks forget to drink something while
they are out in the hot sun all day. With me I do not have that problem I usually carry my thermost full of coffee that will last until
about 9am then I switch to either water
or Gator Aid.
- Snacks are good after awhile your body
needs to be refueled from pulling all those big
fish in. I am probally the worst one to stop fishing long enough to eat something. Why have they not invented something to feed me as I fish? Find
a nice shade tree look up in it before you
proceed under the tree for those wiggley sticks
(snakes) pull into the bank and take a break and eat a sandwich,chips,cookies. It will also help cool you down you do not want to get over
- Launching your Boat, do not unhook
everything before back down the ramp. I have
seen guy off load their boat right on the concrete, leave all the ties on and proceed down the ramp. About two feet from the water this is where
you can disconnect all ties and straps. The
most important thing to stop and recall if the
plug is in the boat laugh as you may, but I will tell you right now if your
a first time boat owner you will one day
forget the plug in the boat. I promise you will forget, and that has happened to me once. You better have a very
good bilge pump or a large can to bail
out the water if your to far from the ramp when you think did I put the plug in. If your close to the ramp go ahead and put
the boat back on the trailor it will not
take that long and the fish will wait for you.
- Flash light, a lot of the times you are
unloading and loading your boat in the dark and
need some light to see what your doing. I also
like to use the buddy system and have your
buddy go behind you and make sure that things are done.
- Boat Registration in the boat or on your
- Batteries all charged up to the max.
- Gas tank full, don't count on the marina
being open at all hours of the morning when
your on the way out and you can be sure when returning if after dark the marina is closed.
- Flotation devices all on board.
- All the fishing things that you plan on
using that day, here again laugh if you want
but I have seen a guy make it all the way down the lake. When he stops it hits him that he left his fishing rods in the back of the car or
- If your on the way out before daylight or
returning after sundown it is a Law you must
run your running light at the front of the boat that is the green and red light and the white light in the back 30 minutes before sunset and anytime
after that. Once the sun comes up good you can
turn the lights off and remove them if you
- Everyone will have other things they do
not want to forget but I wanted to touch on a
few. Hopefully, you were able to add some of these tips to your own list. Most of all be safe so you can return
for another great day on the
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