7 of the handiest fishing boat accessories

The term “accessory” is often associated with fashion where additional items such as a belt or scarf are selected to make someone look more attractive or hip. While there are lots of cool accessories for fishing boats, lots of “extra” boat accessories can help make the boat more efficient and safer.

Here are some fishing boat accessories you might find helpful:

Battery compartment. Depending on the model of your boat and its various storage compartments, a heavy battery compartment made of plastic trolling motors will protect you and your boat from possible breakdowns during transport or while on the water.

Brush clip. With this fishing boat gear, a stealthy bass angler can connect to a wicker link or button socket without the sound of an anchor being lowered or repositioning with a trolling motor.

Ladder. If one of your recreational boating activities is swimming, it’s a good idea to make sure everyone can get back on the boat without fighting their way over their side like a sea lion.

Drift sock. Wind can be helpful in triggering a bite. However, wind and current make steering the boat difficult. If you are drift fishing, this handy device can help slow the boat movement down to a more fish-friendly speed.

Extra rope. As one of the most versatile accessories for a fishing boat, an extra rope can help you put the boat back on the trailer or tow a stranded boater.

Buoyancy cushion. A little extra padding not only increases comfort for boaters, but can also be used as a lifesaver for added water safety.

Cooler. This is another multi-purpose item. It naturally keeps food and drink cool, but it can potentially serve as an extra seat, extra storage space, or a temporary fountain.

There are many more potential accessories for fishing boats. This sub-list soon became part of my “Never leave without it” checklist. Another important accessory for fishing boats is the new sticker that comes with your updated boat registration.

Andy Whitcomb

Andy is an outdoor writer (http://www.justkeepreeling.com/) and stressed-out dad has contributed over 380 blogs to takemefishing.org since 2011. Born in Florida but raised on the banks of farm ponds in Oklahoma, he now hunts pike, small bass and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After graduating with a degree in zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fisheries research technician at OSU, in the US state of Iowa and the US state of Michigan.

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