We have got our lures, poles and everything ready so let’s get the
The first thing is what boat and what crappie boat equipment should we
take? You do not have to take that $56,000 Bass boat out and get it banged up.
I have a small what I call a pond jumper or a two man boat if I am fishing
a very calm lake and one that is not that large. I also have been known to take it and park my bass boat then
take the little boat into the cove.
A John Boat is what a lot of crappie fishing folks like which will not run
as much as the Big Bass Rig and it can be loaded in the back of a truck and carried that way instead of using
Some of the smaller lakes might not have a ramp to back the trailer in and
all you have to do is off load it out of the back of the truck and into the lake.
You will also see the Pontoon boats used for crappie fishing and family
outings. This is a great idea for the whole family to pack a lunch and everyone get out for the
I think the best way is for me to run down my check off list starting with
the most important items: Fishing License, Boat Registration and Life Jackets For All
| 1. Life Jackets
|| 8. Fishing
|| 15. Depth Finder
| 2. Landing
|| 16. Map of the lake
| 3. Trolling
17. Cell Phone
(zip lock baggie)
| 4. Charged
|| 11. Boat
|| 18. Rain Suit/Dry Change of
|| 12. Rod
|| 19. Full Tank of Gas
| 6. Ice
|| 13. Camera
|| 20. Spare Rope
| 7. Minnow
| 21. Cushions/Seats
That is what I would call the basic equipment. I know there are personal
items that you will include for your fishing trip.
Safety is the most important item to practice at all times. You do not want
to become part of the stats at the end of the year and become one of the many that will not be returning next
A good rule of thumb to follow is if you are in a two man boat or a John
Boat, there is no standing up.
Always keep your life jacket on. I know you are saying that you’re a good
swimmer, but let me warn you about cold water temperatures. If you’re out early in the season, that water is
a lot colder that you can even think. You might think that you can handle it, but the cold water will shut
you down real fast. If I am not wrong, you will lose consciousness in water temperatures of 45 degrees or
less within 30 minutes before...Just don't chance it.
Gas operated boats now come with a Kill switch cord on the motors. It is
not there for decoration. Anytime the big motor is running, the driver should have the cord attached to his
or her life vest. That way if something was to happen and you fell over; the kill switch would be pulled
shutting the motor down and it would not come back and get you.
Here is another thing and you might laugh at it, but I have seen it happen.
If you are using a John Boat and a small motor, once you have placed the motor on the boat always run a
safety chain from the motor to the boat. The reason behind this is I have seen guys that have run the motor
for awhile and the motor works itself loose. The next time they start it up; the motor jumps off the back of
the boat and is gone.
All of the above items can make the day of fishing a dream come true.
Forget some of these items and it can be a nightmare.
Get out there and have some fun and don't forget "Take a Kid", "Senior
Citizen", or a "Physically Challenged
Person” with you and make their day
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