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Buying Your First Fishing Boat? Important Supplies You Should Always Have On Board

Summer will be here before you know it, so it's time to get ready for some fishing. If you're tired of borrowing boats or hitching a ride with friends, every time you want to go fishing, it's time to get one of your own. Once you have your own fishing boat, you'll need to make sure that you're prepared each time you take it out on the water. In addition to the basics, such as plenty of fuel, etc. There are some other items you'll need to keep in your boat. Here are four supplies you should always have on your fishing boat.

Life Preservers for Everyone on Board

Life preservers are some of the first pieces of equipment you should pick up for your new boat. Even if your boat is only going to be used in nearby lakes, you'll still need life preservers for each person who will be on your boat. They're not merely a good piece of safety equipment; in some states, they're required by law. While you're stocking up on life preservers, make sure you buy one extra. You never know when an emergency is going to pop up.

Working Jumper Cables

When you think about jumper cables, you probably think about your car. However, jumper cables are also important to have on your fishing boat. Regardless of whether it's your battery that dies, or another fisherman's, having a pair of working jumper cables will help make sure everyone makes it safely back to shore at the end of the day. Once you have your jumper cables, make sure you inspect them before each fishing trip. Those regular inspections will allow you to catch problems that may interfere with their performance.

Medium-Weight Wire Cutters

When it comes to fishing in your new boat, wire cutters are one of the most important tools you can keep on board. First, wire cutters will help you remove hooks that have gotten stuck in your hand, or other parts of your body. Second, they'll also help you remove deeply-embedded hooks from the fish you catch. Those embedded hooks can cause your fish to die before you make it to shore. Removing the hooks with a pair of wire cutters will keep your fish swimming all the way to weigh-in.

Emergency Gear

Now that you're going to be in charge of your own boat, you want to make sure you're prepared for life's little emergencies. That's where the emergency gear comes in handy.


In most cases, you'll never need an anchor, especially if you're going to be lake-fishing. However, those windy days can wreak havoc on your boat, and mess up a perfectly good fishing spot. Using a small anchor, will allow you to stay in one place while you reel in your catch.


You never know when you'll need to tie-off to a tree, or tow someone to shore. Storing a supply of sturdy rope on board, will ensure that you're prepared, should the need arise.


There may come a time when you venture into unfamiliar waters. Be prepared to find your way home by having a working GPS on board with you, at all times.

Now that you're buying your own fishing boat, the tips provided here will help you prepare for the adventures you're going to have this summer. Contact a dealer, like Petzold's Marine Center, formore help.