Wednesday, February 19, 2020

How to Improve Your Boating Experience


When you are an avid angler, you understand the importance of having the right boat and the right equipment at your disposal. Even if you are just starting out in the world of fishing, there are a few things you should definitely keep in mind as you build up your arsenal and build your perfect fishing setting.

To boost your angling and boating success, we have compiled a few things you can do to better enjoy your fishing season. 

Charged Batteries 

It is always good practice to charge and inspect your boat batteries before each adventure. Take a look at the cable connections and plug in a charger the evening before. A small little electrical issue could take out the electronics that most rely on as means of navigation and ruin a day when the fish are biting. 

The Prop

Removing your propeller and checking the prop shaft can help you save money in the long run. This part of the boat can easily suck up the fishing line at any time, and this can cause extensive damage to your outboard. So, before heading out on your next fishing trip, make sure to inspect this area of your boat. Then continue to do this every couple of trips for the duration of the fishing season.

Phone Chargers/ Vhf Radio

You don’t want to be out at sea and have a dead phone or any other communication device. For this reason, you should include a 12v charger in your daily carry-on-box.

Safety Equipment

You can never be too prepared when it comes to being out on the water with mother nature being so unpredictable and relentless at times. It never hurts to check over the coast guard required gear periodically. These items can get stowed away in a compartment and not seen for weeks or maybe months. The last thing you want to happen is the gear be compromised and not work when needed most. A simple quick inspection can go a long way in preparedness.

Organization

After making sure you have all the right equipment and hardware in place, you want to make sure everything is organized and ready to go for your next trip out on the water. Over the course of a single fishing season, many anglers begin to see the accumulation of random items in their tackle box and littering their boat. 

Make sure to organize everything. Throw away any rusty hooks you may have, take an inventory of all the bait you have, clean and lubricate the reels, clean and check all your rods, update the electronics you have on the boat to make sure they are at maximum efficiency and then stock up on whatever you may be running low on. 

Having an organized, well-stocked and updated boat is one of the best ways to gain success on your next trip out on the water.

Keep in mind that if you are interested in learning more about fishing in our area, or just getting to know your new or existing boat, you can always hire a professional guide before going out on your own to gain local knowledge of tackle, baits, areas to fish, local regulations, anchoring and more. Send us an email or give us a call to schedule an “on the water” educational fishing charter. Our specialty is getting families out for an enjoyable and memorable day in the shallow and calm waters here in the 10,000 islands and the Everglades National Park, FL. We can be reached at www.captainrapps.com or shoot us an email at captainrapps@yahoo.com or 239-571-1756.

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