Equip

Equip: 12 Boating Essentials, Week of September 28th

Whether you’re planning your next fishing trip or just stocking up on gear for next season, there are a few boating essentials you should take with you. What are they?

1. CAMPORT Folding Camping Chair Stool Backpack

Most boats have a seat or two aboard the vessel. If you’re hitting the lake with a large group of fishermen, however, you’ll likely have to pack your own stool. This folding chair doubles as an insulated picnic bag and is strong enough to support up to 331 pounds. 

$42 from Amazon

2. Smart Fish Finder

Catch more fish with the Smart Fish Finder. This remote sensor can scan waters up to 130 feet deep to locate fish and monitor the depth, temperature and bottom structure of whatever body of water you’re casting into. Recharge the finder in as little as two hours and use it for up to three months before charging again. 

$200 from The Grommet

3. Huk Icon X Camo Long-Sleeve Hoodie 

Sunny afternoon fishing trips call for long-sleeve outerwear. This camo hoodie comes in a variety of colors and is made of lightweight, moisture-wicking material to keep you cool and dry. Odor fighting and stain-resistant treatments will also keep your hoodie spotless and smelling fresh. Plus, the long sleeves will protect you from the sun’s harmful rays. 

$45 from Bass Pro Shops

4. YETI Hopper Sidekick Dry

Keep your phone, sunglasses and various other valuables safe and dry with a YETI Hopper drybag. The dry hide shell features durable materials and construction similar to that of a whitewater raft. Rf-welded seams and hydro shield closure also help to form a waterproof barrier so you never have to wonder whether its contents are safe. 

$87 from Amazon

5. Microfiber Bait Towel

Reel Clean’s microfiber towels are perfect for wiping your hands after a quick release, baiting your line or filleting your catch. Simply clip one of these towels to your belt loop with the carabiner and use the fast-drying durable cloth all day long. Purchase a pack of three so you and your buddies have a few backups.

$12 from Amazon

6. Line Welder System

Get rid of knot tying altogether with this handy line welder system. This gadget bonds 150 fishing lines per charge and creates a strong molded-in-place polymer sleeve without decreasing available line strength. Get a smooth, reliable bond in just 30 seconds and get back to catching fish. 

$160 from The Grommet

7. KastKing Cutthroat 7” Fishing Pliers 

If you plan on catching a whopper, you’ll inevitably need a pair of fishing pliers to pull that stubborn hook out of your catch. These KastKing Cutthroat pliers are corrosion resistant, making them ideal for both fresh and saltwater environments. The rubble handle allows for a comfortable grip and multi-function jaws can remove any hook with relative ease. 

$26 from Amazon

8. Dr.meter Fishing Scale

Weigh your behemoth of a fish with the Dr.meter fishing scale. This electronic balance is extremely accurate and features a backlit LCD display so you can weigh your catch day or night. Data lock, an auto-off function and unit conversion make this gadget easy to use as well. 

$11 from Amazon

9. Kwizing Fish Scaler Brush

Prep your catch and remove scales without fuss or mess with a Kwizing fish scale brush. The serrated sawtooth design ensures even and complete scale removal and the comfortable handle makes the job a breeze. Each brush is handmade in Japan and comes with a satisfaction guarantee. 

$21 from Amazon

10. Silicone Hard Bait Organizer

Organize your hard lures with a quality bait box. This particular organizer comes with silicone holders so your gear doesn’t shift or break during transportation. The box can hold 14 large or 35 small hard baits regardless of their shape. Magnetic closure keeps the case shut and a clear lid allows you to quickly and easily choose the right bait. 

$10 from the Grommet

11. Penn SQL30LW Squall LevelWind

Snag big game fish on the high seas with this deep-sea trolling reel. Durable construction and a lightweight frame make this reel ideal for a variety of saltwater conditions. Its HT-100 carbon fiber drag system and pinion gear also provide powerful drag without sacrificing smoothness. 

$140 from Amazon

12. Sarge Fillet Knife Kit

Carve up your keepers with a quality fillet knife. This kit comes with a six-inch, seven and a half-inch and ten-inch knife as well as a cutting board and carrying case. Rubber handles support good grip and the entire kit only weighs 2.2 pounds so you can easily bring it along on every fishing trip. 

$26 from Amazon

Long-Lasting Gear, Lifelong Passion

Most guys who have a true passion for fishing won’t hesitate to invest in quality gear, especially if they know it will last a long while.

Whether you’re new to the sport or a seasoned veteran, purchasing a new piece of equipment every once in a while can prove beneficial. After all, you never know what that your gear might catch. 

Oscar Collins