15 Tips for Organizing Your Bass Fishing Boat

Fishing by bass fishing boat is different for shore fishing activities. While fishing inshore requires patience and a certain number of methods, a bass boat angler can quickly cover the entire shoreline, as well as offshore structure. Only after a few cast in some different spots, an angler can easily find out the bass’s hiding places. By searching bass’s location throughout the lake for a sudden attack, a bass boat fisher can quickly find the best location and drop anchor or let the boat carried slowly by a current. To be a real bass angler, you will have to put your bass fishing boat in order with essential equipment. A tidy organization is not only necessary for professional anglers but also other amateurs. Here are 15 tips for organizing your bass fishing boat.

Only bring necessities

Just because you bring along all fishing related stuff does not mean you will need them all. Therefore, get every unnecessary thing out of your boat to keep it light. Then, remove safety gears, baits, lure, food, and clothes out of the boat and leave them in your car when needed. By doing this, you will not only lighten the boat but also keep large spaces to protect it.

Bass fishing boat essentials

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Protect the equipment

The bass fishing boat is usually used for rough water lake and river. Thereby, you need to protect your necessities, as well as key, wallet, cell phone, camera, charger, soon by putting them into plastic bags that can be sealed securely.

Organize the Bass Fishing Boat

In spite of the fact that many bass fishing boats have separate storage space, to find items quickly when in need, you will have to do a little rearranging. It is better to organize your storage bin as meticulous and convenience as possible, such as sorting the plastic bag that carries stuff.

Bilge pump

As mentioned above, you will face the difficulties of rough water with fast currents and big waves rolling underneath the boat, which can put you in dangerous situations at any time. Therefore, to stay safe on the water, always carry a bilge pump and place it at the end of the boat.

Bilge pump

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Although a bilge pump might sound unnecessary, it will help draining your boat quickly. Without a bilge pump, the boat will sink or flip because of too much water. Additionally, using buckets is not highly recommended. Because it is difficult to get all the water out of the boat and the remains will annoy your legs and make the boat less stable.

Mini freezer/cooler

In case you get lucky and catch a few big fish for dinner, you will need a cooler to keep them fresh. This item is needful in every season and also very useful if you bring drinks along during the trip.

Mini cooler

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PFD (Personal Flotation Device)

You always need a personal flotation device either for bass fishing boat or any boat. It is true that bass fishing boat does not float well when it is full of water. Thus, even if you are a professional boater, always carry a PFD that is fittable and comfortable during the trip with you, especially in open water areas.

More clearly, a PFD helps keep you float and protect the upper body from any water obstacles. Additionally, PFD can avoid inhibition of your arm’s movement, bringing comfort when angling. Currently, there are many types of PFDs especially to fit most boats.

Life jacket

To keep the safety of yourself and others when on the bass fishing boat, you should maintain a slow speed and meticulousness. On the other hand, be careful when going into areas where other anglers are fishing and rough waters areas.

Life jacket

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All boaters are required wearing life jackets in case of sudden falling to the water. It is designed for comfort movement in angling with higher back and fit size. Some types of life jackets have many pockets so you can bring along some snack, camera or book during the trip, other types with attachment belt, and of course a place for a knife and a flashlight.

GPS device

For those professional anglers who love to explore new remote water areas, a navigation system is necessary. To track your location on the water, you can use GPS system, compass, and maps as a combination. Thoroughly, GPS system has an increasing improvement over the years, and, now it not only locates and displays your exact location but also provides weather and water condition.

GPS device

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Most of the reason why you need a GPS when boating is to ensure safety. This accessory is very effective when you get lost or forget the way back to shore, as sharing location will help people find you easier. In addition, many fishermen tend to return to their favorite fishing spots or newly discovered places.  Therefore, it will be more convenient when those positions are already marked on the GPS system.

However, do not depend too much on GPS; it is better to have a visual on the target.

Power poles

Power pole carries electric wire, which is increasingly popular in the bass fishing boat. It is necessary to keep them in good condition by putting a cover on.


Instead of packing too many types fishing rods on the trip, you should bring some specific ones that you need. To do so, decide which kind of fish you will catch and arrange the rod neatly in order.


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Backup propeller

While many anglers replace propeller when going in rough waters, you can just bring a backup propeller that you can use in all times and all condition. Propeller that is mostly the favorite of professional fishermen is 3-blade Mercury Fury

Keep the fish alive

No fish anglers want a recently caught fish to die. Therefore, a method to keep them alive is essential. Hence, use a weigh-in bag filled with water then put the fish living in it and pour water over them. Importantly, never keep your fish in the car unless you want them dead.

Weigh-in bag

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Do not frighten the fish

It is best to use the trolling motor and keep a constant speed not to scare the bass away. Then, choose clear waters and fish at long distance. a When in rough waters, instead of using an anchor that can startle fish, use drift nets to keep the boat positioned.

Boat positioning

In fact, it depends on different terrain to select the right spots. If you are in deep water areas, move directly to that position and fish straight down there. In shallow waters, move to next to that spot, and fishing straight down. If you fish near the land alongside or sloping down to a river or lake, cast from certain distances.

Kayak as a substitute

If you want to catch a lot of basses, try using a smaller and stealthier boat like a kayak. A kayak will make less noise. Therefore, it will be easier to approach the bass’s hiding place.