Fishing from the pier or the shore is all well and good, but if you truly want to net some big catches, you’ll have to get into the depths. And the only good way to do that is to own a fishing boat. Having your own fishing boat can be a very rewarding experience that lets you get across the water much faster and enjoy some quiet time out in the middle of the sound.
If you’re new to boat fishing, you may not know where to begin when it comes to packing your boat, getting the correct bait or finding the proper attire. Master Marine, serving the greater Seattle metro area, is your Puget Sound fishing boat dealer and we’re here to help with all of the above! We’ve gathered up our best fishing tips to help all your amateur anglers bag the biggest trophies you can.
You’ll want to make sure your boat is well-stocked with everything you could possibly need while you’re on the water. This includes things like your rods and tackle boxes, but you’ll also want a sharp knife, a net, a cooler or livewell for your catches, a depth finder, a GPS, a compass and laminated map of the water, needle-nose pliers, a first-aid kit, a hand-crank radio for emergencies, a throwable life ring and sunscreen. You may want to have additional items like snacks and drinks or bug spray, too. Stock everything out of the way in your boat’s storage areas for safety.
Next, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting the appropriate bait for the types of fish you plan to catch. Fish prefer live bait, and having a baitwell on board your boat will keep this bait swimming and fresh for them. Talk to the owner of the bait shop about what you’d like to catch so they can recommend appropriate bait for you, since fish will seek out bait that’s as close to their typical fodder as possible. Make sure you’re handling your bait with clean hands or gloves so that you don’t impart an off-putting scent on it. Fish have a keen sense of smell, so they’re going to reject anything that doesn’t seem right.
You’ll want to keep yourself warm out on the water, since temperatures can be significantly cooler than they are onshore, even on the hottest days. Here in the Pacific Northwest, you’ll also likely have to contend with frequent rain showers, so it’s important to be prepared for any eventuality when it comes to weather patterns.
For sunny days, if your boat lacks a T-top that you can seek shelter beneath, you’ll want to wear sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat to protect your skin, along with sunglasses to reduce sun glare off the water. Investing in some knee- or thigh-high waterproof boots means you can step into shallow water without getting soaked. Waterproof rain gear will keep you drier in a drizzle, and a life jacket of some form is necessary for your safety in case you fall in.
With some preparation and planning, you can ensure that every fishing excursion you undertake is a successful one! Searching for fishing boats for sale near Seattle? Visit our dealership today to check out our current stock of new and used boats for sale in many styles. Talk to our knowledgeable staff about the type of fishing you’d like to do so we can guide you to boats that will be appropriate for the task. Master Marine proudly serves the city of Tacoma, Washington.