7 of the Handiest Fishing Boat Accessories

The term “accessory” often is associated with fashion, where extra items such as a belt or scarf are selected to make someone look more attractive or hip. Although there are plenty of cool fishing boat accessories, many “extra” boat additions can help make boatingthe boat more efficient and safer. 

Here are a few fishing boat accessories you might find helpful:

Battery Case. Depending on the model of your boat and its various storage compartments, a heavy plastic trolling motor battery case helps protect you and your boat from a possible mishap while transporting or during time on the water.

Brush Clip. With this fishing boat gear, a stealthy bass angler can connect to a willow limb or button bush, without the noise of lowering an anchor or repositioning with trolling motor.

Ladder. If one of your recreational boat activities is swimming, it is a good idea to make sure everyone can get back in the boat without struggling over the side like a sea lion.

Drift Sock. Wind can be helpful for triggering a bite. However, wind and any current complicate boat control. If you are drift fishing, this handy device can help slow boat movement to a more fish-friendly speed.

Extra Rope. As one of the most versatile fishing boat accessories, extra rope may help you get the boat back on the trailer or help tow a stranded boater.

Buoyant Cushion. Not only does a little extra padding increase the comfort level for boaters but it can be thrown as a life-saver for additional water safety.

Cooler. This is another multipurpose item. It keeps food and drink cool, of course, but may be able to serve as additional seating, extra storage, or a temporary live-well.

There are many more potential fishing boat accessories. This partial list soon became part of my “never leave without” checklist. And another important fishing boat accessory is that new sticker that comes with your updated boat registration.


Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”...  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie."  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.
Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well...
And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to www.takemefishing.org since 2011.