Fishing Boat Accessories Checklist

By Andy Whitcomb

Mar 03, 2022

Fishing boat accessories can be helpful for control of or in a fishing boat. Here are a few suggestions on which ones you can start looking at. 

When preparing for spring, it is a good idea to check your fishing boat gear and accessories to make sure 1. that you can locate everything and 2. that it still works. Fishing boat gear is the more essential stuff like rods, reels, and tackle boxes. However when attempting to assemble a fishing boat accessories checklist, the items vary. “Accessory” normally means “helpful, but not necessary.” But, even with this definition anglers often disagree. For example, a hat and polarized sunglasses are accessories to some anglers but are essential to my fishing trips. Here then, are 8 items you might consider for your fishing boat accessories checklist.

For Control of the Boat


Second Anchor

Instead of having one end of the boat swing back and forth on windy days, a second anchor deployed at the other end, can hold the boat in a steady position, greatly increasing bite detection.


Extra Rope

One of the most versatile boat accessories or tools, extra rope takes up very little space. It and can give you something to tie to that second anchor, help the boat get back on the trailer, or aid towing a stranded boater.


Brush Clip

In shallow water, stealth is important. This device helps a small fishing boat connect to a willow limb or stump without the noise of lowering an anchor or repositioning with a trolling motor.


Drift Sock

Wind can be helpful for triggering a bite. But, you can get too much of a good thing. If you are drift fishing, a drift sock can help slow the boat to a more fish-friendly speed.

For Control in the Boat


Rod Holders

When drift fishing or trolling perhaps with outriggers, a rod holder or two can allow one to multi-task while waiting for a hit.



Tournament anglers always have a pair of scissors handy. They are perfect for trimming tag ends of knots and making minor adjustments to lengths of jig skirts, weed guards, or soft plastic creature bait appendages.


Fish Measuring Stick or board

This is a wide ruler with an end lip so an angler can touch a fish’s head to the “0.0” end and take a quick measurement of length at the tail at the other end.


Fish Coolers

A cooler is a handy multi-purpose part of any list of fishing boat gear and accessories because not only can it keep fish on ice, but it can provide additional seating in a pinch, serve as makeshift cutting boards or a fish cleaning station, and some models even have lids with drink holders.

There are many more potential fishing boat accessories. This partial list soon became part of my “never leave without” checklist. Oh, and although more of an essential than an accessory, a new sticker exhibiting your updated boat registration should be on any pre-boating checklist.

Andy Whitcomb
Andy Whitcomb
Andy is an outdoor writer ( and stressed-out Dad has contributed over 380 blogs to since 2011. Born in Florida, but raised on banks of Oklahoma farm ponds, he now chases pike, smallmouth bass, and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After earning a B.S. in Zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fisheries research technician at OSU, Iowa State, and Michigan State.