Grab Your Fishing Poles and Go Catch Dinner!
Summer is upon us! And what is better than a hot, crispy day on a boat with a fishing pole and a cold one in hand? For me, fishing conjures up memories of driving the old Dodge van down the coast of Baja with my family, renting a ponga with a local fisherman, and embarking on a quest for one of the most delicious fish in the sea: the Dorado.
I’ll never forget the first time I saw one as it was pulled into the boat. Its scales, opalescent, golden yellow and royal blue glittering in the sunlight. It looked like the regal king of the ocean in all his glistening glory. It was almost too beautiful to eat (but too delicious to waste!)
It’s almost May now, which means a lot of seaman are already prepping their boats for the summer ahead. Though I’ve spent a lot of time on the sea, I have never owned a boat of my own. So I caught up with my friend Davis Eng out in Bradenton, Florida to talk fishing and boat prep.
Davis has owned a ’99 Wellcraft 18’ Center Console with a 135 horsepower Mercury engine for about five years. Having grown up fishing Walleye, Northern Pike, and Muskies in Wisconsin with his uncle, today as a busy working man and father he’s a “hey I’ve got the day off, load up the boat, grab the kids,” kinda guy. In Florida, May marks the end of the windy season and the perfect time to hit the water for Grouper, Snapper, King Fish, and Mahi Mahi.
Now the web is awash in “How to Prep Your Boat” blogs, so I won’t bore you with the extensive list. What I’ve got here is the busy man’s quick list of some of the key tasks to get your boat summer ready, matched up with some of the Lucas Marine Products to get the job done.
Clean and protect your boat. Clean and restore your boat so it’s prepared for the sunny summer. While you’re at it, check the surfaces for any needed repairs or excessive wear.
Give Your Boat a Tune-Up. Complete a full visual inspection. Inspect the lower unit and check or change the lubricant. Check the seals and water pump. Test the spark plugs and replace as necessary.
Grease the Wheel Bearings on your Trailer. It could mean the difference between dropping a lot more cash on new tires. Lucas Marine Grease provides maximum lubrication under the most severe marine conditions. Make sure your tires are in good shape and that your brake lights are working properly. Your boat may be ready, but you’ve got to get it to the water safely first.
Safety First. Check your safety equipment. Make sure your flares up-to-date, fire extinguishers are stowed, and life jackets are packed. And bring water—you can get thirsty out there on the water!
Take Care of Your Fishing Poles. Prevent rust corrosion in both fresh water and salt water conditions with the proper Fishing Reel Oil.
Now get out there and catch some fish!