Get your boat out of the dark ages.

Quality boats last for years. (Think G3, Skeeter, Ranger, etc.) Nothing feels as good as fishing out of a boat that is paid for. However, your electronics are likely four to five years old. Depth sounders are like PCs, they age quickly. Think about what you use the most. Your trolling motor and electronics see more hours of use, than anything on the boat.

The quiet yet powerful Minn Kota is the best choice.

The quiet yet powerful Minn Kota is the best choice.

The first upgrade should be your trolling-motor. Minn Kota is the industry leader in quiet, efficient operation. Consider the Terrova and the Fortrex. A friend just purchased one
Driftmaster rod holders are a solid investment too.

Driftmaster rod holders are a solid investment too.

for his 1998 bass boat. He is thoroughly impressed by the power and the lift assist.

Update your electronics. One veteran guide stated, “I’ve learned more about this lake in three months than I have in the past thirty years.” as he pointed at his Humminbird. Enough said.

Awesome for finding brush piles and structure.

Awesome for finding brush piles and structure.

Protect your investment with a new boat cover. Try the industry leader, Dowco Marine. Visit their website for their “boat finder”. Choose your boat brand and select the model to find the correct cover. Off the shelf, covers are okay. You may be disappointed with the fit. A poor fit will result in ponding of water and leaves. Loose fitting covers will flap when towed.

Dowco offers custom covers for many boat brands

Dowco offers custom covers for many boat brands


The often forgotten trailer needs a little TLC. Check tires, rollers and the bearings. New radial tires will improve your gas mileage.

These improvements do not cost, they pay.

I found this ledge with my side-finder. Here is the result.

I found this ledge with my side-finder. Here is the result.

Blessings,
tj

About TJ Stallings

45-year tackle industry veteran Marketing and Crazy Ideas at TTI-Blakemore Fishing Group (Home of Road Runner Lures and six hook brands including Tru-Turn, Daiichi, XPoint, Team Catfish, Mr. Crappie and StandOUT Hooks.) Home of Gun Protect. The opinions expressed in this blog are those of TJ Stallings and not necessarily those of TTI-Blakemore.
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7 Responses to Get your boat out of the dark ages.

  1. richardmax22 says:

    I installed two new 115 hour deep cycle batteries in my boat last year. Everything else seems to be ready. All I have ever owned is Minn Kota trolling motors. What first sold me was the Weedless Wedge, which as far as I’m concerned is light years ahead of the other so-called weedless props on the market.

    • TJ Stallings says:

      You have darn good taste. I grew up in a tackle shop that was a warranty center for both Minn Kota and Motor Guide trolling motors. As you know, Motor Guide started out on top. Minn Kota surpassed them back in the late 1970’s for quality and hasn’t looked back.

      • richardmax22 says:

        Yep, almost every angler I fished with in their boats had Motor Guides. And even though they supposedly had weedless props, when they got in the thick stuff they were constantly pulling up the motor to clear the prop. If I get in thick stuff with the motor on too low of a speed for the prop to clear, I just put it on high, tap the bottom and that prop immediately clears every time. I honestly don’t know how it does it. I know its not chopping the weeds. It somehow blows them away. Whatever it is, its never failed me.

  2. Just bought a portable Humminbird 120 with the sideview for my old 14 ft. Gamefisher Jon Boat .. I have been really pleased , it marks the fish and shows the structure extremely well .It’s been a good asset and investment for my time on the water.

  3. scriptmaster65 says:

    Reblogged this on Tarheel Sportsman.

  4. I am truly grateful to the holder of this site who has shared this wonderful piece of writing.

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