These are the painfully obvious things we all conveniently ignore. But you shouldn't, and this is why.
Let's cut to the chase by asking you a very serious question:
Notice I said when.
Because it happens every week, even to the most experienced boat captains.
Don't believe me? I got an airboat stuck in a couple feet of water when a mat of lilies suctioned to the bottom of the boat and wouldn't come off.
Luckily, this was at a swamp tour where we ran groups of airboats.
A text message later I had one of my buds pulling us off that nasty grass!
But do you have that on your fishing trips?
Are coworkers standing by in 500hp airboats to come to your aid?
Unless it's a life-threatening emergency, they'll refer you to a towing service.
They have better things to do than hand-hold grown men.
Yeah, it's a crappy situation, but there are several things you can do to ensure it doesn't happen.
Don't be that guy who left his boat outside under a tarp for the last few months and is considering going fishing soon, without op-checking everything before hitting the ramp.
Not only will you be that guy blocking the ramp because the boat doesn't start (surprise), but the risk of becoming that guy waving down more-prepared anglers later that day is a likely one.
And, most importantly, tell someone (back on land) where it is you're going, when you expect to be back and actions to take if you don't return on time.
And, even if you do leave a float plan, who is coming across the marsh to get you?
That's why you need that very last detail: Sea Tow's marine assistance.
Sea Tow is a marine assistance provider, aiding anglers who aren't in a life-threatening emergency.
While they service everyone, only members get priority and don't come out of pocket for services rendered.
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Devin is the founder of Louisiana Fishing Blog and enjoys exploring new fishing spots on Louisiana's coast. He prefers using artificial lures and casting tackle, but won't hesitate to break out a popping cork when the time is right.
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