Six Steps to Prep Your Boat for Bass Season

As bass season approaches, it’s time to prepare your boat for action. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or a novice, these steps will ensure you’re ready to hit the water:

  1. Visual Inspection: Start with a thorough visual check for any damage, repairs, or maintenance needs. Look out for issues caused by storage, such as nests from rodents or birds.
  2. Engine Start: Ensure your outboard starts smoothly by changing gear and engine oils, replacing filters, and adding fuel treatment before the first start of the season.
  3. Charge Batteries: Check battery terminals for corrosion, tighten connections, and charge batteries fully. Consider upgrading to AGM or lithium-ion batteries for longer lifespan and lighter weight.
  4. Run Livewells: Open and close valves, clean filters, and check for leaks in livewells. Treatments can calm stressed fish, improving their survival rate after release.
  5. Check Safety Equipment: Review regulations for required safety equipment, including kill switches, flares, fire extinguishers, and personal floatation devices (PFDs). Ensure everything is up to date and in good working condition.
  6. Review Paperwork: Confirm boat registration, insurance, trailer inspection, and fishing licenses are current. Purchase any necessary passes or coverage for towing assistance.

By following these steps, you’ll be well-prepared for a successful bass fishing season. Regular maintenance throughout the season will help prevent unexpected issues and ensure your time on the water is enjoyable and safe.

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