by Steve Agius
So you got invited to go on a fishing boat…
If you’re a non boater like me and you love to fish, that phone call is like waking up at Christmas time when you were a toddler. Your brain
goes into overdrive and you ask yourself, what lures should I tie on, how many rods should I bring and the list goes on. Before you go any further you need to STOP and think about the boater. This person is responsible for you throughout the day and no doubt wants you to have fun on the water. Before you grab your rods and tackle I’ve put a small list together to make every ones day more enjoyable. Call your boater a few days before your trip and ask:
1. Offer to make your boater lunch. These guys and gals are getting the boat ready for you to enjoy, from my experience making lunch is the last thing on their minds. I always ask if I can make their lunch, suggest a few things as every ones tastes are different. Don’t forget to ask if they have any food allergies.
2. Be wise to what food and beverages you bring on board. Sloppy chicken wings…probably not the best food to bring. Try to bring drinks that have a cap…it’s impossible to re-seal a can of sticky soda once it’s open.
3. Ask where they would like to meet up if you’re car pooling. The closer you (non-boater) can meet the boater the better, remember they are pulling a boat which sucks up twice as much fuel as your car.
4. Always offer gas money, I’m my experience the boater almost always asks for LESS then they deserve. Remember they have fuel, oil, insurance, and possibly boat payments…Don’t be cheap. Today’s SUV’s and pickups will cost about $150 to fill up. Just pulling a boat will almost drop your fuel economy by half.
5. Pay for the boat launch…no further explanation needed.
6. Ask if you need to bring a (Personal Floatation Device) PFD…most boaters carry multiple PFD’s but it doesn’t hurt to confirm.
Ok everything above is set now you’re at the lake…
1. Ask your boater if there is any preparation you can do to help get the boat in the water. Some will say yes and some will say no (some boaters have routines they don’t like messed with)
2. If the boater asks you to back them down the ramp…make sure you know how to back up a trailer!!! If you don’t feel comfortable, tell your boater you don’t have enough experience in backing up trailers…they will be grateful if you’re honest.
3. If you are a smoker, ask your boater if it’s o.k. to smoke on their boat…most are pretty cool with it but don’t assume you’re allowed. And if you are a smoker…don’t throw your butts in the water, would you throw garbage overboard?!?
4. Lastly, respect your boaters water…don’t start casting over their line because you saw some nice structure…odds are they saw it before you and they will get to it. On those notes have fun and tight lines…follow the rules above and I can guarantee you will probably get asked out again!