When setting up a catfish boat, what do you want in your boat?

Discussion in 'Boat Tips' started by Big Dav, Feb 8, 2008.

  1. Big Dav

    Big Dav New Member

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    I was asked in another thread about setting up a boat for catfishing.
    I figured it would make for a good post, if not at least an interesting one. I know I had to learn by trial and error what I wanted and needed in a boat. When your get a new or new to you boat and you are getting it ready for catfishing, what are some of the things you want in your boat?
    Things that are a must and things that are "luxury items".
    My list would be something like this:
    Rod holders (lots of them):big_smile:
    Rod storage (rod locker, rod tubes, vertical rod rack or horizontal rod rack/ gun rack style, etc)
    Automatic bilge pump (a second bilge pump might be a good idea. I am still debating that.:roll_eyes:)
    Comfortable seats, and good seat bases.
    Good anchors with four to six feet of chain and necessary amount of rope for the type waters you are going to be fishing.
    Trolling motor that is correctly sized for your boat.
    Quality batteries both starting battery and accessory batteries
    On board battery charger (I like the Dual Pro brand)
    Bubble box / air pump (I installed a dual outlet 12v pump in my boat and when needed all I do is flip a switch. I plumped the air hose to two locations in the boat and use a air stone and length of hose to those points when needed.)
    Filtered bait tank (home made or purchased, Check out the BOC library):big_smile:
    First Aid kit (medical super glue is a good think to have in your kit)
    Hook removal device (needle nose pliers)
    Life Vest (PFD)
    Float cushion
    Extra rope
    Fire Extinguisher
    Whistle or horn
    A dry box for important items that must be keep dry
    Five gallon bucket (you never know what for):roll_eyes:
    Cast net
    Good size landing net (sized for what you are targeting)
    Something to secure the landing net while not in use or motoring. (A small section of PVC pipe vertically mounted works great.)
    Spot light
    Docking lights (Handy when loading the boat on dark ramps and night. Also for lighting the ramp for the wife and kids)
    Some source of auxiliary lighting (Deck lights, hat / head light, flash light, etc) I like to use blacklights.
    A quality fish finder and GPS (the best you can afford of each, combine unit or individual units)
    Cell phone (with charger) and/or a two way radio
    A map of the water you are fishing
    Flair gun
    Rain suite
    Cooler, (sized for what you need. Drinks, bait, etc)
    Toilet paper (one of those "luxury items"):smile2::eek:oooh:
    Hand towel / towels
    Paddle's ( I like to carry two of them, that way your buddy doesn't just have to sit and watch if you happen to need them):tounge_out::cool2:
    Various bulbs (that your boat lights use) and necessary fuses
    Small tool kit (Pliers, tape, wire cutters, wire ties, screw drivers, allen wrenches, a few extra stainless screws various sizes, cheap circuit tester)
    A good tip on a tool kits is use that tool kit to work on your boat. If you find a size fastener that you don't have a wrench or socket in your kit that will fit, add that to you kit. Same with tools in the kit that you don't use, take them out of the tool kit.


    The above are not all absolute must have items. You don't have to have all these items nor do you need them at all times. Just a list of some of the things I could think of that I have in my boats.
    Keep in mind the more things you carry on your boat the more weight you have added. Also you need somewhere to store everything you have on your boat. Things in the floor of your boat can get you hurt or them broken.
    Please post with what you carry in your boats and what you do to set up a new boat for catfishing.:big_smile:
    Thanks
    David
     
  2. Mark J

    Mark J New Member

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    2 things.
    SELF BAILING
    CENTER CONSOLE

    With those two things, the rest falls into place.
     

  3. Flathead101Va

    Flathead101Va New Member

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    Rod holders

    I keep it simple, lol
     
  4. catfishcrazy256

    catfishcrazy256 New Member

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    you about got it covered Dave JUST ADD FISH ,BIGGINS LOL :smile2:
     
  5. cathooked

    cathooked New Member

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    Dave i think you covered it all and pat said it all fis and biggins lol..
     
  6. gardengrz

    gardengrz New Member

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    drink holders and a pee can :big_smile: :cool2:
     
  7. jdstraka

    jdstraka Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    A Big enough live-well to keep all My beer cool,Whoops I mean to keep all the Fish alive and in good condition,and of corse a pee can like gardengrz mentioned .J.D.:wink:
     
  8. Dave L

    Dave L New Member

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    An old set of dry cloths kept in a large zip lock. Other than that I think you have it covered.
     
  9. great pappy cat

    great pappy cat Active Member

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    Like dave, I like to have alot of conveinences and gadgets on my boat.It would take forever to list everything I have added to my current boat a 14' double wide jon.Another question is where do you put it at.When I planed to outfit my boat I made a sketch of my hull layout.I would love to see how everyone has their floor plan layed out.I have a rough Idea of what I want to do with my 18' or 20' / 72" mvjt.Here are my 1st ideas on what would be usefull

    comfotable seating for 3 both under power and anchored
    Bow and transome trolling motor
    mounted spotlights for night navigation
    legal requirements (life vests and such)
    3 or 4 batteries (2 trolling,1 accesories,1 cranking)
    3 bank on board charger
    hummingbird 997c sonar/GPS
    8 rod holders for fishing and 8 for running under power
    24v airater
    4 5 gal. buckets 2 for bait 2 for anchors and rope
    Black lights
    stereo
    filtration for the sea arc livewell
    cooler
    several 12v outlets
    power inverter
    big kahuna 4 ft landing net
    cast net
    camera
    bonochulars
    8 rods
    tackle for multi speices
    hand held spot light
    fishing vest that holds everything else I need.(will go on the back of my chair)
    dry bag (for a change of clothes rain gear and a coat)
    tools
    12' pole with boat hook
    coffee (Im a cafeine junkee) I usually carry a thermous but I'd love to brew it on the water???:tounge_out:

    Ill attatch a photo of my current layout I cant seem to find the original plans for my current boat rite now
     

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  10. great pappy cat

    great pappy cat Active Member

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    a couple more of my current boat
     

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  11. great pappy cat

    great pappy cat Active Member

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    This is the sea arc i want and the 1st draft of planning.
     

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  12. apache61

    apache61 New Member

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    A dedicated trash bin or bag for hooks, rigs, and just plain trash.
     
  13. Dredge

    Dredge Member

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    A bimini top or big umbrella.The sun can get extreme her at times.
     
  14. jim

    jim New Member

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    I agree, I always try and have a Bikini top on my boat!!!!:big_smile::smile2:That sun can be a problem particularly if a girl wants to get rid of those tan lines.A right curvy female and the bottoms also adds to the atmosphere aboard any boat.Always a good thing when your indispensable anchor puller is properly attired.:big_smile::smile2:ps Bill its always a good idea to make sure your drink holders are a different size than your pee can.LOL
     
  15. Big Dav

    Big Dav New Member

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    Now that could be the best information you every get. :eek:oooh::crazy::smile2:
    I glad I wasn't drinking anything when I read that. I would be cleaning up a big mess.


    Thanks
    David
     
  16. gardengrz

    gardengrz New Member

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    yup gottu big coffee can with a handle screwed on it and painted flat black :big_smile: :cool2:
     
  17. tbull

    tbull New Member

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    Thanks for the post...:big_smile:
     
  18. tbull

    tbull New Member

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    Wow that sea ark is BEAUTIFUL!:eek:oooh:
     
  19. MVFB52

    MVFB52 New Member

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    I don't know much about Sea Arks, but is that a tunnel jet? if it is, or even if it isn't, has anyone driven one and how do they like it??
     
  20. catfishbills

    catfishbills New Member

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    Bimini Top is right near the top on my priority list! Had to have that! I think just about everything was listed! I will mention this.....now that I have a boat with the "bimini top" more often than not I am already hot as heck, before I raise it up!:crazy: