Nov 26 2013

The Tackle Doctor

Aaron Martens put out some neat instructional videos this past year. The best video of the series is the one that shows you how to make your own bait keeper, the drop shot vid, and storing baits in your boat. Enjoy.

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Oct 3 2012

Mercury Quickare for Free

Picture 2 Mercury Quickare for Free

Like most people, I love getting something for nothing and had to share this free offer for Mercury Quickare.  All you gotta do is fill out the form and you’ll get a sample to treat 6 gallons of ethanol ridden gas. I found out first hand what ethanol can do to an engine and have been using additives ever since.

I’ve been using Mercury Quickleen #2 but its more expensive and only treats 5 gallons of gas per ounce. The Quickare #1 treats 10 gallons of gas per ounce and about $2 to $3 less.

Sure wish I can buy it by the case somewhere online but can’t seem to find’m.

Mar 8 2009

Maintaining a Tournament Bass Boat

picbassboat0510 300x191 Maintaining a Tournament Bass BoatWell, my beloved Mercury is acting up again. I broke down fishing a club tournament yesterday and missing the BASS Federation qualifier today. I’m bumming out big time. I launched at the downtown Kissimmee ramp on Toho and made a run to Lake Kissimmee when some weird sound started coming out of my boat so I set it down. After that, the alarm would come on after reaching 2,000 rpm’s. That means I had to idle all the way back for 4 hours. Agonizing! 

When my co angler started complaining I never put him on any fish and I owed him lunch some time, I truly wanted to hurt him. It’s not like I planned on my boat breaking down. It just got out of the shop last week. 

My boat is only a year old and it shouldn’t be breaking down, but it did get me thinking about boat maintenance. I found this helpful article on and thought I’d share.

Taking care of your Bass Boat properly will enable it to last for years to come. I am not talking about how you run it on the lake, like rubbing it on the bottom of shallow water, or bouncing your partner on those big waves, I am talking about routine bass boat maintenance.

A lot of simple routine maintenance can save you a lot of money in the long run if you just take a few easy basic steps.

Today’s Bass Boats are built very well and can take a good beating, but they need basic bass boat maintenance. Just like the new car that you buy, I know you treat it like a baby.

Keep it clean, meaning washing and waxing it, not just when you get it.

Hull and Exterior Cleaning: Caution – Do Not Use Silicone Based Cleaners Or Wax

The hull should be done at least bare minimum of three times a season, and use marine products or products that are made for Fiberglass. Do not use products that contain silicone. I know your asking me Why? I use it on my car. Silicone will work its way down in the fiberglass and if repairs are needed in the future, it can be a nightmare and a very costly mistake. A r epair shop if they see that you have silicone on the fiberglass when making any exterior boat repairs will charge you more labor cost due to extra hours needed to remove the silicone.  

Look for Carnauba-Type waxes without silicone. It will make your boat look like it just came out of the showroom and make it shine. The wax will fill pores and keeps residue out. 

Waxes with sunscreen additives are great and helpful. Look at the amount of time the boat will be in the bright sunlight for long periods. We all know that sunlight after a period of time will dull the shine. It is the ultraviolet rays that do the damage. Bass boat maintenance saves you moneyI wash and wax my baby after every trip to the lake. I have taken it to shows and had people ask me if it has even been in the water.

Now the Inside of the Boat

Seat Cleaning: I like to take a rag and wipe the seats down also with a sun protector and leather cleaner. Now you can use silicone additives just make sure that you do not get it on the fiberglass. This will seal the pores and not allow dirt to get into the seats. If while cleaning your seats and you discover a stain, a lot of times it can be removed with soft scrub. Try it on a small spot first and by all means do not get it on the carpet because soft scrub contains bleach that will cause another night mare. 

I spend a lot of time on the carpet in the boat and let me tell you I have used the foam cleaner, but I have found if you will take vinegar and mix  it 50/50 with water and scrub in a circular motion then use a low foam cleaner afterward to get the vinegar smell out it works great.

How many of you out there have used Dip-It and there are chartuce spots on the deck? Well Dip-It makes a bottle that can remove the spots.

Hey, we got the boat looking like new again right…we forgot something. What about the trailer?

Trailer Maintenance: Inspect your trailer for damage. A nytime you get a nick on the paint and sand or salt gets on it then it will start eating away at the metal frame.

Clean it well and check with the Marine dealer where you got the boat. He just might have some touch up paint the can be used to restore the trailer to look new.

Don’t forget the trailer bunk pads after all the times you launch and put your boat back on the trailer the pads get sand in them and when you load your boat it will scratch your hull. One weekend when you go for an outing and the boat is in the water. Run up to one of those carwashes and pressure spray the bunks to get the dirt and sand out of them.

Now that you’ve picked up a few tips to help keep your boat looking new; let’s get inside real deep to look at what else needs maintenance to keep you having fun on the lake instead of hoping somebody comes by to give you a tow.

Even with the boat shining like new and your main investment protected, neglect of the items discussed below could leave you dead in the water while thinking about the expensive repairs about to take a big bite out of your…uh… wallet.

Batteries: The batteries that I carry onboard my boat are a little different than what a lot of guys do, meaning a lot of guys use deep cycle batteries for everything.

I recommend using a starting battery which is the one that gets the big motor started instead of using a deep cycle battery. Why? This battery will give you a burst of juice to turn the big motor over and that is what you need. You will see on the side or top of battery cranking amps, that’s not just a pretty decal.

A deep cycle battery gives off the same amount of juice and is recommended for the trolling motor. Another interesting fact is after using your deep cycle battery all day you can drain it down to nothing and recharge it back up, and a normal battery you will loose some it if it will even charge back up.

When I return from the lake I always hook my battery charger up and charge the batteries. Now days on many Bass Boats, they have a onboard charger where all you have to do is plug it into a outlet.

In my boat I got a Guest three bank charger that I can leave plugged in when not in use and if any time the batteries go down, it kicks in and charges them back up and then shuts down.

Always check the batteries before you break it out in the spring. Make sure that the battery acid is full. If not, add some distilled water that is free of mineral deposits to fill them up.