Are you a fishing enthusiast? Then you know that it’s not just the catch that counts.
The experience is important, too.
Whether you’re into inshore fishing or love to adventure out into the deep sea, there are several accessories for fishing boats that can help you up your game — and let you enjoy your time on the water to the fullest.
10 Best Boat Accessories for Fishing
A fishfinder is a digital device that uses ultrasonic waves to locate fish in the water.
These devices have been used since the 90s and have gotten massive upgrades since then, with some models getting high-level features like GPS and electronic compasses.
A fishfinder is especially useful when you’re fishing in unfamiliar waters or going deep sea fishing and need help figuring out where the best catch is.
But a fishfinder doesn’t only help you find fish — it can also give you navigational insight and help you see what’s under your boat.
It’s a simply awesome accessory for both amateurs and pros.
A cooler is an absolute must-have fishing boat accessory. You don’t want your catch to spoil when you’re out on a long and hot summer day, right?
Instead of having to rush back to the shore, fill your cooler with ice and keep your fish fresh for hours — or even up to 2 or 3 days, depending on your cooler model.
There are plenty of coolers on the market to choose from, but you may want to consider investing in a RTIC cooler or a Yeti cooler for the best quality.
These brands use a special scientifically-proven manufacturing process to prevent air and heat from penetrating the inside of the cooler and keep your catch fresh until you’re ready to enjoy it.
3. Cooler Top
Cooler pads are definitely on the top of the “cool stuff for boats” list.
They don’t only make your cooler look smart, but also offer a reliable non-slip surface for when you need to relax your feet or crack a cold one open.
DEKit custom RTIC and Yeti cooler pads are made with non-skid, exclusively cross-linked PE/EVA foam. The superior quality of the materials allows these cooler tops to look brand new and remain sturdy for years of fishing adventures to come.
Whether you have a Yeti Roadie, a RTIC 65, or another model, DEKit uses state of the art technology to customize your RTIC or Yeti cooler top pad with a variety of colors, styles, and logos.
With pressure sensitive adhesive, they’re incredibly easy to install, too. Get yours now.
4. Trolling Motor
Trolling motor is a solid fishing boat add-on that helps you maximize your chances of a successful day out on the water, whether you’re into saltwater or freshwater fishing.
This fishing accessory gives you significantly more control over maneuvering, precision, and noise so you can get as close as possible to your next catch without spooking it.
It may take some time to find the right trolling motor for you, but this cool boat gadget is so worth it.
5. Rod Holder
Does your fishing boat get messy easily?
Invest in a rod rack or holder to organize your fishing poles and accessories as well as protect them from falls and accidental damage.
There are all types of rod holders out there, from lockers to horizontal and vertical racks, so it’s a good idea to look at different options to figure out what would work best for your boat.
Easy to mount yourself, rod holders and racks are a non-brainer fishing boat investment that will immediately make your space look and feel much nicer.
6. Helm Pads
It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re out fishing — and helm pads provide the much-needed comfort and traction for your tired feet.
DEKit custom helm pads for boats feature a brushed texture, closed cell structure to dissipate heat, and thick anti-fatigue foam that stays slip-resistant even when wet.
Neither too soft nor too hard on your feet, helm pads are a must-have fishing boat accessory — get yours now!
7. Fish Knives
These are not your average kitchen knives.
Whether you’re a fishing pro or a passionate enthusiast, boat knives take your fishing experience to the next level. Use them to clean your catch or turn it into a fresh filet right on your deck.
Fish knives sets come with different options for the lengths and the curves of the blades and it’s a good idea to have a few knives on hand for different kinds of fish.
8. First Aid Kit
This may not be the most fun fishing boat add-on, but it’s an important one.
You want to have your safety basics covered when you’re cruising on the water, so invest in a proper marine first aid kit.
At the bare minimum, it should include things like antiseptic wipes, first aid cream, bandages and gauze pads, cold packs, scissors, and pain relief medicine such as aspirin.
Your fishing boat should also have other basic safety equipment, such as life jackets and a fire extinguisher. These also may not be optional in some states, so be sure to check what is required in yours.
9. Fish Ruler
You need a fish ruler to check how big your latest catch is — as well as to make sure it meets the state and federal limits.
Instead of buying separate fish rulers and having to dig them out whenever you need to measure, get an inbuilt fish ruler for a trouble-free experience right on the deck.
DEKit foam fish rulers are made with a premium material for a fast clean-up. In most cases, you’ll only need a simple combination of soap and water paired with a brush.
Designed with a 3M™ pressure sensitive adhesive, these fish rulers are easy to install for an immediate boat upgrade. Get your fish ruler for your boat here!
10. Grill Mount
Arguably the coolest fishing boat accessory on this list, a grill mount is not a must-have, but a nice-have to add some sizzle and flavor to your fishing experience.
There’s no better way to wrap up a productive day out on the water than by grilling freshly caught filet and enjoying it with your family and friends on an open deck.
It’s pretty much one of the most satisfying experiences you can have — and a grill mount makes it very easy.
When choosing a grill mount, look for durable materials (such as stainless steel) and make sure it’s the right size for your boat.
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