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Planning Your Pontoon Boat Fishing Trip


What do you need to do in order to head out on your pontoon boat fishing trip? Here are a few things you'll need to consider.


Transporting your pontoon boat

If you plan to transport your pontoon boat any distance, you'll need to ensure that you have a reliable trailer that fits your specific needs. You will need to consider where you will be launching your boat, how much space you have for trailer storage and of course the size of your boat. Learn more about choosing the right pontoon boat trailer.


Choosing a fishing destination

Every state has its own prime fishing locations. Perhaps you plan to head to a secluded spot that is unknown to most of the public, or maybe you're looking to head out and explore some of the best fishing in the country. Either way you're sure to enjoy your time out on your pontoon boat. If you are looking to reel in a prize fish, the World Fishing Network has listed the 10 best trophy fish destinations in the United States.


Planning your accommodations

No fishing trip is complete without lining up the proper accommodations. With careful planning you can find the right waterfront lodge or cabin to park your pontoon boat. Sport Fishing Magazine has chosen what they believe are the top 5 fishing lodges in North America. Sounds like you'd better get packing.


Packing your gear

Finally, make sure you don't leave any important fishing gear at home. Your fishing checklist should include:


  • Fire extinguisher
  • Fishing license
  • Horn or whistle
  • Life jackets
  • Throw cushion
  • Food and drinks
  • Hooks
  • Line
  • Lures
  • Plastics
  • Rod and reels
  • Weights
  • Boat plug
  • Line
  • Fuses
  • Spotlight
  • Trolling motor prop, nut, and shear pin
  • Aerator
  • Batteries
  • Bilge pump
  • Boat motor
  • Electronics
  • Lower unit fluid
  • Put the plug in
  • Reels
  • Running lights
  • Safety chains
  • Tags
  • Tie downs
  • Tilt/trim
  • Trailer lights
  • Trailer tires, jack, wrench & spare
  • Transom saver
  • Trolling motor
  • Wheel bearings
  • Anchors and rope
  • Bug juice
  • Camera
  • Cap
  • Cell phone
  • Coat and gloves
  • Electrical tape
  • First Aid
  • Fish formula
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Jumper wires
  • Knife
  • Leader line
  • Line cutters
  • Live release formula
  • Lure retrievers
  • Maps
  • Marker buoys
  • Measuring stick
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Needle for air bladder
  • Net
  • Paddle/pushpole
  • Polarized shades
  • Rain gear
  • Reel oil
  • Replacement treble hooks
  • Scales
  • Skirts for spinner baits and jigs
  • Split rings and pliers
  • Sunscreen
  • Swivels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Toothpicks (for pegging weights)
  • Tools
  • Trailer hooks and baits
  • Weigh-in bag


Contact a local Bennington dealer to learn more about finding the right pontoon boat for you.