The choice of spending an day on the Tennessee River waiting for the catfish to bite, or watching The University of Alabama football SPBO can be a real mess to the head of a southerner. To lessen the stress of mental tension I’ve made the decision to combine both simultaneously.
While it’s not required to own a boat to pass the time, I do prefer to be on the banks of the river rather than sharing a fishing spot with other fishermen. Although I love to boast about my catch, I’m not going to let anyone know the exact location where I caught them.
My boat is equipped with a few items which aren’t usually included on standard 16 foot flat bottom fishing boats. After years of contemplating “must be” items, I’ve settled to:
You must have an audio system. It is possible to take a laptop with you however it’s my luck to drop it overboard. A radio is less expensive; whether it’s powered by a handful of batteries or connected to the power source of the boat.
A while ago I considered the idea of covering a TV with the hood, to protect it from rain, sun or water’s spray as I floated over the river or lake. I stopped thinking about it after I found out the amount satellite hookups to TV cost. I opted for radio instead.
You must be aware of the type of fish you are fishing for if you want to enjoy a leisurely evening of fishing and football. If you’re looking for tiny fish, you’re likely to be busy throughout the afternoon removing them from the line and casting additional bait. This can take your attention away from the excitement of the radio.
Go fishing for large catfish and it’s almost certain that you’ll have an enjoyable time playing college football. If you put additional bait onto the hook once an unruly pan-sized fish taken a bite, may result in you missing a huge game from your team of choice.
Fish for big catfish! Choose bait that is so big that normal fish will not give the bait the time of day. Large catfish do not bite often so you will not have to spend precious time away from the radio’s audience to drag it onto the boat.
You must have some sort of cooler however, it shouldn’t be that it’s filled with alcohol. I’ve never been a fan of drinking alcohol while floating around a lake or river aboard a fishing boat. It’s not that difficult to experience a disorientation to sink to the water’s surface, or sinking to lowest point of the river, like the lead donut.
My cooler is full of bottles of water, sodas hamburger patties with mustard, chopped onions, and catsup. Hamburger buns are stored in some of my bow lockers, along with coffee, paper plates and life vests.
The hamburgers must be prepared patties as it’s not safe to cook them at the dock. When you’re hungry, your hands may have an unpleasant smell. This can create a strange smell in the meat of your hamburger.
It’s essential to have an outdoor propane barbecue grill. I have one that is stored inside the living well on the boat. Because I’m only fishing for large fish that would not fit into the well, I utilize the space for other purposes.
The removable plate of metal is mounted in my boat near the deck of my bow, which means that grease from chops, steaks, or burgers I cook won’t get absorbed into the carpet under the deck.
It is essential to have the standard fishing equipment: rod and reel as well as anchors, and hooks. There has to be bait on the boat in the event that the game becomes dull and you’d want to catch an eel. It is possible to do it in a simple way, and then go home and watch the game on television but it won’t have nearly the same fun.