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Useful little things in a fisherman’s boat

Useful little things in a fisherman’s boatI don’t know how others inform the household about plans for another fishing trip, but I usually indicate the area where we plan to fish, and the approximate time to return home. But on the water, absolutely vast prospects for fishing creativity and movement directions are already opening up. It all depends on the information received at the time of launch from friends and colleagues, sometimes helping with a high degree of accuracy to calculate the area, which by our arrival may be the most promising in terms of catches. Sometimes there is no such valuable information and you have to navigate along the old points, using already developed techniques for finding fish. And, as a rule, the weather sometimes imposes its sometimes not very pleasant mark on any fishing, forcing to change the initial plans.

Sometimes, especially in the dark, despite the desire to catch pike perch, you still have to land on the beach to take cover from the waves, have a bite to eat in a relatively calm environment, and maybe even “pokemarit” an hour or two. Indeed, in a dream, zander begins to be caught more often and larger. And now, approaching such a shore, you do not always know how suitable it is for parking. Therefore, I usually carry some devices with me in the boat, which will be discussed below. In my opinion, they are useful, and many of them have already been tested and appreciated by members of my team.

Spare parts and much more

I'll start with the fenders, which I did 20 years ago, when I performed, one might say, tuning and equipped one of my first PVC boats for fishing on the track. Since at that time I traveled to Ladoga and Finnish approximately the same number of times, after the first overnight stay at the forts I realized that even a couple of such nights can be fraught with trouble. We then got up so that the waves did not feel. But colleagues settled down in a less peaceful place – and by morning their pneumatic board began to make an unpleasant hissing sound. It's good that the first-aid kit was with you. The rough and stained cement of the berths wipe the halt, not particularly ceremonial. Speaking of parking, I want to note such important, in my opinion, things that I have been rolling in sealed packaging for decades. Firstly, these are hunting matches that allow you to light a fire in any wind. Next to them, of course, are ordinary household matches, along with a pair of inexpensive gas lighters, which I keep in an airtight plastic bag. For all the time of my fishing trips, hunting matches have been useful to me at least five times.

Another sensible thing that, in my opinion, should be in the boat is a floating anchor. Having run through boat shops at one time and not seeing anything suitable, in the end I first made a small anchor myself, about 0.4 m in diameter, and then 1.4 m. The first is rather a kind of brake when you catch in a strong wind . But the second one is already a really floating anchor, which from a boat weighs over half a ton and with a well-developed superstructure allows to jig normally in a fresh wind. The drift is minimal, and the boat is clearly oriented with its bow to the wind. Mandatory, in my opinion, on board the boat and a small set of tools. It is also stored in packaging in an airtight box. And I duplicate it with a set of "multitool", which hangs on my belt and is always ready for use. Scissors, a knife, a screwdriver, etc. should be easily accessible and even removed in complete darkness in seconds. Small Hermas for documents and mobile devices that can be worn around the neck are also very useful. It is clear that acquiring, say, a fishing phone or an airtight tablet is a rather expensive pleasure, and the Herma also allows you to use ordinary household appliances.

Other useful little things

When I sewed my first bow awning on the boat, among other equipment, inside I found several small pockets with Velcro flaps that allowed you to place small things there like a flashlight, lip-grips, kortsanga and other things that may be required at any time and, in a good way , should always be under a friend, but at the same time protected from falling overboard in the case of "jumps on the waves." Last year, being in Karelia, we faced one trouble. A friend’s boat stopped working normally due to the fact that in the stationary gas tank at the bottom a very large layer of sediment from condensate was collected and it is not clear why. It was possible to suck it from the bottom with a manual pump for several days. An interesting Chinese “little thing” came to the rescue. This is a mobile electric pump, powered by two elements such as our "373". With its help, literally in half an hour it was possible to thoroughly clean the gas tank, pumping out more than 30 liters of liquid from there. In addition to gasoline, a pump can easily pump water.

Unfortunately, unmarked nets are our national disgrace and misfortune for fish and fishermen. The network, set on heavy anchors and slightly submerged, is not visible to the skipper. And therefore there is a great risk of flying into speed in such an "ambush", and this does not bode well. In the best case, it’s just a couple of revolutions of the rope on the screw without damaging the motor, and in the worst case, the boat can also flip through the transom. Especially if the boat is light and its central heating is shifted to the stern. Once I happened to fight with such a network. The matter was complicated by the fact that a steel cable was also woven into the upper linen cable. It is good that there were wire cutters on board, which replenished the supply of keys for the motor. Only thanks to them it was possible to neutralize this cable.

Top and side lights

And returning to the topic of fishing in general and fishing for zander in particular … Often this is night fishing. And the requirements of MPPSS-72 oblige all boatmasters to light sidelights in the dark and in conditions of limited visibility. If for large vessels with an on-board power supply network it is not particularly difficult to illuminate themselves in the required manner, then small boats, especially PVC ones, usually have a small battery on board to operate the echo sounder. And it’s also problematic to connect an additional load to it – there is a chance in the morning to remain without echolocation. Therefore, in my opinion, a good way out of the situation is compact autonomous on-board LED lights connected using energy-saving technologies. Of course, in their luminosity they are somewhat less than the requirements of the rules, but even with such illumination a boat on the water becomes clearly visible. In accordance with the same rules, top fire must be installed. It can be made in different ways, but only LED design will achieve the highest efficiency.

Hunter Signal

When you run after a pike perch, you don’t always focus on how far you have gone from the coast and what can happen at this distance, starting with the trivial “not calculated with gasoline” and ending with a breakdown. And in the far reaches there is not always mobile communication, and walkie-talkies can be useless if there are no colleagues nearby with such devices. And sometimes it may be necessary to give a distress signal – “mayday”. Carrying with you on small boats PRB-40 is probably not the best option. But the quite affordable "Hunter Signal" can help out. Although, of course, I would like to wish that such situations do not arise. Therefore, all no tail, no scales and 7 feet under the keel.

author Vladimir Sokolov


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