Fishing from the shore is great experience regardless if you are fishing from, for example, a pier or somewhere in the nature, far away from people and crowd.
But nothing can be compared with fishing from the boat, regardless if you are fishing 100m or 100 miles from the shore. And when someone mentions fishing boat, most of the people consider some 'monster' speed boat with, at least, twin huge outboard engines, capable of 50+ knots and ...
Hello, Earth calling - what is wrong with having small rubber dinghy or inflatable boat capable of carrying 1-2 persons few hundred meters from the shore? Such 'toy' boat occupy very little space, it is very cheap and fun ... Of course, big game fishing is (almost) out of question with such boat ...
Don't have a boat or license? You can always rent a boat with skipper and go for a fishing trip ...
Hausbell 7W Ultra Bright Mini LED Tactical Flashlight is very compact and affordable LED flashlight, suitable as backup flashlight for hunters, fishermen, campers and other outdoors enthusiasts. Also, it is excellent choice as a small EDC flashlight to be kept in the boat, car, backpack, desk drawer and similar. Thanks to advanced electronics, it comes with three modes of operation and can utilize both AA and 14500 lithium-ion battery.
Newport Vessels NV-Series of saltwater/freshwater electric trolling motors ranges between 36 and 86 pounds of thrust and is excellent choice for most of the applications where such propulsion is required.
These motors are lightweight, affordable, come with many features required for safe use and are easy to use. If you need such motors, consider these electric trolling motors as one of your possible choices.
VMAXTANKS 6 Volt 225Ah AGM Battery is one of the best buy deep cycle AGM batteries, suitable for use as solar or wind turbine battery, RV battery, golf cart battery, electric trolling battery etc. It features long Float Service Life (up to 8 to 10 years), but thanks to heavy duty lead tin alloy, it is very durable battery with long service life in either float or cyclic applications, even after repeated over discharges - which should be nonetheless avoided as much as possible, of course.
Streamlight ProTac HL-X is a high quality professional tactical flashlight. Its maximum output is 1000 lumens, it can be powered using two CR123A or one 18650 battery, comes with several modes of operation, it is IPX7 water resistant, long range etc. and is excellent choice as a great EDC flashlight or as a flashlight for any outdoors enthusiast.
Battle Born 100 Ah 12 Volt LiFePO4 Deep Cycle Battery is 'drop-in' replacement for lead-acid deep cycle batteries in marine, RV, golf cart and other applications where lightweight and reliable battery is required. Due to the LiFePO4 technology and protective electronics, battery also feature high number (3000-5000) charge-discharge cycles, high/low voltage protection, short-circuit protection, temperature protection, automatic cell balancing and can be even charged with battery chargers designed for lead acid batteries.
But, it also costs more than similar 100Ah 12V SLA AGM batteries.
Optima 34M BlueTop Marine Starting Battery is very popular SLA AGM marine battery commonly used as the starting/cranking battery in smaller fishing boats. Although it can be used as dual purpose, or even as deep cycle battery (not recommended, of course), it is best used in applications, which it was designed for - as reliable, relatively lightweight, but strong cranking battery.
Maglite Mag-Tac LED 2-Cell CR123 Flashlight is very popular and robust flashlight from very reputable manufacturer. It is of simple design without unnecessary features or details that would jeopardize its functionality and it is made using high quality materials. Maglite Mag-Tac LED flashlight is excellent EDC (Every Day Carry) flashlight, but also it can be used by fishermen, hunters, police, military personal and everybody else that need strong and reliable light source.
Takeya Insulated ThermoFlasks are excellent insulated stainless steel bottles. They are made using 18/8 food grade stainless steel, they are BPA free, and can be very handy and useful for all outdoors enthusiasts, fishermen included.
Supernova Guardian 1300XL Tactical Flashlight is strong and durable, high power tactical flashlight. Thanks to the 18650 lithium ion battery and the CREE XM-L U2 LED, its maximum output is 1300 lumens and maximum range is around 300 yards (~270m). Very good choice for any outdoor enthusiast as well as a not-so-small EDC flashlight.
Brooklyn Kayak Company's BKC UH-TK181 (also formerly know as 'Useful UH-TK181') is one of the best buy fishing kayaks on the market. BKC UH-TK181 is strong and sturdy sit-on-top kayak, providing a stable fishing platform in various weather and sea/river/lake surface conditions. Although designed for two adults, one person can easily paddle the kayak and maneuver with it. BKC UH-TK181 is not the lightest two-person kayak, but it can be easily pulled out onto the sandy or similar beach by a single person.
SeeReef Full Face Snorkel Mask is very popular 'full face' mask. Thanks to the flat viewing panel, it is highly suitable for shallow diving and observing the sea from the surface. The four valves and extra long breathing tube keep the view fog-free and enable the diver/swimmer to breath with ease. This mask is suitable for low to medium intensity swimming and shallow diving, with low intensity being highly recommended.
However, like all similar masks, SeeReef Full Face Snorkel Mask is not suitable for deep diving and for high intensity swimming/diving!
Smith and Wesson MP12 Tactical Flashlight is excellent tactical flashlight, great choice for any fisherman and outdoor enthusiast. Also, due to small dimensions, it is suitable as EDC flashlight for anyone who wants to have strong, sturdy and reliable flashlight in any situation. There are of course, cheaper models on the market, but with Smith and Wesson MP12, what you pay is what you get - there are few details that can be improved, but generally, very good flashlight.
Garmin STRIKER 5cv is a fishfinder with 5 inch (12.7 cm) display and integrated GPS. It is sturdy and well built unit, packed with many interesting features. It is direct descendant of Garmin 5dv fishfinder. Thanks to small dimensions, light weight construction, small power consumption, acceptable price etc. it is common choice for both larger and smaller fishing boats, and even fishing kayaks.
Mighty Max ML35-12 is a 12V 35Ah deep cycle, sealed lead acid (SLA) AGM battery, suitable for use in a wide variety of applications like power sports, solar, electric vehicles, cranking battery, golf carts, lawn and garden tools, security etc.
Although it is designated as 'deep cycle' battery, it is often used as dual purpose battery on small boats, and in lighter vehicles with internal combustion engines.
Fenix FX-PD35TAC Tactical LED Flashlight is one of the best buy outdoors flashlights. It is far from being the cheapest flashlight on the market, but with so many features, its durability and light output, it is one of the most desirable flashlights for outdoor activities like fishing, hiking, hunting, camping etc. It is excellent as a gift, too.
Highly recommended flashlight.
Odyssey 34M-PC1500 Trolling Thunder Marine Dual Purpose Battery is BCI Group Size 34 battery. It is truly dual purpose battery combining good starting power and deep cycling capabilities. Odyssey 34M-PC1500 Marine Dual Purpose Battery is very similar to Odyssey 34-PC1500, Odyssey 34R-PC1500, Odyssey 34/78-PC1500 and Odyssey 78-PC1500 batteries. All these batteries are very similar and are suitable for various roles, and can be used as starting/cranking battery, trolling motor battery, electric vehicle battery etc.
J5 Tactical V1-PRO 300 Lumen Ultra Bright Flashlight is compact and affordable LED flashlight, suitable for fishing, hiking, cycling, hunting, camping and other similar activities. It is also very nice everyday carry (EDC) flashlight that easily fits any backpack or even pocket.
J5 Hyper V Tactical Flashlight is one of the best buy flashlights on the market. It has strong and durable aluminum body, single LED light source, 400 lumens maximum light output, several modes of operation, decent water resistance, adjustable zoom and several more features.
Solaray Pro ZX-1 Professional Series Tactical Led Flashlight is high-output, handheld, tactical flashlight, designed for personal and commercial use. With maximum output of 1200 lumens, strong and durable body and several modes of operation, it is with a good reason, one of the most popular flashlights in its class.
Universal Power Group UB121000 Deep Cycle AGM Battery is very popular BCI Group Size 27 marine battery. It is suitable for deep discharge applications, like trolling motor battery, RV battery, UPS batteries, and similar. It can be mounted in any position, it is spill-proof, and available at affordable price.
Odyssey 31M-PC2150 Marine Dual Purpose Battery is BCI Group Size 31 battery which combines good starting power and deep cycling capabilities. Odyssey 31M-PC2150 Marine Dual Purpose Battery is very similar to Odyssey 31-PC2150 Heavy Duty Commercial Battery, and they are both suitable for various roles, including trolling motor battery, cranking battery and similar.
Battery Tender 12V Lithium Iron Phosphate Batteries is group of several lithium, dual purpose, batteries. They are lightweight batteries, have large discharge currents, large number of charging cycles and have many other benefits when compared with similar lead-acid batteries. On the other hand, they must be charged with proper chargers and they cost more than corresponding lead-acid batteries.
Exide Edge FP-AGM24DP Flat Plate AGM Sealed Dual Purpose Marine Battery is BCI group 24 marine and RV battery. It combines very good starting power with deep cycle capabilities, making it suitable for various roles, including trolling motor battery, cranking battery and similar. It comes with dual terminals, carrying handle and more than acceptable price.
Exide MC-31 and XMC-31 MEGACYCLE AGM-200 Sealed Maintenance Free (AGM) Marine Batteries are two very similar, dual purpose marine batteries. Being lead acid AGM batteries, they are rather heavy when compared with the similar lithium marine batteries, but they are much cheaper, have very good vibration resistance and are generally very robust and reliable.
NOCO Genius Waterproof Smart On-Board Battery Chargers are group of lead acid battery chargers. They come in several versions regarding charging current (4A and 10A) and number of battery banks that can be charged at the same time (1, 2, 3, or 4 battery banks). Also, they have very important safety features like reverse polarity protection, sparks prevention, prevention of overcharging, overcurrent, open-circuits, short-circuits and overheating.
NOCO Genius Boost 12V UltraSafe Lithium Jump Starters is a group of several jump starters powered by lithium batteries. They are: Sport GB20 400 Amp, Plus GB40 1000 Amp, HD GB70 2000 Amp and Pro GB150 4000 Amp. While smallest Sport GB20 is strong enough to start motors of smaller boats, yachts, cars and similar, largest Pro GB150 4000 Amp is capable of starting even the largest car, truck, boat and yacht motors. Nonetheless, be sure to get jump starter according to your actuall need or perhaps slightly stronger. 'Stronger jump starter' also means 'more expensive', but this is the type of equipment that one should hopefully never use - after first use, you will forget initial costs.
Optima batteries are very popular lead acid automotive and vehicle batteries. Depending on their intended purpose, they come in three versions, easily distinguished by their color: RedTop, YellowTop and BlueTop.
Optima D34M, D27M, D31M BlueTop Dual Purpose Marine Batteries are three models of very popular Optima AGM batteries. They are 'true' dual purpose batteries suitable as marine cranking batteries and deep cycle marine batteries. And they come at affordable price.
VMAXTANKS Batteries V30-800, V35-857, MR96, MR107, SLR125, MR137, SLR155 and MR197 are the most common VMAXTANKS batteries used in marine and similar applications. Although they are defined as 'deep cycle' batteries, they can be used as starting batteries, too, just one must be aware of their limitations.
VMAXTANKS 12V Smart AGM, Gel Cell and Flooded Lead-Acid Battery Chargers is series of microprocessor controlled smart battery chargers. They charge, maintain and if required, recondition lead-acid battery using several charging stages. They include several safety features to prevent overcharging, short circuits and other possible errors and problems.
Schumacher SSC-1000A Ship 'N' Shore SpeedCharge 2/6/10 Amp Battery Charger and Maintainer is very popular 12V battery charger and maintainer for flooded, gel-cell and AGM lead acid batteries. It is fully automatic, microprocessor controlled unit, having three charging rates, built-in battery tester, desulphation mode and many other features that make him suitable for charging marine, car and many other lead acid batteries.
OrcaTorch D520 flashlight is a small, palm-size diving flashlight. It uses single CREE XM-L2(U4) neutral white LED (5000 K), to produce 1000 lumens of light. Its electronics allow the use of several batteries, but 18650 lithium ion rechargeable battery is highly recommended.
OrcaTorch D520 is of very simple design, offering reliability under adverse conditions and respectable 150 meters maximum depth.
Newport Vessels 55 Pound Thrust 8 Speed Electric Trolling Motor is medium sized electric boat motor suitable for quiet trolling, but also as main drive for small inflatables, kayaks and similar boats. Range and operating time, of course, depend on batteries.
ThorFire PF02 Tactical LED Flashlight is practical and durable flashlight which can come handy in many situations. Due to its many features and acceptable price, it is highly recommended for people who like fishing and outdoor activities, regardless of weather or season.
Cammenga 3H Tritium Military Compass is high quality magnetic compass which uses tritium micro lights for use in low-light conditions. It is robust and durable and worth every cent one has to pay for it.
SeaSense Double Braid Nylon Dockline is pre-spliced, double braid, nylon rope, whipped on both ends. It comes in several colors, thicknesses and lengths and at acceptable price.
Water Wheeler Electric ASL 5 Person Pedal Boat with Canopy is a small electric pedal boat suitable for short fishing trips few hundreds meters off the shore, during calm weather. It can be manually powered or powered using built-in small Minn-Kota trolling motor.
Radio Ranger 34" Remote Control Fishing Boat Set is RC fishing boat all-in-one set, suitable for close range RC fishing during nice weather. When not used for fishing, it is great toy!
Sea Doo Explorer X Sea-Doo Sea Scooter is medium sized, moderately priced Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) suitable for divers and swimmers. It can come very handy in many situations and it is nice device to have around on any fishing boat - even just for having fun when fish doesn't bite :)
Uniden MHS235 Marine Handheld Radio is robust, submersible, floating device packed with many useful features that comes at reasonable price. Of course, there are much cheaper, more or less, similar marine radios, but this kind of equipment is not bought often, so it is very smart investment in the long run ...
Humminbird 898c SI Combo 7-Inch Waterproof Marine GPS and Chartplotter with Sounder is affordable fishing aid on any fishing boat. It comes with many useful features, often reserved for more expensive units.
Classic Accessories Cumberland Float Tube is a fishing float tube with good weight capacity and many useful features available at good price. It can be carried as backpack on fishing trips, just be sure to be physically very fit, since it has 14 pounds (6.5kg).
Tilos Neoprene Fin Socks are thin and light diving socks suitable for diving in light currents; also works well for keeping feet warm in other conditions - great liner for hiking or hunting boots.
Vanguard 10x42 Binocular with ED Glass is top class, well built and expensive binocular suitable for marine use. Although it has soft rubber coating and it is declared waterproof, don't abuse it too much and it will serve you for a long long time.
Intex 4 Person Mariner Inflatable Boat Set is versatile, light to medium duty boat. It can be used with motor mount kit with various trolling motors - boat have 400kg (880 pounds) weight capacity, so, plenty of room for electric trolling motor and deep cycle heavy duty battery and rest of the gear.
Uniden VHF Waterproof Two-Way Marine Radio (MHS75) is compact, well built, rugged handheld Marine radio filled with various features. Although radios are not required on smaller boats, it is sometimes good to know what is going on around you ...
Danielson Galvanized Folding Anchor is small and cheap, foldable anchor that requires very little space when not in use. Combined with at least some chain and ordinary rope, it holds easily dinghies, kayaks, canoes etc.
MinnKota RipTide 50 S Transom Mount Trolling Motor with Tilt Twist Tiller and Speed Coil (50lbs Thrust, 42 Inch Shaft) is powerful and silent electric trolling motor suitable for both freshwater and saltwater fishing.
Magnesium Fire Starter is small and cheap piece of equipment that can come very handy on fishing trips. Although it is very simple to use it, be sure to follow instructions and practice a little bit at home (safety first!).
Garmin Echo 550c Fishfinder is one of the best medium priced boat sonars. It has 5" (~13cm) wide display size with 640x480 resolution and 256 colors, 1900 feet (580 m) maximum depth in fresh water and 700 feet (210m) in saltwater, 120 degree viewing angle and many other features. This is something nice to have on any fishing boat :)