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Updated: 03/13/2014 02:59:35PM

Outfitting bass boats

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How you work your lure is just as important as the lure itself.

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Every bass angler’s dream is to have their bass boat outfitted with everything to make their bass fishing easier. Problem is, it all costs money — you could easily drop 10 or 15 grand into toys for the boat. If you can afford it, that’s great, but I know I can’t. With so much technology out on the market today, you have to be careful to separate what you need from what you want. That can be tricky, because we know that we can talk ourselves into almost anything.

The absolute most important thing to every bass fisherman is a trolling motor. If you don’t have anything else on your boat, this has to be your number-one tool as a bass angler. The need to move around the edges of grass lines or trudge through vegetation to get to a certain spot is essential. A quality trolling motor is an absolute necessity on a serious bass angler’s boat. In order to make sure you buy the right pound thrust trolling motor, take into account the size and weight of your boat, then look at what types of areas you fish most often. You don’t want to overbuy on this item, because more thrust means a lot more dollars going out. However, you want to make sure that your trolling motor is strong enough to get you through any heavy vegetation you may want to fish.

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