Submitted by Bstandiford on Sun, 03/23/2014 - 10:55
We all can't wait to get our boats in the water and start fishing this year. The extremely cold winter has taken its toll on us and possibly our boats as well. When you launch your boat for the first time this season it is a good idea to wait a few minutes to inspect your boat for possible leaks. Bilge pump hoses and or livewell hoses or the pumps themselves are susceptible to splitting due to colder temps especially if water was left in them. ( one year I had a battery shift and broke the PVC collar in cold weather) . I was glad I had taken my time that day, I could hear the water rushing in!! If I would have ran straight up the lake I would never had heard it,until possibly too late. So take all of the possible precautions,wear life jackets take extra clothing and let someone know where you are fishing.Be Safe!