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Must-Have Fishing Boat Features

If you happen to be the proud owner of a fishing boat or you’re considering investing in one soon, you probably know just how helpful and efficient these vessels can be. You opened yourself up to a whole new world of possibilities with a fishing boat on your side. Rather than being stuck on the dock or a riverbank, you’ll be able to venture out into the wide open waters to score the catch of your dreams.

Your fishing boat is impressive on its own, but there are always some extras you can add to make it better. Here at Family Powersports San Angelo, we’re proud to be your local fishing boat dealer. You’ll find our dealership located near Abilene, Big Spring, and Sonora, Texas.

Rod Holders

You can’t really go fishing without a rod, but it can certainly be a pain to have to stand or sit and hold onto the rod as you wait for a bite. If you need to step away from the side of the boat but you want to keep your bait in the water, you should consider investing in some rod holders. All you have to do is anchor these to the side of your boat and your rod can remain in the water as you handle other tasks. If you want to troll or fish with multiple lines in the water, rod holders are especially handy. Tie lures, skin catches, or enjoy a cold drink as your rods are held in place.

Depth Finder

We all know that certain types of fish swim at various depths, but we can’t see from the surface where those depths are. When you use a depth finder, you’ll be able to accurately pinpoint the depth of water you’re in, which makes it easier to catch the type of fish you’re after. Depth finders are also great for knowing if the water you’re in is deep enough for your boat to sail throughout without running aground. Those anglers who own boats with a deep draft or V hull that can easily become lodged in sandbars or debris will benefit from this.


If you have any all-day trips planned in your future, you’ll definitely need to have a livewell. After all, you want to keep your fish alive and swimming so they don’t spoil while you enjoy the rest of your day. Livewells come in a variety of shapes and sizes so you’ll be able to find one that is perfectly suited for your fishing boat.


An anchor will plant your boat in one spot so you can fish it for as long as you wish before moving on to the next spot. If you don’t have an anchor available your boat will drift about in the waves and you could end up far from where you want to be, and that’s even with your engine turned off. You’ll be able to pull your anchor back up quickly and easily when you’re ready to move to the next area.


When you spend all day out in the sun fishing, you can end up feeling exhausted, experiencing eye fatigue, and acquiring a nasty sunburn. This is avoidable when you provide yourself and your passengers with sufficient shade. You can have T-Top installed, which will provide cover from light rains and the hot sun, which is great if you plan to spend an entire day on the water.

Are you in the market for a new fishing boat? Be sure to stop by Family Powersports San Angelo near Abilene, Texas today to check out our inventory! You’ll find us conveniently located near Big Spring and Sonora. We’re also proud to offer trade-ins, financing options, test riders, service, parts, insurance, and more.

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