ATVs and UTVs can help get you to that secluded fishing spot
Here in the south it has been incredibly hot lately and I’m almost positive that if I were a fish I would be hiding under the big stump or submerged brush pile. Fish aren’t dumb and keeping in the shade as well as out of harm’s way is the norm for the watery game. When I was a little bit younger we would take our trusty ATVs and roam out into the overgrown woods of the neighbor’s farm. This private and very secluded lake made it tough for us to fish but man the fish were giants and getting them out was easy.
In recent years the idea of using your ATV or UTV to get to the hard-to-reach fishing spot has become more and more popular. Hauling gear in and gear plus big fish out means you really do need something to help with the transport or you will be absolutely beat before the afternoon’s quick fishing trip is over.
To help all the would-be ATV anglers out, I decided to put together a list of items to help make your next fishing trip a litter easier and hopefully more successful.
Fishing Rod Case
Don’t forget the fishing rods! There are companies like Otter outdoors who are building quality rod cases to make sure your fishing rods make it to and from the secret spot every time. Some, like the Otter Rod Box, even have room for light tackle. Click here for more information.
Ice Auger Shield
Now down in the south we do not have the luxury of ice fishing, but up where it’s cold you’ll need an auger to get through the first layer of frozen lake to get a line in. Hauling that auger may be a bit difficult without a good auger shield. Otter Outdoors handles those as well. Click here for more information.
Quality ATV and UTV Tires
Before you go trudging off into some nasty terrain to get to your special fishing spot, you’ll want to make sure your ATV or UTV is outfitted with a set of tires that will get you there and back. Don’t get stuck because your tires aren’t built for the terrain you’re riding on. The Maxxis BigHorn is a great all around tire that works well in sand, rocks and even moderate mud. Whatever tire you choose, just make sure it can handle what you plan on throwing at it.
Polarized Sun Glasses
Where ever you go fishing you may want to consider a good pair of polarized sun glasses. These shades will keep the glare of the lake’s sunny reflection out of your eyes and you will be able to more easily spot your big fish in the water as well…provided it isn’t muddy. These angler-specific Bottle Rocket sunglasses from Oakley are just one of many options.
First Aid Kit
As you already know, fishing in the remote areas isn’t always safe so be sure to keep a good first aid kit with you in case of emergency. I’ve been stuck by my own hook more than once and there is nothing more painful than removing a fishing hook with needle nose pliers.
Rugged Cell Phone
Some may question the use of a cell phone on a private getaway for the day (especially if you told your boss you were at home sick). But, if you get bitten by any varmints while wading through thick brush or have any sort of accident, then you’ll want as much help as possible and a quick call or text may save your life. Of course, not every phone is built the same. If you want a phone that can take some off-road abuse, take a look at the XP3300 Force from Sonim.
Sun Block/Insect Repellent
Sun block is crucial if you want to keep the sunburn away and insect repellent is a must to avoid those pesky bug bites. Some smart companies have even made sun block with a built-in insect repellent, so you only have to take one bottle with you. BullFrog Mosquito Coast is one such product. Click here for more information.
Having a mini cooler of some kind lets you take a few cool drinks on your fishing trip. Having a place to keep snacks and cold stuff makes my trip very enjoyable and I have learned over the last few years that my body needs to be properly hydrated or a fun day will become not so enjoyable. The Kolpin TrailTec Cooler Bag holds up to 24 cold drinks. Click here for more information.
If you slip off into the creek, river or private pond to get to the good spots, maybe a good set of waders would be in order also. Cabela’s sells tough waterproof waders and some even come with boots on the bottom so you do not have to worry about ruining your riding shoes. Some of these waders can also come insulated for the cooler months. Click here for more information.
ATV Bucket Holder
Finally, you will need a way to get your fish back to the house or camp to prepare it for cooking. Some companies build five-gallon bucket totes for the rear rack of your ATV or you could simply strap them into the bed of your UTV. Otter Outdoors offers a bucket that attaches to its rear cargo box. Click here for more information.
These are just a handful of the many products available for the ATV or UTV angler, but this list is a good starting point.
Check back soon to ATV.com for a story of a fishing trip we took with Kawasaki and Richard Childress.
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