The cold weather is here, and as dedicated anglers, we know that nothing can stop us from chasing those elusive bass, not even a winter chill. While towing your bass boat in cold weather requires a bit of finesse and preparation to ensure a smooth and successful fishing expedition, given the proper preparation it is definitely something you can accomplish safely. So bundle up and let’s dive into some cold weather towing tips that will keep you and your bass boat cruising through the frosty days without a hitch.
Inspect and Reflect:
Before hitting the road, give your bass boat and trailer a thorough inspection. Cold weather can be tough on equipment, so make sure all lights are working, and reflective tape is intact. You don’t want to be the shadowy figure cruising down the icy roads – safety first!
Mind Your Tire Game:
Tires are your boat’s best friends on the road, especially in cold weather. Check the tire pressure to ensure optimal performance. Cold temperatures can cause pressure drops, so keep them inflated to the recommended levels. It also might be a good idea to carry a portable air compressor in your vehicle in case you need to add a little air along the way.
Grease Up Those Bearings:
Cold weather and unlubricated bearings don’t mix well. Before you embark on your winter fishing escapade, make sure to grease up those bearings. It’s the winter spa day your trailer deserves and is an easy way to prevent larger issues with your wheel and hub assembly. For sealed hub assemblies it is also a good idea to perform a visual inspection to check for any leaks or issues as well.
Break Out the De-Icer:
No one likes surprises, especially when it comes to frozen locks. Prevent a chilly conundrum by applying de-icer to your trailer locks, lid handles and boat cover ratchet straps. A little squirt can save you from an icy headache.
Pack the Essentials:
In cold weather, unexpected delays can happen. Pack a winter survival kit that includes blankets, extra warm clothing, snacks, and a thermos of hot coffee or cocoa. Road flares or flashers can also come in handy if you are stranded on the side of the road in adverse conditions.
Slow and Steady Wins the Race:
Winter roads can be unpredictable, so take it slow. Braking distances are longer on icy roads, and sudden movements can spell trouble. Give yourself plenty of space and time to react – your bass boat will thank you.
Mind the Freezing Water:
If you’re towing your boat on frigid days, make sure there’s no water left in the boat’s livewell or any other compartments. Frozen water can cause damage to your boat, and we’re all about keeping that baby in top-notch condition. It is also always good practice to lower the motor after pulling out of the water to let excess water drain. Give it a few minutes while you are securing the boat and trailer for travel. This will help to decrease the risk of that water freezing in your lower unit while towing . Be sure to raise it back up after draining before towing.
Keep an eye on the weather forecast. Sometimes Mother Nature can throw curveballs, and it’s better to be prepared. Knowing the road conditions and potential storms will help you plan your journey more effectively.
Anticipate the Thaw:
When you arrive at your fishing spot, remember that your boat might be covered in frost. Bring along a towel or two to wipe down any accumulated ice. Nobody wants a slippery surprise when launching the boat. Carrying a 5 gallon bucket filled with a mix of Kitty Litter and sand for the times that the ramp is frozen can pay huge dividends. Giving your truck and trailer that extra little bit of traction can make a world of difference in icy conditions.
Towing your bass boat in cold weather may present its challenges, but with these tips in your arsenal, you’ll be well-equipped to face the frosty roads ahead. Remember, a prepared angler is a successful angler, even when temperatures take a dip. So, bundle up, and hit the road with these tips in mind and stay safe!