I knew I was in trouble when I hopped into the boat. It was a little before 4am and I had just hitched up to the trailer. I was in a rush leaving on my previous trip, and left a recirculating pump on. Both my cranking and house battery were left on, and were now stone dead.
Capt Alex answered the call on the first ring, and said, “awe man, we’ll get it cranked”. I was a little nervous, but knew we had time. I actually had enough time to pick up extra fuel, water and bait. All it took was a pair of jumper cables, and the 300 horse power Yamaha was purring like a kitten. I ran that morning with both batteries on, and by the time I got to Cat Island, the batteries had a good charge.
We spent the morning catching some really nice trout, a huge bull red, and even a small bull shark. What could’ve been a total disaster, turned out to be a great day on the water.
All of our guides leave a “time cushion” before all of our trips. Somewhere between 45 minutes to 1 hour is the norm. This cushion can be used for flat tires, fuel stops, Tackle prep, and yes dead batteries. I don’t think I’ve ever been on the boat, and not had something to fix, clean or replace. I strongly recommend y’all leave yourself plenty of time when getting ready for your fishing trips. I know when I’m rushed, I always forget things, and make mistakes.
So don’t be afraid to set that alarm clock a little earlier. Take your time, double check your equipment and ease into your fishing trip. Having a good pair of jumper cables handy never hurts either...
As always, have fun and be safe.