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10 Tips for Better Boat Trailering

I had a small floor jack, so my boat trailer was in the air. I had the right socket and 1/2-inch drive breaker bar, so the flat tire was off the hub and on the ground. But I had no way of removing the last bolt holding the spare tire to my boat trailer. The bolt was seized, and I was stuck on the side of a busy South Carolina interstate as the sun was quickly setting on a long and tiring day of tournament fishing.

Lucky for me, my fishing buddy answered his phone. He was only 20 minutes up the road, so he backtracked, loaning me his trailer’s spare tire so I could get home. While I signed up for road assistance specifically for my boat trailer the next day, a simple pre-trip inspection of the trouble-making fastener would have prevented the situation. But, of course, having a spare tire that’s properly inflated and sporting good tread is only half the battle. It needs to be accessible, too.

If you ranked the worst feelings for bass anglers, being stranded on the side of the road with a broken boat trailer would be right at the top of the list. Losing a personal best or tournament-winning bass when it was mere inches from your hand may be the only one that surpasses it. If you’ve put enough miles on your fishing rig, the chances are good that you’ve found yourself in a predicament. But there are things you can do now to prevent trailer trouble from happening to you — again or for the first time. Checking your spare tire is one. Here are nine more:

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