Make a List
Most small bass fishing boats do not have the storage capacity of larger boats, meaning everything is loaded and unloaded for each trip. Having a checklist handy to make sure you have everything you need is a good strategy. Nothing is more frustrating than being out on the water and realizing you don't have your favorite lure or drink cooler.
Choose Launch Sites Carefully
If you are planning to launch from a site other than a boat ramp, be careful. The ground near the shoreline could be mucky and even hide harmful animals, such as poisonous snakes. While getting to a body of water that does not get fished often can be exciting, it also poses some risks (see Resources).
Smaller boats mean smaller motors, meaning it takes more time to get around a lake. If you are on a larger body of water, a better strategy is to only take a section of the lake and explore a more defined area. Subsequent trips can be used for other sections until you find some good fishing holes.
Often, smaller boats do not have places to store much equipment, meaning it might be loose in the boat. Make sure rods are under a seat or tied to the boat, especially if you expect some rough water on your way to the fishing area.
Avoid Sudden Movements
This is especially important if you need to stand for some reason, which is not recommended in small boats. Smaller boats tend to be more unstable, making capsizing more of a risk. Doing what you can to help maintain stability is especially important in smaller bass boats.
Stay Closer to Shore
Most of the best bass fishing is in three to six feet of water, which is perfect for a smaller bass boat. Going into deeper areas away from shore means a greater likelihood of encountering larger waves and rougher water, which can be dangerous.
Observe Weight Ratings
Often, smaller bass boats will be marked with a certain maximum horsepower rating for a motor, and a load weight. While it is usually possible to put more weight in the boat than the rating suggests, this adds significant risk and should not be done.