Boat Carpet Kills Fish

Ever see a fish with soars or scum balls on its sides? It could be because of dry boat carpet. It’s on the floor where you lay the fish after netteing. It’s on your deck where you measure the fish, or lay for photos. All the protective slime is wiped off and the fish get a burn from it, and without the sline they can get bacterial diseases and growths.

I put a shhower encloure in years ago, 8×10′ plastic sheets and had a few pieces left over so I put one in the floor of my V-bottom. It gets a little slick when wet vut otherwise is no trouble what so ever and is heavy enough that it won’t blow out. It protects the fish, keeping it off the carpet. Next I put a piece on my livewell pid so when I measured fish it wouldn’t touch carpet. This is working so well I am fixing my flatbottom to do the same. I am trying a heavy duty floor mat from a car. It is heavy, won’t blow out and should keep the fish off the carpet.

This should be manditory for walleye tournament boats. Right now there isn’t a product on the market, so people would have to make their own. I think heavy duty truck floor mats would work best because they aren’t slippery when wet and won’t blow out while trailering boats going 80 mph. It’s easy to screw down some type of plastic on a boat lid next to your measuring board.

Some boats have a rubberized floor, but if it’s bone dry it will still hurt the fish. I try to wet my boat floor before I put a big fish in the boat.

About Dave Tackett

Dave Tackett is from Sterling Illinois. An avid fisherman since childhood, he has fished all over the Midwest, mainly the Mississippi River pools 8-19. His home waters are pools 13 & 14. After fishing Bass tournaments for many years, he gave it up to fish for Walleye year round. He now guides and fishes for fun. He likes to take photos of the scenic places he visits on the river and likes to keep a video camera running to get footage for his Walleye DVDs. Photography is now where he most of his time working, using professional DSLR cameras and lens. These photos include landscape around the Mississippi River and the Rock River, river birds like eagles heron, egrets etc.
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