Continuing the series of asking prominent anglers what they consider important enough to never forget when they head out, I caught up with Justin Kerr, the 2008 U.S. Open champion. About to depart for a full-time run at the FLW Tour, the Lake Havasu City (formerly Simi Valley) pro was quick to answer.

In case you hadn’t heard, he’s now a member of the Anglers Marine Pro Staff and running his first Ranger. He has also changed his perspective since he’s no longer fishing close to home. Here are three things he won’t forget:

1. Battery chargers. It would seem logical, especially with so many boats sporting onboard chargers. But once you get far away from your service center, you have to be self-contained. Says Justin, “Anything you can control, you want to [take care of]. This is one of the most important things.”

2. Extra blankets in your truck. Looking out for that worse-case scenario, Justin says, “I know this is a funny one you probably won’t hear from guys. But if you’re out there and end up on the side of the road in winter, you’ll freeze freeze without them.”

3. First aid kit. Whether on the water, or in the motel parking lot tinkering with your gear, a nick, cut or abrasion can turn into something worse. The simple treatments afforded by even a rudimentary kit can make all the difference.


4 Responses to “Justin Kerr: Three things to remember”

This guy thinks like me. Extra blankets and First Aid Kit for sure. Not having a simple a band aid or even a piece of tape in the boat the other day cost me 45 minutes of down time when I was trying to Gorrilla glue a cut I got from a nice striper. To make matters worse the fish were going crazy all around us. Hope you have a great year Justin.

I always bring extra clothes on even a one day trip. I’ve seen a couple of guys fall in the water or submarine their boat in serious chop in the winter time. They were soaked to the bone, and freezing. I also never leave home without plenty of drinking water and food, be it snacks or sandwiches. A first aid kit in the boat is required by boating regulations, so I have a small kit in the boat. If I need anything more than a small kit, I’m hauling butt back to the dock! I think it would be a good idea when fishing a big lake, like Mead, to have the phone number of the marina programed into your cell phone in case of emergency.

Oh, and happy new year, George!

Justin’s point on control being most important is right on, we have uncontrollable and controllable variables, thru preparation, maintenance, and a checklist of extra items such as tools and fix it supplies ect. can change a bad situation into a close remedy even if temporary. A good example would be as simple as a spare trolling motor prop pin and nuts.