CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - Bass boats come in many weights and sizes which has a direct effect on the mileage you get per gallon of gas from your outboard engine. Here are some tips to get the most out of your rig.

  1. Try to find the r.p.m. cruise range that has been tested to be the most fuel efficient for your outboard engine. Owner's manual or the manufactures web site would be a good place to start.
  2. Find the correct trim angle for your engine that has good prop bite and good water pressure, as well as front end lift.
  3. Weight has a direct effect on gas mileage , so try to keep the total weight of your boat as low as possible. Too much tackle is one of the main items that adds weight to your boat.
  4. Use your g.p.s. to run good straight lines when changing fishing locations .
  5. Keep your engine's fuel system clean, and change spark plugs on manufactures recommended schedule.

 These tips can save you a few bucks while fishing, good luck, think safe, and have fun.