When you start out boating, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the parts of a boat. No matter what type of fishing boat you are on, calling the front of your boat “the hood” and the back “the trunk” will likely never call you the “captain”. So let’s cover one of the main parts of a fishing boat design.
If you’ve watched the popular television show “Major League Fishing” and didn’t know the parts of a fishing boat, you probably know the answer to “Where on a boat are Gunwales?” This new bass tournament format has strict bass release rules that are covered at the beginning of each episode. For example, instead of spending time in a living well before being weighed on a stage, all fish are weighed and released immediately. Two minutes, no fishing penalties will be imposed if the bass lands on the bottom of the fishing boats or if the angler sticks the fish against his body. In addition, the bass must be released at the level of the boat gun. That is, the top of the boat. If you drop the fish into the water while standing, it will time out.
While examining the tournament rules, I noticed that the boat Gunwale was spelled as “Gunnel” which is at least similar to the pronunciation. The “w” in this original term is completely ignored and the alternate spelling seems to be increasing despite the confusion that there is also a small fish called a funnel.
So where on a boat are Gunwales? The same place as the tunnel: right at the top of the boat. When you register your boat, you may receive a boat chart booklet as a helpful reminder of these and other boat conditions. So don’t let the stern bother you.
Andy is an outdoor writer (http://www.justkeepreeling.com/) and stressed-out dad has contributed over 380 blogs to takemefishing.org since 2011. Born in Florida but raised on the banks of farm ponds in Oklahoma, he now hunts pike, small bass and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After graduating from OSU with a degree in zoology, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fishery research technician at OSU, in the US state of Iowa and Michigan.