Cold Storage: Premium coolers with injected-foam insulation, gasketed, locking lids and tie-downs take the demands of blue-water fishing in stride.
For quick trips or when space is a factor, consider soft-sided coolers like those made by Polar Bear. Constructed with a luggage-grade, 1,000-denier-nylon outer shell and a leak-proof, -sweat-proof -Dura-Temp liner, Polar Bears come in four sizes ranging from 6- to 48-pack and several colors. All can be monogrammed with boat names or logos. Other features include a padded shoulder strap, heavy-duty zipper, side pocket and bottle opener. The open-cell-foam insulation traps air and keeps ice overnight, even in 100-degree heat. Polar Bear coolers are widely used in the medical field to transport materials that must remain cold. $64.95 for the 24-pack model; polarbearcoolers.com
Day Trip: Durable and reliable, quality roto-molded coolers adapt to a broad range of fishing demands.
Double Duty: Heavy-duty construction means valuable versatility in small boats and skiffs.