Wednesday, August 23, 2017

What YOU Need to Know About Fishing In Missouri

August is National Fishing Month, and we would be remiss if we didn't take some time out of the month to celebrate it! There are, obviously, certain rules that pertain to fishing on our Lake, and whether you're a resident or not, you are required to abide by the rules. As the best boat rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks, we have many customers to come to us to rent a boat so they can fish off of it and enjoy all that the Lake has to offer - whether they are beginners or avid fishermen. Here are a few things YOU need to know about the Missouri fishing license, and rules of the water.

Do You Need a Fishing Permit?

Basically, if you want to fish on the lake, you must have the appropriate lifetime, annual, or daily fishing permit. The only reason you wouldn't is if you qualify for an exemption. If you think you may qualify for an exemption, you can visit the Missouri Department of Conservation website to learn more. Here is what the MDC states on their website for those who to NOT need a lifetime, annual, or daily fishing permit (however, they must purchase a daily trou fishing tag or trout permit when or where required):
  • Any Missouri resident landowner and resident lessee of land, and all members of their immediate households, when fishing on the land they own or on which they lease and reside
  • Any Missouri resident (whether or not meeting the definition of a landowner) who owns land that completely encloses a body of water, or any member of his or her immediate household, when fishing in those waters
  • Any Missouri resident 65 years of age or older
  • Any person (resident or nonresident) 15 years of age or younger. Note: Youngsters fishing without a permit are limited to the following methods: pole and line, gig, bow, crossbow, snaring, grabbing, and snagging.
  • Any Missouri resident with a visual acuity not exceeding 20/200 in the better eye with maximum correction, or having 20 degree or less field of visual concentric contraction. Must carry a certified statement of eligibility from a licensed ophthalmologist, optometrist, or physician
  • Any Missouri resident who is so severely and permanently disabled as to be unable to move freely without the aid of a wheelchair. Must carry a certified statement of eligibility from a licensed physician
  • Any Missouri resident with cerebral palsy or mental retardation as defined in Missouri Revised Statutes, section 630.005, and who is so severely disabled that he or she cannot fish alone. Must be accompanied by a licensed adult angler and possess a certified statement of eligibility from a licensed physician qualified to evaluate and treat the developmentally disabled
  • Any resident or nonresident who is an honorably discharged veteran who has a service-related disability of 60 percent or greater, or who was a prisoner of war during military service. Must carry a certified statement of eligibility from the Veterans Administration
This info was taken directly from the Missouri Department of Conservation's website, you can see the rest of the article here

Rules That Apply to Your License

When you accept a fishing permit, you are agreeing that you will abide by the rules of the Wildlife Code of Missouri, will not lend your permit to anyone, will allow your permit, picture ID, catch, and equipment to be inspected by an agent of the Conservation Department, and will carry your permit while you are fishing. If you ordered your permit by phone or online, but have not received it, you must carry the permit authorization number and picture ID with you while you are fishing until it does arrive.

Fishing and Boating at the Lake of the Ozarks

We LOVE when our customers come back from a day on the water with successful fishing stories and showing off their catch. From kids to adults alike, there's nothing better than telling a good (slightly exaggerated *wink*) fishing story - even if it WAS the one that got away. Take some time to get your fishing permit this month for National Fishing Month, and don't forget to rent a fishing boat at the Lake of the Ozarks from BomBay Boat Rental!



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Labor Day at the Lake!

We can't believe that Labor Day is already here, but in just a few short weeks, our favorite Lake vacationers will be coming in and enjoying a wonderful weekend on the Lake. Of course, don't forget that you don't have to own a boat to have fun! Your Labor Day Weekend can be a BLAST when you rent a boat at the Lake of the Ozarks - and here are 3 reasons why.

Cruise the Lake

When you come to the Lake, one of the greatest pastimes is cruising around on your Lake of the Ozarks boat rental. You don't have to own a boat to cruise the Lake, which is why BomBay Boat Rental provides the best boat rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks. It's never been easier to enjoy the Lake atmosphere on the water without the hassle of actually owning a boat. We can deliver your boat to YOU wherever you are, or you can come pick it up at one of our THREE locations around the Lake. Check us out at Dog Days Bar & Grill, Camden on the Lake, or Village Marina.

Find Some Great Lakefront Restaurants

The Lake is home to some AMAZING places to eat. From seafood, bar & grill, or Cajun favorites, you'll find that the diversity around here is incredible. To make it even better, many restaurants are located directly on the Lake so you can dock your BomBay boat, grab a bite to eat, and then get right back out on the water. No need to stop your adventure just because it's dinner time. Are you looking for the best restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks for Labor Day? Check out The Boathouse Lakeside Bar & Grill - they have a brand new lakefront pool, NEW menu, and they're conveniently located on mile marker 3 with Village Marina.

Easy Memberships & Rental Processes

BomBay Boat Rental makes the process of getting on the water simple - which is especially helpful during busy holiday weekends like Labor Day. We offer 24-hour rates, multi-day rates, and even weekly rates. So no matter what type of vacation you'll be enjoying, our boat rental reservations will fit with your schedule. Make sure you make your reservations ASAP, though! Busy holiday weekends fill up fast, and we don't want you to miss out!

BomBay Boat Rental at the Lake of the Ozarks

We offer three different watercraft for you and your group. From the FAST Ski Boat - perfect for watersports and speed to the tritoon which is ideal for socializing and having fun, we have some great choices. We even offer jet skis if you are the type who wants a watercraft all to themselves for the weekend. It's time to make your holiday weekend plans because if you snooze, you'll lose! We only have a specific number of rentals, and once they are all booked up, they're gone! Visit our website to view our watercraft, learn more about our reservation and membership options, and then contact us - we are ready to serve you!


Friday, August 11, 2017

20 Things to Pack on a Boat Outing

Every boat outing needs a few specific things to make it a successful trip. Think about it, if you left the dock without things like your anchor or sunglasses, you could survive, but it certainly wouldn't be as great of a trip. Likewise, there are a few things you can bring along with you that aren't vital, but certainly, add to the success of the day! Better yet, keep many of these items in a boat bag or with your cooler so that when you're ready to head out on your boat rental at the Lake of the Ozarks, you can just grab and go. Here are our top 20 suggestions to keep handy when you head out on the boat.

Boat Day Checklist

If you are renting a boat at the Lake of the Ozarks, you obviously can't store these items on your boat, so you'll want to create a bag or pack that has all of the items you need. If you keep everything together, you won't have to think twice about an impromptu day trip on the Lake! Here are a few items we suggest keeping in your bag and why:

Boat License
In the state of Missouri, you have to have a boating license in order to operate a boat, even if you are just renting. Make sure you either keep this with your boating supplies or in your wallet so you'll have it.

Waterproof Camera
Sure, most people just use their cell phones, but sometimes it might be nice to have a camera that is waterproof for capturing memories. Plus, a waterproof camera can be a lot easier to replace than your cell phone if it falls in the water.

Cell Phone or Marine Radio
If something happens, you'll be thankful for a way to contact someone. Just make sure that your cell phone is either in a waterproof case, or you have a waterproof bag for it.

Change of Clothes
Whether you're planning on getting wet or not, having a change of clothes in a zip lock bag can be a huge relief if you want to wear something dry half way through the day.

First Aid Kit
Accidents happen, but that doesn't mean you can't be prepared for them!

Fishing License
You can keep this with your boating license so that you always have it when you need it. You are required to have a fishing license in Missouri, so make sure you know the rules and are following them.

Hand Sanitizer or Wipes
After handling bait, fish, or anything else you may find on your boat outing, it can be nice to have a way to clean up.

Wide-Brimmed Hat
When the sun comes out, you'll be thankful for this little addition in your boat bag.

Insect Repellent
If you have a pulse, you're a target for those pesky bugs! Keep some insect repellent on hand to protect yourself from their bites.

Did you know that even your lips can be burned from the sun? Chapstick can help protect them.

Motion Sickness Pills
Even if you aren't at risk of getting sick, your passengers could be. There are many different types and styles on the market, so find what works best and keep it on hand.

Non-Perishable Snacks
Granola bars, peanut butter crackers, and anything that won't melt in the heat of being out all day are great snacks to keep on hand for if you get hungry.

Rain Gear
The weather can change at a moments notice, so keeping a few rain ponchos in your kit will help ensure that you are prepared.

Forget your favorite pair at home? Don't worry! If you put a spare in your boat bag, you'll always be able to protect your eyes.

When you're out on the water, you have very few places to hide from the sun, so you'll want to have proper protection in the form of sunscreen.

Light Jacket or Sweatshirt
Because the weather is so unpredictable, you may as well be prepared for sudden coolness throughout the day. A light jacket should be just enough to keep you from freezing if a breeze comes.

Even if you aren't planning on getting wet during your boat trip - accidents (or kids with water guns ... ) happen!

Distress Signals
Visual Distress Signals are imperative. You may be able to travel on the water for years without needing one, but when you do need it, you'll be glad that you have it.

Water Bottles
You'll want to have enough water for everyone on the boat, and for the length of time that you'll be out. That can look different for every boat trip, and obviously can't fit in your bag, but you'll want to have it just in case.

Airtight Cooler
Every good boat trip needs something to keep the food cold!

Planning Your Boat Trip at the Lake of the Ozarks

The summer isn't over yet, so pack up your boat bag and come out to BomBay Boat Rental. Or, better yet, let us come meet you! We have three locations where you can pick up your boat rental at the Lake of the Ozarks, or we can deliver to you, whichever is easier! Visit our website to learn more about our watercraft, and even reserve yours NOW. Happy boating from the BomBay team!


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Pack a Boat Snack!

There are still 50 days left of summer - and we know just how you can enjoy them! Renting a boat at the Lake of the Ozarks can be a fun way to get outside, enjoy the fresh air, and spend some time on the water. Of course, no boat outing is complete without the perfect boat snacks! Here are a few delicious recipes to keep in mind next time you head out on your next BomBay Boat Rental outing.

5 Boat Snacks to Pack

Getting hungry on the boat in obvious, so make sure you pack plenty of snacks for the day. Here are some easy snacks you can make before you head out.

Salad in a Cup

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Looking for a healthy option? Or even just a chilled option? Salads are a great choice for your boat day, but they normally involve lots of cutlery, and are always sliding off of the plates - not anymore! Here is an easy recipe for salad in a cup by Lifestyle For Real Life. To make it even better, when you put your salad in the plastic cup, you have a handy little hole in the top for your fork!


1-2 T Your Favorite Salad Dressing
3 Sweet Peas Cut to Bite Size Pieces
3-4 Mini Bell Peppers Cut to Bite Size Pieces
1 T Black olives Sliced
2 T Chick Peas
1 T Goat Cheese Crumbled
2 T Dried Cranberries
2 T Slivered Almonds
1 c Salad Greens Spinach, Romaine, or your favorite


Pour your salad dressing into the bottom of the cup.
Add the denser vegetables, like Sweet Peas and Mini Bell Peppers, first.
Add the cheese.
Add the olives, chick peas, dried cranberries and slivered almonds.
Add the lettuce last. Do not over pack the salad. You need a little room for the ingredients to move around in the next step.
When you are ready to eat the salad, shake it until the dressing is evenly distributed.

To Go Cold Cuts Hawaiin Rolls

Sandwiches are easily one of the fastest ways to feed a group on the boat - but this fun recipe makes it even FASTER! Not to mention, easy to transport. Of course, if you love Hawaiin Rolls, you'll love this recipe from Easy Peasy Pleasy even more!

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Thin Sliced Smoked Ham
Thin Sliced Pastrami
Thin Sliced Roast Beef
Sliced Swiss Cheese
Sliced Colby Jack Cheese
Hawaiian Rolls


Carefully unlock the cardboard tray holding the rolls. Keep the rolls together. Using a bread knife, cut through the rolls to separate the tops from the bottoms. Layer meats and cheeses on the bottom roll halves. Spread condiments on top halves of rolls. Place the top halves of the rolls onto the sandwiches. Cut down and across to form separate rolls. Lock the cardboard tray back into place. Slide the sandwiches in the cardboard tray back into the bag and close up. Fill your cooler and add ice. Place the To Go Cold Cuts Hawaiian Rolls packages on top of the ice. Serve when hungry!

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5 - Minute Dill Pickle Chex Mix

Craving a fast snack to munch on while on your boat? Here is a fun spin off on the Chex Mix we have all come to love from Averie Cooks.


4 cups corn Chex
4 cups Rice Chex
2 cups mini pretzels
2 cups lightly crushed pita chips (bagel chips may be substituted)
1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
5 to 6 tablespoons dill pickle juice
2 tablespoons dried dill (you can always start with 1 tablespoon and add more to taste)
one 1-ounce packet dry ranch seasoning and salad dressing mix


To a very large microwave-safe bowl, add the corn Chex, rice Chex, pretzels, pita chips (I crush them in my hands), and stir to combine; set aside.
To a glass measuring cup or small bowl, add the oil, pickle juice, dried dill, and stir to combine.
Evenly pour the wet over the dry ingredients; stir well to combine.
Evenly sprinkle the ranch mix; stir well to combine.
Cook in the microwave on high power for 5 minutes. Stop every minute to stir well, scraping the sides of the bowl with a spatula if necessary.
Turn mixture out onto a large baking sheet to cool. My mixture was quite dry after the five 1-minute cycles in the microwave but if yours isn't, it will dry out as time passes if exposed to air. Mix will keep for up to 1 week in an airtight container.SaveSave

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Turkey Roll-Ups

Cold quick snacks are always a must when you're out on the boat, and roll ups match all of the criteria. Not to mention they are a tasty way to enjoy sandwich materials without having to bring fragile sandwiches. Check out this easy recipe from Culinary Hill.


8 ounces cream cheese softened
¼ cup whole berry cranberry sauce
8 (10-inch) flour tortillas
½ head romaine or green leaf lettuce torn into 4-inch pieces
16 slices deli turkey
16 slices Havarti or Swiss cheese halved
2 medium tomatoes halved and sliced


In a small bowl, mix cream cheese with cranberry sauce until uniformly combined.
Lay out one tortilla and spread a thick layer of cream cheese all the way to the edges. In the middle of the tortilla, layer 3 lettuce leaves down the middle of the tortilla.
Next, layer two slices of turkey and 4 pieces of Swiss cheese on top of the lettuce. Top with several slices of tomatoes.
Starting at one end of the tortilla, roll tightly towards the filling. Continue rolling until the filling is tightly wrapped and the cream cheese holds the roll-up together.
Continue with the remaining tortillas until all have been assembled. Wrap each tortilla roll-up tightly in plastic wrap.
Chill the wrapped roll-ups in the refrigerator until serving time. To serve, slice each tortilla into 8 pieces and play on a platter or tray.

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Fruit Kabobs

Finally, add some sweetness to your boating menu with fruit kabobs. They are perfect for a day on the water because you don't need silverware for them, and fruit is refreshing as well as hydrating (ideal when you're on the water all day in the sun!).

There really isn't much to this recipe, you just choose your favorite fruits, cut them if necessary, and slide them onto the kabobs. Make sure to put them in a plastic container so they aren't at risk for being squished in the cooler.

Are you ready to get your boat day underway? Visit our website to check out the different watercrafts we have available, as well as learn more about our boat rental memberships at the Lake of the Ozarks. You won't want to miss a minute of boating on the Lake of the Ozarks for the rest of the summer, so pack the cooler, grab your friends, and either head to one of our three location, or tell us where to meet you!