I would recommend a long-handled landing net and gaff. That should help with the raised deck, and bringing fish aboard is usually when they are lost (on my boat). Do you have room for pole holders? My last boat had outriggers which folded down for use, up for storage. It helped keep my lures out of the wake. I also recommend a couple of fighting belts, which allow you to use your abdomen more while reeling in the fish. More than one because you might get multiple hookups at once. Finally, do you have a spot for a cleaning table? Somewhere where it drains over the side is good.
Most any decent heavy duty reels and poles will work. I have a mix of Shimano and Penn. Start fishing and then you will see what more you need, and what locations aboard are best for you.
Good luck, Bill
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