fishing trips

Fishing Tips For Beginners-Get a Boat!

Posted on 06. Feb, 2012 by in Fishing, Outdoor Recreation

So much in life depends on equipment. Mechanics, athletes, dentists, musicians—they all know that the tools you have can drastically affect the outcome of their efforts. The same is no less true for fishermen, whether they be seasoned veterans or fresh-into-the-boat beginners. And it doesn’t matter whether a fisherman is fishing for survival, recreation, or commerce; equipment matters. If you’re just picking up fishing as a hobby and aren’t quite sure whether it’s for you, you should probably start out by getting a boat—after all, you can’t get very far into the water without one.

But before you jump online or drive down to the marina, you’ll need to think about the fishing you plan to do, since this will affect the type of boat you’re looking for. Each type of boat has unique characteristics that make it more or less suited to a particular style of fishing. Here are a few things to consider:

- Do you plan to go it alone, or would you like some company? If you’re thinking about fishing as a way to get away from it all (including humanity), then a used pontoon boat might be just the ticket; they’re small and generally seat just one person—perfect if you want to stay agile and alone. But if you’d like bring your son or your buddy along with you, there are aluminum fishing boats for sale that offer durability, low maintenance, and a smooth ride.

- Standing or running water? Some boats fare better in certain locations. If you’re interested in fly fishing in a river, there are some boats that should be avoided, like pontoon-style float tubes. While light and inexpensive, these vessels are ill-suited for running water, particularly if you’ll be wearing waders. Capsizing is never a fun way to end your trip. Fishing on the river is best done with an affordable boat like an inflatable river kayak or raft. Do some research; visit online forums, talk to your friends, and generally ask around. You’ll be glad to know that you found the best boat for your needs, especially if it’s an inexpensive one.

- How will you get your boat to and from the water? It may be fairly obvious, but you’ll need a way to get your boat to the place it likes best—the water. If your vehicle doesn’t have a hitch or you’re not interested in purchasing a trailer, you might want to consider an inflatable boat instead, since many are small enough to fit in the trunk of a car when deflated. Plus, it’s a more affordable way to get into the hobby if you’re just trying it out or plan to upgrade later.

-If you are mechanically inclined you can look into a boat that is much less expensive because it needs some work. You can find boat motor parts for much cheaper than taking the boat to a marine mechanic and you can know that the work was done properly.

All things considered, fishing in a boat is great fun—you can just lie back and relax when the fish are slow, you don’t have to carry all your equipment in your hands, and you can also reach areas that anglers on foot just can’t. If you’re just getting into the sport, make sure that getting an inexpensive fishing boat is part of your plans.

No comments.

Leave a Reply