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Which Type of Small Fishing Boat Do I Need?


Small Fishing Boats – Which Type of Small Fishing Boat Do I Need?
| By Trevor Kugler

When it comes to small fishing boats there are a ton of choices available, but which type is the best for fishing. That largely depends on the type of fishing that you enjoy doing and in this article I will outline some of the more popular small fishing boats that are available to anglers. All of the small fishing boats being outlined in this article are inflatable for two simple reasons.

Inflatable boats are the most cost effective and convenient types of boats available today. Traditional boats, even if they are small, can be quite a strain on the wallet and can be less than convenient to get from here to there. The options are being listed in no particular order. As I said before the type of boat that is best for you will largely depend on the type of fishing that you personally enjoy.


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With any inflatable fishing boat the key is to purchase a quality product, which means buying form a quality manufacturer. Quality manufacturers can be found by looking for things like money back guarantees and free trial periods. The bottom line is that when it comes to small fishing boats any of these options are a good choice for the discerning angler.

  1. Kayaks & Canoes – Inflatable kayaks and canoes are a great choice for the individual angler who is on a budget. This type of small fishing boat is extremely maneuverable and can be easily transported from fishing spot to fishing spot. These small fishing boats are best for those of you who like to fish in rivers and streams for fish such as trout or smallmouth bass. Because of their size, they are probably also best for the angler who likes to fish alone. Although two people fit in inflatable kayaks and canoes, having enough room to fish effectively can be another story.
  2. FoldCat & Frame less Pontoon Boats – These small fishing boats are probably the most comfortable and effective small fishing boats on the market today, and yes they are also inflatable which makes these boats incredibly convenient. The FoldCat pontoon boat is for more than one fisherman and is best suited for lake and pond fishing, although it can also be used in larger river fishing situations. Frameless pontoon boats are again for individual anglers and are best suited for fishing in small to medium sized rivers, whatever species of fish the angler chooses to target.
  3. Float Tubes & Outcast Pontoon Boats – These small fishing boats are maybe the most versatile boats for individual anglers. These boats are best suited for fishing in lakes and ponds. Although these inflatable boats are probably best known for being used by fly fishermen, they are also quite effective for the person who likes to fish for largemouth bass. They offer the bass angler the ability to get into very “hard to reach” areas. These small fishing boats are also easily transported into “hard to reach” mountain lakes.

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You should now have a better understanding of which type of small boat you or the angler in your life needs. Inflatable small fishing boats are a great choice for any serious, yet cost conscious angler. And before you start to think that an inflatable fishing boat won’t last, consider the fact that I’ve had both my Fish Cat float tube and FoldCat Pontoon boat for more than 15 years without any problems!

Trevor Kugler is Co-founder of JRWfishing.com

Trevor has more than 25 years of fishing experience as well as 15 years of business experience. He currently raises his five year old daughter in the heart of trout fishing country….Montana.More Quality Small Fishing Boatshttp://www.jrwfishing.com/boats.html

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