When you are purchasing any kind of equipment for your sport or hobby, you want to make sure that what you choose is perfectly suited for your craft. There are so many things to keep in mind -- perhaps you are looking for something light and nimble. Or, maybe you’re looking for something with unique features. Whatever your criteria, it is important to know what you want before you start looking.
The same principle applies to your search for an inflatable fishing boat. Whether you are looking for a replacement inflatable fishing boat and you’re checking out the most recent options out there, or you are shopping for the first time, read on to learn about what you should keep in mind when picking out the best inflatable fishing boat for you and your needs.
When you are fishing, you don’t just want something that floats on water. That’s good and all, but at the end of the day, you want something specifically designed and engineered for your purposes. While there won’t ever be a boat that is everything that you want and totally customized for yourself (unless you build it yourself,) you can get pretty close.
When it comes to fishing boats, while you can fish in anything that floats, there are several categories to consider when looking for a fishing boat. This article will look at inflatable fishing boats, but those aren’t your only options when it comes to boats. You can also shop for rigid boats, like a kayak or canoe or more specific fishing boats for certain types of fishing.
What to Look For
There are several features of a fishing boat that you should keep in mind when you are shopping for a new boat. As previously mentioned, fishing boats have features are engineered to be specifically beneficial for fishing. When you’re considering a new inflatable boat, specific features might be helpful to consider before purchasing. Many inflatable fishing boats come with a raised seating position so they are easier to sit in and fish from -- alternatively, or in addition to that, they may be stable enough for you to stand quickly without the fear of capsizing.
A good fishing boat might have places to hold rods and lures, store accessories or gear bags, and have storage situations that are built into the boat for all of your fishing accessory entrails.
There are lots of other features to consider, but those are at least the basics for any fishing boat.
Why should I invest in a fishing boat?
Inflatable or otherwise, if you are someone who fishes several times a month or even daily, you may particularly benefit from having a boat dedicated to all of your fishing needs. If you fish often, then having a place to stock and store your fishing paraphernalia is a great option towards making your fishing happen more often while being more enjoyable and hopefully happen more often.
When it comes to inflatable fishing crafts, there are actually several different types of inflatable boats for fishing. Most of these are intended to be for anglers, and for the most part, they are wildly different. Hopefully, one of these will satisfy your need for a fishing boat. Either way, it is helpful to know of the options available so you are aware of your selection’s capacity (or lack thereof.) This article will cover just a few of the several options available, so do your research to make sure you are making the most informed decision.
These boats all have different price ranges, slightly different intentions and uses, and all come with their pros and cons. Think carefully about your boat priorities: what is the most essential feature for you? What is nice, and what can’t you live without? Buying a fishing boat might be an investment, but remember: you get what you pay for. Assess features carefully and take your time to make sure you choose what is best for you.
Fishing Boat Options
Pontoon Boats: These are specifically designed for fly fishing and are easy to come by. They are a pretty popular option for calm-to-medium waters, and are too high tech for your lazy-daisy floating on the river -- this is what you want for class II rapids. They are portable, can come with or without a frame, are very basic when it comes to features, and suitable for one fishermen only.
Inflatable Kayaks: This is the most flexible option and works for a variety of needs based on the kind you get. They are easy to maneuver, can come in various levels of design for certain types of water, and often come with more features like swivel seats, rod holders, or amount for a motor. This is a great option if you’re considering an overnight trip somewhere.
Inflatable Fishing Raft: Out of all of the options mentioned so far, this one is the best for the actual act of fishing. It is the most stable, which means it is heftier and less portable. But they can have room for 2+ fishermen, include seats and lure holders, and are great for recreational floating as you reel them in. These come with all sorts of extra accessories and add ons based on your priorities.
No matter what you choose, inflatable fishing boats can bring a wide range of opportunities into your fishing career. Hopefully, a new fishing boat will be convenient, enjoyable, and exciting as you dive deeper into your fishing career. When looking for a new boat, make sure to know your priorities and find the options that are best for you.