I need a GoPro.
Does anybody have experience with inflatable fishing boats? I don't have the space or funds for even a john boat right now but I noticed that Bass Pro sells a few inflatables that you can attach a small 12v electric motor to. This would just be used in the reservoirs and not out in the bay or on rivers.
This model is the one a buddy and I are looking at Sevylor Fish Hunter Inflatable Fishing Boats
I have a pontoon boat, use it for steelheading all the time... It's made my Classic Accessories, and it fairly inexpensive.. I also strap a 30lb thrust Minn Kota to the rear and fish back lakes with it.. Actually getting out this weekend for brookies!
Here's a pic, mine is the far one.
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I like that the pontoon has actual seats. I hadn't considered that with the inflatable I posted. However, the cost would be more for the pontoon. I can get the 9'2" inflatable boat for ~$180 and the 12v motor/battery/mount for another ~$140 and a buddy and I would be splitting the cost. However, I am still kinda interested in the pontoon.
How comfortable is the seat on your pontoon? How do you get the motor on there?
Seat is really comfortable (padding on both top and bottom) you've also got adjustable foot pegs so you can set it up any way you like it... You can see in the pic that there's a motor mount on the rear of my pontoon (black mount ontop of the black tubing behind the seat). I strap a 12V battery to the rear deck, put the motor on and I'm golden.
It's also got about a million pockets for my camera gear, lunch, tackle, whatever.. Has a built in pully system for a anchor as well... Once you fish out of this, you won't want to fish out of anything else.
I gotta get up Kanuk's way with this thing
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I didn't notice the mount. I looks like the three models they make now that are similar to yours are the Oswego, Colorado, and Tioga. Do you use the oars to steer or is there a linkage system attached to the foot rests? The pictures on their website are very small.
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Hooked two specks, but one spit the hook, the other wrapped the line around a log.. Found a sweet speck nursery in a tiny creek though. About three dozen fingerlings were pretty much cut off from the main creek. I'll go check on them next week, and if the river drops I'll net them and give them their freedom. See ya in three years
Son and I did pick up a bunch of Amethyst on the way out. Made him happy...
weather looked great for fishing today, low cloud cover with the occasional light mist, so i went out for a couple hours. i caught 3 nice pike all within about 20min, one was 31" and then went and picked up my dad and he caught 3 back at the same spot, one also being 31". strange
i also got my 31" catch on the gopro, will edit/export now and hopefully get that posted up here tonight
I cast against the current (up stream). You'll rarely see vulnerable baitfish, insects, or amphibians swim against the current. You need to get the feel for your lure to do it properly, and you want to finish the retrieve straight across the current or slightly upstream. As soon as, or very shortly after, your lure turns into the current your chance of hooking that fish that's been following severely diminishes. If you're finishing slightly upstream turn your rod tip w/ the current and increase your retrieve to induce a panic strike from a follower.
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Quarter casting like was mentioned above it definitely the ticket. You really don't want to be bringing the lure back direct against or with the current. Cast at a 45 degree angle upstream, follow your lure with your rod tip while retrieving and you'll eventually be facing 45 degrees or so downstream once you've finished your retrieval.
Oh it matters ...big time!
I've been a long-time white water paddler and reading rivers is one of the strengths that transfers over to fishing really well. Put yourself in the brain-space (or "instinct-space", whatever... ) of the fish: You want to sit where you expend as little effort as possible with the highest likelihood of a tasty morsel coming your way. You want to do this in a spot where a bald eagle, heron, or an osprey is unlikely to see you.
Now look at the river with these goals in mind:
1) Food NEVER comes screaming upstream. The only time I'll be cranking a spoon, a roe bag, a fly or a worm upstream is in order to toss it further upstream.
2) Food mostly floats with the current. Present your bait well upstream where you think the fish are holding. If using a lure I'll crank just hard enough to impart some life-like action and keep slack out of the line. For flies, nymphs or live bait try to set up a drag-free drift with the current. You want your bait to move naturally ...as though there is no line attached to it. This is often harder than it sounds!
3) Look for structure such as: Downed trees, undercut banks, eddy-creating boulders, submerged or breaking the surface. These give the fish cover from predators and create perfect "lies" where fish will sit and wait to ambush prey coming from upstream.
Some species such as trout and salmon are VERY good at sitting in the tiniest micro eddies along the bottom without expending much energy. This is why you will often see them holding in fast moving runs of water, seemingly glued to the bottom.
Hope this helps ...and class dismissed
Edit: Daayum I'm a wordy bastard ...what those guys said. LOL
Last edited by Clean PG; 05-07-2012 at 08:08 AM.
I went fishing with a friend on Friday four about six hours and we ended up catching around fifteen white perch from a pier on the Chesapeake Bay. We threw five back because they were small in addition to three or four very young rockfish. One good size channel catfish got away right as it hit the surface.
I can't wait to go out next week but I'd rather catch something with a little more meat than perch!
The guy I went with, in addition to two other friends, may want to split the cost of a used jon boat. Hopefully that materializes and we can get out on some reservoirs