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  • Profile photo of SteelMoodSteelMood
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    #5264 |

    New member . . . . Long time guest, figured it is about time I register!

    Looking into purchasing a pontoon boat for the summer bass fishing.

    Anyone out there have any recomendations? Primarily will be used in river, bruce/grey region.

    Also is it worth it? Or should I stick with park and wade?

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    #47035 |

    Hiya!

    A pontoon gets you to pools that you often can’t get to on foot. One does have to look after stuff like getting back to the car, transport and storage. as with any water craft. Advantage of a pontoon is that it can be taken down for this.

    I don’t know your water, but a pontoon handy ’cause it draughts very little water. Fully loaded, my 3 man needs about 3 inches.

    A little text I did on mine after a season of use:
    http://sites.google.com/site/fishingthestemargueriteproject/Home/new-for-2009/outlaw-review

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    #47037 |

    I was interested in a pontoon few years ago for a few smaller bass lakes I wanted to explore, but in the end I ended up picking up a float tube…..less expensive, less set up time, less cumbersome, and less guilt if you find yourself not using it.

    I do like how the toons sit you higher in the water, but for the amt of time I spend searching for bass, it seems to have been the right choice for me…..I suppose it all depends on what you intentions are.

    Good luck

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    #47038 |

    I have a U-float tube too. Had it for nearly 15 years … It’s just fine for the still water I used to do.

    Since SteelMood mentioned it is for mostly river fishing, I cannot recommend a float tube, … the traditional float tubes are just not designer for moving water.

    The new(er) frameless pontoons may be pretty close to the practicality of the traditional float tubes. I like a Toon, because i’m not in the water (warmer for my old bones) and I can stand up. I also come down some pretty technical water on occasion.

    It all depends on the principal type of fishing/water we need a water craft for.

    Profile photo of imported_Rob OReillyRob OReilly
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    #47057 |

    Email sent! 😉

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    #47058 |

    PM sent 😉

    Profile photo of imported_Rob OReillyRob OReilly
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    #47060 |

    Sorry Chris, the email was sent to SteelMood. 🙂

    Profile photo of dryflywatersdryflywaters
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    #47228 |

    I just saw a new personal pontoon with hard pontoons. It looked like a good option. I think it was made by Venture Outdoors. It would eliminate the “blow up” time – but takes up more space.

    Profile photo of BoyscoutBoyscout
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    #47430 |

    I do a lot of river bass fishing. There is nothing better than a toon as long as the water flows quickly. You sit up high, you can do class 3 without breaking a sweat, and it’s just fun! However, if you get on a 2 mile stretch of really slow water and you have a 15 MPH headwind…that toon is going to break your heart. I don’t know your water but many of the rivers I fish have long slow stretches and we have headwinds most of the time.

    If your rivers are always moving…get a toon! Again, nothing is easier to fish out of. If your rivers have slow sections and you do some ponds/lakes, get a solo canoe or a kayak.

    I use a Old Town Pack, use a double blade kayak paddle, and fish any water except for class 3 stuff (could always portage), big lakes (power boat wakes), or salt water. I have fished lakes in winds so high I almost couldn’t cast and could still paddle back to the car. Couple of years ago I floated a very slow river with a freind in a toon and I had to wait hours for him to catch up while he anchored to keep from going back upstream.

    Good luck with your choice. No boat is perfect. Best to have a toon, canoe, and kayak…and a jon boat and a bass boat and a flats boat and a…wish I was rich! Whatever boat you get, nothing like floating down the river accessing water you never could if only wading.

    Profile photo of Rob HealRob Heal
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    #47431 |

    I don’t know where they are but there are a couple of good pontoon threads on the site from the last year or so.

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