Has anyone used a raft for fishing? Owning a boat is an expensive and tedious task...but most of the best fishing is usually away from the banks/shore. Has anyone/does anyone use a raft for their regular fishing excursions?
Living in South Florida I see a lot of paddle boards and kayaks used for fishing...from shore to lakes. Don't really see rafts though. I figure a raft could give you a bit extra space for all the items for a days excursion. I like the idea of deflating, folding up, and throwing in the bed of my truck.I've toyed, off and on, with the idea of using a stand up paddle board for fishing. Have seen some pretty amazing rigs that were set up for this purpose.
Sweet setup! We run a Scadden dragonfly 2 person. We will be doing an Oregon loop coming up in 2 weeks but looks like the timing is off for rivers for steel or trout. Still packing a couple rods, no boat this trip.From my response to another thread regarding inflatable boats:
Out here in the Pacific Northwest we live by our Aluminum sleds and drift boats, but with most of my overlanding I find myself off grid, sometimes by several 10's of miles, so dragging a drifter or sled just isn't feasible. Being primarily a fly fisher these days, I set out to find a solid inflatable choice to accompany me on my overland excursions. After much research and a few test floats, I settled on an inflatable called the Fly Craft. It's 12' long and 48" wide, handles up to class 3 water and is an extremely low draft boat. Out here in the summers, rivers can get pretty low and this thing will float on 3-4" of water, so all of the headwaters of say the Clackamas, Rogue, Deschutes, Owayhee are perfect summer waters to tackle in this boat. I can portage this boat over trees and root wads super easy too which is often necessary out here. While not a cheap option because of its solid durability and features, it does only weigh about 100lbs and fully deflated, will pack into a standard Plano sportsmans' box (minus the seats). It will re-inflate the four seperate compartments within about 8 minutes all in using my ARB pump. This is an awesome fly fishing platform as well as any gear fishing you might want to do. What I love about it is that I can keep it inflated and strap it down to my roof rack while out n about. So if I find a particular "fishy" looking spot I can just rope it down to the water and hop in, row down river, try to land something, then go get my rig and rope it back up. At a 100lbs, I can manage it all myself.
I've been using a Scadden frameless pontoon for years Floated from Horseshoe Bend to Lees Ferry on the Colorado last monthHas anyone used a raft for fishing? Owning a boat is an expensive and tedious task...but most of the best fishing is usually away from the banks/shore. Has anyone/does anyone use a raft for their regular fishing excursions?
Lean to the side and let her rip. Or run ashore and go behind a tree.Kayaks are the best alternative to a boat. The next best thing may be a small Jon boat or gheenoe, but then you will want/need a trailer, and have to maintain a motor. Kayaks are light, low maintenance, and get about half a mile per bud light. The biggest problem I had with kayak fishing was figuring out the best way to pee.