Salt Water Flats

Here, the inflatable boat you use it depends on how far you wish to travel from the point of put-in to the point of fishing. If you are going relatively short distances, you do not need a large inflatable sportboat with a large engine. This can make many things far easier. You do not need as big a boat, you do not need as big an engine and you will not use as much gas.

In some cases, you can row or paddle a few hundred feet offshore and eliminate the need for a motor altogether. This also may be a legal requirement in some areas (i.e. in some parts of the Everglades, you cannot used an outboard engine). This means you can consider a number of different inflatable types:

    1. Inflatable Sportboats – Use these where you need to go a relatively long distance or where you wish to get their FAST. Again, the comment made earlier regarding inflatable sportboats apply. Choose your boat and motor according to the number of people who are fishing and how fast and how far you wish to go.
    2. Inflatable Pontoon Fishing Boats – This type of boat is generally far lighter, takes smaller engines and is specifically rigged to go fishing. They are very stable, relatively light and capable of being used in shallow waters where many fish love to congregate.. However, most pontoon boats are made with a tubular frame system. This takes a very long time to assemble. Unless they use a “folding frame system”, which is far eaiser to take apart and put together, you must expect 45 minute or more assembly time. Also, most pontoon boats come with very little equipment whereas some come fully rigged ready to fish.
    3. Motormount Dinghies or Rafts – This kind of craft are very simple and inexpensive to use. They are also very suitable for a number of fishing conditions. One word of warning: they may not offer a boat specifically rigged for fishing and this may mean that you may have to make a number of rigging changes to get the boat so you can fish it the way you want.
    4. Kayaks – Kayak fishing has become increasingly popular around the country because fishermen love the “close to the water” feeling and the ability to get into the “skinny waters” where a lot of fish hide. It should again be noted that while almost any inflatable kayak can be fished, most are not pre-rigged for fishing.
      Some kayaks, however, offer swivel seats, motor mounts for gas or electric engines, fishing rods, etc. Also note, some inflatable kayaks allow you to sit up much higher where your field of vision is greater and where it is easier to cast your rod.

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