If fishing for you means a wide open sea, catching huge fish and using a heavy tackle, then offshore fishing is your activity of choice. However, this form of fishing is not without risks. In fact, it is more dangerous compared to shallow water or lake fishing. You need to be knowledgeable about weather patterns and navigation to go out there in the open waters. This is not to a fishing activity for beginners. Casting offshore also requires more skill and extra precautions such as carrying life vests on board.
Choosing a boat
Offshore boats are specialized so that they can brave all types of weather and water conditions that you may encounter in the open waters, therefore they are sturdier. Vessels that are worthy and capable of the open sea are quite luxurious. They include basic center consoles, plush quarters, cuddy cabins, single or twin outboards up to convertible or bluewater fishing machines, fancy salons, and powerful inboard diesel engines. Offshore fishing boats also differ in design and purpose and prices vary widely.
There is a lot of information that can be obtained on the Internet in choosing the right offshore boat that fits your budget. A lot of websites that specialize in fishing information and fishing boat retail provide pictures, specifications, prices, and contact information if you need to ask further questions. This allows you a wide range of options and product comparison when looking for offshore fishing boats.
Portable Fishing Boats
Portable fishing boats are a great way to access otherwise inaccessible water, as well as an extremely affordable option to the cost of high priced boats. So what do I mean when I use the term ‘portable fishing boat’? A portable fishing boat is a boat that can be easily transported from fishing spot to fishing spot without the need for anything like a trailer. This fact alone cuts the costs of these types of boats considerably.
When it comes to portable fishing boats the best options available are inflatable. Yes, I said inflatable, but I’m not referring to those boats that are used in pools and sold in Super centers throughout the world. The inflatable boats that I’m referring to are made by companies who do nothing but make inflatable boats. This means that they make quality inflatable boats that stand up to a ton of punishment.
Inflatable boats are the best option when it comes to portable fishing boats. There are many styles available from canoes and kayaks to inflatable pontoon boats. The fact that this style of boat is inflatable also makes them much more affordable than traditional boats. The key to a portable fishing boat is to purchase your boat from a quality manufacturer who stands behind their boats with things like money back guarantees, free trial periods, and/or free or discounted shipping options.
There are two main styles of portable inflatable fishing boats as I mentioned before. There is the canoe style inflatable fishing boat and the pontoon inflatable fishing boat. Both styles are great for different fishing situations. For example if largemouth bass fishing in lakes is the preferred fishing method, larger inflatable pontoons are probably the way to go. These portable fishing boats are great for many bass fishing situations.
On the other hand if river fishing for trout is the preferred fishing method, an inflatable kayak or canoe could be they way to go. Inflatable kayaks or canoes are a great way to fish small rivers and steams. These portable boats can be used in lake fishing situations as well. These boats are extremely lightweight and very easy to maneuver in the water.
The bottom line is that portable boats, whatever style is chosen, are an affordable alternative to high priced fishing boats. These boats also provide the owner with the ability to easily transport said boat from fishing spot to fishing spot without much of a problem.
As I said earlier, get your inflatable boat from a quality manufacturer and it will last for many years. I know I’ve personally had both of my portable fishing boats for more than 10 years without any problems.
Center Console Fishing Boats
The center console fishing boats consist of a spacious open deck area with a central control station that offers all-round fishability with the option to cast from almost any position on deck, and are a popular choice with the offshore anglers. These fishing boats can range in length from 15′ to 35′ and in most cases are trailerable.
Center consoles are available in a choice of hull configurations, such as deep-v, modified-V or cathedral bottom and constructed in either aluminum or fiberglass. To accommodate the needs of the angler these boats come equipped with a generous casting platform, a lighted bait well to keep the bait alive longer, a ice cooler to keep the fish, and mounted rod holders. With a capacity to hold a maximum of 4 to 8 passengers onboard, and due to the open deck, offers little in terms of protection in wet or breezy weather conditions.
Boston Whaler, Fisher, Tahoe, and Wellcraft all manufacturer a series of high-quality center consoles that offer outstanding fishing options, with plentiful storage space to conceal the fishing gear, and offers excellent maneuverability and performance to suit the angling activities.
Also, for the do-it-yourself enthusiast boat plans and kits are available to self-build a series of sturdy center consoles, such as a 23′ Key West sport fisherman to offer a spacious deck area for a gang of anglers to fish in comfort or a simple 16′ Power Dory that’s built in stitch and glue to give the easiest of construction methods.
Center console fishing boats are easy-to-trailer, operate on a single outboard engine, and often equally suited to inshore shallow waters as well as the more challenging offshore conditions.