Many anglers think that a fishing boat is something that they can’t afford, don’t need, or just don’t want to hassle with, but the truth of the matter is that there are small fishing boats out there that are affordable and effective and are something that should probably be considered. So what exactly is a small fishing boat? A small fishing is a boat that will comfortably seat from one to three anglers and requires a minimal investment compared to traditional fishing boats.
As a person who has been using this type of boat for more than twenty years, I have learned a thing or two about these boats and what they offer to the average angler. In this article I will outline the 3 most affordable and useful small fishing boats that I have used, so that you can consider adding one of them (or something similar) to your fishing arsenal.
- The Fish Cat 4 LCS – This is one of the best selling float tubes in the USA for good reason; it’s comfortable, you sit above the water for better casting distance and it is affordable. The Fish Cat 4-LCS has a foam seat and seat back, 2 big cargo pockets and an adjustable shipping apron for controlling your line if you are a fly fisherman. The Fish Cat 4 is priced at around $225 so it’s affordable for most any budget.
- The Sea Eagle Frameless Pontoon – Also called the “mean green fishing machine”, this unique small boat is perfect for one person who doesn’t want to go to the hassle of wearing waders and/or getting their legs wet. When it comes to small fishing boats this choice is probably the most versatile and maneuverable choice that there is. This ultra-portable boat weighs just 42 lbs., packs in a small bag, set up easily and can be rowed forward or backwards. Package prices range from $700-$999 so they require a bit of an investment, but will last you for many years of fishing.
- Sea Eagle Pro Angler – This small fishing boat is the “grandaddy” of all of the boats being outlined and can comfortable seat from 1-4 anglers. Most pontoon boats have a huge, metal frame with tons of parts. The FoldCat features a unique, patented Folding Frame design that assembles in 5 minutes making this boat a wonderfully portable fishing machine. Couple all of this with a free trial period and free shipping and the Pro Angler might just be the small fishing boat for you.
The bottom line is that fishing boats don’t have to be something that the average angler doesn’t have access to. Any of the aforementioned boats will make the average angler a very happy camper, without having to go into debt for the foreseeable future.