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River Pontoon Boats

Many trout fishermen, especially if they prefer to fish in rivers, never consider that a boat can or should be used when fishing for trout, but the fact of the matter is that they probably should. In this article I am going to outline a few river pontoon boats so that you can become more familiar with some of the boat choices available to river trout angler. Just because you enjoy fishing for trout in a river doesn't mean that a small pontoon boat couldn't serve you well.

Below I will outline a pair of river pontoon boats that we at JRWfishing use and know how helpful and effective they both can be when it comes to the act of river fishing. They are each a little different and each have their good and not so good points, but are nonetheless among the best trout fishing boats that we have ever come across.

  1. The SeaEagle Frameless Pontoon - There is little doubt that this is one of the most unique and effective river pontoon boats that you will ever be introduced to. While most small pontoon boats require you to have your legs hanging in the water, with the SeaEagle frameless pontoon, this is not the case. You actually sit inside of this miniature boat and can stand and fish as necessary. That or you can do as we do and cruise down the river and stop at all of the good looking area's, get out of the boat and fish the stretch of river thoroughly. This ultra-portable boat weighs just 42 lbs., packs in a small bag, and can be rowed forward or backwards easily. The other cool thing about this river pontoon is that it has no frame and can be set up in less than 10 minutes.
  2. Creek Company Sport LT Pontoon - This boat is a traditional "river pontoon boat" and has a more economical price tag than the frameless pontoon. This boat serves the purpose very well and makes for a great river fishing boat, however is does require that your legs hang in the water (which truth be told isn't a problem for many river fishermen). Since this pontoon boat has an aluminum frame, you don't want to be setting it up and dissembling it very often, but if you keep it assembled (as we do) is works quite well, We prefer to just throw assembled boats in the back of the pickup and go to out intended river. The 8-ft.-long, 16"-diameter pontoons increase stability in the water and have heavy-duty nylon covers with abrasion-resistant PVC bottoms. All in all the Sport LT is an excellent river fishing pontoon for the money.

The two boats listed above both make excellent river pontoon boats and either one would be a welcomed addition to any serious trout fisherman’s repertoire. As I said, we use or have used both, and they both serve the purpose quite well and open up many areas of the river that would otherwise go "un-fished".

 

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