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How A Frameless Pontoon Boat Will Help You Catch More Fish


About 10 years ago I had the pleasure of using a frameless pontoon boat for the first time, and my fishing life hasn't been the same since. A friend of mine came into town for a fishing trip that we had been planning. When he arrived, the first thing that he said to me was, "hey come over here I have something to show you." We walked around to the trunk of his car, he pushed the button on his key and the trunk popped open. "What do you think", he said? "I think you've got a couple of duffel bags in your trunk", I replied.

My friend then explained to me that the "duffel bags" were actually two inflatable boats, boats that we were going to use for the next few days of river fishing. You see, he and his wife (I was going to use his wife's boat) had purchased them a few months ago and loved them so much that now he now rarely went fishing without having his frameless pontoon boat along for the trip. He had to enlighten me as to what an inflate frameless pontoon boat was, but when he did I had to admit that I was intrigued.

What I learned was that the boats were basically "personal boats" that were inflatable, which makes them very lightweight and easy to transport from fishing spot to fishing spot. I'll admit that I wondered how it would be to fish from a personal boat, and I soon found out that it's easier than I would have imagined. I mean heck these things actually had floor boards in them that allowed us to stand up for casting and such. Then the morning came when I was going to get the opportunity to put my borrowed frameless pontoon boat into action on the river.

The river that we were fishing is what I like to call a "medium sized" river, the kind of river with deep runs, pools, and riffles that is rarely wider than say 150 feet across. The kind of river that can be waded and fished effectively just as long as the overgrowth along the banks doesn't make traversing up and or downstream too difficult. This is exactly the problem I encountered regularly on this particular river. There were areas of the river that were simply too deep to cross or the underbrush would become so thick that walking through it became an impossibility.

Well, I quickly found out that by using a personal pontoon boat, I was able to easily cruise down the river and when a good looking run or pool in the river presented itself, I could pull over, jump out of the boat and fish it. It was great and the areas of the river that I could now fish were virtually "untouched" by other fishermen and received very little fishing pressure. As you can imagine, this meant that the fishing was very good and after the first trip I was sold.

JRW Fishing.com ~ Quality products for fishermen from Northwest Montana
432 East Idaho, Suite #C251 Kalispell, MT 59901
email: tkugler@jrwfishing.com