Fishing boats add new features to old designs

They continue to get more stable, maneuverable, comfortable and spacious.

pzimowsky@idahostatesman.comFebruary 27, 2014 

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Fishing’s getting pretty personal — as in personal fishing craft.

Innovations rise to the surface every year as boat builders figure out new ways to make it easier to stand up and cast, store fishing gear and get to those hard-to-reach hot fishing spots.

Fishing kayaks and pontoon-style boats have continually grown in popularity over the decade, and the combinations of boat design and accessories are as mind boggling as trying to get a stubborn largemouth to hit a spinnerbait.

The industry continues to expand, and in many cases has dropped the name fishing kayak and substituted personal fishing craft.

“Kayaks can scare people off,” said Chuck Cremer, owner of Alpenglow Mountainsport in Boise.

Even though a lot of the fishing boats look like kayaks, they are more stable, so you don’t have to worry about doing an Eskimo roll or wet exit as in whitewater kayaks.

The stability, comfortable seats, and the fact that you don’t need a motor or trailer make them very attractive for anglers, said Cremer.

“A lot have a seating system like a lawn chair instead of sitting down inside the kayak,” said Cremer. “You’re not sitting in a puddle of water.”

The boats also allow anglers to get places where they can’t on foot or with a motor boat.

Smaller, fishing-specific pontoon boats and variations in float tubes are continually surfacing on the scene.

There’s even one that looks like a cross between a float tube and stand-up paddle board.

Check out these hot, catchy boats floating around.

Pete Zimowsky: 377-6445, Twitter: @Zimosoutdoors

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