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ADVERTISEMENT 2012 FISHING SPECIAL


8 Amazing Fishing Boats Choose the right vessel for the fish you’re after!


Sure, you can catch lots of fish from shore, but a boat is like a really long and accurate cast: It helps you reach more fish. In a boat, you can visit inaccessible areas of the river, pond or lake. You can cover a lot more area than you can walking the shoreline, and you get spots that don’t have much fishing pressure. Plus boating makes fishing even more fun. Here are some great fishing boats:


1 >> Fishing Kayak Kayaks made for fishing are terrific starter boats because they are inexpensive. They are ideal for silently sneaking into shallow coves and lily pad beds in lakes, but can also be used in rivers, bays, and even in the ocean. Features to look for: stability, paddle tie-downs, drink holders, and rod holders. With a rod holder, you can paddle and troll.


2 >> Canoe


Scouts have caught fish from canoes since the earliest days of the movement. Canoes are made from aluminum, Fiberglas, Kevlar, and Royalex. The most stable fishing canoes are 16- to 18-feet in length.


3 >> Inflatable


Lightweight, foldable, and easy to stow, these boats set up quickly. There are many styles, from dingies with inflatable bottoms to ridged-decked models with outboards.


4 >> Jon Boat This is a flat-bottomed rowboat with two to three bench seats. It’s usually


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5 >> Bass Boat Driven by powerful outboard motors, these are the speedy boats used by all the tournament bass anglers. They’re great for hunting panfish, too. What makes them unique is their flat deck, usually sporting swivel chairs that allow the angler to cast in any direction, and small electric trolling motor for silent maneuvering.


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6 >> Fish & Ski Boat This is a perfect boat for families because it seats many passengers and can be used for fishing and skiing, boarding, and tubing. Some come with a live well. Bowrider versions have a seating/ sunning area in front of the console that can be converted to a fishing platform with swivel seats.


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made of aluminum or wood. Boats of 12- to 20-feet can be outfitted with an outboard motor. Because the hull has no V to cut through waves, a jon boat is best for calm, flat water. But the low profile makes it ideal for venturing into fish-friendly shallows and coves.


8 8 >> Sportfishing Boat


Save your pennies. This big boy is what you need to stalk striped bass, marlin, and other big ocean fish. At 26- to 100-feet in length, these boats usually have fighting chairs, beds, a cooking galley, and outriggers for trolling.


7 >> Walkaround Boat Hook into a big salmon or striped bass, and you can actually walk around this boat from back to front while fighting it in. This is a great boat for family fishing in large bays, the Great Lakes, and even the ocean close to shore.


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