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5 Ideas for a Fisherman’s First Boat

Author: Discover Boating

woman salmon kayak alaskaWhen fishing from the dock doesn’t satisfy anymore, it’s time to take it offshore. Oftentimes, a small fishing boat is the first vessel an angler will purchase. If you’re ready to start taking your fishing game to the next level, we have five suggestions for your first vessel below.

Fishing Kayak

Fishing kayaks are a great and affordable entry level fishing boat. These kayaks are specially designed with the angler in mind and come with rod holders and plenty of storage compartments to fit bait, tackle and more. The one drawback to these are that they can only be used for rivers and small bays.

Aluminum Fishing Boats

For an angler that just wants to get on the water in a small freshwater lake at the cottage or cabin, this is the most affordable way to own your first boat. Sometimes referred to as a “Jon Boat,” aluminum fishing boats are lightweight, durable and usually quite simple to operate. The price point for these boats generally low because there is no steering control aside from the tiller of the outboard motor.

All Purpose Fishing Boats

All purpose fishing boats can be used in both salt and freshwater. They have a steering system, a helm and are versatile enough to go after many species of fish. With the addition of a trolling motor, this is a perfect all-around fishing vessel for any angler, not just beginners.

Flats Boats

Bay or Flats boats are designed specifically to get traverse shallow saltwater in search of species like bonefish, redfish and others. They can run in water as shallow as two feet deep. Most have a platform over the outboard motor to allow navigation using a pole, allowing maneuverability in the shallowest of water

Fish and Ski

Want a boat that is useful for fishing trips but also fun for the family? Fish and ski boats bridge this gap. There is ample seating that can be rearranged depending on the activity for the day, space for a trolling motor and a tow pole.  From livewells to sunpads, this boat is fun for a day of watersports or trolling for bass.

2 thoughts on “5 Ideas for a Fisherman’s First Boat

  1. Natalie Darcy

    I’ve recently been interested in getting a fishing boat. I’ve only ever been fishing with friends, but I’ve found that I really enjoy it; I’d like to get a boat of my own. I wanted something that is easy to store and transport, but still very functional. I never considered using a fishing kayak, that is actually a great option for me! Thanks for the helpful tips!

  2. Lauren Woodley

    One of my favorite memories from growing up was going fishing with my dad. Now that I have grown up and have a family of my own, I want to buy my own fishing boat and continue the tradition with my own kids. That being said, the suggestion you give to get a Fish and Ski boat was helpful because it seems to be a really great option to ensure that the whole family is having a good time. As you say, there is ample seating and it allows you to participate in water sports in addition to fishing. I will definitely consider this option for my family. Thank you for sharing!


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