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  • I am about to buy an inflatible boat for fishing. I fish alot of back-water spots and drainages....but I have no access to a tru

    I am about to buy an inflatible boat for fishing. I fish alot of back-water spots and drainages....but I have no access to a truck. So i figured this would be a good way to get around. I was looking at the "Fish Hunter" series found at gandermtn.com. My question is has anyone else used one of these types of boats? What is your opinions? Has anyone used this specific brand?

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    I have one for fishing small man made lakes in Kansas. It's not as convenient as a regular boat but man do I catch the fish. This boat is almost totally silent compared to my Aluminum boat and you sit lower on the water so fish don't see you as well.

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    • #3
      I HAVE ONE THAT I TAKE TO THE STRIP PITTS. BECAUSE OF THE FLEX BOTTOM OF THE BOAT I CUT 3/4 INCH PLYWOOD, SANDED THE EDGES AND FRAMED THE BOTTOM OF THE RAFT. PLACED A SMALL TROLL MOTOR IN BACK OF RAFT. ACTUALLY PLACED TWO LAWN CHAIRS IN THE RAFT SO I CAN SIT COMFORTABLY.

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      • #4
        I fished out of a FishCat 9 pontoon raft which I think is similar to the Fishhunter, it was/is a great boat. I just threw it on top of my car and strapped it down. Got a lot of weird looks on the freeway.
        They are great boats. I would stack 4-5 rods on the pontoons and use the gear bags straps to hold them down. With the fins you could slowly fish areas in complete silence. In a wind it was easier to deal with than my boat now because you could use the fins to back into the wind and control your drift with both hands free for fishing.
        You will have so much fun.
        Just make sure you get a quality model with tough pvc fabric to cover the tubes. Watch out for hooks and sharp things.
        There is nothing more exciting than having a fish flail around with trebles between your legs, it keeps you focused.

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        • #5
          I would recommend a kayak. You can car top them, they hold tons of gear and you cant puncture them and let the air out! I have a "sit in" kayak that I have rigged with a rod holder and a bag of rocks on a rope to keep me in place on the Potomac River where I fish. In the fall I cover it with camo blind material and have successfully killed geese from it. For about 650 dollars you can rig a nice boat. They are extremely agile compared to an inflatable raft. Think the difference between a motorcycle and a riding lawn mower! It has expanded my fishing and hunting opportunity ten fold. Nothing beats catching a big smallmouth and actually feeling her pull you around! You wont be disappointed if if you go with a kayak.

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          • #6
            You could get a Silver Marine Dinghy. It's an inflatable raft with removable floor boards and a motor mount. I like mine. If you really got some cash you could get an Avon. I love my Avon and I'm convinced there's no better raft in the world.

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            • #7
              I used to own that exact model, the fishunter...its a good raft for the money...

              last spring, I upgraded to the sea eagle 375c foldcat and its awesome! this boat offers great stability and provides a excellent platform for fishing and its SUPER tough...
              http://www.seaeagle.com/FoldCat.aspx

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              • #8
                I'm more of a belly boat guy. I got the Cabelas U-boat model on sale and have not been disappointed.

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                • #9
                  I was going to get the Fish Hunter also but then came across the FoldCat. With the Fish Hunter I'd have to buy the boat, boot, floor kit, motor mount and ors. That all adds up quite quickly and the FoldCat looks so much nicer to fish from anyway.. I'm thinking it might be better to save up for a used FoldCat 440.. Now if I could only find one!!

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                  • #10
                    Agreed with Del in KS and + 1 for you sir!!!

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