Kayak, canoe or pontoon best for all around fishing?

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pontoon followed by kayak.
canoes are very tippy.
you have a lower center of gravity in a kayak making it slightly better, however the multiple bladders on a pontoon make it more stable than the other 2 crafts..

for the widest range of use I suggest a pontoon.
 
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i am in the same figurative boat as fishndad... but theres 2 of us. my better half wants a kayak- but after a bit of reading i am wondering about the pontoons. oh God, so much to learn and know and explore.

is there a wide world of difference between kayak or pontoon manufacturers?

for rookies which between the pontoon or kayak? we're in our late 30's but act like 12 year olds.

are there 2 person pontoons? are they comfortable and good for fishing?

hoping to learn something new today so i can sleep good tonight!
 
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There are a million options out there. I remembering one two person 'toon that separates into two separate 'toons.

Personally I'm a fan of Kayaks. I fished and crabbed from a cheap Old Town yak in the Puget Sound last summer. As much as I'd like some sort of small watercraft for my wife and I to take out together, I know we'd be happier in the long run being able to run side by side, or separate if so desired.

Pontoons are more stable they say (i have no reason to think they're not), and they're certainly capable of hauling more gear.
 
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Kayak, hands down not even a contest. I have a Old Town Dirigo Angler model.
It isn't tippy...it is designed to be a stable fishing platform as are all angler model kayaks.. I went fishing with a buddy who was in a pontoon and it was miserable..he fought the wind an current the entire time....I covered more fishing water that he would cover in a week...That was 2 trips ago with him...our last trip together was to try out his new angler kayak.
My kayak has an anchor system that will stop the boat wherever you want.. very nice for rivers and streams...
my suggestion would be to rent a pontoon and angler kayak and try it out. I would bet money that you would buy a kayak.

Also, unless you have a way to transport a pontoon ready to go....a guy in a kayalk will have been fishing for 30 minutes before you get in the water. I think the only time I would prefer a pontoon would be if I was doing an overnight float trip down a river and need to carry food and provisions.
 
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Pontoons can backtroll, sidedrift, and you also have the option of mounting a motor where a Kayak is not able to do either, or mount a motor.. Kayaks cover far more water, much more esaily under human power absolutely! I have such good luck, hooking and fighting fish, being able to control the speed, and direction of my drifts with the two tiller handles you have on a 'toon. It is going to be personal preference. Like how much stuff do you bring to fish, and how are you going to be primarily targeting fish. All things considered, just having a floating device will open up new worlds to you.
 
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ArcticAmoeba is makes some really good points although,
I can back troll with my kayak...I just have to put the rod in the rod holder..
He is right about side drifting and the motors..

I was curious if any of you pontooners have ever been out on a body of water and started loosing air pressure in one of those tubes?
 
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Really, you backtroll a 'yak! That would certainly be something to learn! I have a little Dagger, and it has a side mount for my rod holder, so I might have to fiddle around and get used to back paddlin that little guy. I have lost air pressure completely on two occasions, and the one full bladder held me, and all my crap up just fine. Had to straddle the one good side, and used the disconnectable blade of my oar to paddle back...but it worked out. And one time I was out on Lake Merwin. I got towed out by a buds little craft, and started to troll around and got into a pod of fish. Hours went by, and I lost track of time, and my fishing party. Full stringer over the side, and straddled the 'toon, once again! But this time I didn't even try to paddle back. I just let the wind blow me towords the groups of boats, and gave a guy a dozen proven killer, dodger rigs, and a bunch of wedding rings to tow me back to the launch! But both occasions were pretty abrupt losses of pressure. Both times it was a valve failure. Where the bladder connects to the cover, at the valve. But air loss from the temperature coolin off, or elevation changes, or slow leaks are much easier to manage. Even on a river you have enough time to asess the situation, and bank it if necessary, or just quit fishin, and float down to the take out, before you lose too much air. Osmosis just got a new carpet, and his has two bladders per 'toon I believe. So it is ready to get abused! And evenif one whole bladder goes down, it would still float you just fine. My next 'toon has a custom frame in its infancy stage as we speak, and I looked into having 9'6" toons built, with dual bladders. The toons will only cost 175 per side. So for the money I would want something ready to hit the Upper Clack's class III's! But I guess thats why I got that little Dagger... Ya know... You really can't have enough fishin/boating related crap can you!:rolleyes::lol:
 
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Really, you backtroll a 'yak! That would certainly be something to learn! I have a little Dagger, and it has a side mount for my rod holder, so I might have to fiddle around and get used to back paddlin that little guy. I have lost air pressure completely on two occasions, and the one full bladder held me, and all my crap up just fine. Had to straddle the one good side, and used the disconnectable blade of my oar to paddle back...but it worked out. And one time I was out on Lake Merwin. I got towed out by a buds little craft, and started to troll around and got into a pod of fish. Hours went by, and I lost track of time, and my fishing party. Full stringer over the side, and straddled the 'toon, once again! But this time I didn't even try to paddle back. I just let the wind blow me towords the groups of boats, and gave a guy a dozen proven killer, dodger rigs, and a bunch of wedding rings to tow me back to the launch! But both occasions were pretty abrupt losses of pressure. Both times it was a valve failure. Where the bladder connects to the cover, at the valve. But air loss from the temperature coolin off, or elevation changes, or slow leaks are much easier to manage. Even on a river you have enough time to asess the situation, and bank it if necessary, or just quit fishin, and float down to the take out, before you lose too much air. Osmosis just got a new carpet, and his has two bladders per 'toon I believe. So it is ready to get abused! And evenif one whole bladder goes down, it would still float you just fine. My next 'toon has a custom frame in its infancy stage as we speak, and I looked into having 9'6" toons built, with dual bladders. The toons will only cost 175 per side. So for the money I would want something ready to hit the Upper Clack's class III's! But I guess thats why I got that little Dagger... Ya know... You really can't have enough fishin/boating related crap can you!:rolleyes::lol:


Cool post!:D I can just picture ya out there deciding which tackle you were willing to trade for a tow back in!:lol:
 
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AA i completely agree with not being able to have enough crap. we have our big boat- which we'd like to sell; just got a small 12' valco trolling motor and oars only. and now looking for more... its a sickness i tell ya!!!
 
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oh, what about inflatable kayaks? my girlfried thinks hooks and inflatable dont go together. i found one for what i think is CHEAP. what are your thoughts?
 
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oh, what about inflatable kayaks? my girlfried thinks hooks and inflatable dont go together. i found one for what i think is CHEAP. what are your thoughts?

I think I agree with the girlfriend. air boat + hooks = Titanic

That is just my guess though.
 
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we saw one a Mokai on Craigslist i think. we were very intrigued
 
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i just joined the NWKA forums lately... holy S what a TON of info for kayak fishing... I'm eagerly wishing on a paycheck (guess i should find a job!) to take part. Kayak fishers here in OR, WA, BC, and AK!


Yake - is that Pacific City?
 
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Kayaks are pretty fun! Even though I don't fish from my 'Lil Dagger Wagon! Hahaha! Nice fish man. One thing I would like to do more of, is 'yak fish the bays around the coast, and up in WA for the Winter "Blackmouth" fishery! Here is AK Chinook slayin. After a hard days work, we get towed around the inlet! These were a slick set-up. Good times on kayaks for sure!

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