Pontoon Boats in Salt Water

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    Zach Matthews
    The Itinerant Angler

    Hey gents-

    Has anyone out there given pontoon boats in the surf or on the flats a try?

    I have seen a couple pictures of Dave Scadden boats, long, skinny ones as I remember, out in the waves and even on flats.

    I am in preliminary discussions with a saltwater magazine about an article on this (they saw a query for a sister publication and contacted me).

    #9761
    fly-boy
    Member

    Hey Zach,

    I would agree that a pontoon boat would be better in light surf, but I would use a kayak 100% of the time for flats and backwater fishing.

    #9762
    Bob RigginsBob Riggins
    Member

    I tried to post a long reply, however, it got lost somewhere, so I’ll give the condensed version.  Fly-boy hit most of the points.  I find in saltwater there are two reasons to go kayak rather than pontoon, one is speed and the other wind resistance.  Most of the time, I am chasing moving fish, so I have to be able to catch up with them,  kayaks are much faster (except in the instance below).  Also the wind is almost always blowing.  I would hate to be in a pontoon in a stiff offshore breeze.  Now that I’m used to it, I have no problem casting from a siting position in a kayak.  In fact, I usually use a sidearm cast.

    #9763
    Zach Matthews
    The Itinerant Angler

    Hahah!

    #9764
    Bob RigginsBob Riggins
    Member

    To be honest, I have an aversion to pontoon boats in saltwater.

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