Float tube, inflatable raft or inflatable kayak for fishing which would you prefer?

i want to buy some type of inflatable boat since i dont really have good storage space for a kayak, not sure what though. i probably will use it on a couple lakes that are around 100-200 acres and pending on mobility and my comfort maybe try it out on a 6000 acre reservoir. -float tubes look cool, but are probably more water temperature dependant and look like it would be difficult to keep fish with. also, how fast are they? are they easy to cover distances in? -inflatable kayaks also would lack places to keep fish, and i would have to get it registered in my state due to the length which might be a p-i-t-a. -rafts look appealing to me since i could keep a bucket in it and not get wet in cooler months, but how mobile are they? looks like rowing might be kind of slow with those. can you cover significant distances?

any input or experience with any of these things would be appreciated, thanks


how well does the seahawk row without the motor? can you travel maybe a half a mile or so in it pretty readily?

also for the float tube guys, do you catch and release or keep fish? if you keep fish, where/how do you keep them on those things?

7 Answers

  • 9 years ago
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    I own a pair of U-boat floattubes (Caddis), a bass boat and a canoe. I fish most of the small impoundments (under 50 acres) in a float tube or canoe.

    Inflatable rafts have limited fishing utility. I'm not a big inflatable kayak guy, they have little of the ability of a hard boat, and none of the fun of a float tube...

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago


    Source(s): Boat Plans http://renditl.info/BoatProjects
  • ?
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    Fishing is an active sport. You are always moving about. A standard rowboat is the best platform I know of to fish from. Next best is a canoe. I vote against any inflatable because they are not rigid. I used canoes to get to a 'sweet spot' on the Wolf River, exited the canoe, and then waded about fly fishing. I have used canoes in small lakes. You can set your canoe with either an anchor or a pole set in the lake bottom. Inquire at marine dealers about used canoes.

  • 9 years ago

    Float tubes, hands down.

    Fishing from one will be the most fun you've ever had, and even better if you catch fish. Imagine being pulled around in a tube by a 44 1/2 carp for 2 1/2 hours... AWESOME.

    Source(s): -B
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  • paul z
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    The raft has the most use,but not for huge water,as they can pop,and you'll drown if you're way out from land.float tubes are for shallow ponds with no big boat traffic,as you'll get swamped when the wake comes over you.you can't be far from land with these either.

  • Mike
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    I have an Intex Seahawk II with a 30# Minn-Kota trolling motor. Gets me off the shore at least and fits in the back of my car. It's actually really stable and I've yet to have a single puncture. I plan on making a wood floor for it so I can stand in it easier. Also a wood bench and swivel seat.






  • 9 years ago

    float tube of course. in colder weather, you just wear a pair of chest waders. even the thinner .3 neoprene will keep you toasty.

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