Many spin fishing trout fishermen never consider using a boat while they are fishing for trout and this is a big mistake. Let’s face it, fly fishermen have been using trout fishing boats for years because they are effective, so why is it that spin fishermen don’t feel the same way? I’m not sure of the answer to this question, but what I do know is that these fishermen should stop feeling this way sooner, and begin to realize just how helpful a trout fishing boat can be. Below I will outline a few of these reasons along with a few boats that I personally use when fishing for trout, so that spin fishermen can make a more informed decision when it comes to fishing boats that are used when fishing for trout.
I was fishing for trout in a small lake about ten years ago when I watched a pair of fly fishermen propel themselves around the same lake that I was fishing and catch multiple rainbow trout while I was confined to the bank and only managed to catch one trout in the same amount of time. This made me think, “why is it that you couldn’t use a similar boat when you are trout fishing?” I realized that there was no reason and within a few months I was the proud owner of me very own personal fishing boat.
So, in the past 15 or so years I have used a variety of personal fishing boats and have found that the two that I’m about to mention, stand out above all the others when it comes to using then while trout fishing. So, whether you prefer to fish for trout in lakes or ponds or prefer to fish in the flowing waters of a river (this is my favorite method) any of the following personal fishing boat choices would serve you well.
- 285fpb Frameless Pontoon – This unique fishing boat is great for trout fishing no matter what your favorite type of water is. Shooting down a river or paddling around you favorite lake in search of trout isn’t a problem with this trout fishing boat. The boat weighs in at just 42 pounds and because there is no cumbersome frame, the boat can be easily transported from fishing spot to fishing spot. It’s manufactured with 1000 denier hull material that is incredibly durable and stands up to a ton of punishment. When it comes to trout fishing boats the 285fpb is my #1 choice.
- Fish Cat 9 – This boat is more of a “traditional” trout fishing boat. This 9-ft. pontoon ensures a solid foundation for casting, along with the ability to navigate choppy waters. The extra size accommodates plenty of gear without sacrificing portability. This is a great boat, but because of the frame, it’s a bit less portable than the frameless pontoon. If you have a truck, this isn’t a problem once the boat is initially assembled, but is also something that some anglers find annoying. All in all, the Fish Cat 9 makes a great trout fishing boat and has served me well over the years.
When it comes to a boat for the spin fishing trout fisherman either of the above choices are great options. As I said I have access to both of these boats and they have both served me well for many trout fishing seasons. In my experience you can’t go wrong with either choice when it comes to trout fishing.