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Old 05-13-2012, 07:51 PM
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Hello everyone my name is chris i reside in nj. I fish both fresh an saltwater, no trout thought just not into it, anyhow i have a question on boating. I am wondering if anyone could give me any advise on pontoon boats. I have always casted standed up. So basically i dont know if im better off with the pontoon,kayak or just a flat bottom aluminum boat. I know its a vague question just trying to get personal information.
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Old 05-13-2012, 08:59 PM
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If I was going to buy a stand up fishing yak for fresh & salt, my first choice would be the Freedom Hawk Pathfinder. It has a fold-out outrigger system, and an H-bar. Plus, it is a SOT so it has the scuppers that you will need for any surf situations.

I ALMOST bought that, but since I don't have any surf wear I live, I opted for a Native Ultimate 14.5 for the packability that it offers(Since I do a few BWCA trips a year).





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Old 05-14-2012, 05:48 AM
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Thanks alot ted i will mainly be using this for lakes but ya neer know could just decide to hit the bay with it. I appreciate ur answer very much.
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Old 05-14-2012, 09:54 PM
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There are several companies that make pontoons with a stand up platform. Some are stationary other slide under your seat and slide foward when you want it. Right now on ebay there is a bucks bag henerys fork which is a top of the line boat with standing platform. Bucks makes a great product. Also you want pontoons about 10 ft for stability and a good anchor system. Skookum makes the steelheader but i think that is over kill since you will be using it on lakes
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Engraved, my 2 cents would be have a good look at several SOT (sit on top) yaks. I have many friends that do NJ shore fishing, rivers and lakes. They all opt for a sit on top yak. Like Ted said they have scupper holes and the scuppers can be plugged for lakes. I have a Tarpon SOT 120, a Vagabond solo canoe, and a Scadden Assault. I really like using all of these, but if I could only have one and I was doing mostly lakes where I had to cover some distance once in a while and an off chance I would use it in the bay or ocean, I would have to pick up a SOT yak.
Just lakes, I would get a solo canoe.
Just rivers and smaller lakes or ponds, I would do the Assault.
That said, a yak can cover all water mentioned, but it is much more fun to have several boats to play around in.

Standing to cast? I never found the need. I fly fish and found your low profile on the water seldom spooks the fish. I once asked if I should get a longer fly rod since I was going to be sitting and fly fishing. I got a good reply from someone...you don't need a longer fly rod, you need some casting lessons. Turned out to be true. You don't seem to need to cast as far when you can float right up to the places you want to fish either.

Ok, these are just my opinions...but I think everyone will tell you to try a boat before you buy it. Good luck.
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Old 07-10-2012, 03:40 PM
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I have the 10' 6" Outlaw X5 by North Fork Outdoors. Has one of the largest standing deck for a boat it's size and the U shape makes it stable as all get out. Aluminum frame. Lighter than most Pontoons of it's size. Choice of rear deck size.
I don't stand often, but I can, and that is important. There are times I do sight fish and the deck is a big plus, however, I have tried to stand on my Assault as well...LOL

You don't have to use the slide out standing deck, but it is there is you do.
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Plus 1 for kayaks. I have a sit in side that I cannot stand on yet I still manage decent casts unless I try and overpower it. The Freedom Hawk boats are incredible. As far as stability goes you can't beat it. The freedom hawk also can hold a trolling motor, with that addition it is just as fast and stable as a jon boat.
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I'm all for pontoons if you're fly fishing. Unlike with canoes and kayaks, you never have to swap the fly rod for an oar or paddle with every little current or wind change. You also very rarely if ever have to worry about capsizing and losing your gear. Bags on each side stash everything you might need at hand and the rear deck can carry coolers, tents and camping gear.
The slide-away casting deck/lean bar is the bomb for sight fishing. I can now see fish I rowed over and spooked in the past. One of the rivers I float a lot has rock ledges where the big-dawg smallmouth hang out. I can see them now and not have to settle for the sure-thing dinks that always hang out on the shore line.
Getting in and out of a 'toon is a snap. Just stand up when water depth permits and sit down when you're done.
If I know I'm going to cover distance a small, electric trolling motor get it rolling scary fast. I hook that to a small wheelchair battery to keep the weight down plus it's a sealed battery so acid damage isn't an issue.
As for modern types I'm not too up on what's out there. Mine is a Scadden Skykomish that I'm tickled with after going through JW Outfitters and Bucks Bags models.
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