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    Default rigid mini pontoon

    Does anyone hear have one of these mini pontoons like Cabelas sells? The pontoons are solid so no inflating needed. They'll fit into the back of a full sized pickup fully assembled. Since I just sold my canoe, I'm thinking about one of these or a kayak for my next purchase. I'm just not sure which way to go, if either. It would be for small lakes or large ponds. Pros or cons of either?

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    i assume you are talking about the two models from venture outdoors? i have not used these, but i have fished out of a one similar to the smaller model. i would recommend a pontoon over a kayak for fishing simply because it's hard to fish while paddling. the larger pontoon has oars but you can also use fins to kick it around. i usually fish out of a float tube and found the only drawback to the solid pontoon was the higher profile. it required more effort to maintain position and fin back to the beach. one advantage of the higher seat was less exposure to the near freezing water. milt. ever had a tony's pizza?

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    Yep Milt, that's the one. My buddy was thinking about getting one and putting a trolling motor on it.

    I've gone thru a few Tony's pizzas in my days.

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    i'm originally from nw iowa, straight south of you. i've also been eyeing those pontoons. they also make an inflatable pontoon, but cabela's doesn't carry it. i saw it on the v.o. website. it would probably be easier to mount a trolling motor on the larger model... plus the extra weight of the battery. the problem out here is the powers that be will classify me as a motorized craft and require registration and fees. $$$. i remember seeing one of these pontoons on fatwallet.com. milt.

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    Joni and I've had the Venture Outdoors Echo which was the inflatable version. Great little boat. Sold them this spring. It's a small but good company.
    Life is not like a bowl of cherries. It's more like a jar of ghost peppers. What you eat today might burn your ass tomorrow...

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    Default Re: rigid mini pontoon

    i also saw a version somewhere that looked like it was made of that pool toy material, probably an older model. like a semi-rigid toon.

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    Im not trying to be contrary here but those toons look to be poorly assembled... especially the 5 foot model... looks like it has big plastic twist "screws" on the sides to hold thing together... not sure how safe that would be...

    VO pontoons

    and tbh that is surprising .. Ive seen detailed picutres of the echo that mojo and fg sold and it was an awesome looking rig...

    for the money you could get a hobie float cat 60 or 75 (6' or 7.5') ... Ive seen the six foot model and it is rock solid.. and the guy who owned was all over the place in that rig... lightweight.. fits in the truck bed.. no need to inflate or deflate the toons... etc...

    MacFly

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