Pugs, do you mean a big metal pontoon platform boat, or an inflatable, personal pontoon boat? I have one of the latter. Not difficult to start, and if you can find a lake to use it on, it's fun and I thought worthwhile. Used to use it more in the Midwest, not much since moving here, partially because some of the lakes I would like to use it on do not allow it, and mainly because I have a Sea Eagle 9 now.
I think he is talking about a float tube and a small pontoon boat such as a Hobie Float Cat. If that is the case......I have a float cat and Leigh, I assure you I can get into spots my bass boat can't even dream of. I prefer the pontoon boat because you are above the water not in it as in a tube. I can also get out instantly to either hold my place in current or fish more methodically. It is a great investment. For about 400 bucks, it will last forever, this one is not inflatable, therefore I don't worry about punctures, it weighs about 25lbs rigged out less a batery and trolling motor.....I've run mine with a 54lb thrust and let me tell you, you can water ski off the back of the damn thing. It is awesome and a great small water craft.
Thanks again guys.
Yes I was talking about something along the lines of a Hobie.
I work in Rockland and I'm about ten minutes from Harriman State Park. I could use that and be on the water by five pm and not have to worry about the storage and hassle of a boat.
Their's a lot of water out there and many small coves to slip into.
Thanks, I will start my research.
Don't mean to be a wet blanket, but I'm not sure regs allow float tubes, pontoons, inflatables on the Harriman lakes. At least not on all of them. Anybody know? I'm curious for myself as well for next year.
I don't think tubes or toons will fly on Harriman. The Reservoirs are definetly out. Its a worthwhile method if you can find the right spots. I have a tube, but if I were to buy again I'd go for the toon unless you need the ultimate in stealth or have to pack it a distance. Caught my largest black bass out of a tube.
For river running, it'll handle some pretty exciting water, class 3 or 4, I'm told, is no problem.
In addition, the thing is bullet proof as far as tipping goes.
Modifications I would make before fishing is extra storage straps and clips and a rotating 'bass-chair' seat. A MUST!! over the 'lawn chair'. Also, add a drag chain w/ pulley set up behind the boat (or for lakes an anchor).
Downfalls, paddling. Wouldn't want to be doing a float with the wind in your face.
Upside is sheer, unadulterated comfort.
Oh, if you're the front pax in a 1220, then prepare to get a bit wet.
Hey everyone, Thought I would resurrect this thread. I know Canopus Lake (on Rte 301) and Stillwater Pond ( southbound side of Taconic State Parkway south of Rte 301) allow inflatables over 6 feet and multi chambered. I'm going to try to sweet talk them into allowing my tube. They said to bring it up so they could check it out and give me a yea or nay. I'm praying it's yea. Has anyone found lakes in Rockland, Putnam, and Orange Counties to use tubes. They are real BIG out in Utah. www.bigfishtackle.com has extensive posts on both tubes and toons! Float Tube Fishing forum had over 3500 threads and over 35000 posts on tubing and tooning. I don't understand why NY is so contrary. Jeeez, I'm willing to buy a boat permit, just let me use it. Tight lines and bouncing rod tips to all of you. Bob
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