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Old 26 August 2011, 09:58   #11
Country: USA
Town: San Diego
Make: zodiac futura mk2
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I had no problems fishing out of my PVC zodiac until one of my associates let his small catch flop on the tube with a treble hook in it's mouth. Two small pin holes resulted. Easy to patch but annoying. Don't get slack when pulling in smaller fish. Holes do happen.

Now I automatically call out "Don't hook the f'n boat" when anyone lands a fish. Heaven
forbid anyone gets crazy with my gaff landing a bigger fish!


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Old 27 August 2011, 22:25   #12
Country: Canada
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Originally Posted by squiddy View Post
Nice (GPS DSC enabled) handheld VHF there Pack Rat!

Same as mine!!
Mine too.

The low free board and stability of SIBs provide a real benefit when landing a fish as compared to a typical aluminum fishing boat. Organization is absolutely key with any activity that uses awkward gear in a small boat. Some trial and error will help you get things dialed in. There are some very handy accessories available that can really help keep gear orderly in a SIB.

Scotty has some very innovative items that work great with SIBs They have universal mounts (including a glue-on mount pad for inflatable tubes) that work with rod holders, cup holders electronics holders, You can be very innovative with all of this gear.

There is a rod holder that Scotty makes exclusively for Cabela's (not on the Scotty website) called the Quickdraw Cabelas Canada - Search Store. I use this style with a simple modification that works fantastically for keeping your rod secure while underway. I made this modification by drilling a couple of slightly ovalized holes on the bottom of the inner plastic cylinder & screwing down 2 small soft rubber stops onto the top side of the outer 1/2 cylinder (which the innner cylinder clicks into). I also added some very thin soft rubber padding to the inside top ofthe inner cylinder. When the inner cylinder clips into the outer 1/2 cylinder, the rubber stops protrude through the ovalized holes in the inner cylinder and press up against the handle of the rod. They push the rod handle against the padded ceiling of the inner cylinder and hold the rod very securely.

I found that one of my local dollar type stores sells telescoping medium weight carbon fiber rods that seem to work just as as well as the 1 & 2 piece fishing rods. They are extremely handy and make going from one spot to another very easy.

I usually keep the fish on a stringer in the water if anchored in one spot, or even if slowly trolling, then bring them inboard into a plastic box with water when on plane. I would imagine that there are some collapsible PVC containers that are rectangular in shape that might be more handy when not in use than a rigid plastic box.
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