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Old 18 August 2011, 11:52   #1
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Fishing from a sib

What are the experiences of fishing from a sib?How likely am I to puncture the tubes?I have a Yam 360s with wooden floor panels.Is it worth blunting the hooks with a file?Fish flesh is less tough than the PVC.What is the best tackle, rod or handline?
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Old 18 August 2011, 12:15   #2
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It works well. Use a short boat rod, keep the hooks sharp, land your rig/catch in a fishbox. Use a blunt tipped knife (diver's knife). If you're worried, keep a small roll of lino on a length of skirting board sized timber and rolll it over the tube you're fishing. It's not necessary though. The fish flapping in the box will cover the boat and you with blood and scales, so I keep a priest in the box to dispatch 'em quickly.
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Old 18 August 2011, 12:17   #3
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What are the experiences of fishing from a sib?How likely am I to puncture the tubes?I have a Yam 360s with wooden floor panels.Is it worth blunting the hooks with a file?Fish flesh is less tough than the PVC.What is the best tackle, rod or handline?
I have been fishing off sibs for years and had no probs,hard deck is better then an air one tho,as my weight and hook ,i got atleast some were to pace it down and not worry,just becarefull and use some savey
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I also fish off mine quite a lot (its main purpose) and it works perfectly. I do fly fishing, float, ledger, pike fishing-can have v.large lures- Id imagine it would be pretty hard to hook into it unless your really careless. Rods are best, i think longer rods are best for keeping your end tackle away from the boat, but they can be a pain if not stored correctly- getting in the way of feet etc. Which is why i plan to make or buy a couple of rod holders to keep the out the way.
I think Willk's idea of keeping a small roll of lino would work great if your worried. Otherwise, as long as you dont do anything dumb you'll have nothing to worry about. I also have to say, you really do need to be organised.. Have one box with all your tackle in and youll be fine.
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Old 18 August 2011, 12:39   #5
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you really do need to be organised ,Spot on ,i even have GPS fishfinder and rod holders on my 2,70 sib,got a routine to get the anchor up as well,have caught double figure smoothounds,and skate,i love sib fishing.
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Yep i learnt that the hard way, went out with a really messy boat. It didnt ruin the day but it doesnt make things easy.
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As everyone has said ,think for me the main points are to keep rods and tackle simple and to have a box or bucket where the fish can be landed into that way its not going to flap about and make a mess and theres less chance of a hook from a trace getting sticking into the boat .
one thing about an inflatable your near the water so in most cases you wont need gaffs or landing nets ,,,last year we had a bull seal chomp through the line and fish that my lad was landing ,talk about a fright ,straight up from the depths , brushed past me hand took the fish and line then went ,thing is it wasent much shorter than the boat .
made a Rottwieller dog look like bambi .
another lad from our club had one jump on the back of his boat and it bit the end off his rod.
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I've decided to go with single hooks only since barbs seem to snag anything if they touch it.



I also limit the number of lures I bring and where they go. I velcroed a waterproof box on top of one of my cat litter pails which sit in a milk crate.





I'm still tweaking my space. Here's a Youtube video. Obviously I need to get rid of half the stuff I'm taking out...but the name of the boat is "PACK RAT" afterall heh, heh.

P8130014.AVI - YouTube
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I have one of those clear boxes - a friend brought it back from the States - it's handy for personal bits and bobs 'cos you can see what's in it. The hinge pins aren't stainless though

It looks like you have put a lot of thought into the packing of Pack Rat - do me a favour please and pop a couple of pics on this thread - it might be useful for someone else

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Nice (GPS DSC enabled) handheld VHF there Pack Rat!

Same as mine!!
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