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Old 28 November 2001, 16:05   #1
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Oh Dear, I Might Get HOOKED!

Okay here goes,

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I fancy doing a bit of fishing from my little inflatable boat. I know that there are fish in the Moray Firth as all the locals do it. So I'll get myself a short rod etc. I'll go out into the sea and park up for a while and dangle my worm over the side. No problem so far.

Fish bites (well you never know) and I reel it in. Do we have the potential for a problem here? Do hooks and inflatable boats mix? Shall I stick to Dolphin spotting?

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It would seem to be a potential problem, but I reckon that it would actually be quite hard to puncture an inflatable with a fish hook.

That's not to say it couldn't be done (!), but with a little care you should be fine.

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Old 29 November 2001, 01:22   #3
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Keith,

There are more than two things that you have to be carefull.
First the hook and then the line. If you are lucky enough to catch a big fish you must be exta precautious not to let the line touch the tube as it moves. Because if it does, it cuts like razor when moving fast.
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Old 29 November 2001, 02:48   #4
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Keith

I have fished from many inflatables - from Navy Gemini's to little plastic blow up boats catching Mackerel off of Newquay harbour. So long as you take care there are no major worries - and if you get into any real difficulties you simply cut the line!

The biggest problem I have faced (especially mackerel fishing) is what to do with all the fish !
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Be careful...........

with your tubes and all will be well. We've fished from Yellow Tang on many occasion without any problems. Apart from actually catching fish of course. One memorable occasion we burned 60 of petrol to catch two mackeral. But they tasted so much better since we knew we'd caught 'em!

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Alan,

Had they that SPECIAL PETROL flavor when cooked ????
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Don't see any real problems in using rib/inflatable for fishing.
Providing youre pretty carefull where your hooks go, most tubes are pretty study. I think if you are going out with some hardened Sea Anglers they are used to plenty of deck space and being stood up. The group i once took with me ended up kneeling doing their casting.
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Hi there

Well it seems that it is okay. I just have to take a little care. It was mentioned to me by someone that I could drape a cutting of carpet over the tube on the side I was dangling my worm from. That sounds a good (and cheap) idea.

As Parahandy mentions fishermen seem to always stand up in their boats. I have certainly noticed this up in the Moray Firth outside my house. They stand up and have extentions to the tiller of the outboard. I've always wondered why they prefered to do this.

Well I've just realised why!

They don't have nice comfortable tubes to sit on like wot we do!

Poor sods, they don't know what they're missing. A rib or inflatable must make a much more stable platform for fishing etc.

Thanks for the advice (again).

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