Pontoon or Fishing Boat: Why Choose One or the Other?

One of the first questions to ask before buying a new boat is, “What will I use it for the most?”

It can be tough to narrow it down to only one activity. But if you’re looking for a good boat for fishing trips and a comfortable family boat with room for relaxing or entertaining, you don’t have to be torn on which of these to prioritize. With the many fishing pontoons on the market, the dilemma of fishing boat vs. pontoon can be easily solved. Why not get one boat that offers the best of both worlds, and perhaps even more?

 

Oasis Angler – Manitou Fishing Pontoon Boat
Manitou Oasis Angler VP

Fishing Pontoons: The Best of Both Worlds

Pontoons provide a spacious and safe fishing experience thanks to the wide deck and the stability created by the twin-tube hull. A pontoon’s stability and shallow draft also means you won’t lose your balance moving around to fish from a different spot on the deck – so you won’t scare fish as easily as you would in boats that tend to rock. For all of these reasons, pontoons can be great for teaching kids how to fish.

With the right boat, a morning of fishing will easily transition into a day of relaxation – or active recreation – with family and friends. Pontoons make it easy to create a living room vibe on the water. The stability, deck size, and comfy furniture create a safe and family-friendly atmosphere for kids who might get antsy in close quarters. Depending on the boat’s size and layout, guests will have plenty of space to relax on cozy couches and lounge seats.

Whether you’re fishing or cruising, the pontoon’s bimini cover will provide welcome shade on sunny days.

Pontoon Fishing Boat Setup

Pontoons are also great fishing boats because they have ample room for stowing your gear and customizing a setup for your optimal fishing excursion. Many run-of-the-mill pontoons can be adapted for your preferred fishing setup, but angler pontoons have these essential features built in, or easily added on:

  • Livewell
  • Two or four-corner fishing seats
  • Fishing rod holders
  • Cooler
  • Depthfinder
  • Fishfinder

 

Manitou Fishing Pontoon Vertical Rod Holder
Vertical Rod Holder on the Encore Pro Angler

Pontoon Fishing Boat Layouts

If your idea of a fishing pontoon is a small square deck on barrels, allow us to blow your mind. Depending on what you plan for your boat’s primary use, you can prioritize seating for entertaining or for maximum fishing capacity.

Our fishing pontoon models (Aurora Angler, Oasis Angler, and Encore Pro Angler) have two roomy layouts to choose from: Standard (four-point fishing) and Full Front (two-point fishing). The best layout for you will depend on how you’ll use the boat most, and whether you’ll do mostly solo fishing or prefer to bring a group.

Manitou Pontoon - Oasis Angler Fishing Boat Floor Plans

Not Your Typical Fishing Pontoon

Pontoons have a reputation for not handling well in choppy waters, but we’ve addressed that with our patented V-Toon hull. Our luxury tritoon fishing boats include a third tube that increases stability and mimics a v-shaped hull. Whether on two tubes or three, add the right horsepower and you’ll have a high speed pontoon – so when you’re not fishing, you can enjoy a thrilling day of cruising and watersports.

Worried too much engine could scare away your potential catch? You might opt to add an electric trolling motor to the front so you can make a quieter approach. Our angler models include the option of a half door and a trolling motor outlet. (Browse fishing pontoon optional features.)

Manitou Tritoon – Encore Pro Angler Fishing Pontoon
Manitou Tritoon 24 Encore Pro Angler VP

Not all fishing pontoons are made equal, and not all pontoons have the best layout for entertaining. Whether you’re a diehard angler or a family weekend fisher, Manitou’s angler pontoons offer an optimal experience for versatile boaters.

 

Salmon Resources

salmon jumpingWe find salmon to be one of the most interesting species of fish in the world. Salmon will travel up to 2,400 miles from the ocean without eating to the exact tributary where they were born. Along the way, they face waterfalls, beaver dams, bears, eagles and humans. Of the 10 percent that achieve the opportunity to spawn, their glory is rather short, as they all die soon afterwards. Talk about determination! Here are a few more fun facts about salmon that you may not have known about:

  • It was a Native American legend that salmon would return to the exact location where they were born to spawn. It took years for technology to catch up to prove that the legend was exactly true.
  • Salmon are one of the few species on earth that are “anadromous”, meaning they live their lives both in freshwater and saltwater.
  • Although still quite unknown, some species of salmon are believed to travel as far as to Japan before returning to the same river where they were born.
  • Salmon rely on their strong sense of smell to help guide them to the tributary where they were born. They also use ocean currents, tides, and the gravitational pull of the moon while in the ocean.
  • Some species of salmon, like the Sockeye, drastically change color when returning to freshwater to spawn.

 

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Fishing for Bass Fishing Keywords on Google

The top 100 bass fishing related keywords on Google

What are bass fishing enthusiasts searching for online? When do they search for boats compared to angling techniques? It would seem that bass fishing-related keywords would be most heavily searched in the spring, when big bass are swimming shallow. Research on the subject, however, showed diverse results – results that retailers should take note of. Continue reading “Fishing for Bass Fishing Keywords on Google”