Looking for a boat to fish smaller lakes in WA. Fishing off of docks or the shore isn't nearly as productive, so I'm thinking about picking up a
small boat. The problem is I know pretty much NOTHING about boats. So looking at jon boats, tenders and canoes
I suppose I'll list off the things I'm looking for.
-Would really like to be able to throw the thing in the bed of the truck
-Light enough to deal with alone (I'm fairly strong)
-Accommodate two people without feeling overly tippy
-Tough enough to deal with the occasional scrape
-Budget friendly, I'm not trying to look cool or go fast, just want to be able to get out a little ways
-It would be nice if it somehow made fish bite
-I'm about 180 lbs
and the girlfriend is about 115
, don't think we need much in the way of gear so not super high weight capacity
I really don't want to drop thousands on an engine. I was looking at getting an electric trolling motor. I'm not going to be going out on big
lakes or in crazy weather, and again don't care about hauling ass. I'm just lazy. Want something I can paddle or row if the motor craps out.
How effective are those electric trolling motors? Does it make more sense to buy a used gas engine? I'm sort of sketched out about that since I
don't know enough to feel confident in a purchasing used. Reviews I've read have been really mixed. I've heard and seen them clip along just
fine, but I've also read that some people get stranded because they don't have enough thrust.
If I decide to go with a used boat, any advice on where to look? Checked out Boat Trader and Craigslist and the pickings were fairly slim near me.
Any help is much appreciated.
If you live in WA and can suggest some good shore/dock fishing within 1.5 hours from Seattle, I'm all ears!