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Float Tube Fishing the RB - Oh Yeah - Maybe - Stupid

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I'm thinking of trying float tube fishing the RB for stripers and fluke. There are certain areas that are not that bad in terms of current and it would be a great way to get away from the crowds and maybe into more fish. Here are my pro's and con's:

 

Pro's:

1. Easier to haul compared to a kayak

2. Cheap and you can do a bunch of modifications

3. A way to get away from the crowds

4. Get to relatively deeper water to get into more fish

 

Con's:

1. You will be wet for sure

2. Current can carry you, so need to be careful

3. Fish might drag you over the Verrazano 

4. You will look stupid

 

Paul Matthews (left) and Kirk Smith, both of Edmond, are co-owners ODP fishing float tubes, a product that is linked with the once-popular Fishmaster float tubes made in Oklahoma City. [PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN]

 

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Absolutely super dangerous and dumb.  You don't F with mother nature in the bay.  Don't even attempt it

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I've almost been run down by a few idiot boaters in a big yellow kayak with a flag - your lifespan will be extremely short

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I don't think it would be that dangerous if you are thinking the same as me going ~500 yards out from shore. Relying on swim fins to move though seems like it would get old pretty fast.

If you don't have room for a kayak you could always just get a cheap inflatable boat with an electric trolling motor.

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I wasn't planning on going further than maybe 200 yards from shore. 

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I already have most of the gear for my kayak which I can use. Wetsuit, pfd, fish finder... I also have a trolling motor which would help me get back to shore. 

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Just kayak.  kayak is dangerous enough.. And on land, you already went for a swim.. Don't play games here

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Do you have a float tube yet?

Because I've got a pontoon style one for sale. It actually sits you above the water.  Has oars and oar-locks.

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12 mins ago, Ben Lippen said:

Do you have a float tube yet?

Because I've got a pontoon style one for sale. It actually sits you above the water.  Has oars and oar-locks.

I do not. I'm trying to see if this is viable or not. Thanks.

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33 mins ago, adobo said:

I wasn't planning on going further than maybe 200 yards from shore. 

200 yards might be a bit much, but it really depends on the beach, doesn't it. 

 

  

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Not worth the attempt which isn't what you imagine, maybe for a lake location somewhere, but Raritan Bay is full of big boats and ships and wind and rough waters, just to name a few. Add maybe a night time trip into the equation and its kinda' like a blueprint of planning your own funeral.

 

That's no place for float tubes, night, day or in between.  Save it for the reservoir.

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@adobo have you ever tried these setups before? I know some people here that owns them can give insight to the experience on rivers with current that can relate to the RB. I just think the biggest take away is the boats not seeing you even closer to the water.

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