Personal Fishing From a Fish Cat!The last several years I have been fishing in Northern Canada using a personal Fish Cat. This is essentially a single-man catamaran personal watercraft with 2 inflatable pontoons and a swivel chair in between. It comes with 2 secured oars so that the rider can row the Fish Cat in any direction (like a row boat). There are 2 water proof pouches with zippers for easy and quick opening. It has a sturdy metal frame and mounting bracket for a 2.5 hp outboard motor for long trips. The Fish Cat is quickly set-up and inflated at our launch site in less than 30 minutes and fully loaded with a week’s camp/fishing gear in less than an hour. We got portable rod holders that quickly fit over each pontoon. Rods placed in theses holders are out of the way and safe from being broken. The makers of the Fish Cat have put a lot of thought into the design.
Fishing From a Fish Cat
The Fish Cat has lots of storage space and when fully inflated, can accommodate my weight (200 lbs) plus about another 50 lbs of gear. My 2 buddies and I are able to accommodate all the fishing and camping gear and food we need for a week in the bush. It is a great experience.
Landing a Fish From A Fish Cat
Still Need Safety Gear
We all wear life jackets with hip waders and boots as well as all the safety gear required of a small boat (i.e. sounding device, throw rope with float). When the water is warm, and we don’t mind getting wet, sometimes we don’t wear the hip waders. However, most of time the water is too cold, and we need waders to come in and go out from shore without getting wet. We also carry 2-way radio communication device, so we can be in contact with each other even when we are up to 2 km away.
Can Be Fitted With Outboard Motor
I use a 2.5 hp 4-stroke outboard motor for the 3 mile trip into our campsite. However, after we arrive at camp, I paddle to the various fishing spots we have nearby. The Fish Cat is incredibly stable for all small lakes up north. I can move quietly into very shallow areas (2 feet of water) near trees and all kinds of shore structures. It is ideal for checking out fishing spots without spooking fish!
Fish Cat Fitted With 2.5 Hp 4 stroke Motor
Best Suitable in Small Rivers and Lakes
The Fish Cat is great in small rivers and lakes, however, it’s not that great in heavy winds and waves. Winds tend to blow it around quite a bit so I don’t take it out onto big open water. I have used it on windy days. It’s just a matter of deploying a mesh anchor filled with any big rock you can find on-shore.
Advantages to Fishing With a Personal Watercraft
There are significant advantages of using a personal water craft when fishing with your buddies. When you’re with a group in a motor boat, sometimes not everybody agrees on where they want to fish or how long they want to be out. Sometimes a guy may have to speed back to camp for an emergency-you know the kind I mean! With a personal watercraft, the entire group does not have to suffer because of the needs of the individual. Everybody can do what they want, where they want and for how long they want!
The Fish Cat is extremely comfortable, and I have literally stayed out for 4-5 hrs at a time comfortably fishing. I have enjoyed many trips with my buddies and our Fish Cats.
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