What are the different types of float tubes?

The float tube is a small boat made up of two inflatable balls. It allows you to reach inaccessible areas from the shore. You can also reach spots that are difficult to access for larger boats. The float tube is suitable for fishing for predators. Pike perch, pike or trout, even if well hidden in grassy waters, can be caught by a float tube fisherman at any time. But what are the different types of float tubes? Which models are suitable for beginners?

The different types of float tubes

Float tubes come in many forms. The oldest boats take the shape of an O. Today, the U-shape with its rounded back and the more manageable, less water-resistant V-shape make up the majority of float tubes adopted by fishermen. Three types of float tubes are available to you.


PVC float tubes

The PVC float tube is made up of two air chambers that allow the boat to float. They are protected by a PVC cover. The seat and backrest are either made of independent air chambers or made of self-supporting foam. The second solution has the advantage of keeping the boat out of the water even if the side floats are punctured. On the other hand, it involves more cumbersome float tubes after inflation of the buoys. The weight of a PVC float tube is between 4 and 6 kg.

High pressure float tubes

The high pressure float tube is a new generation boat. It is puncture-proof. In this model of float tube, there are no more air chambers in the side tubes. Its envelope is made of a extremely strong canvas also used on inflatable boats. It is inflated at high pressure and acts as a float. The weight of a high pressure float tube varies between 6 and 8 kg.

Pontoon float tubes

This is a float tube that looks like a mini catamaran. It has a larger lift which makes it more stable. The float boat pontoon consists of a steel structure combined with two floats. Some models are equipped with a rigid floor to allow the boaters to stand up. The float tube pontoon can be equipped with a float tube motor or oars.

Driver or expert, which float tube is right for you?

Float tubes are available in different models. Whether you're a beginner or an expert angler, you'll find a float tube model to suit you from the following brands: Amtrac Fishing, Hart, Rapala, Seven Bass or Sparrow.

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The float tube for beginners

You feel like discovering fishing in float tube. You think you're going to have fun on small rivers or lakes. Take the models with air chambers. They require a smaller budget than the other categories of float tube. However, check to see if the boat you choose can support your weight and the weight of the equipment you are carrying.

When in doubt, and if you are struggling, choose a pack with all options that combines safety and practicality, such as the one offered by Amtrac Fishing.

The float tube with oar

You're an avid carnivore fisherman. You go out pêcher whatever the weather. Choose a high pressure float tube that is more suitable for regular use. A float tube with an oar is recommended if you are fishing on rivers with a moderate current. Make sure that the chair is adapted to your body type. For a float tube with oars, Seven bass Brigad has it all covered.

What float tube for the sea?

Float tubes are not just used for teasing studs. They are also used for sea fishing. But which float tube to choose for the sea? A model with a motor would be more suitable. It allows you to reach land in case of strong current. Otherwise, you have to wait for the next tide to return to port.

Some other useful float tube accessories

There are many accessories available to make life easier for the float tube pêcheur. Here are some of them.

  • Fins allow you to propel the float tube efficiently. Choose a model with straps that slip over the waders.
  • Waders protect the wearer's legs when immersed in water. Take breathable waders that provide more freedom of movement. Depending on the season, they may require technical garments to provide extra warmth.
  • The life jacket can save lives. The self-inflating design does not restrict movement and is suitable for float tube fishing.
  • A rod holder is useful when you're float tubing. When stored properly, rods are easier to catch at the right time.
  • The depth sounder allows you to measure the depth, detect fish or even know the water temperature.

The float tube favours a picking carnivores in often inaccessible waters. The different types of boats meet the needs of both amateur and expert anglers. What is your favourite float tube model?

Photo Credits Outcast boats, Hart.

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