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What Boat Should You Choose for Your Fishing Trip?

Choosing to rent (or buy) a fishing boat for a fishing expedition isn’t as straightforward as it may seem. There are a ton of different boats out there that serve distinct purposes. Continue reading this post from our pros at Phantom Tri-River Charters—we’ll help answer the age-old question, “What kind of boat should I use for my fishing trip?”

  • Number of anglers: The first thing to consider is the number of people who’ll be on your fishing trip. Obviously, a larger group will need a bigger boat, but if you’re only going with one or two friends, you can get away with a boat as small as 10 feet.
  • Location: Where you’re planning on fishing also plays a factor in your boat choice. If you’re heading out on the ocean or a lake known for rough conditions, you’ll need to get a bigger boat to accommodate for the waves or choppy water. A boat that’s too small may capsize.
  • Weather conditions: What kind of boat you should use for your fishing trip also depends on the weather outside. For example, if you’re fishing in a colder environment—like Alaska—you should invest in a covered boat to keep you warm and protected from the elements.

What different boats are used for fishing trips?

At Phantom Tri-River Charters, we use covered and heated fishing boats to ensure our customers are always safe and comfortable. These are a few of the boats you can choose from for your own adventure:

  • All-purpose fishing boats: As the name suggests, all-purpose fishing boats are designed to be flexible for all sorts of different expeditions. These vessels can go out to deep water to spoon for lake trout or cruise along the shoreline to catch largemouth bass.
  • Aluminum fishing boats: There are many different types of aluminum boats on the market, all of which are easy to maintain. Aluminum boats are best for freshwater fishing when the conditions are calm, but there are deep-V bottom aluminum fishing boats that can handle choppier water.
  • Bass boats: Speaking of bass, these boats are specially designed to catch largemouth bass. Integrated equipment like release wells and multiple rod boxes make bass boats ideal for anglers looking to reel in trophy-sized bass.
  • Bay boats: A bay boat is often used for saltwater fishing, but they’re actually more versatile than that and can be used in open bodies of freshwater. The larger ones can also be used to tow kids around on water toys when you’re not angling.
  • Center consoles: Like bay boats, center consoles are generally thought of as only for saltwater angling. However, they’re great for freshwater—especially if you’re on a larger lake.

We’ve got just the boat for you

If you’re interested in booking an Alaskan fishing tour, look no further than Phantom Tri-River Charters. Our top-of-the-line boats are designed to guarantee the best possible fishing trip. Contact us today to make a reservation or to learn more about what different boats are used for fishing trips.