After doing research on the other stuff I needed to get started, I noticed my bill was exploding. I felt that I need to invest in certain key components, like fins and comfortable waders. It seemed like the 2 tubes were both excellent, with almost all 5-star reviews no matter where I looked. I made the decision to go with the $200 Cumberland over the $520 Prowler, and put the money saved towards a pair of Force Fins, and breathable waders.
Here's my list of stuff I ordered to get started.
- Force Fins ($$$ .. ouch!)
- Breathable stockingfeet chest waders, cabelas
- Cumberland float tube ($200), Amazon
- EGO rubber floating landing net, large, 19x21x36in
- inflating PFD
- small grapnel anchor
- small double-action hand pump (I hope it's small, fits in the tube storage??)
- small telescoping, floating, paddle (to help steer, paddle, and beat off sharks & sea lions)
- small misc safety items, watercraft air horn, whistle,
I got the fishing gear. I'll probably start with just 2 rods, a baitcaster on a teramar rod, and a spinner. I'll probably start with basic 3" BH swimbaits? Any tips on fishing the LAB? I also like some of those WarBaits. They look hot.
I love shooting GoPro fishing videos with my son! Someday, would love to be able to drift side-by-side with him, and catch some bass and halibut. I like some of the very stable frame mounted gopro videos! So, I think I'm going to make a PVC frame with customizable rod holders and stuff, kind of like what has been posted here on FTFF, and at:
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So.. what am I missing? Please let me know!
Also, I'll admit.. I'm a bit nervous going out on this tube alone. I'm familiar with Los Alamitos Bay (LAB), but mainly for shore fishing. I'm worried about the kicking, steering, where to go, how to fish, getting lost, boat traffic, giant batrays, safety, etc.. So basically, I'm a total noob here. Would anyone be willing to take a noob out in the kiddie pool section of LAB sometime? In the near future, I'd like to putter around and fish in LAB with my 8-year old son, so any spots that are convenient to launch, and not have to kick too much to get on some fish.. that info would be awesome. For now, I'm focusing on myself, and getting safe and competent at this!
Ok.. thanks for all the knowledge here.. and please keep the advice coming. I really appreciate it. I'm excited , and looking forward to meeting you guys out there!!