The way I can best explain how I feel about fishing from a float tube and fishing from a boat is very simple. They are 2 very separate identities. The words always asked are, "you can cover so much more water from your boat and catch way more fish". Covering more water, yes that is true. Catching more fish... not always. I absolutely love float tube fishing. There is a one to one feel with the water and the ability to feel the freedom of taking yourself to that spot where you say to yourself, ya, there has to be a fattie right there. I love the ability to be able to use my legs and keep me in a position and work a spot from multiple angles. I can stay in a position where I can make multiple casts to the same spot and not worry about boat positioning. From my float tube, I feel so connected with what I am doing. A real connection to the way I am presenting my bait. Especially tubing the salt. The ability to make multiple casts to a dock or between that "sweet spot" with 2 large boats. Your angle sitting in a tube with the rod tip gives you as an angler such an advantage for the hook set. You keep that rod tip down low and shake a worm and can feel almost what the worm is doing. Float tube fishing is a sport all in it's own realm. I never ever have and never ever will see tube fishing as a poor mans boat. That is one of the reasons I wanted to write and say how I feel. Each type of fishing is a sport enjoyed by many. Float tube fishing is a technique that is to be treasured and loved by us.. you and I. Each time I get in my tube, I am like a kid on Christmas morning. Each time I launch and kick to a spot, I learn something new. With a website like FTFF, we all are a family that share in a mutual love for fishing and float tubing. I am not saying fishing from a boat is not fun. It is a different experience. There is no way to really do a good job at picking apart a area of the bay. My love is for the sport of fishing.. from walking the shores, to soaking powerbait to running to Rocky Point for Seabass.
I just wanted to take a minute to encourage the many new guys joining FTFF to go out there. Get that float tube wet. Figure out how you like to fish best. Ask all the questions here you want and we will all help in answering. When you are at home and have some down time, I know we are all doing the same thing... browsing the internet for new fishing tackle and float tube equipment. I know I sure am! I apologize if I rambled on here and jumped around with what I wrote. I wanted to share how I felt about Float Tube fishing while I do have a motorized fishing vessel as well. I will never quit float tube fishing. I love it way to much. Hope to tube with many of you in the days to come and share in some really fun adventures!
Fish on Friends!