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FLOAT TUBE FISHING FORUM » Float Tubes, Pontoons and Related Equipment Discussions » Float Tube and Pontoon Tips, Tricks and Mods » Toonzilla! Toonzilla!

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1Toonzilla! Toonzilla! Empty Toonzilla! Toonzilla! on Sun Apr 13, 2014 4:33 am

Catman1979

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Hey all, just wanted to hip you guys to something I found in my never ending quest for the better pontoon boat. I found this guy, and what appears to be his pontoon fishing club, out of Japan! I thought it was some pretty cool stuff on some of 'em, and others seemed overkill....

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Also, check out his other videos, guys seems to do very well with bass.

In Japan, fishing is considered a "rich man" sport, and is seen as excessive. I am not sure where the high status of fishing comes from, but because of fishing I am constantly broke Razz

2Toonzilla! Toonzilla! Empty Re: Toonzilla! Toonzilla! on Sun Apr 13, 2014 9:57 am

Jerdon

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Pretty good pontoon porn!
I came up to a V Tube from a doughnut, and I thought bringing more than 2 rods was overkill. Now, I don't want to leave without 4 rods ready to fish. I thought a fish finder was excessive, but after hanging with Wes it may become a need.
Likewise, I can see how bringing and ice chest would be beneficial on a toon, and a fish finder, and a live well. Haha why not?

http://jerdonking.tripod.com/

3Toonzilla! Toonzilla! Empty Re: Toonzilla! Toonzilla! on Sun Apr 13, 2014 10:50 am

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Hey guys,
These guys are great! I have been following them for a few years now. Most of them are members of the FBI float tubers bass club. They tend to buy the toons separately and then either build or buy different frames to meet their needs. Gas motors seem to be a necessity on large waters like Lake Biwa. Check em out online they have some of the coolest tackle!

     bodfish

4Toonzilla! Toonzilla! Empty Re: Toonzilla! Toonzilla! on Sun Apr 13, 2014 1:42 pm

dayhut

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I like the separate frame and changeable pontoon concept
I have a "Bass King Bug," a house brand toon of pedestrian pedigree. Think of a CA BOZEMAN and you get the idea...
However, it has a steel tube frame which is useful, at least. With proper maintenance the frame itself should last a long time.
The toons, though, are basically commonplace things. Just a fabric/PVC skin with PVC bladders. When I got it, it had two small leaks in one of them, which I've repaired.
But at some point, I'm sure I'll wanna replace them with something more robust and upscale. It is nice to know others are doing this modification, interchanging pontoons.
Great vid. Thanks, bodfish.



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5Toonzilla! Toonzilla! Empty Re: Toonzilla! Toonzilla! on Sun Apr 13, 2014 5:15 pm

Renegade


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I had a Cardiac Canyon ( about 1:10 on the vid). 11 foot long 12" diameter pontoons and the flat square tube frame made for THE BEST boat I have ever owned. I put a solid aluminum deck on it of 4' by 5'. Like my new boat, I had all sorts of storage.
I fly fish and I have lost too many reels trying to change line out in the middle of a lake, so I now haul at least 3, but have room for 4.
1 for floating line 1 Intermediate, 1 medium fast sink like a Type III and one fast sink Type VII. All are rigged before going out so I am prepared for any depth.
Sonar is a must for deep nymping. It can be done with forceps on the end of line, but sonar takes into count the changing bottom. I also have a motor 98% of the time.

6Toonzilla! Toonzilla! Empty Re: Toonzilla! Toonzilla! on Sun Apr 13, 2014 5:45 pm

Ifishtoolittle

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Good find. Their obsession with gear is just like how some float tubers in Socal carry 4 rods with them, or have 700 dollar fish finders, or have a canopy on their tube.

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In Japan, fishing is considered a "rich man" sport, and is seen as excessive. I am not sure where the high status of fishing comes from, but because of fishing I am constantly broke Razz

I wouldn't go as far as to say that. The country is surrounded by water. Fishing is in their blood. The sport only appears to be a rich mans thing because the country is better at marketing it. lol don't some of the bass fishing videos seem cool? I think so. They're much more entertaining than some of the laid back, "lazy" angling shows that I've seen on our home turf.

7Toonzilla! Toonzilla! Empty Re: Toonzilla! Toonzilla! on Sun Apr 13, 2014 6:03 pm

dayhut

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Good find.  Their obsession with gear is just like how some float tubers in Socal carry 4 rods with them, or have 700 dollar fish finders, or have a canopy on their tube.

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In Japan, fishing is considered a "rich man" sport, and is seen as excessive. I am not sure where the high status of fishing comes from, but because of fishing I am constantly broke Razz

I wouldn't go as far as to say that.  The country is surrounded by water.  Fishing is in their blood.  The sport only appears to be a rich mans thing because the country is better at marketing it.  lol don't some of the bass fishing videos seem cool?  I think so.  They're much more entertaining than some of the laid back, "lazy" angling shows that I've seen on our home turf.  
From what I see in Japan, fishing as diversion, hobby, pastime... In that light it isn't practiced by the masses. People do it sure, but not like here. I'm wondering, too, if it isn't more restricted, if that's the right word.
At least that is how it seems.

https://palmettoflynfish.blogspot.com

8Toonzilla! Toonzilla! Empty Re: Toonzilla! Toonzilla! on Sun Apr 13, 2014 9:38 pm

Ifishtoolittle

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Good find.  Their obsession with gear is just like how some float tubers in Socal carry 4 rods with them, or have 700 dollar fish finders, or have a canopy on their tube.

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In Japan, fishing is considered a "rich man" sport, and is seen as excessive. I am not sure where the high status of fishing comes from, but because of fishing I am constantly broke Razz

I wouldn't go as far as to say that.  The country is surrounded by water.  Fishing is in their blood.  The sport only appears to be a rich mans thing because the country is better at marketing it.  lol don't some of the bass fishing videos seem cool?  I think so.  They're much more entertaining than some of the laid back, "lazy" angling shows that I've seen on our home turf.  
From what I see in Japan, fishing as diversion, hobby, pastime... In that light it isn't practiced by the masses. People do it sure, but not like here. I'm wondering, too, if it isn't more restricted, if that's the right word.
At least that is how it seems.

You have your view on it, and I respect that. Although, anglers on their end fish just as much as we do here. There is little to no difference. The country is loaded with ponds, lakes, rivers, creeks, oceans, and even indoor fishing ponds exist there. It's certainly not just a diversion, hobby, and pastime as the nation survives on fish. I know of a few anglers in Japan who are just as passionate as we are about bass, trout, catfish, and saltwater angling. And, I also know of some who fish for sustenance. As I mentioned before, the country is just really good at marketing and presenting the sport in a way that makes it seem like a hobby or fashion statement. Shoot, bass fishing here is turning into that. And, don't get me started on the professional trout anglers at SARL.  Smile 

In regards to restrictions, I've been told that there is no limits on saltwater fish. Size limits and daily limits do not exist over there. After learning that I was a little more grateful that the DFG is so anal about limits because if it wasn't who knows how much worse our fisheries would be.

9Toonzilla! Toonzilla! Empty Re: Toonzilla! Toonzilla! on Sun Apr 13, 2014 9:43 pm

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What the heck?!?!?  Those are pretty sick but, was that a golf ball retriever at 2:35?  cyclops

10Toonzilla! Toonzilla! Empty Re: Toonzilla! Toonzilla! on Sun Apr 13, 2014 9:58 pm

Aquaholic38

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pantoons are cool!


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11Toonzilla! Toonzilla! Empty Re: Toonzilla! Toonzilla! on Sun Apr 13, 2014 9:59 pm

Ifishtoolittle

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This tube is great! I wonder why our manufactures don't have this design

12Toonzilla! Toonzilla! Empty Re: Toonzilla! Toonzilla! on Sun Apr 13, 2014 10:35 pm

Catman1979

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:What the heck?!?!?  Those are pretty sick but, was that a golf ball retriever at 2:35?  cyclops

Ha! I have no idea, looks like one of those collapsible nets until you get to the coil part?

13Toonzilla! Toonzilla! Empty Re: Toonzilla! Toonzilla! on Sun Apr 13, 2014 11:09 pm

Jerdon

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:What the heck?!?!?  Those are pretty sick but, was that a golf ball retriever at 2:35?  cyclops


Lure retriever

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http://jerdonking.tripod.com/

14Toonzilla! Toonzilla! Empty Re: Toonzilla! Toonzilla! on Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:21 am

Catman1979

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Ahhhh, I see! Didn't know they made those on retractable poles, but it makes sense.

15Toonzilla! Toonzilla! Empty Re: Toonzilla! Toonzilla! on Mon Apr 14, 2014 3:28 am

Renegade


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This tube is great!  I wonder why our manufactures don't have this design


The things cost as much as a pontoon. Not sure why they don't import them here. NFOs Escape or Outcast Scout are rowable tubes.

16Toonzilla! Toonzilla! Empty Re: Toonzilla! Toonzilla! on Mon Apr 14, 2014 5:35 pm

fisheromen

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:What the heck?!?!?  Those are pretty sick but, was that a golf ball retriever at 2:35?  cyclops

Good eye!  Yes, it looks like mine that I got at a garage sale for a buck, and converted into a lure retriever. It extends to almost 12'.

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Has saved me lots of $$$!

17Toonzilla! Toonzilla! Empty Re: Toonzilla! Toonzilla! on Mon Apr 14, 2014 5:53 pm

Ifishtoolittle

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This tube is great!  I wonder why our manufactures don't have this design


The things cost as much as a pontoon.  Not sure why they don't import them here.  NFOs Escape or Outcast Scout are rowable tubes.

True. In terms of cost it's certainly not for the budget angler, but if you want to be as effective as possible in the water I'd say this is tube is the way to go.

18Toonzilla! Toonzilla! Empty Re: Toonzilla! Toonzilla! on Mon Apr 14, 2014 6:00 pm

Ifishtoolittle

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How about this one?! Now I know what you're thinking, 'why not just get a pontoon or small inflatable?' It looks like this one is extremely sturdy and wouldn't require inflating. It's not a really portable vessel, but it's certainly a intriguing one.

19Toonzilla! Toonzilla! Empty Re: Toonzilla! Toonzilla! on Mon Apr 14, 2014 6:14 pm

Renegade


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How about this one?!  Now I know what you're thinking, 'why not just get a pontoon or small inflatable?'  It looks like this one is extremely sturdy and wouldn't require inflating.  It's not a really portable vessel, but it's certainly a intriguing one.


It is inflatable. Very sturdy and stable as heck. Very portable
You can do a lot to it. I am going to put a box on the back with a seat so I can sit high and sight fish and stand occasionally. It is more like thinking one dimensional compared to tubes and toons.
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20Toonzilla! Toonzilla! Empty Re: Toonzilla! Toonzilla! on Mon Apr 14, 2014 6:21 pm

Jerdon

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:What the heck?!?!?  Those are pretty sick but, was that a golf ball retriever at 2:35?  cyclops

Good eye!  Yes, it looks like mine that I got at a garage sale for a buck, and converted into a lure retriever. It extends to almost 12'.

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Has saved me lots of $$$!

Fisheromen,
Do you take this with you on your tube, and how about a pic of how you modified the business end?

http://jerdonking.tripod.com/

21Toonzilla! Toonzilla! Empty Re: Toonzilla! Toonzilla! on Mon Apr 14, 2014 6:25 pm

dayhut

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How about this one?!  Now I know what you're thinking, 'why not just get a pontoon or small inflatable?'  It looks like this one is extremely sturdy and wouldn't require inflating.  It's not a really portable vessel, but it's certainly a intriguing one.


It is inflatable.   Very sturdy and stable as heck.  Very portable
You can do a lot to it.  I am going to put a box on the back with a seat so I can sit high and sight fish and stand occasionally.  It is more like thinking one dimensional compared to tubes and toons.
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The Fuzion is awesome; a departure and culmination in one. Solid as a rock, super stable, tough as nails.

Listed at $2500, I don't see one in my future. I should have invested more over the years, I suppose. But, I can dream.  Thumbs Up 

https://palmettoflynfish.blogspot.com

22Toonzilla! Toonzilla! Empty Re: Toonzilla! Toonzilla! on Mon Apr 14, 2014 6:27 pm

Renegade


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He was selling them for $1,000. at the show.

23Toonzilla! Toonzilla! Empty Re: Toonzilla! Toonzilla! on Mon Apr 14, 2014 6:32 pm

Jerdon

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Renegade,
Did you get to try that standing up yet?

http://jerdonking.tripod.com/

24Toonzilla! Toonzilla! Empty Re: Toonzilla! Toonzilla! on Mon Apr 14, 2014 6:43 pm

Renegade


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I started to, but it was so windy, i only made it half way. Lol. The box on the back will help I think.

25Toonzilla! Toonzilla! Empty Re: Toonzilla! Toonzilla! on Mon Apr 14, 2014 6:48 pm

fisheromen

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Has saved me lots of $$$!

Fisheromen,
Do you take this with you on your tube, and how about a pic of how you modified the business end?

Yes, I put it where the Cumberland has Velcro straps, originally designed for rods. I took a galvanized handle off of a bucket and coiled it around a 3/4" bolt. I then put it into the end and wedged it with a screw.

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