Saturday Shoutout / DIY Bonefishing: Inflatables

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If you want to fish where others can’t, pack an inflatable.

I get emails pretty regularly from anglers asking advice on DIY Bonefish trips. In addition to any specific info I might have I tell them all the same thing. “Get yourself a copy of Rod Hamilton’s book DIY Bonefishing.” There’s no better way to prepare yourself for a DIY trip.

One of the biggest challenges DIY bonefish anglers face is getting around the flats without a boat. Depending on the location, it can be really limiting. I have several friends who have addressed this issue with the use of inflatables. It’s an easy and affordable way to get on the water just about anywhere.

This great article on Inflatables, from Rod Hamilton’s site, gets into the details of traveling and fishing with a wide variety of inflatable boats and SUPs. If you are considering an inflatable, or a DIY bonefish trip, it’s well worth a read.


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Louis Cahill
Gink & Gasoline
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2 thoughts on “Saturday Shoutout / DIY Bonefishing: Inflatables

  1. Just got back from Turks and Caicos with my Bote Drift SUP….Ive taken it to the Bahamas and to Belize as well. Indispensable! I had incoming tides every morning last weekend on Turks, and It came in most useful on the return trip to the car….I could cross a couple of cuts that I would have had to swim across after the tide came in. The board, bag, paddle, and pump weigh about 42 pounds so I can cram my pliers, fly boxes, anything else that TSA might not want to let me on board with, and then I just mage to take a carry on and a rod tube….never paying for more than one bag.

  2. As an owner of the barebones by airborn boats, I can honestly say it’s game changer. Extermelly well constructed and stable enough to stand/cast and even poll from on top of a cooler.

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