River fishing brings a unique variety of excitement, seclusion, and beauty that is different from many other forms of fishing. While offshore saltwater fishing has massive trophies, and lake fishing has the undeniable appeal of a summer vacation, there’s something about the unpredictable nature of moving water that brings an unexpected level of interest. Somehow, river fishing feels more primitive, more remote, and more wild. But like all forms of fishing, river fishing demands the right boat. River fishing boats must be something nimble, reliable, and comfortable in order to reach the best fishing locations.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A RIVER FISHING BOAT
River fishing, like intertidal fishing, requires a boat that has a shallow draft for reaching specific fishing destinations. Ask any hardened river fisherman and they will tell you that the river will change from year to year; what was a deep pocket last season could be a shallow sandbar the next. This unpredictability, along with trees, branches, and other obstructions, means you need a shallow-draft boat for river fishing.
With a draft of only ten inches, the 175 Sportfish can reach spots on rivers that challenge even flat-bottom boats. This craft allows you to travel up the river and find the right spot for high-quality fishing. With a length of less than 18 feet, it is loaded with features, including a spacious casting deck and an aerated live well. This sleek, comfortable boat can handle lakes and bays, but it’s also at home in rivers across the country.
This boat is ideal for virtually any angler, including those who like to frequent America’s rivers. The 177 Sportfish has many of the standard features that you expect from a fishing boat, including a trolling motor plug, an aerated bait well, and a 72-quart cooler. It can also be enhanced with features like a poling platform, trim tabs, flush-mount rod holders, and a Bimini top. With a draft of only ten inches, this boat maintains excellence while cruising through the river.
175 Sport Dorado
Dual-console river fishing boats have many advantages, and the 175 Sport Dorado brings them all together in one package. With rod holders, a live well, and a windscreen for the consoles, this boat is comfortable and effective. Add features like a ski tow bar and trim tabs, and you have a river fishing boat that is perfect for many different activities.
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Contact Scout Boats today to learn more about our luxury fishing boats. Whether you want a large off-shore vessel or one of our nimble river fishing boats, we’ll help you choose the right boat for all your needs.