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Which boats to use for sea-fishing ?

by Aurélie Renier

Sea fishing is a quintessential activity for all sailors, and all the more so onboard a boat. About to embark and head out for a spot of fishing? Band of Boats offers a range of craft perfectly suited to fishing.

Sea fishing is a quintessential activity for all sailors, and all the more so onboard a boat.

About to embark and head out for a spot of fishing? Band of Boats offers a range of craft perfectly suited to fishing.

The pilothouse: the ideal fishing boat

Pilothouses fall under the category of day fishing boats. Their strong points are safety, reliability, an uncluttered cockpit and a cabin to keep your fishing equipment safely stored and provide shelter in various types of weather conditions.

Pilothouse boats are ideally equipped for fishing, with high handrails to enable you to move around onboard in complete safety, wide gangways at the sides and lots of places for rod holders.

If you plan to drift fish at a relatively close distance to the coast, remember to check the skeg is in good condition, or get one fitted if your boat doesn’t have one. This will prevent damage occurring to the motor and, more specifically, the propeller.

Fishing from the front of the boat in rough seas should always be avoided however!

Take a look at Beneteau’s Barracuda range, designed exclusively for sport fishing, or check out the Merry Fisher models from Jeanneau and the Quicksilver 675 Pilothouse.

The rigid inflatable, a “custom-made” boat

THE custom-made fishing boat. The ease with which you can move about on a rigid inflatable is its greatest strength. Moreover, a fitted roll bar turns trips on the sea into an experience of unmitigated pleasure. The rigid inflatable’s outboard motor allows for easier maintenance and enables access to all areas of the water thanks to its low draft.

Models in the 7-10 meter range are also easy to transport by trailer, making them the ideal go-anywhere fishing boats. Additionally, it’s possible to customise rigid inflatables with a range of accessories.

The slight drawbacks of these kinds of boats are the absence of a cabin and the relative lack of protection, which makes them less than ideal in rough seas.

To be used only for fine-weather outings!

Check out the BRIG Navigator 610, the Zodiac 650 Pro Open and the Jokerboat Clubman 26.

Center console boats: comfort and fishing combined

Combine practicality with leisure and enjoyment. Centre consoles are highly comfortable, with a vast amount of space available for the cockpit. They combine the safety and comfort of the pilothouse with the performance, easy maintenance and affordable pricing of the rigid inflatable.

Getting to different fishing sites has never been so pleasant, efficient safe and so easy in terms of handling and maneuverability.

The essential must-have boat for venturing further out to sea? Now that’s another matter!

Check out the Flyer 6.6 Spacedeck, the Cap Camarat 6.5 CC and the White Shark 285.

The all-rounder

Is it a good idea to go for a boat to use exclusively for fishing? What about all the other benefits of sailing, such as family outings, water sports and sunbathing?

Would your family be happy to go with you on a pilothouse rather than a centre console or a small speedboat? When it comes to all-rounders, express cruisers are still the ideal choice. Leisurely outings, fishing trips, weekends away, exploring the coast: express cruisers can do it all.

Band of Boats suggests taking a look at the Cap Camarat 7.5 D.C, the Antares 8 OB and the Bayliner 285 Sunbridge.

Buying a boat is a significant investment, and it’s essential to consider the type of sailing you’ll be using it for to avoid regretting your decision later. You need to choose a boat that offers the right combination of comfort and safety for the kind of fishing you plan to do!

Finally, and before heading out to sea, don’t forget the essential accessories you’ll need for a great fishing experience, i.e. rod holders, live boxes, a motor guard to stop the line getting tangled in the propeller, life jackets and the mandatory VHF radio for semi-offshore navigation.

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