Saturday, June 14, 2014

Venture On The Pond

Even though I have been a long time float tuber, fishing everything from the round donuts to the high tech float tubes of today, I find myself spending more time just stalking the shores of my local ponds on foot.  I am, actually, enjoying it every time I get the opportunity.  Looking for hiding spots, structures, weeds, feeding lanes, and other fishy looking places for good fish to hangout.  In other words, even though I own a high tech modern day float tube, it spends its days in the shade of the garage. 

While scrolling around on the internet the other day, I came across an interesting new concept for accessing the ponds, or lakes for that matter.  Thought I would share with you this new mode of on the water transportation.

This is the Venture Outdoors VOModular 5G Pontoon Boat.  Let me say right off the bat, I have never seen this boat in person or talked with anyone from Venture Outdoors about having one.  Just something I saw on the internet that was different and I felt needed a shout out to those of you who fish ponds and lakes by accessing the water instead of fishing from shoreline.
From their website I have borrowed the following information on this Modular Pontoon.
" 5.0' modular rigid kick boat, standard rowing kit with 5' T6061 aluminum oars, 5' long x 12" wide pontoons with internal storage access via 8" round sealing hatch with improved seal design. An innovative design that assembles in one minute. (USA) weighs approximately 50 pounds including oars, oar locks and 4-point fly apron with raised edges and convenient printed ruler. Carries up to 225 pounds + 50 pounds cargo weight. Disassembled unit transports easily in the smallest of cars, the seat bottom and seat back surfaces are comfortable with ergonomic lumbar support. The rigid pontoons do not require an inflation pump and are virtually puncture proof.
Designed for flat water applications.
Dimensions: 60"L x 43"W x 22"H fully assembled.

Available at: Cabela's, Wayfair, Sportsman's Guide, Direct Boats, Oregon Fishing and LLBean.

 Here is a quick video showing how easy this Modular Pontoon Boat is to put together or disassemble.

Again, sight unseen, this just looks like a quick and great process for getting on the water.  If you are so inclined, check out their website or give them a shout of some sort.

In the mean time, I will be stalking the ponds close to home on foot...................................

18 comments:

  1. The first thing I see, and for us with boney butts, it has no cushion on the seat. I would be good for, maybe 30 seconds. Mighty boney this butt.

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    1. Hey. Mark, I would think that they would have an option for a padded seat for ol' boneys like us. Probably cost a bit more. Otherwise, I would get me a nice cushioned PFD to sit on.

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  2. I have the first version with out the paddles.

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    1. Good to know, Ryan, can you give us some feedback................................................. I never cared much for rowing and trying to fish at the same time.

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    2. I'd like to hear more too. I like how fast it is to set up.

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    3. Kevin, I totally agree with how quick the set up is. Wished I could see one up close on the water to see how it all works out for the angler. Ryan, are you listening................................................

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    4. I'm surprised at how much it weighs. That part kind of annoys me a little bit. I thought maybe this might be a good option for the sounds on the NC coast but then I realized your legs still dangle in the water. The only problem with that is jellyfish.

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    5. Completely understand your thought there, Kevin. I am not used to dangling my legs in any water that would have that problem or snakes or ................................................ You guys from the Southeast are tough nuts, though.

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  3. Neat idea, wish I had the time to use one!

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  4. I have to admit that this looks pretty sweet, but I'm trying to become a minimalist which means I'll be leaving a lot of stuff at home. As for Mark, bring a pillow to sit on Mark, you know you want one.

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    1. Yup, Howard, it does look like it would be fun. I would imagine there is plenty of space for whatever fly fishing gear you would want to bring along. No doubt if Mark, you, or, I had one of these Pontoons we would need soft cushions and a snooze control........................

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  5. Mel
    I love the pontoon concept when it comes to small boats. I haven't seen this version but it would certainly get one in those tight places on the water. I fish from a 10" Pelican on the small lakes around my house and really like the way it maneuvers. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill. what really caught my eye on this particular set up was the ability to assemble and disassemble with relative ease. Transportation becomes less of a problem. I agree that small pontoon boats have their place, but, I still will opt for a float tube in those tight areas on the lake where the fish are hiding.

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  6. that pontoon boat looks great! too bad it wouldn't hold me :(

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    1. Just kidding, Juan, but maybe you should lose some weight. :)
      If that won't work, they do make bigger sizes. I think there is a six footer that would probably be about right.
      Fish on,Buddy,,,,,,,

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  7. Nice post Mel! I like seeing new gear. That looks like a great boat. Thanks!

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    1. I agree with you, Mike. I always like what I get to browse the internet and look at new gear of all types on the fly fishing scene. I can see where this pontoon boat has a chance to become popular with the fishing crowd.

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  8. Floating, paddling and fishing..I think that's a concept worth looking into...

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