Monday, February 7, 2011

Fishing From the Pelican Raider Boat

For those of you who don’t know the Pelican Raider Boat is a mini pontoon boat somewhat stunted. I had the opportunity to buy one of these little gems 3 years ago, when Academy Sports was going out of business in Hoover Alabama. I had been thinking about a smaller boat for some time, because I needed something small to fish the tiny nooks in Walker County Lake. I was getting tired of paying to rent an aluminum boat every time I wanted to fish the lake. At 4 bucks a pop for rental of a boat and 3.00 to pay to fish seemed a little steep. So enter the Raider boat, which turned out to be perfect for the type fishing I was doing on the small lake. I could cover the entire lake with one charge on my trolling motor battery and still have power left at the end of a trip. With the lake being 160 areas I could fish all those little nooks and narrow channels with ease. It was perfect with my fly rod and I had plenty of rod rack space not to mention the extra space for tackle and a couple of small coolers. I learn early on that this little boat was more than I expected ,because of the quietness, stability, ease of handling with a 30 lb. thrust trolling motor. The boat only weights in at 85 lbs. because of the heavy gauge RAM molded construction. It floated high in the water which mades it turn on dime. In short it has been the perfect little companion for my short trips to Walker or any other little water adventure. I don't know if are aware of this but if you have a trolling motor on any small boat you must have it registered. Not having it registered will result in a fine. Guess who found this out?

Two individuals can fish from this boat. Your two seats slide along an open track which extends the length of the boat. I added a portable depth finder which operates off of D cell batteries. Perfect for a drop anchor 

8 comments:

Jay said...

I once had a square stern canoe, and wondered about registering it in TN? I called TWRA and got conflicting information... some said "if it floats" it has to be registered. Others told me if it had a motor over 10 hp it had to be registered... and some said if it was over a certain length it had to be registered. I honestly don't know if the state "officials" knew what their own rules really stated. I ended up registering it to be on the safe side. Now I have kayaks and none are registered... and don't expect they ever will be, although I'm pretty sure some states require that too. So check your local laws.

Bill Trussell said...

Jay
In Alabama, if you have a trolling motor on a canoe, kayak or a small aluminum boat you have to register it. I paid the price when I first got this little boat back in 08, when I didn't have it registered and got a fine. At the time I had just put the trolling motor on it, but no registration sticker. MAD was not the word I would use for how I felt.

blake said...

Expensive lesson learned, been there before myself with a canoe

Bill Trussell said...

Blake
I can see charging for a gasoline motor on a boat, but a trolling motor is ridiculous.

Mel said...

Hi Bill, just wondering how the little boat handles in the wind? Sure looks like a handy way to access small waters for sure.

Bill Trussell said...

Mel
Glad you asked I have created a stabilizer for the opposite end of the boat, where the anchor is located. I was going to mention that in the post and forgot to add it before I posted. I will make an image of the stabilizer and post it sometime tomorrow. I actually built this thing about a month ago. To answer your question about wind there is a problem so enter the stabilizer. Check back for the solution to the wind problem.

JEFF TheFreshwaterFly.com said...

The first boat I ever bought was nearly identical... I was 16 years old and felt like I was on top of the world! I loved that boat.

Bill Trussell said...

Jeff
Truly a handy little boat for small lakes and oversize ponds. I have landed lots of gills with this little rig. Thanks for the comment