I hope to use this blog as an avenue to express my thoughts and adventures of all of my fishing expeditions and any other journeys I may undertake.
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