What Makes a Good Fishing Canoe

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Believe it or not, all canoes weren’t made for fishing. Canoes come in all different shapes, sizes, materials, and features. A canoe’s features can really make or break your fishing trip. You can take any canoe out and fish but having the right fishing canoe will allow you to really enjoy the experience and catch a real big one. A good fishing canoe is made up of the right materials, is stable, and the right size for you. This article will discuss what makes a good fishing canoe.

Hull Design

The hull is the body of the canoe, and when choosing a hull design, you want to choose it right. The way the hull is designed can make or break the canoe’s stability. A good, stable canoe is very important when it comes to fishing. If your canoe isn’t stable, you could tip it over while standing up trying to catch a big one. You want your canoe to be stable, but also maneuverable. There are different types of hull designs that can offer you both stability and maneuverability. Flat bottom canoes are curved just a little on the bottom, which allows them to be very stable on calm waters. This is important if you want to relax while fishing. However, flat bottom canoes can become very wobbly when the waters are moving. Round bottom canoes feel very unstable and make you feel as if you’re going to tip over, making them much better for unruly waters. The best canoe for fishing would probably be a shallow arch since the bottom isn’t too round or flat. These types of canoes allow you to feel more stable on the water since they don’t tip over easily.

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Size

It really depends on what type of fishing trip you’re going to be taking and how many people will be going along with you, as to what size canoe you’ll need. If you need more space for friends and family, a longer canoe is ideal. However, longer canoes can be harder to move around if you’re paddling alone. The size is very important when it comes to transporting and storing your canoe. The best fishing canoes are big enough to hold you and all of your gear, while also being easily movable.

Storage Space

When it’s time to go fishing, there is a lot of gear that you need to bring along. You’ll be packing a ton of things, from snacks and drinks to rods and a tackle box. You need a canoe that has enough space for you to store all of these necessities. Most canoes have just the right amount of storage, however, you don’t want to overload your canoe. If you bring along too much stuff, you may go over the canoe’s weight limit and that could cause problems.

Materials

Wood is normally what fishing canoes are made of. When it comes to the best performing fishing canoe, one made of wood is best. Wooden canoes are not only beautiful, but they will last for a very long time; much longer than those made from polyethylene or even fiberglass. Wooden canoes need to be handled with care to prevent scratches to the inside of the boat.