Float tube Fishing vs Bank Fishing
Bank fishing is a natural point of comparison. There are several obvious limitations for the shore bound angler. Let’s discuss how flotation fishing stacks up. First, fishing from shore is usually limited to places where there is easy access by roads or trails to the intended fishing spots. The type of terrain may also limit or prevent easy access. If you can’t get down the face of a cliff, or fight your way through or around a barrier of brush or reeds, you will be unable to fish from shore. Tubers and tooners, on the other hand, are able to launch wherever it is convenient, approach these spots from the open water and fish them easily.
Second, when casting from shore you can fish only the water within range of your longest casts. There may also be limitations of fences, rocks, trees or other obstructions. These prevent easy movement or relocation along the shoreline. If you are afloat you can fish anywhere along the shoreline…as near or far from the shore and as deep as you wish.
Third, tubers and tooners can utilize a greater variety of fishing techniques. For example, you can retrieve parallel to the shoreline at whatever depth or distance from shore the fish are holding. If you are on the bank, casting straight out from shore, you are fishing in “high percentage” water only a small percentage of the time on each cast. Your retrieves intersect prime holding areas at an angle and then only briefly. When you fish from a floating platform you have the option of casting either in toward shore or out from shore…as well as fishing parallel to the shoreline. On some days the fish respond better to an “upslope” presentation. On other days, such as when crawdads are moving down into deeper water, a lure bounced “down slope” will get more response. But, when you find the fish holding at a specific depth along the shoreline you can position your craft to allow efficient working of that specific zone…an option not available to the shorebound fisherman.
Fishing from a float tube also provides the opportunity to make vertical presentations. The best a shore angler can hope for is to get lucky and have a cast sink to exactly the right spot at the right depth. Tubers and tooners with sonar can pinpoint where the fish are holding, on any kind of structure, and then drop their offerings right into the fishes’ dining room every time. In short, the biggest truth in fishing is that you can’t catch ‘em where they ain’t. If you are able to find the fish, and then position yourself to keep your bait or lure where they can see it and respond to it, you will catch more fish. Those are some of the reasons why flotation fishing is potentially better than fishing from shore.
Here is a limit of 6 walleyes from Utah Lake, from the days before there were slot limits on sizes. These fish ranged from 5 to 8 pounds and were only part of the 30 fish caught that day.
Since these fish were caught in a spot unfishable from shore or by wading…and difficult to find and fish by boat, TubeDude enjoyed the action all by himself. Ya gotta love float tubes for being able to fish places that others can’t.