Creek Company Super Sport XR 1

PT

Physhicist
#2
My first pontoon was an original bucks 8' with nylon covered pontoons and stitched. I floated the OP rivers as well as everything in our area. There's always going to be better boats out there but this should work fine.

I'd go with 9' or bigger for your size. While I'd prefer a used PAC 900 or similar Buck's, you'd be hard pressed to find one for a similar price. You'll probably want to upgrade to 7' oars.
 

PT

Physhicist
#6
Pretty good advice. If you know you're not going to pony up and spend a thousand dollars on a boat then buy what you can afford and make the best of it. My original Bucks gave me hundreds of days on the rivers and lakes. Having owned some top quality inflatables the past couple years, I know there is a sense of security they give me. But, I also know that you can be careful in a lesser built boat and still feel comfortable using if for your intended purpose.

Get what you can comfortably afford.
 

Luke77

I hope she likes whitefish
#11
Buy once, cry once.

I personally prefer a frameless rig for a personal watercraft. That and the ability to stop and fish on the go more than makes up for the added cost IMHO.
 

PT

Physhicist
#12
I have 1 and really like it. But, when the OP is asking about a $450 boat and then decides to pony up for a $750 boat, I doubt he then wants to double that amount.
 

Blue

Active Member
#13
I like both my framed and my non framed. I did use the framed model much more this year as I set higher, plus I like being able to keep the rod tip down on stillwater. Harder to do on a closed end.
There are less expensive frameless models.