Pontoon essentials?

#1
A couple months ago I picked up one of the frameless scaddens and I'm just now getting around to putting it to use. I don't have any previous experience with watercraft and was wondering if some of the more experienced pontooners had certain items they deemed essential. What kind of life jacket do most prefer? I'm not doing multi day things where I'll be camping or anything, just small stretches of water that I can do in a few hours but I'd like to be prepared.
 

DanielOcean

Active Member
#2
Life jacket does not really matter. You are required to have one on the boat. Therefore, I went and got the cheapest life jacket from Cabelas and just bring that along. I would say that the one thing that I really really wish I had on my boat is a K Pump. I would also suggest a dry bag to carry important gear like a change of clothes, extra socks, flashlights, cellphones, wallet, you get the picture. I also find having a few extra bungie cords hanging around are always usefull. Leatherman too.
 

Blue

Active Member
#4
A couple months ago I picked up one of the frameless scaddens and I'm just now getting around to putting it to use. I don't have any previous experience with watercraft and was wondering if some of the more experienced pontooners had certain items they deemed essential. What kind of life jacket do most prefer? I'm not doing multi day things where I'll be camping or anything, just small stretches of water that I can do in a few hours but I'd like to be prepared.

For me it is rod holders. I prefer to take different rods loaded with different sink rate lines rather that try to respool in the middle of the lake. I too just pack a Walmart life vest that is adjust to fit me if I need it quickly.
I am not an Anchor person but I can see the use in them.
I would also add glue on Scotty mounts to help clean these mounts up, however, I wouldn't use a glue on for the anchor.
Also, figure out how to mount sonar. I do a lot of deep water nymphing and I need to know the bottom.
Which frameless do you have?
 
#5
It's an nfo outlaw assault. I bought it used and it came with two rod holders and some bags to keep things in. I don't fish still water much but I might be more interested in exploring them now that I have this.
 

Greg Armstrong

OldRodsHaveMoreFun
#7
Blue, how do you hold position w/o an anchor if the wind is blowing.
With fins I know, but don't you still get too much drift?
You've got more experience with this stuff than I do, so I really am wanting to learn.

Under, Also, a "long handled" rubber mesh bag net makes it easier to land and release the bigger fish. I'm glad I got one for the pontoon.
 

scottybs

Active Member
#8
It's an nfo outlaw assault. I bought it used and it came with two rod holders and some bags to keep things in. I don't fish still water much but I might be more interested in exploring them now that I have this.
Camping gears good seal line dry bag, some extra D ring patches, a cheap net and bungees to secure your gear to the back of the boat for a good 3 day float camping on islands!
 

Blue

Active Member
#9
Blue, how do you hold position w/o an anchor if the wind is blowing.
With fins I know, but don't you still get too much drift?
You've got more experience with this stuff than I do, so I really am wanting to learn.

Under, Also, a "long handled" rubber mesh bag net makes it easier to land and release the bigger fish. I'm glad I got one for the pontoon.

I also have a motor on some waters, but yes, just fins. I have had nightmares happen with anchors. Wind kick up and lines get wrapped around anchor ropes, or anchor snags something so hard, darn near sink the toon trying to get it back.
A little movement is good I find.
I get where anchors are a good thing, but just not for me.
I love long handle nets. I just got me one of the Fishpond, Nomads mid length after loosing my beautiful Orvis mid length wood net last year.
 

Peyton00

Active Member
#10
I believe a motor and anchor are the two most important things for boat safety. A lifevest and good attitudes for the occupants are a must.

Besides items mentioned above.
sharp knife, signalling device( whistle), towel to keep hands clean, drinking water, sunglasses.
 
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Evan Virnoche

Guest
#11
I have found a large duffle dry bag as a master gear hauler for lunch, flies, pump, tools and patch kit.

Another valuable lesson I learned with the frameless toons is don't put them on ur roof. I did once and my assult trickles air from somewhere on the left chamber
 
#12
Thanks for all the help.

Evan I would have totally put it on the roof for transport, thanks for the warning.

Hopefully I'll get it out on the water sometime this week.
 

Alex MacDonald

that's His Lordship, to you.....
#14
Another thing to consider: don't fully inflate the thing and then drive over the passes-keep it less than full, and top it off once you get where you're going. Those Assaults are nice boats. I probably would have gone that route if I'd seen them before I got our Watermaster Kodiaks. They all haul plenty of gear for a serious, multi-day float!
 

chewydog

Active Member
#15
Remember to remove all the above mentioned gear for transport. I left a scotty rod holder on a trailered toon, and when I got home all I had was the mount.
 

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