How to Use a Float Tube

How to Use a Float Tube
Fishing from a float tube is fun and gives you the advantage of going to where the fish are.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Before You Go

Things You’ll Need:
  • Float tube Fins Waders (for cold water) Air pump Loud whistle (for lakes with speed boats)
  • Float tube
  • Fins
  • Waders (for cold water)
  • Air pump
  • Loud whistle (for lakes with speed boats)
Step 1
Float tubes should be stored partially inflated. The day before your outing, it is a good idea to pump up your tube until the outer covering is fairly tight and let it sit for a few hours so you can make sure it holds air. If it doesn't, you will need to pull the bladder and check for leaks and fix with a patch.
You will need to make sure you have your air pump and a patch kit on board while you are in the water.
You may also want to take a net bag for holding cans of soda or beer.
You will want to make sure that you have all of your fishing items organized in your tube pouches.
Step 2
When you get to the water, carry all your gear that you plan to take with you to the waters' edge and lay it all out on the ground and check to make sure that you haven't forgotten anything. If the water is cold you will want to have waders for comfort. I prefer neoprene waders for float tubing because they are comfortable for sitting for extended periods, and they fit snug so you can move easily through the water. In warm water you will not need waders, but in either case you will need fins. You can put the fins on right before you enter the water. I look for a shallow area with easy access and then place the tube in the water and load my fishing rod and drinks on the tube and push it out into deeper water before seating myself in the craft. I prefer thigh deep water for getting into the tube because it is easier to move around in the water, once you are on board, if it is not too shallow.
Step 3
When you get out away from the bank you will need to make note of landmarks around your entry area so you can find it later. You will also want to make note of any other boats etc on the water. At this point you will need to keep your eyes peeled for signs of fish. You also need check for currents. You can do this by sitting still in the water and see if you are moving in relation to a bush or tree on the bank. Many lakes have currents in them that are barely detectable and these currents can be the reason that you will find yourself far away from your entry area in a relative short time. You may want to stay fairly close to your entry area until you are sure your tube is holding air and to make sure that you haven't forgotten anything.
Step 4
When you see rising fish or movement in the water, you will want to get fairly close and cast to those areas. It always amazes me how close I can get to rising fish without spooking them. This is the real beauty of using a float tube. If you're like me you will be concentrating on fishing and not on the clock.
Give your self plenty of time to get back to your entry area before it gets dark. But most of all,enjoy the experience. You will find that float tubing is a relaxing and a peaceful way to catch lots of fish.

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