Hunting Fishing

Livin’ the dream on the water means having a boat for every occasion. Here’s a wish list

A jet boat glides up the Salmon River, negotiating the river currents and white water. It’s one of the types of boats on Roger George’s dream list.
A jet boat glides up the Salmon River, negotiating the river currents and white water. It’s one of the types of boats on Roger George’s dream list. Idaho Statesman file

A big part of fishing is the idea of “livin’ the dream” – and there’s no bigger dream than having the perfect boat for almost every need. Here’s my dream list:

Kayak/float tube – Everyone needs something for those intimate little areas that are hard to get to but look like they could be great fishing spots. Inexpensive (relatively) and it doesn’t take up much space – I know that I would have a spot to store it.

Small aluminum boat – Gotta have one of these to hit the small ponds, lakes and backwaters. I grew up throwing one of these in the back of the pickup and off I went. Simple, easy and no fuss. Gas, engine and a small vehicle can make this inexpensive combo a versatile fishing hit.

Trolling/multipurpose boat – More passenger space, versatile and able to be used for trolling casting and personal boating in a comfortable cabin. This class of boat offers a lot of advantages for many types of adventures in both fresh and saltwater.

Jetboat – I’ve watched jealously as I’ve seen a jet go where no normal boat would dare venture. I know I would love to run the rapids if I could!

Bass boat – I do like getting where I’m going quickly! I could see adding a very nice bass boat fitted with a 300-horsepower engine just for making sure no one beat me to my spot! Having lots of space onboard doesn’t hurt, and I sure would like to see it with a bimini top for the hot summers – and a bigger windshield for the winter!

Ocean boat – Having a really nice ocean boat for salmon, albacore and all the rest is a good option. You need to have the big radar globe on top and all the other necessary ocean fishing goodies to be sure you’re safe offshore. This is an expensive plaything, but a cool one. Add it to the shopping list!

That’s the short list and my stalls are full. After polling many anglers, it’s pretty clear that most of us really do need at least five boats to do all the things we would like to in this lifetime!

Of course, all these vessels would be lined up in my special boat garage equipped with all the latest tools, a fulltime mechanic and an electronics expert. (My Bat cave!) Oh, and having another building to store all the tackle, equipment and vehicles might be a good idea.

After thinking about it a lot more, maybe too much of a good thing doesn’t add up to better or more fishing. And to think this whole dream started with a simple aluminum boat, an outboard, a small tackle box and a fishing pole! Keep the main thing, the main thing!

Never give up!

Roger George is The Bee’s fishing expert: rogergeorge8000@sbcglobal.net, Rogergeorgeguideservice on Facebook and @StriperWars

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