And I'm talking about boats - not float tubes or kayaks but little or large tinnies, especially when it comes to salt water fly fishing.
All I know is that almost every time there is a club get together here, a boat is required to get amongst the fish. There is little to no bank fishing. Going out in a tube on the ocean (or bay) where I live is dangerous because of larger boats and sharks. Do others face the same problems?
And that doesn't just apply to salt water - it applies to trout and other species such as bass who live in lakes. A boat will take you to parts of a lake that walking the bank just can't get you to.
I have been saying for years that I need to get myself a little boat which goes hand-in-hand with a boat license. The license is not hard to get, it is the choice of boat that's hard.... which size can I manage on my own? Who can teach me to back the car with doing damage to my car (I remember a bunch of guys standing around watching another poor chap backing his car down to load his boat. When he was having trouble, all the onlookers started yelling "been backing long"...... I don't want that to happen to me!). What size motor can I start, especially if it doesn't come with an electric start? So many questions to be answered before I can buy a boat. After I do get one, it will be practise, practise, practise out on my own - even that sounds daunting just writing it!
Do you know also how many different kinds and sizes of boats are out there? And it cannot have a cover for obvious reasons which is a pain given where I live and the intense heat and sun here.
The most important issues is do I feel comfortable and confident sufficiently to take someone out with me? It has to be a resounding yes before I go anywhere with a mate.
Video this week is an oldie but a goodie. Salmon fishing at Hervey Bay, Queensland, with Gavin Platz. Also some pictures of the type of boat which is very popular here for fly fishing.