These boats are purpose-built for various types of fishing - from large offshore vessels capable of deep-sea, saltwater fishing to small craft like jon boats and flats boats used for freshwater fishing on ponds and inland lakes.
Saltwater vs Freshwater Fishing Boats:
Built to withstand harsh conditions at sea and salt water, saltwater fishing boats
are generally designed with greater durability, strength and stability when compared to freshwater fishing boats, although they vary in size and hull shape.
As the name implies, freshwater fishing boats
are designed specifically for fishing in fresh water and include popular classes such as aluminium fishing boats, jon boats and bass boats. These fresh water boats tend to be lighter weight, have less freeboard (i.e. shorter height), a slim profile and shallower drafts.
Fishing boats have built-in features such as livewells, rod holders, casting platforms and trolling motors. Many have a variety of accessories and options that allow you to use them for a wide range of family-orientated activities, water skiing, tubing, swimming. If you want a boat appropriate for numerous different activities, be careful not to choose one that’s too focused on a specific species or style of fishing that you can’t use it for others.