Can you fish from inflatable boats

At Ocean Inflatables we love fishing. We also love being able to get in close to rocky outcrops to haul those large snapper or Trevally out of the water and onto the plate that night.

Inflatable boats are fantastic for fishing from and are so convenient for fishing that we think everybody should have one.

The advantage of fishing from an inflatable boat is the ability to get into areas that a traditional boats can not get to as they are too large such as shown below around the Dunedin coastline.  Jetskis are a great option also however at a price tag of $30,00o upwards an inflatable with a small outboard  is a perfect solution  and very affordable for most anglers.








We find softbaiting with light rods in close is ideal for inflatable boats. Using a bendy two peice rod with a small but powerful spinning reel is perfect for softbaiting and does not take up too much room on an inflatable boat.


Courtesy of Softbait .net

Recently I went fishing from an inflatable boat at Mahurangi north of Auckland which is ideal as there is deep water on the outcrops of rock and plenty of residential fish to catch using softbaits. I find softbaits are better as there is no preparation needed, nothing to cut up (who needs sharp knives on an inflatable vessel) and you can buy a rod and reel with a powerful drag but still easy enough to use on an inflatable boat.






Lime Tiger Softbaits from Berkley Gulp are very good for large snapper in close

Or you could try the new Saltwater Ripple Mullet baits commonly known as the gumboot which create an interesting vibration in the water and attract alot of different species of fish


So next time you feel the need for spped get your inflatable on that roof rack and get some fish for tea.


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  1. Reply

    This one is great and is really a good post. I think it will help me a lot in the related stuff and is very much useful for me. Very well written I appreciate & must say good job.


    • Andree
    • December 14, 2021

    Wondering if it’s safe to drive on highway with dinghy on roof. I do do with my kayak, but wanted to buy a dinghy without desire to have a trailer or inflate / deflate every single time. Thanks

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