The ice is off in most of the country, and over the next few months, as the water starts to warm up, fishing will take center stage. Now is the time to start gearing up and planning your time on the water. This means getting poles ready, organizing tackle, and getting your boat ready. For many anglers, the last one does not apply but would like it to. Let us face it boats can be expensive and take a lot of upkeep that many anglers cannot afford or have time to deal with.
My first solution was getting a kayak, which was great. It has many advantages over a boat, the biggest ones being cost and maintenance. The biggest downside is confinement; I was stuck sitting down and felt like I lost some mobility. It was not perfect, but it got me off the shore, and I was able to explore new waters.
This year I found something that gives me the best of both worlds, a DIY boat kit from Styro Innovations. It combines the affordability of a kayak with the freedom of movement of a boat. The best thing is that since it comes as a kit, you get to completely customizable it to fit your fishing needs.
The pontoons are made of a high-density EPS (expandable polystyrene), which are then covered with polyuria which is what they spray a truck bed with (think Rhino liner or something similar). You then tie it all together with 1 ¼ inch PCV, which is strong enough for you to mount a trolling motor.
When you order from the company’s website, you have a ton of options, and depending on how much work you want to put into it depends on the upfront cost. They offer a 9 foot, 12 foot, and 15-foot model, along with other options you may want. You can get raw foam pontoons that you can coat yourself or pay extra and get the pontoons professionally coated.
These pontoons kits are extremely versatile, not only can you use them for boats, but you an also use them for floating docks, jet ski docks, and outriggers for kayaks or other boats.
Now once the kit is delivered, the sky is the limit of what you can do. They are easy to put together and are adaptable to all sorts of fishing environments. Right now, I have mine set up for bass fishing lakes, but I also plan on changing the set up when it gets warmer and rig it up for bow fishing.
This kit from Styro Innovations is going to be a game-changer this fishing season. It is going to open up a ton of options for locations to fishing and won’t break the bank.
Here is a video of the boat in action: