Fishing and boating are very popular hobbies in Nebraska. The state has a number of reservoirs, lakes, and the Missouri River itself for the use of water cruisers and hobby fishers. These waters contain a wide variety of fish including walleye, bass, wipers, bluegills, crappies, catfish, yellow perch, northern pikes, bullheads, muskellunge, and trout.
If you’re planning to look for boats for sale in Nebraska, you should consider these five important questions.
- While on water, how much time do you spend fishing? Cruising?
- What is your favorite type of fish?
- What is more important to you, performance or appearance?
- Where do you fish?
- How much is your budget?
Fishing vs. Cruising
Categorically, there are three major types of boats: cruising boats, fishing boats, and boats for watersports. If you spend your time on water mostly on fishing, then you should opt for fishing boats. There are many kinds such as all-purpose fishing boats, aluminum fishing boats, bass boats, center console, fish and ski boats, flat boats, heavy welded boats, and many more.
Fishing boat dealers in Nebraska say that the species of the fish that you want to catch mostly dictates the type of fishing boat that you will buy. If you plan on catching white bass, then you should opt for all-purpose fishing boats or bass boats. If you’re into trout or redfish, then you your best bet would be buying a flat boat and so on.
Performance vs. Appearance
Fishing boats can be made with an aluminum or fiberglass body. Aluminum boats are light and tough and most fishers prefer this over fiberglass boats because they’re economical. However, if you prefer looks and have a little bit to spare on gas, then you can choose a fiberglass fishing boat instead.
Your fishing location determines the ideal size of boat for your hobby. If you’re into small lakes or freshwater fish, then you can get a standard 14-foot fishing boat. Meanwhile, if you spend your time mostly on saltwater, then you should consider opting for a 16-foot fishing boat model.
Ultimately, the price tag will be the deciding factor. Today, financing companies work with boat dealers like White’s Marine Center to give customers like you fair interest rates. The best thing that you can do is to decide on the payment method you’re most comfortable with and discuss it with your boat dealer.
(Source: Tips for Buying a New Fishing Boat, Sportsman’s Guide, 20 May 2013)