A fishing boat is a vessel used to catch fish in the sea or on a lake or river. It is distinguished from a fishing craft and most other small boats by its large size and using oars or sails as the primary means of propulsion. An angling boat is designed to catch fish in rivers or large lakes.
The following are four main types of angling boats.
The first type is the flat-bottomed boat. This boat has a wide, flat bottom and features sturdy sides to hold cargo in place while allowing water to pass through freely when afloat. It can be used in shallow waters where its flat bottom will not run aground. Because it is small and compact, this boat is relatively inexpensive and easy to maintain.
Sharp-Nosed, Flat-Bottomed Boat
The second type of boat is the sharp-nosed, flat-bottomed boat. This boat features a broad bottom with sharp shoulders where the sides meet the bottom. There are usually no thwarts because motor power is used instead of oars to move it.
Sharp- Nosed, Round Bottomed Boat
The third type is the sharp-nosed, round-bottomed boat. This boat features a rounded bottom and raked lines to make rowing or paddling with oars easier. It has an open cockpit where equipment can be stored and used as needed. The skipper’s seat is usually located at or near the stern.
Flat- Bottomed, Round-Sterned Boat
The final type of boat is the flat-bottomed, round-sterned boat. This boat features a wide bottom and shallow draft to make it easy to move through shallow waters where trees and snags may be located along the shoreline. It typically has a small cockpit area for storing equipment and small storage space. A low skipper’s seat is located at or near the stern. These angling boats are commonly used on rivers and lakes for angling, cruising, and swimming.
No matter what type of angling boat a fisherman prefers to use, the effectiveness of the catch is often limited by the conditions at hand. When selecting an angling boat, it is best to consider the most frequent water conditions. It is also important to select the smallest and least powerful option to do the job safely and effectively.