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Duane’s Sun Dolphin Sportsman

Make and Model of your boat:

Sun dolphin Sportsman

How long have you owned it?

3 years

Type of trolling motor and/or gas motor?

Minn Kota Endura C2 30# thrust

What type of fish finder do you use? How is it mounted and powered? Where is your transducer?

None

What other accessories do you use on your boat?

Battery powered navigation lights

How do you transport your boat? (truck bed? trailer?)

Trailer

What type of water do you fish? Pond, lake, river?

Lakes and creeks
What do you like most about your boat?
Ease of launch and reloading from the trailer

What do you dislike most about your boat?

Drift and rotation due to lack of a rudder

What is the best accessory or modification you’ve added to your boat?

PVC rod racks

Anything else you would like to let people know about your boat or small fishing boats in general?

Fishing seems to be better from a small boat just due to how they can be used and places they are able to go. Also because of their lack of range, they force you to slow down and make the most of the waters available. After moving to a small boat I discovered that I had been missing so much when fishing from a large boat with a big motor. Because I had once had much greater range and speed available I had passed up great waters always trying to find the best places to fish. I never recognized them when I saw them because I’m not that great of a fisherman anyway. Since great range and speed is not possible with a small boat I was forced to concentrate and fish the waters that were within reach. I was forced to focus on what was in front of me and have caught far better fish from this 8 foot plastic boat than I ever did from a large bass boat. I have enjoyed the boating experiences so much more than before, not only due to better fishing experiences, but also due to the complete lack of hassle during use and maintenance needed when off the water. There is no loud engine noise, no smell of 2-cycle oil, no need to mix fuel and oil, no motor upkeep and winterization, no wiring connections to corrode (only the trolling motor which gets stored in the garage), no cables or mechanisms to keep lubricated, no boat hull finishes to maintain, no interior materials to keep clean or repaired, virtually nothing that needs worked on to keep maintained, and the work needed to prepare for launch or reloading on the trailer when finished for the day is far easier as well. The entire rig, trailer and all, is much lighter and can be easily moved around at home which makes hitching to the truck much easier. Also, in places without ramp access to water, these boats can simply be put in the truck bed and hauled in, then launched right from the shoreline. The possible modifications to personalize and improve comfort are endless and fun to do. They are more like leasure projects, not dreadful jobs. I will never go back to a large boat again.


Products Mentioned

Sun Dolphin Sportsman

Minn Kota Endura C2 30# thrust trolling motor
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@smallfishingboat’s Pelican Bass Raider 10e

Make and Model of your boat:

Pelican Bass Raider 10e

How long have you owned it?

3 years

Type of trolling motor and/or gas motor?

MotorGuide Bulldog 40. No gas motor as I mainly fish an electric only lake.

What type of fish finder do you use? How is it mounted and powered? Where is your transducer?

I use a Lowrance Hook 5 but I use it with the Lowrance Ice Fishing kit. The ice fishing kit is basically a bag with a mount inside and a small battery compartment. It also came with a suction cup mount for the transducer but I couldn’t get it to work with my transducer. I ended up just using the standard trolling motor mount and it works great. I can keep my graph in it’s bag and just set it in the boat and plug it in when I go fishing.

What other accessories do you use on your boat?

I’ve added a seat pedestal to my seat so that I sit up a little higher which helps me steer with the Bulldog 40 trolling motor. I use a PowerPole HD anchor spike when I find a good spot. I power the motor with an EverStart (walmart) battery inside of a Minn Kota Power Center battery box. Other than that just several GoPro mounts and a paddle in case I run out of juice! That hasn’t happened since I got the Minn Kota Power Center which includes a battery meter…

How do you transport your boat? (truck bed? trailer?)

I just throw it in the back of my F150 and put one strap over it.
What type of water do you fish? Pond, Lake, River?
A 60 acre oxbow lake. When I’m not on that lake I’m usually fishing a farm pond.

What do you like most about your boat?

Probably the lack of maintenance (compared to a real boat) and the portability. I love that I can take my boat anywhere and get in and out of the water easily.

What do you dislike most about your boat?

It can get a little cramped if you’ve been on the water a while. It would be nice to fish out of something bigger every once in a while. Also, the ridged deck. It gets uncomfortable. I need to find a yoga mat or something to lay down over it.

What is the best accessory or modification you’ve added to your boat?

I really love my MotorGuide Bulldog 40 trolling motor because I can steer by foot. If the boat was a little bigger I could probably use the pedal while standing and fishing but for the most part I have to take a seat and use it. Still, it makes it much easier to fish and control the boat.

Anything else you would like to let people know about your boat or small fishing boats in general?

Well…I made this website because I think these type of boats can offer a lot. There’s got to be a ton of people out there that love bass fishing but don’t have the opportunity to fish big reservoirs or fish from real bass boats. I think these plastic fishing boats fill the gap between bank fishing and bass boat fishing. A lot of people could benefit from that.

Where can people find you online?

@smallfishingboats on instagram…and this website…



Products Mentioned:

Pelican Bass Raider 10e
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MotorGuide Bulldog 40 Trolling Motor
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Lowrance Hook 5 (the newer version)

Lowrance Universal Portable Kit

Lowrance Trolling Motor Transducer Mount

PowerPole Heavy Duty Anchor Spike
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Minn Kota Power Center Battery Box

Marine Raider 7″ Seat Pedestal


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