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FLOAT TUBE FISHING FORUM » Float Tubes, Pontoons and Related Equipment Discussions » Float Tube and Pontoon Tips, Tricks and Mods » Float Tube Kick Technique

Float Tube Kick Technique

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1 Float Tube Kick Technique on Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:40 pm

MenyoG


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I have been pondering if there is a more efficient kick technique than what I currently using.

Currently, I just start with both my feet dangling straight down. With one foot I kick straight up, stopping before I break the water's surface. As I bring the first foot back down the other is on its way up, and so on

I know Lolly uses a different technique than I do. He described as a bicycle type of kick. I couldn't copy it, especially as tired as I was at the time he described it.

I searched the net for kick techniques but came up pretty much dry. Anybody have any insight for me?

Thanks,
Manuel

2 Re: Float Tube Kick Technique on Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:24 pm

Aquaholic38

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there`s diferent techinques??? scratch

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3 Re: Float Tube Kick Technique on Tue Oct 09, 2012 1:22 am

motorazr

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Yeh, I have two techniques. Thrash my feet around and go fast till I get a cramp then stop and scream in agony. lol!
Don't catch many fish but I sure do get around!

4 Re: Float Tube Kick Technique on Tue Oct 09, 2012 7:09 am

bassfishing24/7

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Get long Fins,they will help.

5 Re: Float Tube Kick Technique on Tue Oct 09, 2012 2:36 pm

Chomps

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I kick both my feet at the same time just like a dolphins tail it helps scare away sharks Very Happy Lmao jk

6 Re: Float Tube Kick Technique on Tue Oct 09, 2012 6:23 pm

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Has anyone worked out a way to turn fast? I've read that some guys turn by kicking just one fin but that technique just keeps me going pretty well straight. I'm getting better at turning but have no idea what I really do. I somehow twist my body and kick from the side...I think. LOL!

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7 Re: Float Tube Kick Technique on Tue Oct 09, 2012 9:24 pm

monkeee2002

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I find that if I twist my hips a little bit, it allows me to kick at a bit of an angle, rather than just "up & down". That gets me turned pretty quick.

8 Re: Float Tube Kick Technique on Wed Oct 10, 2012 12:50 am

bodfish


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Hey guys,
This is actually a more pertinent question then some may think,.. and the answer is YES there are different kicking techniques.

Floattubes are all about YOU and how you are able to make your toob work for you, as a boat and a fishing platform. Perhaps no other boating device afloat is like this. How your toob performs is about how tall you are, how heavy you are, what shape you are, what shape you are in!, etc., etc., So YES there are different kicking techniques.

1) THE LONG KICK,...
whenever you need to reach a long distance destination one of the first kicks you will naturally learn is the Long Kick. It basically is a kick that requires you to lean back in your seat as far as you can so you can utilize as long a kick as you can. Keeping it leisurely and paced so as not to fatigue. Rotating your hips helps to utilize the long muscles of your thighs and reduce fatigue.

2) THE SPEED KICK,...
Particularly when fighting BIG fish or dodging conventional boat traffic, it's when you need that quick burst of speed. Lean as far back as possible pressing both hands (or your elbows if your hands are full of fishing pole and big fish) down hard on the toob, (you need to get your ass off the seat to reduce drag, and transfer your weight to the outer, flotation of the toob), and kick with stiff upper legs and fluid calves and ankles.

3) THE IDLING KICK,...
or the Ankle Kick,... This is the kick that you will use most of the time when you are fishing and you need to maintain position against wind and current. Short strokes from the knees down keeping your fin tips fairly deep, very leisurely,concentrating on the upstroke. (Lolly's bicycle kick?)

4) THE TURNING KICK,...
This is an interesting kick that water polo players and synchronized swimmers use to turn on a dime. You spread your legs wide and kick your legs in circles.Clockwise to go left, counter to go right. If you do it right you should be able to turn 180 degrees in your own diameter with one kick.

5) THE BACK-UP (kicking for forward motion)
This was a kick that was easier in the good ol', bad ol' days of the round tube. You lean as far forward as you can, keeping your fin tips deep and under or behind you, and step as if climbing a flight of stairs, concentrating on the downstroke.

6) THE QUARTERING KICK
This is for quartering, You kick one leg slowly, with long shallow strokes and with the other, short strokes with your leg half again as deep. ( this one is a *&@#* to learn, sort of like rubbing your stomach and patting your head at the same time, but is extremely valuable when fishing, downwind, and across)

Boatmanship and position, is in my mind crucial to fishing success and especially in a toob knowing any or all of the best ways to propel yourself and maneuver, the better.


bodfish

PS FINS,FINS,FINS,.... Because everything I have just mentioned is predicated on the type fins you use in my humble opinion,....
Long soft fins (diving fins) ,.. good for speed, long runs, and better for fatigue prevention,...
Short fins,... good for maneuverability and quickness,and extremely valuable in shallow or densely weeded areas,
Best fishing fins? Force Fins! hands down.

There are simple answers to why short, stiff, forked, fins are superior to long soft dive fins for toobing and tooning. But that is another discussion.

9 Re: Float Tube Kick Technique on Wed Oct 10, 2012 6:24 am

Free2Fish

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Wow, great stuff bodfish! I'm anxious to try out those turning instructions but may have to wait until I hit the salt in December.

Thanks,
Harry

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10 Re: Float Tube Kick Technique on Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:01 am

JsFishSlayer

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
Hey guys,
This is actually a more pertinent question then some may think,.. and the answer is YES there are different kicking techniques.

Floattubes are all about YOU and how you are able to make your toob work for you, as a boat and a fishing platform. Perhaps no other boating device afloat is like this. How your toob performs is about how tall you are, how heavy you are, what shape you are, what shape you are in!, etc., etc., So YES there are different kicking techniques.

1) THE LONG KICK,...
whenever you need to reach a long distance destination one of the first kicks you will naturally learn is the Long Kick. It basically is a kick that requires you to lean back in your seat as far as you can so you can utilize as long a kick as you can. Keeping it leisurely and paced so as not to fatigue. Rotating your hips helps to utilize the long muscles of your thighs and reduce fatigue.

2) THE SPEED KICK,...
Particularly when fighting BIG fish or dodging conventional boat traffic, it's when you need that quick burst of speed. Lean as far back as possible pressing both hands (or your elbows if your hands are full of fishing pole and big fish) down hard on the toob, (you need to get your ass off the seat to reduce drag, and transfer your weight to the outer, flotation of the toob), and kick with stiff upper legs and fluid calves and ankles.

3) THE IDLING KICK,...
or the Ankle Kick,... This is the kick that you will use most of the time when you are fishing and you need to maintain position against wind and current. Short strokes from the knees down keeping your fin tips fairly deep, very leisurely,concentrating on the upstroke. (Lolly's bicycle kick?)

4) THE TURNING KICK,...
This is an interesting kick that water polo players and synchronized swimmers use to turn on a dime. You spread your legs wide and kick your legs in circles.Clockwise to go left, counter to go right. If you do it right you should be able to turn 180 degrees in your own diameter with one kick.

5) THE BACK-UP (kicking for forward motion)
This was a kick that was easier in the good ol', bad ol' days of the round tube. You lean as far forward as you can, keeping your fin tips deep and under or behind you, and step as if climbing a flight of stairs, concentrating on the downstroke.

6) THE QUARTERING KICK
This is for quartering, You kick one leg slowly, with long shallow strokes and with the other, short strokes with your leg half again as deep. ( this one is a *&@#* to learn, sort of like rubbing your stomach and patting your head at the same time, but is extremely valuable when fishing, downwind, and across)

Boatmanship and position, is in my mind crucial to fishing success and especially in a toob knowing any or all of the best ways to propel yourself and maneuver, the better.


bodfish

PS FINS,FINS,FINS,.... Because everything I have just mentioned is predicated on the type fins you use in my humble opinion,....
Long soft fins (diving fins) ,.. good for speed, long runs, and better for fatigue prevention,...
Short fins,... good for maneuverability and quickness,and extremely valuable in shallow or densely weeded areas,
Best fishing fins? Force Fins! hands down.

There are simple answers to why short, stiff, forked, fins are superior to long soft dive fins for toobing and tooning. But that is another discussion.

This just saved me and I'm sure a lot of us noobs a bunch of time and trolling around here or elsewhere a lot.

Thanks Bodfish

http://www.facebook.com/FishSlayerJoshS

11 Re: Float Tube Kick Technique on Thu Feb 28, 2013 7:28 am

soonernick


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+1 This is some great info!

12 Re: Float Tube Kick Technique on Thu Feb 28, 2013 6:11 pm

MenyoG


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Hey Bodfish,

Thanks for the very informative and detailed reply.

I started this thread and somehow lost track of things.

Glad somebody brought it up so I could catch up.

Manuel

13 Re: Float Tube Kick Technique on Thu Feb 28, 2013 7:16 pm

Devil Dog

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Hey free2fish I'd say go to a body of water and just try different ways, after a while it'll come second nature, you'll be surprised what just turning your foot a different way or even doing circles with one fin. We all have our own opinions but long fins kill me, I want to get shorter buy wider fins like force fins or hot spot. I'm still using the browning fins I bought over 18 years ago, just these last 4 years or so I got more into tubing and now looking for a "deal" on fins.

14 Re: Float Tube Kick Technique on Thu Mar 14, 2013 7:09 pm

fatboy531

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Yeah!! you'll find your pace. Take it easy at first. You dont want to burn all your energy on the way out to find out the wind has picked up on the way back and start cramping, cause there is nowhere to go!! I own a pair of force fins and love them.

15 Re: Float Tube Kick Technique on Tue Jun 18, 2013 11:43 am

dayhut

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Super post bodkin, or bodyshot, or whatever your name... ah, there it is : bodfish.

Thanks for the information. Newbs like me love it!

16 Re: Float Tube Kick Technique on Fri May 30, 2014 11:15 pm

JOER210

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Good stuff Thanks a lot bodfish

17 Re: Float Tube Kick Technique on Fri May 30, 2014 11:34 pm

jeffcpr

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Where the hell was I when this first went up dam that is great info. I have often wondered am I doing the kick right well now I know No I am not  scratch 
I think this is very important info we need to get this out to more people thanks bodfish and everyone else thanks.


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