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FLOAT TUBE FISHING FORUM » Float Tubes, Pontoons and Related Equipment Discussions » Float Tube, Pontoon, and Equipment Related Discussions » Is there anythig that I should be aware of??

Is there anythig that I should be aware of??

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1 Is there anythig that I should be aware of?? on Wed Feb 03, 2016 9:23 am

SP Dan

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Newby to float tubing and am just now getting all of my stuff together before my maiden voyage in a couple of weeks.

Are there any rules or regulations (or do nots) in the harbors that I should be made aware of?
I would appreciate all experience and advise.

Dan

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Id say more than anything keep you head on a swivel....i know you have an orange tube but yeah visibility is always good....life jacket for sure...whistle maybe....i sometimes take a gaff just in case LOL....as you go on you will get more confortable with your surroundings....as a starter id stay close to your launch spot as currents can get hella a crazy and u dont want to be battling the current on your first time...

umm im sure other peeps have more info....also dress warm LOL

im sure more peeps will chime in....

Your almost there!!


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I'm not familiar with the harbors but I will say check your fatigue level.
Maiden voyage is to suss things out. Find out if you like your storage set up, seat position, make sure no little leaks. Zig and zag to see how the wind or current is affecting your stamina. I don't have currents to fight, but the wind can be brutal. I have had to beach my tube, let a good amount of air out and hike back before.


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Ideally, try not to go by yourself. Hydrate properly on the days leading up to it because leg cramps suck.

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Be aware of sharks and big dogs. They bite and don't play nice lol

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It is best that you go with someone for your first voyage, it is simple but there is a learning curve. Pay attention to the tides and stay close to your launch site, but I cannot urge it enough you would be best to tube with someone else not alone for your first trip.


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Good advice by all I second the whistle or air horn, depending on the angle of the sun and other factors sometimes the boats cant see you. I almost got run over once by a bass boat. Also a partner is a very good idea. Don't get to excited to get in the water take your time make sure you have everything. HAVE FUN be SAFE.

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Definitely go with someone else experienced with float tubing.

Sounds like you are going to try the ocean bays but I'd suggest one of the local fresh water reservoirs for your first experience.

Depending on your fitness level there will be no current to deal with maybe just the wind. I find it can be a little less stressful, in general also.

It is a little more physical than just getting out the lawn chair and tossing in a line so a little more body prep is a good way to make sure you have the best experience.

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funny u guys mention fatigue...my buddy usually tubes with me and he had not been out since december and he came out yesterday and an hour in he started cramping up hahah sucks but very true....good luck again SPDAN


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Eat a banana or two before and during your outing, helps with muscle fatigue........GT

11 Re: Is there anythig that I should be aware of?? on Thu Feb 25, 2016 12:31 pm

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I eat a banana the night before and then one for breakfast or with breakfast the morning I leave. I also have been carrying Powerbars to snack on in the tube.


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