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1 New member on Fri Dec 30, 2016 9:32 am

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Hello.

I'm a brand new member to this forum and I gotta say it's great to be here. This is a sport that I'm really looking to become a part of. I look forward to meeting a lot of you and posting pictures and showing progress reports and learning from you all. I am just starting out meaning putting all my gear together. I am open to suggestions. For starters. What do you think is a great starter tube?

2 Re: New member on Fri Dec 30, 2016 9:51 am

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Anything from Classic Accessories and there best is the Cumberland, I will send you a PM with so more info soon. Welcome to the forum glad you found us.


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3 Re: New member on Fri Dec 30, 2016 9:54 am

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Welcome aboard Soggy Bottom.........my first and a forum favorite is the Cumberland by Classic Accessories. Click on Cover Bonanza for a great deal...........GT

4 Re: New member on Fri Dec 30, 2016 11:20 am

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Thanks GT! They look like the toob that will hold up for many years. Appreciate the tip. What about flipper fins?

5 Re: New member on Fri Dec 30, 2016 1:48 pm

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Look at equipment related topics...u will find a thread on fins. Personally I use Outcast fins, step into tighten traps. Easy on the legs, $100.....GT

6 Re: New member on Fri Dec 30, 2016 2:07 pm

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Welcome:idea: cheers rendeer always nice to get new Talent you will have a great time

7 Re: New member on Fri Dec 30, 2016 2:34 pm

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Welcome to the forum Soggy Bottom (great name )!!!
I have a Cumberland as well. I use Omega Flip Fins and Force Fins. If you do a few searches Force Fins are the preferred tool, just very pricey. I say get what you can afford or use what you got and jump in the water.


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8 Re: New member on Fri Dec 30, 2016 2:43 pm

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Welcome aboard Soggy Bottom ... I hope that you enjoy your stay,
You should sign up for the International Float Tube Fishing Tournament ... today, it starts Jan 1 and it goes thru March ... lots of time and lots of fun!! Only $20.

I own (2) Cumberland Classic Accessories float tubes and (1) Fish Cat Deluxe 4 float tube,
You can't go wrong with either FT.

The CCA PROS in my opinion: offers larger storage pockets and an attached storage on the back of the seat, the seat and the seat back are both constructed with a pliable foam and so you only need to inflate the two air bladders. The seat is also very comfortable and you sit up out of the water.
The CCA CONS in my opinion: the bow of the FT tube is constructed from a mesh material which will cause minimal drag in the water and will also collect a lot more floating debris in it's netting (acting like a skimmer).
Also the bladder end caps are constructed out of nylon cloth so when you clean your tube you will not want to stand your tube up on end which will cause the fabric to begin to fail or cause the stitching to come apart.

The FCD-4 PROS
in my opinion: slightly better construction, air bladder end caps are concentrically designed and are constructed with a durable vinyl product and the bow section is also constructed with the same durable vinyl product making it less prone to gathering floating debris and slightly more water dynamic (like the hard bow of a ship), the seat is very comfortable and you sit up out of the water.

The FCD-4 CONS in my opinion: slightly smaller storage pockets and no back of seat storage,
also you'll need to inflate the seat, the seat back and the (2) two air bladders.
With so many air bags ... sooner or later you will have a leak.

Fins: I prefer Force Fins. They channel the water perfectly and are proven to cause less muscle fatigue and leg cramping than the other (cheaper) fins in the market. Remember ... when you are out there ... that this is not a race. You will move slowly and stealthily. In SW, there are tide currents and gusting winds to consider.

PFD: A must and a requirement to have on board with you at all times. The USCG does not consider our float tubes to be flotation devices.

Pm me ... and I'll make you a deal on a CCA FT, a set of breathable waders and a two-way air pump ...
such a deal that you can't refuse.  Very Happy  lol
Contingency ... that you pick up the items in San Pedro, Ca.



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9 Re: New member on Fri Dec 30, 2016 5:14 pm

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Welcome aboard. I also would recommend the cumberland and fish cat. I have 2 cumberland and 1 fish cat that I have had for many years. I could offer you a good deal on a cumberland that needs 1 new blader. For fins I found a pair for $20 at big 5 that I like. I ussually look for cheap snokle fins to float tube in. They are longer then fins that where designed for float tubes. I have been float tube fishing for 6-7 years and would be happy to offer any guidance on the subject. Where will you be fishing? I go out almost every weekend in the Long Beach area.

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10 Re: New member on Sat Dec 31, 2016 7:38 am

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Hi SP Dan. Thanks for the welcome! I did a little research and think the CCA is the toob I am looking for. Thanks for the helpful analytics. I read up on both of them and you were spot on. I will be contacting you "pm" shortly about the offer details. I may have to roll out to San Pedro soon Thanks again.

11 Re: New member on Sat Dec 31, 2016 7:42 am

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Thank you Litefoot

12 Re: New member on Sat Dec 31, 2016 7:44 am

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Jerdon: Thanks for the welcome. Great info on the fins...I am looking on line now. So many options.

13 Re: New member on Sat Dec 31, 2016 7:50 am

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Hey Soggy Bottom,

Just give me a-couple-of-days heads-up and I'll take you out to a couple of my local spots in order to give you a good feel of the tube. I have extra fins, rods and a PFD you can also use. Plus the tube you will be using will have a rod rack ... but not apart of this package. The rod racks cost me about $60 dollars in ABS parts at Home Depot.

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14 Re: New member on Sat Dec 31, 2016 8:08 am

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SP Dan: "PFD: A must and a requirement to have on board with you at all times. The USCG does not consider our float tubes to be flotation devices." What does PFD stand for and will I need this for lak fishing here in Arizona?

I will reach out when I am able to lock down a time to head that way. Will be soon. Thanks for offering to test them out. I wear XL in waders. Looked at some yesterday, did not purchase as of yet. I will try to hold off...lol

15 Re: New member on Sat Dec 31, 2016 9:05 am

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PFD: Personal Flotation Device, life jacket.

I'm not 100% certain about the regulations in AZ but you should be able to inquire locally about it.

It is required here in Ca.



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16 Re: New member on Sat Dec 31, 2016 9:06 am

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:SP Dan: "PFD: A must and a requirement to have on board with you at all times. The USCG does not consider our float tubes to be flotation devices." What does PFD stand for and will I need this for lak fishing here in Arizona?

I will reach out when I am able to lock down a time to head that way. Will be soon. Thanks for offering to test them out. I wear XL in waders. Looked at some yesterday, did not purchase as of yet. I will try to hold off...lol

Welcome to the forum Soggy Bottom! PFD stands for Personal Flotation Device aka Life Jacket. You should always have a PFD anytime you are out on your tube or any boat. I'm sure it is a requirement on any floating platform in any water way if you are aboard. Plus it's for your own safety! If you don't like the bulky life vests, you can pick up a nice inflatable from Basspro for pretty inexpensive prices right now. Welcome and have fun!

17 Re: New member on Fri Jan 13, 2017 8:02 am

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Welcome. Let me know when you get set up and we'll go check out one of our desert lakes.

18 Re: New member on Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:17 pm

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Welcome aboard! Lots of good advice from everyone above!

19 Re: New member on Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:41 am

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:SP Dan: "PFD: A must and a requirement to have on board with you at all times. The USCG does not consider our float tubes to be flotation devices." What does PFD stand for and will I need this for lak fishing here in Arizona?

I will reach out when I am able to lock down a time to head that way. Will be soon. Thanks for offering to test them out. I wear XL in waders. Looked at some yesterday, did not purchase as of yet. I will try to hold off...lol

No. In AZ you are not required to have a pfd (personal floatation device) on you. I've popped my tube and unless you get a huge gaping hole, they deflate pretty slow.

20 Re: New member on Sat Jan 21, 2017 8:36 pm

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Welcome to the club, Soggy Bottom! Tubing is pure fun and this forum is a good way to stay connected to the sport. I'm new myself and figuring it all out is part of the fun!

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21 Re: New member on Sun Jan 22, 2017 11:12 am

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Thanks for the welcome volcomsurfrider. I went by BPS. That place rocks! Spent 4 hours there. I saw the inflatable FD you mentioned. Thanks for the info.

22 Re: New member on Sun Jan 22, 2017 11:13 am

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Thank you david886720.

23 Re: New member on Sun Jan 22, 2017 11:15 am

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Nice to meet you bobber. Thanks for the welcome.

24 Re: New member on Sun Jan 22, 2017 11:18 am

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Thanks HugeEuge57. I will most definitely reach out to you. I am heading out this next week to get gear. We will have to go fish soon!

25 Re: New member on Tue Jan 24, 2017 9:23 am

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Welcome to "FTFF" ... Poboy Floater.

I also hope to enjoy many (on the edge of my seat) fish reports ... from your edge of the woods pond in Texas.

I worn Force Fins since I've started floating, I bought them on eBay for $81, (new is around $230.00).
They work fine for me without any issues.


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