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anybody use an inner tube fishing float?  if so, what are the pro's and con's? I am considering one because currently I wade and my balance isn't what it used to be, so I'm thinking the float would keep me from slipping and falling into the lake. the lake I fish isn't real deep, but obviously it doesn't take a lot to screw you up if you slip and fall even in a few feet of water. should i be concerned about poking hole in float while on water?

do you really have to get diving fins? as always, i really appreciate your feedback. Thanks.

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28 minutes ago, bradster said:

anybody use an inner tube fishing float?  if so, what are the pro's and con's? I am considering one because currently I wade and my balance isn't what it used to be, so I'm thinking the float would keep me from slipping and falling into the lake. the lake I fish isn't real deep, but obviously it doesn't take a lot to screw you up if you slip and fall even in a few feet of water. should i be concerned about poking hole in float while on water?

do you really have to get diving fins? as always, i really appreciate your feedback. Thanks.

Are you referring to a float tube like this;

Classic Accessories Bighorn Fishing Float Tube

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I've always thought of belly boats as a summer thing.  Back in the day I knew guys who would wear waders and fish out of the belly boat early spring and also later in the fall.  Not for me, I was scared of getting too cold.

There are several different styles of kicker fins, just pick the ones that work for you.

 

I remember even in late May, water temps in the 70's was a little chilly.  Basically I think you can wade, I think you can belly boat - don't think you can do both.

 

If you are concerned about safety while you're wading, an inflatable life jacket might be an answer.  They are light enough to wear all the time and they only deploy if you need it.

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I fish out of a float tube from ice out till the ice goes back on the lakes.  A good pair of neoprene waders will keep your legs warm when the water is cold!  I fish out of the Classic Accessories Cumberland tube, it is like fishing out of a recliner all day.  You aren't going to get anywhere fast.  I wouldn't worry too much about poking a hole in it.  It takes some getting used to fishing out of it at first, like controlling the float due to wind and things, but very easy to learn those things once you get started!

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Just my opinion but if you are going to get a float tube go with the Cumberland model.  It has a stadium type seat in it instead of the sling type seat in that Bighorn float.  The Cumberland will keep you up out of the water more!

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