new to inflatable boat fishing?

So, you're new to inflatable boat fishing and just don't know where to start.

Here's a quick guide to help you on your way as it can be difficult to decide which are the best options to take.

What size boat to get - what size engine - what safety equipment will you need and so on.

Below we outline the basics when it comes to choosing the right boat as well
as kitting it out with the right equipment to get started.

Relax as we explain the things to consider first.

Air decks have come a long way in recent years. A very sturdy alternative to aluminium or wooden decks making setting up and packing away much easier and faster.

Here at Inflatable Boat Fishing we like to encourage the use of air decks purely for portability purposes.

Although all of our inflatable boats have air decks, aluminium decks are available to order.

If you plan to ride solo most of the time then anything from a 2.7m to 3.3m would be just fine. Stick a 9.9hp Mercury Outboard on the back of one of these and you have yourself a good set up.

If there are 2 or 3 of you then consider going up to 3.8m with a 15hp engine.


The Seago Spirit range come in various sizes ranging from 2.4m slatted floor to 3.2m inflatable floor and keel.
Most inflatable boats on the market are made from PVC which is strong enough for most types of sea or river fishing.

Move up to Hypalon material and although more expensive the material is super strong and will last for many years. 

The new IBF Hydrus design comes in 3.3m, 3.7m and 4.0m. 
The 3.7m and 4.0m gives you that little more room to move around or have extra passengers.


The Takacat range of inflatable boats simply turn eyes and are a dream to operate.

With their Catamaran style design, they offer a completely different experience of boating.

Sizes go up to 4.2m so have that bit more length and come with both an open or closed transom as well as open or closed bow.

Stick a nice 9.9hp LEHR engine on a Takacat and you really will be the envy of all other inflatable boaters around you.

So what next?

Well, once you have your boat and engine sorted out you will need all the safety gear before you can set off.

Life jackets and VHF radio sets are a must, so be sure to get the best your budget can stretch to.

It goes without saying insurance is also a must have and Inflatable Boat Fishing are pleased to team up with Craftinsure who are one of the most well known and competitive online boat insurance companies out there.
For less than £50 a year you're covered just from a quick phone call. A no brainer really.

You will want to accessorise your SIB.

Railblaza have everything you need including '3M VHB RIB Port Mounts'.

Simply peel off the back and apply to your SIB and wait for it to set then you can attach any of the many accessories that they supply to get fishing for that lovely size Bass you've been struggling to catch from the shore ;-)
YouTube channel has lots of videos illustrating how easy they are to add to your boat.

You will also need to think about launching wheels. Inflatable Boat Fishing have three different types on offer.

Finally you will want to keep your SIB looking in pristine condition so IBF highly recommends using the
August Race products to effortlessly clean your boat every now and then.

If you're at your PC then our Full Guide (not easily viewed from a mobile).

We hope this helps but if there is anything you are unsure of then please ask in the Facebook group where we have many members all too happy to help answer your queries.

Check out some of the videos sent in from the Facebook group
members of their trips out on their SIBs.