GO WHERE OTHERS CAN’T
A big part of my summer snakehead success was a direct result of being able to access small bodies of water—or pieces of larger bodies of water—where the average guy couldn’t go, and to do that I used a two-man Flycraft (flycraftusa.com), which is a cross between a raft and a drift boat. The boat takes less than 20 minutes to assemble, it’s light enough for two guys to carry without breaking a sweat, and it’s tough enough that you can chuck it over a guardrail into a pond if you need to. Even with two big guys on board, I could paddle effortlessly in as little as 6 inches of water, and the elevated seating gives you a better vantage point than a kayak. I put a 50-pound-thrust Minn Kota Endura Max transom-mount trolling motor (minnkotamotors.com) on the back to range farther than oars alone would take me—and where it took me was to a lot of fish that ate faster than the ones swimming by the parking lot in the community hole. From accessing streams you’ve only ever explored on foot to ponds with no boat ramp, this investment has the ability to open up new possibilities on home waters. And unlike a kayak, a disassembled Flycraft will fit in the trunk of a Beetle.—J.C.