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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.

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