How to Build a Fishing Machine

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  • Pub No.: 7938

by Bob Stearns

Any dedicated angler would like to own a custom-built craft designed specifically for his favorite type of fishing. The problem with that concept—especially at today’s high prices and interest rates—is primarily a matter of money. Custom fishing rigs are expensive—fishing machines are luxuries. Not necessarily. Anyone with the skill to use very basic woodworking tools can, in a matter of a few weekends, convert a basic utility craft into a first-class fishing boats at a cost that is surprisingly low. Not long ago, a friend and I did just that. In four weekends, and at a cost that (if adjusted for expected inflation by the time you read this) was less than $225. Obviously, I’m not including the initial purchase price of the basic boat, engine or trailer. I’m just talking about the wood and hardware needed to make it work.

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