July 07, 2013 at 8:31pm
you don't want to get into wing nets or skimmers until you know what you are doing and intend to do it for a living either full time or part time. its not for the average joe wanting to fill his freezer.
wing nets are the square frames and skimmers look similar but are only two sided half frames with a skid on the bottom of the outside pole. the bottom of the net and the open side next to the boat don't have any poles and use weights and ropes to hold it open.
any boat can pull a regular trawl and that is what you should look for, a regular trawl. don't try to buy a boat with everything just find a good boat, preferably one set up for trawling but you can set it up yourself fairly easy, then go buy a new trawl and boards. they are like tennis shoes, they don't last long because you work them hard so second hand trawls is like buying used tennis shoes.
to set up a boat for trawling you just need to add 4 posts to it. two in the center of the boat one on each side sticking up about a foot or so above the railing with an eye bolt in it for hooking the trawl to. next you mount two more posts at the transom in each corner sticking up about 2 feet above the transom so the rope doesn't get above it in choppy waves. nothing connects to the back poles and they don't do anything but take up slack to pull on the rope in turns so you can turn much easier and the front posts put the weight of the trawl in the middle of the boat so its easier to steer as you push the net instead of pull on it.