I was just browsing another board and saw an announcement that Creek Company (maker of fine float tubes and pontoon boats) is selling their 8' ODC Classic Pontoon for only $150 on the company website.* This would make a great Xmas gift and/or would be a great way to introduce yourself to the world of float tube/pontoon boat fishing!
Here's the link, in case you are interested.
I do own an 11-year old Creek Company U-boat IIs that I still use for high mountain lakes but most of my low-elevation and easy access fishing is now done from an Outcast FishCat 8.* They make good products...I want to get one of the Creek Company Flats Raider pontoons because they have an all-around casting deck that would be great for sight-fishing and getting more leverage when I'm fishing the frog or the swimbaits!*
I just can't swing the $1000 price tag!