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Old 01-12-2018, 09:48 AM   #51
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Nice, and if all I did was chase them green fish, I think I would have a Skeeter. Just would feel bad cutting shad in such a nice rig.
Yeah it can leave some sign it was done thats for sure. But these green fish got me some sorta way haha
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Old 01-12-2018, 10:12 AM   #52
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I don't know about the perfect boat but I put together one this year that has been a lot of fun. We've been able to do all kinds of stuff with it, even though it seems I'm always fixing something. Its a 30 yr old aluminum so what can I expect. It is now my flounder gigging/duck hunting boat, and works great for both.
When I get tired of running around in a tin can, I can still take my Shoalwater 23 cat
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Old 01-12-2018, 10:14 AM   #53
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Dang how much did that flounder weigh
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Old 01-12-2018, 10:16 AM   #54
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Dang how much did that flounder weigh
don't know but it was 27"
we also had a several 25ish ones
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Old 01-12-2018, 10:31 AM   #55
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20x72 Gatortrax with 200 Honda or Yamaha.

Maybe build a bow fishing platform for it as well.



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Old 01-12-2018, 10:31 AM   #56
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Just an FYI for all those saying "my buddies boat". My buddies get one shot on my boat. They don't help out pitch in, in some way, never again.... Keep that in mind while you are saying "yours"
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Old 01-12-2018, 10:35 AM   #57
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Old 01-12-2018, 10:38 AM   #58
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This guy thought he found the perfect boat.


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Old 01-12-2018, 10:42 AM   #60
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He asked to borrow my atv trailer and I asked for a 500 deposit. He got someone else's

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Old 01-12-2018, 10:44 AM   #61
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18 ft Shallow Sport
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Old 01-12-2018, 10:49 AM   #62
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Old 01-12-2018, 10:54 AM   #63
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I studied on this same question last year.
I wanted something I could fish for what ever was biting.
Bought a Grizzly 2072 and so far I'm pretty happy with the decision.

I particularly fast but it handles big waves well, I can get catfish bait all over it then just stop and power wash the whole inside on my way home
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Old 01-12-2018, 10:54 AM   #64
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For me it will be a custom built aluminum center console 1856 tunnel hull with a 150 Yamaha SHO, dual hydraulic jackplates, a timber deck or pods, 8" cat walks, and a removable bowfishing deck. Probably built by WC out of East Texas or from Prodigy out of Georgia

I mainly duck hunt but also fish a lot of shallow back waters and stumpy lakes. My tournament partner already has a zx225 that we use for most of our tournaments so having an aluminum rig makes sense so we could use it for stumpy lakes without worry of tearing up his glass hull and the dual jackplates and tunnel hull allow me to get most of the benefits of having a surface drive but still be able to fish tournaments.
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Old 01-12-2018, 11:02 AM   #65
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For me it will be a custom built aluminum center console 1856 tunnel hull with a 150 Yamaha SHO, dual hydraulic jackplates, a timber deck or pods, 8" cat walks, and a removable bowfishing deck. Probably built by WC out of East Texas or from Prodigy out of Georgia

I mainly duck hunt but also fish a lot of shallow back waters and stumpy lakes. My tournament partner already has a zx225 that we use for most of our tournaments so having an aluminum rig makes sense so we could use it for stumpy lakes without worry of tearing up his glass hull and the dual jackplates and tunnel hull allow me to get most of the benefits of having a surface drive but still be able to fish tournaments.
Would you just hurry up and buy that boat
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Old 01-12-2018, 11:03 AM   #66
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27 ft Contender center console with dual 2 stroke 250's.
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Old 01-12-2018, 11:17 AM   #67
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I bought a bare rig, 1860 aluma-kraft tunnel hull with sponsons and a 90 Yammer haw on it... I put an aluminum and stainless front deck with lights under the deck for bowfishing/floundering, Minn-kota riptide 80# 24 volt hand control troller... It has been a very versitile boat for me. inside the sides/floor is covered/textured aluminum (no exposed ribs). It does everything I want it to do and it will cruise in 10 inches of water and I can get it on top in not much more than a foot of water... Its only drawback is much like most boats of this design is it is rough riding in choppy water...

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Old 01-12-2018, 11:22 AM   #68
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I have an 18ft 90hp fisher that fit the bill for me and it's able to pull a tube and knee board with ease. It's for sale if your interested PM me.
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Old 01-12-2018, 12:07 PM   #69
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Since we went off on a tangent about the personal preference, I'd be tickled to be the owner of a Phoenix 921 Pro XP, Yamaha 250, 8' Blade PP's, dual Lowrance HDS 12's at console, Lowrance HDS 12 at bow. Photo of motor does not match motor of preference, but I wouldn't complain too much. I'm just much more familiar with Yamahas.

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Old 01-12-2018, 12:15 PM   #70
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20x72 Gatortrax with 200 Honda or Yamaha.

Maybe build a bow fishing platform for it as well.



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Old 01-12-2018, 12:15 PM   #71
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If we are dreaming big here I'd have two:

New Nautique Super Air 230

New Haynie 24 HO


That should do.
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Old 01-12-2018, 12:17 PM   #72
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I am not much of a fisherman either why I have this.
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Old 01-12-2018, 12:28 PM   #73
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I am not much of a fisherman either why I have this.
Are them
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Old 01-12-2018, 12:32 PM   #74
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Are them
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excellent idea!!

I have actually hooked a trolling motor up to my old prostar 190 swim platform.

Caught lots of fish out of the old MC.
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Old 01-12-2018, 12:58 PM   #75
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That's a good looking boat
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Old 01-12-2018, 01:13 PM   #76
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Realistically, I would probably get back into a Cape Horn. Step up the size to 31T and go with twin 300's.

If I hit the lottery then it would be a Viking 68 or 72' EB for sure.
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Old 01-12-2018, 01:18 PM   #77
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The one we have now, its perfect! Contentment is where its at!!!

I have a Laguna 22' with 150HP Verado. GPS trolling motor makes it even better!

We love it!
Something like this would be my choice. Nice rig!
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Old 01-12-2018, 01:19 PM   #78
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Old 01-12-2018, 01:20 PM   #79
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have a 20' xpress flat bottom. waiting for the day when i can upgrade to a 22-24' express with the hyperlift hull. like being in an aluminum bass boat.
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Old 01-12-2018, 01:21 PM   #80
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Each persons perfect boat is different depending on how they use it. This is mine, crappie and bass fishing. I had a 24 foot bay boat before this one and it was a little much for the lake.

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Old 01-12-2018, 01:28 PM   #81
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Each persons perfect boat is different depending on how they use it.
^^^This!

I have an 18 foot Champion that I have absolutely enjoyed. Love the ride and all the storage. It's like driving a sports car. But I find myself bass fishing less and chasing cats, whites, and crappie more so would love to have more floor space.......and a 4-stroke. Been a hard decision that I have yet to make. Guess I haven't found the "perfect" boat yet!
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Old 01-12-2018, 01:32 PM   #82
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Bought my ideal boat last spring and really enjoying it. 22’ Pathfinder 200 Vmax


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Old 01-12-2018, 01:42 PM   #83
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Something like this would be my choice. Nice rig!
Thank you, sir!
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Old 01-12-2018, 01:53 PM   #85
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A free one that i don't have to put gas in or fix.

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Old 01-12-2018, 01:58 PM   #86
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Saltwaterslick, I like your rig!

I am not sure perfect boat describes mine, but it fits me well. 1654 Tracker with 40 hp mercury. Perfect for me would be something in the 18 to 20 foot range, wide with minimum 90 hp.

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Just an FYI for all those saying "my buddies boat". My buddies get one shot on my boat. They don't help out pitch in, in some way, never again.... Keep that in mind while you are saying "yours"
I've never wanted or owned a boat or watercraft but spent plenty of time on the water over the last 40+ years with the same buddy/friend. Who owes who what? We forgot years ago plus we don't care.
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Old 01-12-2018, 02:57 PM   #91
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Saltwaterslick, I like your rig!

I am not sure perfect boat describes mine, but it fits me well. 1654 Tracker with 40 hp mercury. Perfect for me would be something in the 18 to 20 foot range, wide with minimum 90 hp.

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Old 01-12-2018, 03:00 PM   #92
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I've never wanted or owned a boat or watercraft but spent plenty of time on the water over the last 40+ years with the same buddy/friend. Who owes who what? We forgot years ago plus we don't care.
No one "owes" anyone anything, but a simple offer to clean the boat up or pitch in for bait/gas, goes along way. I would never say anything to someone I invited out well because I invited them. I just won't be so quick to offer that up again.
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No one "owes" anyone anything, but a simple offer to clean the boat up or pitch in for bait/gas, goes along way. I would never say anything to someone I invited out well because I invited them. I just won't be so quick to offer that up again.
Bingo, same way on my boat. I sold mine a few years ago and my tournament partner has a skeeter we use for tournaments and fun fishing. I am either filling up the truck or the boat or towing with my truck, I'll bring him a gallon of yamalube every other month and I'll usually pay for breakfast or lunch. Just common courtesy in my eyes. No one ever understands how much this means to the boat owner until you have actually owned a boat.


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This ^^^

The reason they call it a B.O.A.T is because it’s an acronym for “break out another thousand”.
People say this all the time. I don't get it. I could say the same thing about hunting or just about any other hobby I'd be interested in. I just sold my boat this year because I just wasn't able to use it as often as I had been before due to life happening. That being said, I hated to see it go and thoroughly enjoyed owning it for 5 years. Of course, there is cost associated with maintenance and repairs if you break stuff. I was pretty scared when I bought my boat because of people saying this all the time. Initial cost was a lot because I needed lines, life vests, other safety equipment, recreational equipment upgrades that I wanted to do, etc, etc. But I can assure you, I spent WAAAAYY more money on fishing gear and tackle than I did on upkeep of my "crappy" Tracker. I guess to each his own. I'm pretty **** about maintenance and upkeep, so maybe that's why my boat didn't give me any trouble. I'll own another boat at some point.
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Bingo, same way on my boat. I sold mine a few years ago and my tournament partner has a skeeter we use for tournaments and fun fishing. I am either filling up the truck or the boat or towing with my truck, I'll bring him a gallon of yamalube every other month and I'll usually pay for breakfast or lunch. Just common courtesy in my eyes. No one ever understands how much this means to the boat owner until you have actually owned a boat.


The truest sticker I've ever seen on a wakeboard boat was "cash, gas, ***, or grass, no one rides for free"
I had an almost identical sticker on my xpress. When a certain buddy showed up I said hey man I put something on this boat for you! He kinda chuckles and then realized I was serious.


He later ran off with another guys wife to another state

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There are some really good boats out there but Texas is a big place with a lot of diverse water. For the last 11 years, I've been running two boats. A 16'x48" semi-v tracker with a 25 hp tiller and 12v trolling motor. It does most of the rough use and bass fishing. I've beat this boat to hell but it still works. I run a 2007 Triton LTS with a 225 hp Merc in bays and near shore. I've been toying with the idea of replacing the bay boat. 10 years of heavy saltwater only use is tough on a boat and I've been told I can break a bowling ball if left unsupervised. I've looked at the Haynie HO and bigfoot both look reasonable. For me, a 22'-24' center console with around a 225, a vee and a pocket tunnel is close. Getting up in 18" of water would be nice. Perfect boat would come down to location of live wells, how they are plumbed and pumps accessed, battery location, how the wiring trays are accessed, leaning post configuration, quality of gel coat on deck and if the local shop that's selling me the rig knows the set up and are decent to work with.
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People say this all the time. I don't get it. I could say the same thing about hunting or just about any other hobby I'd be interested in. I just sold my boat this year because I just wasn't able to use it as often as I had been before due to life happening. That being said, I hated to see it go and thoroughly enjoyed owning it for 5 years. Of course, there is cost associated with maintenance and repairs if you break stuff. I was pretty scared when I bought my boat because of people saying this all the time. Initial cost was a lot because I needed lines, life vests, other safety equipment, recreational equipment upgrades that I wanted to do, etc, etc. But I can assure you, I spent WAAAAYY more money on fishing gear and tackle than I did on upkeep of my "crappy" Tracker. I guess to each his own. I'm pretty **** about maintenance and upkeep, so maybe that's why my boat didn't give me any trouble. I'll own another boat at some point.
Boats cost $$ but its just like anything else, you maintain it well and it will last. My wife and I have a "boat fund" that we put into monthly to take care of maintenance, registration or repairs. You budget and save for what means the most to you

I think all those old sayings come from when outboard motors were very finicky and broke down alot. Just like most thing, technology improves and these motors are better built and run longer.
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Old 01-12-2018, 04:08 PM   #98
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Go look at all the ones you like. You need to pick your own just like a bow. I don't think there is a perfect one for all water ways. I have a place on the coast and have had 4 different boats. Sea hunt, scooter boat, shoal water and now a 21 flats cat. I like to fish the flats, bay and run out to the rigs within 12 miles when it's flat. I'm doing all that with the flats cat. I also bring it home sometimes and jug line lake Conroe. My only complaint on the flats cat is lack of storage
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Old 01-12-2018, 04:36 PM   #99
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I've been running boats since I was 13. I've owned Glastron, Whalers, Grady White, El Pescador, Explorer, SeaCraft, and a few I can't remember.

I bought a Tran Sport 24' SVT Cat last year and for bay fishing it's the best that I have had the pleasure to operate, so far.

My suggestion is as matchejm said and to check out every boat that you are interested in and go from there.

Good luck.

Boats are expensive to buy new, built to your specifications and are expensive to operate, maintain, and repair. But fishing and hunting are my passion so it don't hurt me that much to get what I want.

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