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Old 01-25-2020, 02:56 PM   #1
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Default Best Boat for Fishing Choctawhatchee Bay?

Iím trying to figure out my next boat to buy and hope for some local opinions. Itíll be used primarily inshore, freshwater lakes/rivers and maybe slip out in the Gulf (Close in) when conditions allow. I definitely want to stay small meaning no longer than 18-19í. I have several reasons but mostly so itís easy to take out and clean up.

My biggest question has to do with draft. So any input is appreciated. Is less than 12Ē a must or is 12-14Ē good for much of the bay?
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Old 01-25-2020, 03:18 PM   #2
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Budget?

Carolina skiff gonna be hard to beat for what you wanting to do. Not perfect for anything but will get all of it done.
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Budgets not too much of a concern. I don’t mind spending if the quality is there.
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I would go with a Hewes Bayfisher.
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Budgets not too much of a concern. I donít mind spending if the quality is there.
Still a difference in $10k and $80k.
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Still a difference in $10k and $80k.
I’d say around 40k but it depends. I’m hoping to get one and be done. I’ve been through a variety of boats so this one will hopefully be one I keep from now on.

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I say that every time I buy a boat.

I’m running a 21 Redisher right now. It’s a HUGE flats boat that’s setup like a polling skiff but it’s not able to be polled. The plus side to fishing this boat is making really long runs aren’t bad and I stay dry.

You may want to look at 2200 Pathfinders and Blazer Bays.
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The 12"-14" will get you into majority of places. The shallower draft hulls gonna be wetter and beat you up more when the bays get nasty.
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Do yourself a favor and go at least 22’. You’ll be hating life if you don’t. Six months down the road you’ll be looking to upgrade. You can find a good quality used boat in your budget.
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