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Old 07-23-2014, 11:45 AM   #1
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Needing advice for an all around fishing boat.
I fish bass tournaments and love the layout and usability of the bass boats but I also fish inshore adn tend to find myself in some pretty skinny water chasing those fun shallow fish. I know that bass boats draft pretty shallow but they are not built for the salt that I like to put them in. I would like a boat that I could still fish tournaments of both types of water.
The bass boats have lower side walls that if I were to run in the bay it would get a little too rough at times for the boat to handle.
I have really been interested in the Hewes Redfisher somewhere between an 18' to 21' since 21' is the max for most bass tournaments. The hewe's looks to have larger side walls that I think would be better in our bays but still be shallow enough to run in the skinny water i like to get into and be good to fish the bass tourneys.
I have recently found the Ranger Cayman as new as an 09 model that seems to be pretty identical to bass boats but is still a flats boat (white decks, larger single livewell, poling platform, saltwater trolling motor trailer and motor).
I have pretty much checked out all the flats boats and bay boats but I'm interested to hear from yall on what you think. Anybody found one to be ideal for these scenarios?
Thanks in advance I know its a long list but I want to make sure I'm doing all the right research before I invest in such a large purchase.
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Old 07-23-2014, 12:11 PM   #2
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I guess you need to decide if you want the seating layout of a classic bass boat or if you want a center console boat type layout. You could put a saltwater trolling motor and outboard on a bassboat to fish brackish and ICW but you wouldn't have a good boat for going offshore -- not enough freeboard. On the other hand you might not find a center console to be something you like fishing bass tournaments out of. Tough question. I would advise you to take a really close look at Pathfinder Bay Boats -- really laid out well for fishing in general. There are literally dozens of brands of boats out there to look at. It'll drive you nuts looking after a while. Good luck.
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Old 07-23-2014, 12:14 PM   #3
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a hewes redfisher 16' it's an awesome boat... you'd be able to run it in the shallows... might be a little small for you but it's the only hewes I've been in/fished in
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I guess you need to decide if you want the seating layout of a classic bass boat or if you want a center console boat type layout. You could put a saltwater trolling motor and outboard on a bassboat to fish brackish and ICW but you wouldn't have a good boat for going offshore -- not enough freeboard. On the other hand you might not find a center console to be something you like fishing bass tournaments out of. Tough question. I would advise you to take a really close look at Pathfinder Bay Boats -- really laid out well for fishing in general. There are literally dozens of brands of boats out there to look at. It'll drive you nuts looking after a while. Good luck.
Thanks, I don't mind the center console at all most the flats boats have it and honestly I prefer it. I have checked out the pathfinder, the thing with those style bay boats is the front deck, they're recessed instead of flush like the flats and bass boats and their draft is a little bit more than than the others.
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a hewes redfisher 16' it's an awesome boat... you'd be able to run it in the shallows... might be a little small for you but it's the only hewes I've been in/fished in
Yeah I would go with a longer one but I'm glad to hear they fish well. I have actually only seen one in person and that was on Okeechobee for a College BASS tournament and from a distance, he was sitting in about a foot of water and the layout looked perfect
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I guess you need to decide if you want the seating layout of a classic bass boat or if you want a center console boat type layout. You could put a saltwater trolling motor and outboard on a bassboat to fish brackish and ICW but you wouldn't have a good boat for going offshore -- not enough freeboard. On the other hand you might not find a center console to be something you like fishing bass tournaments out of. Tough question. I would advise you to take a really close look at Pathfinder Bay Boats -- really laid out well for fishing in general. There are literally dozens of brands of boats out there to look at. It'll drive you nuts looking after a while. Good luck.
And I get sick on a freakin merry-go-round so its safe to say I dont do much (none) off-shore fishing I tend to stay north of land.
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And I get sick on a freakin merry-go-round so its safe to say I dont do much (none) off-shore fishing I tend to stay north of land.
I'll second the pathfinder suggestion... if you can find a used 20' one that might be your boat... also if you could find a 19' kenner/pioneer that would be a great setup as well
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How about a Simmons Custom boat!!? Lol

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How about a Simmons Custom boat!!? Lol

That is a sharp boat, haven't seen them before i'll definitely check them out. Really, like the casting area and storage layout. Do you or someone you know own one?
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How about a Simmons Custom boat!!? Lol
never seen them before... but now I'm intrigued... I've always thought a little cat boat for the bay would be sweet
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