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#11226857 - 11/16/15 10:10 AM Hydraulic vs. Manual Jack Plate
Bob Landry Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 08/10/11
Posts: 2721
Loc: Austin, Tx
Question for the salt-water guys and Pat will undoubtedly chime in here. I have a Seaark 1872 MV CC with a Hydro-Dynamics jack plate on it. I initially put the jack play on to have a place to mount a SI transducer with no interference to the sonar beam.
That was the only purpose, but recently myself and a couple of buddies were in Trinity Bay fishing for Spec and Reds, and I find my self being slowly addicted. We got caught up in the heat of the fishing and on the way back to the ramp, got caught by a low tide, scraped a high spot and roughed up the edges of my prop a little. Nothing serious and it cleaned up with a file, but it got me to thinking.
It would be nice to get into the flats as well as dealing with low tides without having to break out the wrenches to raise and lower the jack plate.
The hull on my boat is a MV, not a tunnel, so I'm wondering if I would gain anything by making the switch.
How about some opinions from you guys who have ben at this for while.
2015 Seaark 1872 MV CC Etec-90
Two Helix 12 CHIRP SI's, , MinnKota Riptide ST80/i-pilot Link, Bob's Hydraulic
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#11227768 - 11/16/15 05:58 PM Re: Hydraulic vs. Manual Jack Plate [Re: Bob Landry]
jackiekennedyfishingguide Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 06/20/02
Posts: 3123
Loc: Cedar Creek Lake
I run a CMC quick hydraulic jackplate on a 22x70 xpress mocified vee tunnel and love it, I also have a CMC hydraulic jackplate on a 20x70 SeaArk modified Vee no tunnel. I fish out of the xpress most of the time and use the jackplate daily. The one on the SeaArk comes in handy in shallow water and when running the river. As for me I would not have a boat without a hydraulic jackplate but I fish lots of shallow water. A great addition if needed but an expensive toy if not. If you are going to run one put a water pressure gauge on to make sure it is picking up water.
Clients or I have landed eight state record fish and eighteen water body records.
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