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#11778995 - 08/15/16 07:35 PM Xpress 200 Catfish boat
littlewheel Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 07/17/12
Posts: 551
Loc: Gladewater , Tx
Been wanting to buy another boat that is a little easier to take to lake than my 24 ft pontoon. I have been kinda looking at the Xpress 200 Catfish Series. Kinda want to start throwing some jug lines and get into some skinnier water. Anybody have any opinions or experience with this boat? I will keep my pontoon, just want another boat for different purposes


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#11779061 - 08/15/16 08:05 PM Re: Xpress 200 Catfish boat [Re: littlewheel]
TCK73 Offline
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Registered: 03/26/15
Posts: 1493
Loc: Jack County
A friend of mine has one, it is nice. He has had it since 2007 and no problems. Its got a 115 Yamaha and will top out at 40mph. It looks well built and rides good for a tin boat. The only thing I don't like is the looks of the wiring, it is sloppy. Wiring is sloppy on a lot of boats though.
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#11779137 - 08/15/16 08:50 PM Re: Xpress 200 Catfish boat [Re: littlewheel]
tbucket101 Offline
Angler

Registered: 03/19/13
Posts: 325
Loc: Saginaw
Love mine...'14, owner it for about 8 months and does everything I ask it to do......pulls great, extremely fuel efficient Yammy115.....drawback is lack of storage, not much at all but I use the HUGE front livewell as tackle storage.

The boat has a lot of open walk around room and I've had it in 15-18" of water before fishing shallow.....another drawback though is if it's windy, you are gonna know it....12-15mph chop and it hurts and you will get blown around a little.


Edited by tbucket101 (08/15/16 08:57 PM)
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#11779266 - 08/15/16 10:06 PM Re: Xpress 200 Catfish boat [Re: littlewheel]
littlewheel Offline
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Registered: 07/17/12
Posts: 551
Loc: Gladewater , Tx
Thanks for the replies

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#11781634 - 08/17/16 07:21 AM Re: Xpress 200 Catfish boat [Re: littlewheel]
BrianTx01 Offline
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Registered: 04/13/09
Posts: 5704
Loc: Fort Worth
Deep V is the only way to go with aluminum. My boat will float in water just as shallow as that express boat and will get there a lot more smoothly.
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#11782482 - 08/17/16 02:27 PM Re: Xpress 200 Catfish boat [Re: littlewheel]
liketofishalot Offline
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Registered: 01/06/09
Posts: 654
Loc: Burleson, tx
have a xpress 20' CC and I like it a lot but it has its issues. mine is flat and will beat the [censored] out of you but its fun when the water is glass. there are a couple of guides on twok running the hyperlift hull and they tell me its smooth riding. will be looking at that for my next boat.
wiring was absolutely the worst I have seen so I redid it.
some of the supports under the front an rear deck have come loose due to welds breaking but not that big a deal. probably just rivot them back.
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#11782484 - 08/17/16 02:28 PM Re: Xpress 200 Catfish boat [Re: littlewheel]
liketofishalot Offline
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Registered: 01/06/09
Posts: 654
Loc: Burleson, tx
oh and the storage sucks.
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#11783161 - 08/17/16 08:51 PM Re: Xpress 200 Catfish boat [Re: littlewheel]
littlewheel Offline
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Registered: 07/17/12
Posts: 551
Loc: Gladewater , Tx
I have just about been talked out of this deal

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#11783301 - 08/17/16 09:30 PM Re: Xpress 200 Catfish boat [Re: littlewheel]
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Registered: 04/10/10
Posts: 652
Loc: Forney
We have a 22 foot CC with a 225 Yamaha hanging off the back. I can float in 6 inches of water with 4 adults and coolers. Only takes about 12-16 inches to get on plane.

It's been great for drift fishing, running jugs, and crappies in the skinny rivers even thought she ain't skinny. Over all we like it. It's not the best for any one thing, but it's better than nothing.

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#11783617 - 08/18/16 06:35 AM Re: Xpress 200 Catfish boat [Re: littlewheel]
Bob Landry Offline
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Registered: 08/10/11
Posts: 1833
Loc: Austin, Tx
The wiring is going to be sloppy on anything you by in the price point you are looking at so don't let that turn you off. You can always straighten it up, good winter project. An aluminum MV is going to be rough in chop. That said, I love my Seaark. The 72" models are built with .125" aluminum and are tanks. Everything thing is completely welded, no stitch welding or tack welds. My 1872 CC fishes four comfortably with tackle. A tin may not be the best choice if you are going to be on windy lakes, in North Texas, but for the average lake or river, and for a coastal boat, they are hard to beat
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#11783832 - 08/18/16 09:26 AM Re: Xpress 200 Catfish boat [Re: littlewheel]
Big Sam Offline
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Registered: 08/20/08
Posts: 610
Loc: Arkansas
have a look at Steve douglas new boat on his catfish videos and catfish TV on you tube it looks pretty sweet...For the amount of cash that express will cost compare to other boats and prices
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#11784541 - 08/18/16 03:25 PM Re: Xpress 200 Catfish boat [Re: littlewheel]
stubby77 Offline
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Registered: 02/03/13
Posts: 2821
I think I would get a cc Blueway or just go steal stubbys.
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#11785245 - 08/18/16 11:22 PM Re: Xpress 200 Catfish boat [Re: littlewheel]
littlewheel Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 07/17/12
Posts: 551
Loc: Gladewater , Tx
I wouldn't STEAL it, maybe just take it for a spin

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#11785498 - 08/19/16 08:16 AM Re: Xpress 200 Catfish boat [Re: littlewheel]
OFBHWG Offline
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Registered: 06/12/02
Posts: 82
Loc: McKinney, Texas 75071 USA
I've owned a Xpress 21' center console boat for 15 yrs. its awesome. you can pretty much fish for what ever you want out of it. Texoma Striper, bass, crappie catfish etc.
And as far as wind goes it cuts through it and big waves like a knife!



Edited by OFBHWG (08/19/16 08:18 AM)
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#11785531 - 08/19/16 08:30 AM Re: Xpress 200 Catfish boat [Re: littlewheel]
DCB1977 Offline
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Registered: 06/18/13
Posts: 88
Loc: Krum, TX
I run a Tracker Grizzly 2072CC, I have taken it up into some pretty dang skinny stuff, the boat itself will go in about 6"-7" of water, just need to pole it through. But, All the statements above are correct, can get pretty rough with not alot of wind, and if you get caught out in a 20mph wind, get ready!! i pay alot more attn to the Weather now, but i wouldnt give up mine for anything but another one.

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