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#12687010 - 03/24/18 12:29 AM I think I just built the ultimate aluminum bass/duck hunting rig!!
Tjbev13 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 12/03/15
Posts: 213
So I recently sold my Ranger 521vx when I moved from just east of Dallas, I now live in Granbury and have some decent lakes around me, but I feel naked without a rig to go out in. I have plenty of buddies who I can hitch rides with when I head out to fish big water like Lake Fork and all that which is awesome. I have nothing out this way though.

I was kicking the idea around of maybe getting into a 18” Aluminum center console and rigging it really nice with a Ultrex and Poles maybe a jack plate, I will primarly bass and crappie fish but with the aluminum boat I have more options if I want to take it out to duck hunt some public water.

So the search was on to find my starting platform, I was between Lund, G3, Ranger, Polarkraft, and a few others.

-Ranger I hated the console and once I hung poles on the back warranty voided.

-G3 was a decent rig, fit and finish didn’t impress me, I really wanted a Merc motor which wasn’t a option and also poles voided the warranty.

-Polar Kraft was a mediocre boat, lost some live well and storage space, not a really huge name in aluminum boats, it was tough though because I really wanted to deal my business through Monte at fun n sun

-Lund well the name speaks for itself, specialize in high quality and durable aluminum rigs, layout and storage was perfect, standard options are what I wanted, trailer updrades were available, WIDEST beam out of all of them. It was basically my perfect choice.

So I went to Fish and Ski Marine on Ray Rob and had the pleasure of working with BJ, Chris, and Sam. Let me first say those guys are A1! All the service guys were really awesome, everyone was professional, and let me take the reins on this build! Couldn’t ask for better guys to do business with!

So I got the boat order put in and now the rigging starts! My build is as follows...

Lund 1870 Predator Center Console
Shadow grass camo
Mercury Fourstroke 90ELPT Command Thrust (5yr extended warranty)
OnBoard 3bank charger
Bow trim switch
1 shadow grass fold down seat
Black power coated trailer with swing tounge
Upgraded wheel and tire package with spare
Boat buckle ratcheting tie downs
2 8’ black Power Pole Blades
52” Minnkota Ultrex 80lb thrust
Lowrance HDS 9 on console with 3D Structure Scan
Lowrance HDS 7 on bow (linked to the console unit)

I REALLY want to add the recessed trolling motor tray but there is a big support beam I would have to cut through and that scares me. So we’ll see down the road. I’m going to also add some little mods here and there. Possible trolling motor spot light, power pole nav light, might seadeck line the front deck, etc

Here is a sneak peak pic. I will keep y’all updated on progress! This is exciting, and a very unique rigged out tin boat that didn’t break the bank!


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Edited by Tjbev13 (03/24/18 12:30 AM)

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#12687257 - 03/24/18 10:03 AM Re: I think I just built the ultimate aluminum bass/duck hunting rig!! [Re: Tjbev13]
Stroker XS Offline
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Registered: 02/05/18
Posts: 26
Loc: Luling, Tx
Nice! Now throw you a hydraulic jack plate on to help in the shallow water
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#12687443 - 03/24/18 12:54 PM Re: I think I just built the ultimate aluminum bass/duck hunting rig!! [Re: Stroker XS]
Tjbev13 Offline
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Registered: 12/03/15
Posts: 213
Originally Posted By: Stroker XS
Nice! Now throw you a hydraulic jack plate on to help in the shallow water


I really considered a hydro plate, I believe I will add it down the road. As it sits right now the boat will fit in my garage with about 3/4 to spare lol Sounds like I need to move huh lol

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#12687571 - 03/24/18 03:56 PM Re: I think I just built the ultimate aluminum bass/duck hunting rig!! [Re: Tjbev13]
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Registered: 04/08/08
Posts: 14588
Loc: Dallas, TX
Sweet! Really nice boat!
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#12688047 - 03/24/18 10:37 PM Re: I think I just built the ultimate aluminum bass/duck hunting rig!! [Re: Tjbev13]
ToasterWEyes Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 11/17/17
Posts: 60
Loc: Burleson, Texas
Nice versatile boat. I also run aluminum rigs because I'm too hard on glass rigs and I can TIG weld. As long as I can limp it back to the trailer I can fix it!! Congrats
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#12688438 - 03/25/18 11:57 AM Re: I think I just built the ultimate aluminum bass/duck hunting rig!! [Re: Tjbev13]
metalman BDB Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 02/28/18
Posts: 9
Nice. My rig is being built now. But it will be a duck boat first and fishing second. 20/54 with a mud motor. 3/16 bottom and 1/8 sides.

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#12688839 - 03/25/18 06:38 PM Re: I think I just built the ultimate aluminum bass/duck hunting rig!! [Re: Tjbev13]
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Pro Angler

Registered: 11/05/11
Posts: 943
Loc: south georgia



couple of things I've added to my duck/fishing/river boat....nothing is slicker than trying to step into a wet aluminum boat with muddy boots or waders on....the strips in pic are step tread tape from lowes....has a non skid abrasive type finish on one side and sticky finish on other side...comes in a roll like tape and you just cut off whatever lengths you need put it where you are most likely to step.....not only do they work great mine but have lasted for 7 years and are holding up fine...
the other thing I added is an anchor rein that I attached a brass snap to....it gives me a 25 ft rope for tieing my boat off...it retracts back into the holder and rope is always handy and never gets tangled...
the other use for the anchor rein is when I launch by myself....I unhook winch and tiedowns....pull out the anchor rein snap and hook it to my winch stand...back the trailer into the water far enough for boat to float off then pull forward enough that my feet don't get wet,unhook snap from winch stand and pull boat to the bank on one side or the other of the trailer....

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#12688899 - 03/25/18 07:20 PM Re: I think I just built the ultimate aluminum bass/duck hunting rig!! [Re: Tjbev13]
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TFF Guru

Registered: 07/12/10
Posts: 43350
Loc: Universal City Tx.
Nice rig! thumb
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