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#12699926 - 04/02/18 02:54 PM Pontoon Boat on Fork
Cliff31 Offline
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Registered: 04/03/16
Posts: 8
Need some advice guys!

3 of us have been planning a trip to Fork for mid-April. Over the Easter weekend, word got out and now there will be 6 of us. We have decided to rent a Pontoon and make the best of the trip.

I know wind will be a challenge. Other than that, any advice on us hitting the shallows in this big pontoon in a couple weeks? I'm worried we can't get into the creeks or shallows..

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#12699938 - 04/02/18 02:59 PM Re: Pontoon Boat on Fork [Re: Cliff31]
LakeGilmerGuide Offline
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Registered: 03/28/17
Posts: 148
I believe there are places on Fork that rent aluminum bass boats..rent a couple of those or take turns. Yes, you'll be pretty limited with a pontoon, especially in April with fish being shallower.

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#12699945 - 04/02/18 03:05 PM Re: Pontoon Boat on Fork [Re: LakeGilmerGuide]
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I see people all the time fishing for Bass and Crappie on Fork this time of year. Pick a creek and get to chunking and make the best of the situation with what you have. Rick rents pontoons and aluminum boats for a very fair price. Three creeks that come to mind that will be easy to fish out of a Poo Poo boat will be Williams, Big Mustang and Little Mustang
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#12699955 - 04/02/18 03:13 PM Re: Pontoon Boat on Fork [Re: Ranger1]
Cliff31 Offline
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Registered: 04/03/16
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Thanks for the feedback, we'll definitely give it a go!!

I've got a little guy at home (16 months old) that is keeping me from the water this year. I'll only be on the lake twice this spawn.

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#12699958 - 04/02/18 03:16 PM Re: Pontoon Boat on Fork [Re: LakeGilmerGuide]
Cliff31 Offline
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Registered: 04/03/16
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Originally Posted By: BAllen91
I believe there are places on Fork that rent aluminum bass boats..rent a couple of those or take turns. Yes, you'll be pretty limited with a pontoon, especially in April with fish being shallower.


There are only 2 rental places on/near fork. J&J and Ricky's. J&J got out of the rental business this year, leaving only Ricky's. Ricky's has good prices, but $180 a day for two days for two boats is a bit much. We're going the pontoon route to half the expenses. If it was just the original 3 of us, we'd get the bassboat.


Edited by Cliff31 (04/02/18 03:18 PM)

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#12699965 - 04/02/18 03:24 PM Re: Pontoon Boat on Fork [Re: Cliff31]
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Registered: 06/19/14
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....go with the pontoon ......
did it with a group of 6 and it was great
slows your fishing way down and the catch rate goes up
send me a PM and I'll tell you of 3 spots that you can park a pontoon on and catch em good.

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#12700209 - 04/02/18 06:10 PM Re: Pontoon Boat on Fork [Re: Cliff31]
criglizard Offline
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Registered: 05/22/08
Posts: 402
Sounds like a great time. My advice would be to focus on prespawn/postspawn fish and not go into the flats or creeks very much. Tie up or anchor, relax, and fish plastics out deeper (10-20ft).

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#12700222 - 04/02/18 06:17 PM Re: Pontoon Boat on Fork [Re: Cliff31]
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If you can get a pontoon with a trolling motor you can make it work pretty good. Without a trolling motor you'll have to anchor or tie up. Wind is a problem with a pontoon. Good luck.
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