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For Tournament fishing how much of a disadvantage will I be at? #12626380
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My family and I are moving to Texas at the beginning of Summer. I have fished my entire life, but I have never been someplace where I could bass fish effectively. I still catch fish when I go out whether I am fishing for trout, bass, or even salmon when we were in Alaska. My main question has to do with my boat or lack there of.

I currently have a G3 176 Eagle with a 50 HP motor. I have better electronics on it than what I bought it with, but I know I am still having issues with the rest of the boat and I plan on upgrading before the year is out. My question is how many problems am I going to have before then?

I know with it being on the slow side I won't be able to keep up with the larger boats and I also know that if rough water I will run into a little bit more of a bumpy ride, but is it worth me entering some of the tournaments in the area or should I just wait until I can get a boat that has a 150 on it?

Thanks in advance,
Kyle

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Re: For Tournament fishing how much of a disadvantage will I be at? [Re: Nevistar] #12626396
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I assume a 176 is a 17' boat. If so that may not allow you to fish some tournaments due to its size. Some tournaments limit boats to no less than 18'.

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No disadvantage at all

Re: For Tournament fishing how much of a disadvantage will I be at? [Re: JCBfromTHF] #12626400
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Originally Posted By: JCBfromTHF
I assume a 176 is a 17' boat. If so that may not allow you to fish some tournaments due to its size. Some tournaments limit boats to no less than 18'.


Who would that be?

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What lakes are you planning on fishing??


We didn't catch 60+,might have boatd in the 30
should,we didn't have fun expept alot more thie time of yearhope you get ready you'll be calling mr or E-MILK to a foods donatiom,,,Arter drin some red bullmdnd Vodlea
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Kyle,

If I were you I would enter every tournament that you could and be proud of the boat you have now. Having an aluminum boat with a 50 HP motor is not really a handicap if you have the drive to compete. You don't need to wait until you have a bigger faster boat. You should have the mindset that you can catch the fish just as well from your current rig as you could from a 22 foot Ranger with a 300 Merc.

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Good luck to you and welcome to the Greatest State in the Country!

Ken

Re: For Tournament fishing how much of a disadvantage will I be at? [Re: Dubee] #12626413
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Originally Posted By: Dubee
Originally Posted By: JCBfromTHF
I assume a 176 is a 17' boat. If so that may not allow you to fish some tournaments due to its size. Some tournaments limit boats to no less than 18'.


Who would that be?


Which trail is that?


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Re: For Tournament fishing how much of a disadvantage will I be at? [Re: Nevistar] #12626417
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First of all, very few tournament fishermen got to start in a 21’ new bass boat. So even having a boat is a huge start.
Secondly I’ve had my money taken by many guys in a John boat. I havent Seen many tournaments that limit the size of boat but something to look for.
Lastly, just be safe and use good judgement.

A lot of people think guys spend 60,000$ to get a hard on when they fish, and for some that’s probly true. I spent 60,000$ to be able to fish in any condition, and get back safely. The boat means very little to my
Fish catching ability as will yours. Just be smart in bad situations


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Anyone remember the kid on fork that won the seal a while back in a John boat?


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Originally Posted By: JCBfromTHF
I assume a 176 is a 17' boat. If so that may not allow you to fish some tournaments due to its size. Some tournaments limit boats to no less than 18'.


Who would that be?


Which trail is that?


I haven't fished many tournaments since the mid to late 1990's but back then there were a few that didn't allow it. I know because my very first boat was a 16' King Fisher and there were certain tournaments that wouldn't allow a boat that short. I have no idea if any of the trails these days have those kind of rules or not but I just assumed they do.

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My first tournament boat was a 80's model Tide Craft Spitfire 2, 14 1/2 footer laugh


We didn't catch 60+,might have boatd in the 30
should,we didn't have fun expept alot more thie time of yearhope you get ready you'll be calling mr or E-MILK to a foods donatiom,,,Arter drin some red bullmdnd Vodlea
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Make sure it has a good live well. Most boats that size do.


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boat size doesn't matter, just don't block the dock lol bolt

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Nevistar, you didn't say where in Texas you are moving, but I suggest you get here as fast as you can. You'll do just fine in your G3, I do in my Sportsman 17.



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Originally Posted By: GTrigg
Nevistar, you didn't say where in Texas you are moving, but I suggest you get here as fast as you can. You'll do just fine in your G3, I do in my Sportsman 17.




Just don’t get here too quick if you are a Yankee or a Californian.. bolt

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