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post your catfish boats #13226306 07/26/19 06:20 PM
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can you guys post some of your rigs size and brand of boat ive been looking around for one and want to get a idea of what the guys on the boards prefer.

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Re: post your catfish boats [Re: SOCALCARPER] #13226496 07/26/19 11:46 PM
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Im currently running an express 20 foot bay boat. It has been a great boat and caught a lot fish for me and my customers. I would post picks of how its setup but cant never get them to load. It is forsale now and my new boat will be ready next month.


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Re: post your catfish boats [Re: SOCALCARPER] #13227094 07/27/19 07:59 PM
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There is a bay stealth in the classified section that would be idea ! I have thought heavy about it for a back up . Having had a 20 ft bay stealth I regret selling! Currently running a 23ft falcon deluxe . Mr Kennedy spoke highly of it so it has to be a sound boat to get his thumbs up !!!

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Re: post your catfish boats [Re: SOCALCARPER] #13227115 07/27/19 08:36 PM
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SOCALCARPER - Are you wanting/needing to do anything else with this boat besides catfish or is this strictly a fishing boat? That would make a difference in recommendations. Also, what type of water do you normally fish?

I fish out of a 22 ft Sailfish CC Bay Boat... It is a deep V with varied hull and high side walls. Made for ocean fishing. We got it because my family wanted front deck seating and safety with the high walls because we have a 4 year old. (1 year old when we bought). So, the boat is a fishing boat most of the year and then a family boat in the summer. (I fish in the morning then they meet up at lunch to cruise, tube and swim)

When I fish I almost always drift deep water on a large reservoir (Ray Hubbard mostly) and I feel safe in most all conditions.

If I had been the only person in the decision making I would have still went Center Console Bay Boat but more tournament fishing style with lower walls and more casting platform. And being able to have a trolling motor.

Just saying to consider what you need the boat to do. I love my boat but it would be terrible for the way others fish. That's why there are so many types of boats available.

Re: post your catfish boats [Re: SOCALCARPER] #13228488 07/29/19 12:40 PM
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I have a 21ft. bay boat I upgraded from a 17-1\2 ft. center console last October . It would depend on the type of water you want to fish and budget . If you want to fish tournaments then you need to consider the livewell size .
I fish open water mostly if I fished in a lot of flooded timber I would consider a large aluminum boat with a decent vee, if you want room and comfort then maybe a pontoon .
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Re: post your catfish boats [Re: SOCALCARPER] #13228509 07/29/19 01:02 PM
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G3 Sportsman 2400 rigged with Fishbite rod rack and custom 10/40 degree Fishbite rod holders and Fishbite removable cutting board. This boat rides and drives like a dream. Large livewell and 25 gallon built in bait well. I also have added a 3/4 custom enclosure to this.

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Re: post your catfish boats [Re: SOCALCARPER] #13228537 07/29/19 01:26 PM
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I started out with Jon boats as my first couple of boat. Then an aluminum deep v. Then I had pontoon. After that I had a few Bass Boats. Each has its benefits and disadvantages when it comes to catfishing. Ultimately it came down to safety for me. As soon as we had our son I sold the bass boat and bought a 23ft bay boat. Have had it over 3 yrs now and its the best boating decision I ever made. It can go anywhere my bass boat could go and at the end of the day Im not so beat to hell from pitching in the rollers all morning. If your fishing lakes with big water like Texoma, Twok, or Lewisville then center console bay boats are the way to go. texas
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Re: post your catfish boats [Re: SOCALCARPER] #13228583 07/29/19 01:57 PM
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I've had a 96 Wellcraft CC for 15 years. I'm about to upgrade to a newer CC that has a trolling motor.




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Cant post pic. We got a 1956 Lonestar 14ft. Perfect for bumping stumps and trees in Granger Lake, runs very shallow also.

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Originally Posted by NoMinners
Cant post pic. We got a 1956 Lonestar 14ft. Perfect for bumping stumps and trees in Granger Lake, runs very shallow also.

Did you ever figure out the river chanel?

Re: post your catfish boats [Re: SOCALCARPER] #13229855 07/30/19 01:41 PM
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Havent tried. We had two family deaths in two days. I hope to be back out on Thursday.
Can you post pics from phone pic library?

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Im fishing a 1651 Express HD16DDP with 40hp Yamaha. 4 rods at a time. I fish Red River some and Sulfur mostly.
If I lake fish which is seldom I have an 18 Alweld I use.
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