texasfishingforum.com logo
Main Menu
Advertisement
Affiliates
Advertisement
Newest Members
Brock P., Harry Urey Sr., Fishingwannabe, Jerrold, Don1969
115348 Registered Users
Top Posters(All Time)
TexDawg 102,301
hopalong 96,941
Pilothawk 80,874
John175☮ 79,106
Bigbob_FTW 73,777
JDavis7873 67,402
Derek 🐝 66,618
Mark Perry 62,833
Forum Statistics
Forums61
Topics1,148,870
Posts15,706,598
Members140,348
Most Online36,273
Jan 23rd, 2013
Print Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2
Crappie Boat Recommendations #13344058 11/16/19 08:49 PM
Joined: Jul 2005
Posts: 290
B
Bigkracka Offline OP
Angler
OP Offline
Angler
B
Joined: Jul 2005
Posts: 290
Im looking to buy a new boat for crappie fishing this Feb-Mar. Budget is 25-28k all in. I've looked at G3 online, but other than that have no idea what to look at. What brand boat, motor, electronics and trolling motor should I be looking at? Not my first boat, grew up fishing out if a '79 Ranger until it gave up the ghost some 15yrs ago.

Wet Rooster Jigs Fishing Super Store
Re: Crappie Boat Recommendations [Re: Bigkracka] #13344068 11/16/19 09:06 PM
Joined: Sep 2019
Posts: 2,391
B
Bentman63 Offline
Extreme Angler
Offline
Extreme Angler
B
Joined: Sep 2019
Posts: 2,391
any boat can be used for crappie fishing.


[Linked Image]
Re: Crappie Boat Recommendations [Re: Bigkracka] #13344446 11/17/19 02:38 AM
Joined: Jun 2013
Posts: 3,155
B
bush hog Offline
TFF Team Angler
Offline
TFF Team Angler
B
Joined: Jun 2013
Posts: 3,155
It's hard to suggest what type of boat to get because it's so much personal preference. I fish out of a bass boat because I like bass boats. Is it the best boat for crappie fishing? Probably not, but it has lots of storage, comfortable and suites my needs. You fished out of a Ranger so you have experience with a heavy fiberglass boat. You might want to fish out of aluminum boat before buying one because there is a world of difference between it and a glass boat. I suggest take a pencil and paper and make of list of what you want in a boat and go from there. I assure you it's out there. I know this isn't much help but good luck in your search.


To whom much is given, much is required.
Re: Crappie Boat Recommendations [Re: Bigkracka] #13344457 11/17/19 03:03 AM
Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 10,486
J
JIM SR. Offline
TFF Guru
Offline
TFF Guru
J
Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 10,486
What you have to have is electronics good enough to find them, and a trolling motor big enough and with 'spot-loc' to hold your boat in place....then,...as stated above, I suggest take a pencil and paper and make of list of what you want in a boat and go from there.

I have a Ranger RT 188 that I love,..jim.. fish

Re: Crappie Boat Recommendations [Re: Bigkracka] #13344553 11/17/19 05:17 AM
Joined: Jan 2012
Posts: 1,725
H
HOGON Offline
Extreme Angler
Offline
Extreme Angler
H
Joined: Jan 2012
Posts: 1,725
I have a G3. It's been good to us since 2007.

We use Lowrance products and just installed a Garmin 126SV and a Livescope LVS32. Haven't used either yet.
Going Monday.

My dream boat is one of those War Eagle boats. Not sure of their cost.

For Crappie Fishing I like metal instead of fiberglass.

For Motors Yamaha all the way.

We have the Minn Kota Ulterra for a trolling motor.

Obviously everyone has their personal preferences.

Good Luck!


ACC CRAPPIE STIX
BONEHEAD TACKLE
LEWS REELS
PEPOPS JIGS
FEARLESS JIGS
BUBBAS BAITS
MAD CRAPPIE JIGS
DANS JIGS
CRAZY ANGLER TACKLE
THERMOCLINE LURES
CONSTANT PURSUIT OUTFITTERS
MR CRAPPIE
POWER PRO SUPER SLICK BRAID
BERKLEY VANISH GOLD/TRANSITION
LIFT SAVER TROLLING MOTOR MOUNT
SHUT UP AND FISH
SLAB SYNDICATE JIGS
THUMPER ELITE OUTFITTERS
Re: Crappie Boat Recommendations [Re: Bigkracka] #13344656 11/17/19 02:09 PM
Joined: Sep 2017
Posts: 2,874
P
pop r Offline
Extreme Angler
Offline
Extreme Angler
P
Joined: Sep 2017
Posts: 2,874
Bigkraka check out this boat with video in the boat section here. 2016 RANGER RT188 CAMO PACKAGE
by camoriver

Re: Crappie Boat Recommendations [Re: Bigkracka] #13344669 11/17/19 02:22 PM
Joined: Sep 2019
Posts: 357
ThaDudeAbides Offline
Angler
Offline
Angler
Joined: Sep 2019
Posts: 357
What lakes will you be fishing and how many people on the boat? Ranger still has a great reputation and makes glass and aluminum boats. The RB 190 model is a nice center console setup. I fished out of a G3 sportsman 2100 a few weeks ago and man that was a beautiful boat. Pricey but really well designed layout and features.

Also budget $5k to $7k for electronics and trolling motor unless the one you buy has exactly what you want (could easily spend even more on electronics).

And if buying new you really want to have a quality place to service your boats. You cant just take these things to any boat mechanic and expect great service and they are too dang complicated to work on them yourself.


**My 2021 Goal is to fish my first crappie tourney!** Send me your advice....

1997 Nitro Savage 896, 200 HP Mercury EFI, Garmin Force, Garmin GPSMAP 1022 w/ Livescope, Garmin 93sv UHD (x2)
Re: Crappie Boat Recommendations [Re: ThaDudeAbides] #13344733 11/17/19 03:47 PM
Joined: Jul 2005
Posts: 290
B
Bigkracka Offline OP
Angler
OP Offline
Angler
B
Joined: Jul 2005
Posts: 290
Good info, thanks. I am leaning towards Yamaha outboard, Minn Kota with spot loc, and Lowrance graph with gps and downscan. Last guide trip our guide had Powerscope, holly [censored] that thing is amazing.

Re: Crappie Boat Recommendations [Re: Bigkracka] #13347950 11/20/19 08:17 PM
Joined: Feb 2002
Posts: 1,748
S
SoonerDG Offline
Extreme Angler
Offline
Extreme Angler
S
Joined: Feb 2002
Posts: 1,748
Really tough to suggest a brand of boat and motor. That's a lot of personal preference. I'd say make sure it's got power poles/talons, spot lock and side imaging or maybe live scope and you'll be good. Also make sure it's big enough to handle the water you'll be fishing. Fishing coves and creeks you can get away with a lot less boat than fishing open water on Cedar Creek or Fork or any of the big lakes.

Last edited by SoonerDG; 11/20/19 08:18 PM.

"Life is a matter of luck and the odds of success are in no way enhanced by extreme caution." - Erich Topp, German U-boat Commander, 1943.

When in doubt, set the hook.
Re: Crappie Boat Recommendations [Re: Bigkracka] #13348509 11/21/19 01:07 PM
Joined: Sep 2017
Posts: 2,098
O
Osbornfishing Offline
Extreme Angler
Offline
Extreme Angler
O
Joined: Sep 2017
Posts: 2,098
Almost any boat will work for crappie so you may want to think about other species you may be after before you decide on a boat type. I catch lots of crappie with my 14' jon boat with a trolling motor. Personally, I prefer a center console for most of my fishing. You can get a lot more rod holders and it is more comfortable when more people are fishing with you. Oh and go with Yamaha.

Re: Crappie Boat Recommendations [Re: Bigkracka] #13348539 11/21/19 01:27 PM
Joined: Apr 2011
Posts: 627
C
CoachTod Offline
Pro Angler
Offline
Pro Angler
C
Joined: Apr 2011
Posts: 627
Last boat I bought was 20' center console Xpress with hyper V. Got the 115 SHO 4 stroke Yamaha. Love this package. Many great suggestions have been made above, but the one thing I would add is I had mine rigged out with 2 seats up front. This is great so that your fishing partner is over the brush pile too.

Re: Crappie Boat Recommendations [Re: Bigkracka] #13348564 11/21/19 01:50 PM
Joined: May 2008
Posts: 2,620
donothin Offline
Extreme Angler
Offline
Extreme Angler
Joined: May 2008
Posts: 2,620
Depends a lot on the kind of water you will be fishing. At the outset, I bought a beautiful ranger that my wife did not especially like and it did not handle rough water very well. Accidentally found a used 21' ft center console with a 150 yamaha that we like a lot better. Found it on a consignment lot and it was very low hours and have had no problem. Kind of a personal preference thing, but for us it is much better. Roomier, and at least seems safer on windy days.

Re: Crappie Boat Recommendations [Re: Bigkracka] #13348958 11/21/19 08:08 PM
Joined: May 2007
Posts: 3,457
K
Ken Gaby Offline
TFF Team Angler
Offline
TFF Team Angler
K
Joined: May 2007
Posts: 3,457
Don't know if you prefer alum or fiberglass. To get the elec you want and new boat you'll most likely have to go with alum.
Take a look at the Xpress XP7. Wider beam than the XP17PFC and about $5K less with the 70 hp Yamaha. Leaves room to upgrade the electronics.
https://xpressboats.com/crappie/

If you want fiberglass in center console or bass type hull, look for good used.
Express and G3 also have center consoles in aluminum in that price range. Make sure a CC will back into whatever storage unit you plan to park it in. Most CCs require greater height that a normal garage door opening.


A life without God is like an unsharpened pencil, it has no point. Billy Graham
http://www.proanglertackle.com Best crappie and catfish rods/reels
http://www.crazyanglertackle.com Premium crappie baits and jig tying accessories
www.thermoclinelures.com / "Helping YOU catch MORE & LARGER fish!"
http://www.beereadys.com World's Best Rod Holders
Re: Crappie Boat Recommendations [Re: Bigkracka] #13354895 11/27/19 09:35 PM
Joined: Dec 2017
Posts: 30
C
cbell Offline
Outdoorsman
Offline
Outdoorsman
C
Joined: Dec 2017
Posts: 30
Does anyone have the Xpress x18pfc hyperlift crappie boat.? Or the 17 or 20 footer.. They look like nice boats for crappie fishing and you can get them without carpet


Cbell
Re: Crappie Boat Recommendations [Re: Bigkracka] #13355038 11/27/19 11:45 PM
Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 6,992
S
Spiderman Offline
TFF Celebrity
Offline
TFF Celebrity
S
Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 6,992
Fiberglass is going to be more stable to walk around in once out on the water. I fish off shore most of the year so fiberglass suits my needs. Wind and rough water are just a part of fishing.

Yamaha makes good motors. I like Minnkota trolling motors. The depth finders are a personal choice, but they are expensive so chose wisely.

Side scan is very important. Down scan, you can get from most any unit. I use some Hummingbird and some Lowrance stuff. Mount the transducers on the trolling motor. All the fish catching happens at the front of the boat.


The first 5 days after the Weekend are the Hardest.
Page 1 of 2 1 2
Previous Thread
Index
Next Thread

© 1998-2019 OUTDOOR SITES NETWORK all rights reserved USA and Worldwide
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.3