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Who has a center console?? #13536857 04/28/20 12:07 AM
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If you own/fish a center console- PM me ....I've got some questions about them if you're willing to share...:) Looking at them for retirement....if that ever happens...:)

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Re: Who has a center console?? [Re: tmd11111] #13537356 04/28/20 12:40 PM
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Re: Who has a center console?? [Re: Techfisher] #13537549 04/28/20 02:28 PM
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I fished out of a center console up to about a year and a half ago. Personally, I miss it. I love the storage and deck space on my bass boat, but as far as ride and taking on big water nothing compares to a center console. Seems like I never get to fish unless the wind is blowing at least 25mph so a boat handling big water is important to me. Especially this time of year. Plus I love to go fish saltwater in the summer. You would think they would make a boat that has the deck space of a bass boat and the hull of a center console, but they really don't.

Re: Who has a center console?? [Re: Tx Tree Grower] #13537647 04/28/20 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Tx Tree Grower
I fished out of a center console up to about a year and a half ago. Personally, I miss it. I love the storage and deck space on my bass boat, but as far as ride and taking on big water nothing compares to a center console. Seems like I never get to fish unless the wind is blowing at least 25mph so a boat handling big water is important to me. Especially this time of year. Plus I love to go fish saltwater in the summer. You would think they would make a boat that has the deck space of a bass boat and the hull of a center console, but they really don't.


My Epic 22SC comes pretty darn close.

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I have a Skeeter SX220 and almost exclusively bass fish.

Feel free to fire away with any questions you may have.

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Re: Who has a center console?? [Re: Techfisher] #13538613 04/29/20 02:39 AM
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I'm with tmd11111 ; had bass boats my whole life but got A Epic22sc and the reason that particular boat is the decks dang near match a bass boat; love it and when kids and grandkids come, that's where it shines. I live on Fork and when it's rough, no problem BUT fishing in the wind even in coves is nowhere in the class of bass boat cause the higher sides gets the boat blown around more. Other that that I love it! Need to look or ask questions feel free to PM me.

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And to add to my post; Man it seems some days I see 15-20 center consoles on Fork whereas you use to see 1 or 2 a year!

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Originally Posted by BassBlack
I'm with tmd11111 ; had bass boats my whole life but got A Epic22sc and the reason that particular boat is the decks dang near match a bass boat; love it and when kids and grandkids come, that's where it shines. I live on Fork and when it's rough, no problem BUT fishing in the wind even in coves is nowhere in the class of bass boat cause the higher sides gets the boat blown around more. Other that that I love it! Need to look or ask questions feel free to PM me.


I'll agree with the wind part. It can get blown around worse then a tin boat. Solved that problem with an Xi5 and a pair of 15' Talons. I've had my Epic for a little over 3 years now. Every once in a while I get an itch to switch back to a bass boat then I ride in my buddies Skeeter and get my spine jarred and forget all about a bass boat.

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Re: Who has a center console?? [Re: Techfisher] #13538632 04/29/20 02:52 AM
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Fish out of a Skeeter ZX20 bay. I can fish in 10" of water and it's stinking easy to fish out of. I put in an Ulterra that makes fishing just easy. Real issue is rod storage and storage in general. I only have 4 slots down the sides so always have 8 rods around the console. If I fish with a friend, I have to take some rods out. But I have a grandson now so doubt I'll do anything but a CC. Other issue is top end speed. Mine tops out at 50. Biggest pro for me is you're never seated down in a seat like a bass boat. It's way easier on my back and knees. Also, being able to just wash down the boat is nice. I never have to worry about getting it dirty, bloody, whatever, Just wash it down and call it good.

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Greg W. Rod storage thought for you. My Blue Wave has a Port side rod locker up front with only 4 rod tubes that lead into the anchor locker. The Starboard side compartment just has a drain in it , no rod tubes. I took a jig saw and cut the forward bulkhead out of that compartment which opened it up into the anchor locker. I left about 1" around the perimeter of the bulkhead to maintain rigidity. I can now put 6 - 8 rods in that locker now. I could put 10 -12 , it is that deep, but getting to the ones on the bottom of the pile are too difficult. I always keep the rigs I use the least in that locker and ones I use most on top. I stagger them so reels are not all stacked on top of each other. I keep the 4 I use the most in Port side locker.

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Originally Posted by Tx Tree Grower
I fished out of a center console up to about a year and a half ago. Personally, I miss it. I love the storage and deck space on my bass boat, but as far as ride and taking on big water nothing compares to a center console. Seems like I never get to fish unless the wind is blowing at least 25mph so a boat handling big water is important to me. Especially this time of year. Plus I love to go fish saltwater in the summer. You would think they would make a boat that has the deck space of a bass boat and the hull of a center console, but they really don't. Another thing I'll mention is that most bay boats are built for the salt. I'd never take a bass boat into salt water. I DO use saltaway after every trip though too. I also have taken my bay boat up to 35 miles offshore on flat calm days

My Seafox 200XT has a Carolina flared front end. It has the deck of a bassboat and drafts 1.6 ft.
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Re: Who has a center console?? [Re: Techfisher] #13539490 04/29/20 08:35 PM
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I had a 21ft CC a while back when I was fishing the coast a lot more than I do now. Great open water fishing boat (stripers etc), great for taking three folks fishing, make-shift crossover boat to pull kids tubing, hull was good in rough water. As others said, catches a lot of wind, wasn't real fast, and rod storage was the biggest beating to me when I tried to bass fish out of it for a couple of years. I ended up aggie engineering a pad on top of a bow storage compartment and a rod strap to be able to have five or six rods up on the deck that helped some.

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