texasfishingforum.com logo
Main Menu
Advertisement
Affiliates
Advertisement
Newest Members
ConchDaddy, TXSkeeterMan, psyonic64, dukewildlife, TIP71
113499 Registered Users
Top Posters(All Time)
TexDawg 96,292
hopalong 88,618
Pilothawk 80,000
John175☮ 77,777
JDavis7873 67,400
Bigbob_FTW 66,192
Derek 🐝 64,632
Mark Perry 60,444
Tritonman 58,951
facebook
Forum Statistics
Forums62
Topics777,492
Posts9,860,816
Members113,499
Most Online36,273
Jan 23rd, 2013
Print Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2
XPRESS CRAPPIE BOATS #13595387 06/15/20 03:50 PM
Joined: May 2016
Posts: 48
A
Andwebb Offline OP
Outdoorsman
OP Offline
Outdoorsman
A
Joined: May 2016
Posts: 48
I'm looking at the X20PFC and wondering if anyone has any experience with them or is there something that is better in the $35k price range. I will be using the boat almost exclusively for crappie fishing with my two young sons. Thank you in advance.

Wet Rooster Jigs Fishing Super Store
Re: XPRESS CRAPPIE BOATS [Re: Andwebb] #13595443 06/15/20 04:37 PM
Joined: Oct 2001
Posts: 13,491
M
Mo Offline
TFF Guru
Offline
TFF Guru
M
Joined: Oct 2001
Posts: 13,491
The problem I would have with that is the seating layout,.
I much prefer little or no front deck and side by side seating. Look into a center console model, Really works well with kids.

JMHO

MO



MY BACKYARD , 20,000 ACRES , NO MOWING smile
Re: XPRESS CRAPPIE BOATS [Re: Andwebb] #13595507 06/15/20 05:16 PM
Joined: Mar 2009
Posts: 88
K
KEGracing Offline
Outdoorsman
Offline
Outdoorsman
K
Joined: Mar 2009
Posts: 88
If this is just for crappie fishing, I would look at either a center console as mentioned above, or a smaller pontoon boat. I had an older 18' bass buggy when my two sons were very young, and it was great. Size of the boat was not bad at all, would go really shallow, and was so much more comfortable and safe for the kids.

You could go with a 20 or 22' for about the same footprint as the model you listed. Just make sure you upgrade to a larger engine than the "base" model. Pontoons do catch a little more wind, but with the newer spot lock trolling motors, it is amazing what you can do.

My neighbor just picked up a 22' fishing layout tritoon. Has a 150 four stroke on it. Has the four fishing chairs at each corner, 2 live wells, etc. Super comfortable and plenty of room to fish 4+ people. With the 150 motor, 40+ on gps on calm water. Handled waves much better than my old boat did. He wanted to be able to tub and ski with it also. IF you dont care to go that fast, a 115 would probably by plenty, even on bigger lakes. All mater of opinion. If you are going to be fishing timber or brush, this is about as good as it gets. IF you are going to be dock shooting a lot, then maybe not quite as good, but with the right trolling motor, still a good option.

Good luck and enjoy the kids. They grow up fast!

Ken


A country boy will survive... but those who cross him?
2005 Bass Tracker 185 - red
Re: XPRESS CRAPPIE BOATS [Re: Andwebb] #13595612 06/15/20 06:36 PM
Joined: Feb 2002
Posts: 5,092
Duck_Jerky Offline
TFF Celebrity
Offline
TFF Celebrity
Joined: Feb 2002
Posts: 5,092
For your price range, you could certainly look at the War Eagle boats as well. They are custom built however you would like the layout to be. I have a 2020 Blackhawk 2170 center console and love it for crappie fishing. Feel free to message me, and I can get you in touch with them directly.


Brian Carter
Pro Staff
B'n'M Poles - www.bnmpoles.com - Quality Rods For Over 60 Years
War Eagle Boats - www.wareagleboats.com - Built for hunters who love to fish!

Videos
www.youtube.com/BnMFishingPoles - YouTube Channel
Re: XPRESS CRAPPIE BOATS [Re: Andwebb] #13595624 06/15/20 06:44 PM
Joined: May 2016
Posts: 48
A
Andwebb Offline OP
Outdoorsman
OP Offline
Outdoorsman
A
Joined: May 2016
Posts: 48
Thanks for the reply's. Right now I fish mainly brush piles with a little timber mixed in. I like idea of a pontoon just never knew how hardy the pontoons were fishing timber. I like the safety of the CC and pontoon though I'll do more research on those.

Re: XPRESS CRAPPIE BOATS [Re: Andwebb] #13595731 06/15/20 07:50 PM
Joined: Jul 2019
Posts: 111
P
Piscivore Online Content
Outdoorsman
Online Content
Outdoorsman
P
Joined: Jul 2019
Posts: 111
Whatever you decide, I highly recommend leaving room in your budget for a trolling motor that has spot-lock and a livescope. You won't have buyer's remorse with either of those. I also recommend tandem seating up front, whether factory or aftermarket.

Re: XPRESS CRAPPIE BOATS [Re: Andwebb] #13595759 06/15/20 08:17 PM
Joined: Oct 2001
Posts: 13,491
M
Mo Offline
TFF Guru
Offline
TFF Guru
M
Joined: Oct 2001
Posts: 13,491
I figure the price of my electronics and trolling motor package exceeds what my boat is worth at this point.


Mo



MY BACKYARD , 20,000 ACRES , NO MOWING smile
Re: XPRESS CRAPPIE BOATS [Re: Andwebb] #13596017 06/15/20 11:05 PM
Joined: Apr 2018
Posts: 2
W
Whistler47 Offline
Green Horn
Offline
Green Horn
W
Joined: Apr 2018
Posts: 2
I have a x19 and am very happy. I mainly crappie fish with spot lock. Duel front seats can be used and taken off.

Re: XPRESS CRAPPIE BOATS [Re: Andwebb] #13596269 06/16/20 02:28 AM
Joined: May 2016
Posts: 48
A
Andwebb Offline OP
Outdoorsman
OP Offline
Outdoorsman
A
Joined: May 2016
Posts: 48
I’ll get spot lock and live scope it’s way to cool not to get. I never thought about war eagle, I’ll look at them as well. Thanks for all the reply’s.

Re: XPRESS CRAPPIE BOATS [Re: Andwebb] #13596275 06/16/20 02:33 AM
Joined: Dec 2012
Posts: 2
S
svosam Offline
Green Horn
Offline
Green Horn
S
Joined: Dec 2012
Posts: 2
I have a Suntracker fishin barge 20 DLX, 90HP, 24V Xi5 with spot lock, and livescope. We put a lot of crappie in the freezer with that one. We also fish brush piles, timber, and can very comfortably fish 4+ people. Can also load up the kids/grandkids and cruise, swim, enjoy the water when not fishing. All could be had within your budget.

Came from a Tracker Pro Crappie 175 and have not looked back.

If there was anything I would have done different...would have gone tri toon to get a bigger motor and would have gone 36V on the trolling motor (don't even waste your time with a 12V of you want spot lock to work in the wind on a pontoon).

Re: XPRESS CRAPPIE BOATS [Re: Mo] #13597046 06/16/20 07:02 PM
Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 5,879
S
Spiderman Online Content
TFF Celebrity
Online Content
TFF Celebrity
S
Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 5,879
Originally Posted by Mo
I figure the price of my electronics and trolling motor package exceeds what my boat is worth at this point.


Mo



Lol......Me Too!


The first 5 days after the Weekend are the Hardest.
Re: XPRESS CRAPPIE BOATS [Re: Andwebb] #13597143 06/16/20 08:15 PM
Joined: Jun 2006
Posts: 47,284
TreeBass Online Content
Lt. Dan
Online Content
Lt. Dan
Joined: Jun 2006
Posts: 47,284
Love my xpress 18ss, just need a LS

[Linked Image]
[Linked Image]


[Linked Image]

My success in life is measured by the number of hunting
and fishing stories that my kids can share with others


http://www.sure-life.com
http://dobynsrods.com
http://www.proanglertackle.com
http://www.grizzlycoolers.com
LIKE the TFF on Facebook - www.facebook.com/texasfishingforum
Re: XPRESS CRAPPIE BOATS [Re: Andwebb] #13600524 06/19/20 05:30 AM
Joined: Oct 2009
Posts: 1,549
C
Champion 221 Elite Offline
Extreme Angler
Offline
Extreme Angler
C
Joined: Oct 2009
Posts: 1,549
War Eagle 2072LDV
[Linked Image]

Last edited by Champion 221 Elite; 06/19/20 05:31 AM.

Just Fishing For Fun!
Re: XPRESS CRAPPIE BOATS [Re: svosam] #13601009 06/19/20 05:30 PM
Joined: Sep 2019
Posts: 219
T
ThaDudeAbides Offline
Outdoorsman
Offline
Outdoorsman
T
Joined: Sep 2019
Posts: 219
Originally Posted by svosam
I have a Suntracker fishin barge 20 DLX, 90HP, 24V Xi5 with spot lock, and livescope. We put a lot of crappie in the freezer with that one. We also fish brush piles, timber, and can very comfortably fish 4+ people. Can also load up the kids/grandkids and cruise, swim, enjoy the water when not fishing. All could be had within your budget.

Came from a Tracker Pro Crappie 175 and have not looked back.

If there was anything I would have done different...would have gone tri toon to get a bigger motor and would have gone 36V on the trolling motor (don't even waste your time with a 12V of you want spot lock to work in the wind on a pontoon).


i've got a Pro Crappie right now. i love so many things about it but would like to upgrade to a wider beam. glad to hear you like the toon. i see so many for sale with 40 and 60 HP and just can't get comfortable spending a chunk of change on one that may be underpowered.

i saw a 21 foot tracker party deck with a 150 Mercury on it and called within 15 minutes of it going on FB marketplace and told him i could come see it same day. i think he was asking $6500 and it sold within the hour before i could get it. this one had the V bottom and full couches for afternoon naps plus two fishing seats right up front!


THUMP 2020
Re: XPRESS CRAPPIE BOATS [Re: Andwebb] #13601074 06/19/20 06:23 PM
Joined: May 2009
Posts: 473
TheBombBait88 Offline
Angler
Offline
Angler
Joined: May 2009
Posts: 473
I've got a 2018 Excel BayPro 220 that I would possibly sell in the $35K range. Set up and ready to go for crappie. PM me if interested.

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