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Bass Boat /Salt Water ?? #13738201 10/21/20 01:21 PM
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Has anyone taken their Bass Boat down to Venice La and fished this area red fish? I just got back from Venice and saw several Bas Boats running around.

If you have, what do i need to do to my boat and trailer after the trip? Sho 250


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Re: Bass Boat /Salt Water ?? [Re: jbassman] #13738307 10/21/20 02:44 PM
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The boat will be fine. Wiring and trailer not so much. Personally I wouldn't do it unless your trailer is galvanized and wiring is built to handle the salt corrosion


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Re: Bass Boat /Salt Water ?? [Re: jbassman] #13738320 10/21/20 02:51 PM
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Re: Bass Boat /Salt Water ?? [Re: jbassman] #13738339 10/21/20 03:09 PM
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Yeah, I've thought about taking mine down there, but I'm worried about the trailer. That is actually brackish water around Venice, not pure salt, so you might get away with it. If I did it, I'd hose my boat and trailer down EVERY day when I came off the water. Then on the way home, I'd stop at a freshwater lake, launch and run around for awhile. Make sure to run all of the pumps and I'd dump some water into the bilge and run those pumps. Then I'd hit a car wash and hose the entire rig down from top to bottom a couple of times.


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Re: Bass Boat /Salt Water ?? [Re: jbassman] #13738348 10/21/20 03:16 PM
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I would hire a guide.


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Re: Bass Boat /Salt Water ?? [Re: jbassman] #13738378 10/21/20 03:36 PM
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Like said above the boat structure will be fine. However saltwater is really tough on carpet and your trolling motor is likely not rated for saltwater either. I can tell you with certainty that the ultrex does not last long after use in saltwater. None of the black Minn kota motors are saltwater rated. Not sure about the other brands. If you don't have an aluminum or galvanized trailer don't even consider it. That saltwater will eat it up within a few years. Most of these bass boat trailers are borderline trash anyway. Saltwater does them in very quickly. I have seen a few of the rigs that were used in the Bassmaster events on the Sabine a few years back. Some of those guys were launching in the bay in practice instead of making long runs. Those trailers are trash now. With all that said, at times Venice can be near 100% freshwater in places. Usually that happens in the spring though. With all the hurricanes and rain this year I have no idea how the water down there is right now. Personally, I wouldn't take the chance with my trailer.

Re: Bass Boat /Salt Water ?? [Re: Tx Tree Grower] #13738457 10/21/20 04:43 PM
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just splash it in a freshwater lake on your way home

Re: Bass Boat /Salt Water ?? [Re: jbassman] #13738503 10/21/20 05:13 PM
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We have done it before. I would not leave it in the water overnight. I flushed the motor daily and washed off the whole boat and trailer daily. no issues.
But a guide is your safest bet.

Re: Bass Boat /Salt Water ?? [Re: DBGSIG] #13738605 10/21/20 06:28 PM
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I have done it many Many times with no issues. after researching it I found that the boat and motor would be fine if you did not leave them in saltwater. to do that you need a cadmium plated water pump and a different sacrificial anode on the bottom. just pull your trailer in and out at the boat ramp in fresh water several times while allowing the motor to run. wash you boat and trailer after every trip very well. DO NOT PUT your ultrex down in it though buy you a cheap older saltwater model and put it on for the trip It only takes a couple of minutes. I have fished venice with and without a guide and you absolutely do not need one. just fish where the tiny canals flow from one pond to the next with some shrimp and you will catch tons. I have a 2019 zx250 and have done it with everything from a 2006 21I vmax 250 to this current boat. yes if you don't wash it or rinse the trailer it will rust but its pretty easy to wash it.

Re: Bass Boat /Salt Water ?? [Re: RAY BOBBER] #13738607 10/21/20 06:29 PM
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Originally Posted by RAY BOBBER
just splash it in a freshwater lake on your way home


I wouldn't dream of doing that with a Puma, but if your must, listen to Mr. Bobber - a dunk can do what a car wash can't.

My vote, though, is don't do it. I've painstakingly wired and sealed many trailer light systems to withstand the salt and bass boat trailers up to the task seem to be the exception. Coastal corrosion is almost magical in its ability to get to stuff and mess it up.


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Re: Bass Boat /Salt Water ?? [Re: 4Weight] #13738915 10/21/20 09:13 PM
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Originally Posted by 4Weight
I would hire a guide.


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Re: Bass Boat /Salt Water ?? [Re: jbassman] #13740044 10/22/20 06:37 PM
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do it
when get home, sell it fast.

Re: Bass Boat /Salt Water ?? [Re: jbassman] #13740510 10/23/20 12:33 AM
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My 2001 Triton was promoted as being a "crossover" boat. Why (other than just dollars) Triton put a freshwater Mercury and Motorguide is just ridiculous. I switched the TM to a Great White after I got the boat. Every TM repair guy I have ever talked to says that there is definitely a difference between the black and the white TM's. I did not spend the money to swap out the fresh water Merc to a salt water model. I rinse the engine with Salt-Away every time I even suspect brackish or salt water. The trailer is galvanized and I rinse it after every brackish/salt water trip.

The biggest problem I have with taking my bass boat into salt water is the larger waves that can occur out there. You really have to watch those bigger boats and ships.


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Re: Bass Boat /Salt Water ?? [Re: jbassman] #13740547 10/23/20 01:02 AM
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I have fished Sabine Lake a couple of times in my old Ranger and I put in the Neches R. many times just 4-5 miles up from the lake but ran north toward and past Beaumont. No issues with the boat or motor ever ... had to rework the Ranger Trailer a couple of years later. Salt water eats most trailers except galvanized or aluminum. All the hardware has to be resistant also. Think this ... carpeted bunks soaked in saltwater, boat loaded on carpeted bunks. all the hardware on the trailer stays soaked in the saltwater. Even high pressure water doesn't get it all. As said always flush the motor well.

Boat and motor will be OK ... trailer prolly not long term.


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Re: Bass Boat /Salt Water ?? [Re: meP2too] #13740577 10/23/20 01:32 AM
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Originally Posted by meP2too
do it
when get home, sell it fast.


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