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Old 01-13-2007, 06:13 AM
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I would like to get everyone’s opinion on what would be the best all around boat to fish our local rivers (pigeon, holston, Watauga, clinch, French broad) and lakes and some inshore saltwater fishing in the Carolinas and Florida. There may not be a single boat that will cover this range of water. I am thinking that a jon boat might be the best choice.
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Old 01-13-2007, 12:45 PM
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smaples,

How much you looking to spend? There is a boat that will do all those things, and more, but it aint cheap.
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Old 01-13-2007, 08:43 PM
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Old 01-15-2007, 09:46 AM
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You got rid of yours, but get Arky to bring the Supreme over the the "Tauger" and give it a run. Now there would be some adventure especially if you let Red run the tiller.



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ah man, where's my therapist # at, i was almost over that frightful day

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Old 01-15-2007, 10:01 AM
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Old 01-16-2007, 07:53 AM
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I am not considering cost yet. Just what is the best fit.
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Old 01-16-2007, 09:15 AM
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I believe it's riverpro.com. There's a dealer over in E TN that build shallow water boats with jets or props on them.
One thing i've found out with the jets, you gotta be half crazy(like me) to run one to get the full effect of the boat & hope there isn't any wading anglers, they'll get miffed when ya blow through 6" of water that they're standing in

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Old 01-16-2007, 12:57 PM
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Grumpy,

Don't sell yourself short your not half crazy
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Old 01-16-2007, 02:35 PM
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We have a customer who owns a Riverpro. He has an outboard that you he can change from a jet to prop drive. I think it takes about 45 minutes to make the change. The problem with the Jet is when there are a lot of leaves on the water. The pump gets clogged. Also, I fish in saltwater a lot and you never see a jet drive unless it's on one of those pesky jet skis. I don't know why and none of the guides I've talked to know. You do run through a lot of floating grass in the ocean. I've fished out of pump powered boats in Michigan. They seem to work fine up there unless you suck up some zebra mussels. I think the perfect solution would be to have both the jet and prop on a tunnel boat. A hydraulic jack plate would be nice too.

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Old 01-16-2007, 03:08 PM
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yep, just like fly rods, one boat can't do it all, they're so blame costly though, we have to improvise.

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