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Old 09-12-2017, 04:42 PM   #21
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I was in the same situation when I bought a home on Kent Island this January. I kept my bass boat and sold my Axis wakeboard boat. After spending a few months on the bay I purchased a Sea Hunt 234 (13" draft) and plan on putting a trolling motor on it. If the trolling motor works out I will sell the bass boat and be down to one boat. I would recommend selling whatever you decide in CA, you eliminate moving charges and you will get a higher price out there. Good Luck, the bay is a great place.
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welcome....... I would get a 20 ish center console and a skiff for the real skinny water. great time to look. good luck.


This Skinny water boats are real important for striper fishing during the summer months. Best fishing isn't in open water as mentioned earlier, although that is the conventional wisdom. Best fishing is in the shallows if you know what you are doing. The skiff can get you that and the 20 ish can get you out in the fall and spring with the rest of the lugnuts!
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Thanks for the advice think I will sell the bass boat here for sure, been looking at the blue wave 2200 pure bay with a trolling motor and a 150 Yamaha used.
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Thanks for the advice think I will sell the bass boat here for sure, been looking at the blue wave 2200 pure bay with a trolling motor and a 150 Yamaha used.
Advice for moving to lower Eastern Shore. Don't go to Crisfield calling people "Lugnuts".
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Thanks for the advice think I will sell the bass boat here for sure, been looking at the blue wave 2200 pure bay with a trolling motor and a 150 Yamaha used.
I think you will regret a true bay boat with little freeboard. Bay boats are not tremendously popular on the Chesapeake because they limit you so much. Look at the boats fishing guides use. Boats like the the Parker SE, Judge, May-Craft, Jones Bros, Privateer, C-hawk, etc. offer shallow draft, yet decent freeboard. You can mount a trolling motor on the bow of any of them too.

My friend who is a full time guide out of Southern Maryland sometimes makes his living fishing the skinny waters around the islands in the summer months and this year it was too hit or miss. However there has been a decent big redfish bite and cobia bite in the open waters of the bay. Now weakfish are being caught in deeper waters and some years offer a decent flounder bite. A bay boat will confine you to the protected waters unless the bay is flat calm. Now when you get out of the summer months you will really limit yourself with a true bay boat. You will want to experience the awesome fishing the region of the bay has to offer with the rest of us lugnuts. Everyone talks about summer but there is more to the year than summer. The freeboard of boats I mentioned above will limit you less than a "bay boat".
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You still might want to get a smaller skiff as well to beat around in. Honestly, I have caught more big fish out of my skiff then I ever have off of my 23 foot boat. Plus you can run a trot line for crabs and duck hunt out of it. If your are living on the water a skiff is pretty essential. I wouldn't be without mine.
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I think you will regret a true bay boat with little freeboard. Bay boats are not tremendously popular on the Chesapeake because they limit you so much. Look at the boats fishing guides use. Boats like the the Parker SE, Judge, May-Craft, Jones Bros, Privateer, C-hawk, etc. offer shallow draft, yet decent freeboard. You can mount a trolling motor on the bow of any of them too.

My friend who is a full time guide out of Southern Maryland sometimes makes his living fishing the skinny waters around the islands in the summer months and this year it was too hit or miss. However there has been a decent big redfish bite and cobia bite in the open waters of the bay. Now weakfish are being caught in deeper waters and some years offer a decent flounder bite. A bay boat will confine you to the protected waters unless the bay is flat calm. Now when you get out of the summer months you will really limit yourself with a true bay boat. You will want to experience the awesome fishing the region of the bay has to offer with the rest of us lugnuts. Everyone talks about summer but there is more to the year than summer. The freeboard of boats I mentioned above will limit you less than a "bay boat".
+1 on that. You can put a trolling motor and power pole on any of those and fish as shallow as you need, but can also run to Onancock, Watts, Target ship, and cross the sound to the islands on many more days with a little more freeboard and front end entry.
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I think you will regret a true bay boat with little freeboard. Bay boats are not tremendously popular on the Chesapeake because they limit you so much. Look at the boats fishing guides use. Boats like the the Parker SE, Judge, May-Craft, Jones Bros, Privateer, C-hawk, etc. offer shallow draft, yet decent freeboard. You can mount a trolling motor on the bow of any of them too.

My friend who is a full time guide out of Southern Maryland sometimes makes his living fishing the skinny waters around the islands in the summer months and this year it was too hit or miss. However there has been a decent big redfish bite and cobia bite in the open waters of the bay. Now weakfish are being caught in deeper waters and some years offer a decent flounder bite. A bay boat will confine you to the protected waters unless the bay is flat calm. Now when you get out of the summer months you will really limit yourself with a true bay boat. You will want to experience the awesome fishing the region of the bay has to offer with the rest of us lugnuts. Everyone talks about summer but there is more to the year than summer. The freeboard of boats I mentioned above will limit you less than a "bay boat".

Your guide friend needs to go to the VA side. I don't fish the MD side much but when I have I haven't had much luck up around the islands. A lot of dinks. On the VA side there are some areas that held 22-28 inch fish from April to mid august. Went dead the last couple weeks of august when the water temp was too high but it is back on fire now. Average fish is 25 inches and we are catching them consistently (3-4 days a week). Just gotta know where they are. If they are on the VA side I have to assume there are areas on the MD side that hold them too. I just don't spend much time up there to find them.
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I think you will regret a true bay boat with little freeboard. Bay boats are not tremendously popular on the Chesapeake because they limit you so much. Look at the boats fishing guides use. Boats like the the Parker SE, Judge, May-Craft, Jones Bros, Privateer, C-hawk, etc. offer shallow draft, yet decent freeboard. You can mount a trolling motor on the bow of any of them too.

My friend who is a full time guide out of Southern Maryland sometimes makes his living fishing the skinny waters around the islands in the summer months and this year it was too hit or miss. However there has been a decent big redfish bite and cobia bite in the open waters of the bay. Now weakfish are being caught in deeper waters and some years offer a decent flounder bite. A bay boat will confine you to the protected waters unless the bay is flat calm. Now when you get out of the summer months you will really limit yourself with a true bay boat. You will want to experience the awesome fishing the region of the bay has to offer with the rest of us lugnuts. Everyone talks about summer but there is more to the year than summer. The freeboard of boats I mentioned above will limit you less than a "bay boat".
I agree. I looked at Bay boats but after being on the Chesapeake I believe they would be to limiting. you have to pick your days to go out here regardless of what boat you have but the bay boats will keep you off the bay much of the time.
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Your guide friend needs to go to the VA side. I don't fish the MD side much but when I have I haven't had much luck up around the islands. A lot of dinks. On the VA side there are some areas that held 22-28 inch fish from April to mid august. Went dead the last couple weeks of august when the water temp was too high but it is back on fire now. Average fish is 25 inches and we are catching them consistently (3-4 days a week). Just gotta know where they are. If they are on the VA side I have to assume there are areas on the MD side that hold them too. I just don't spend much time up there to find them.

Would you not have caught them with a 21' Parker, Jones Bros, May-Craft, etc... ???
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Old 09-13-2017, 08:56 AM   #31
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Check these out. My opinion is these are just right for fishing Crisfield. Brian is a good guy. I've been down and ridden on a couple of his boats. The 21' closed transom model is nice and is very spacious for a 21'. You can find a listing from him on here sometimes under the commercial listings.

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Would you not have caught them with a 21' Parker, Jones Bros, May-Craft, etc... ???


That wasn't my point but to answer your question...it depends. My point was that false assumptions are being used to give the OP recommendations. The assumption that the guide needed to go to open water because the rockfish weren't in shallow was a false assumption as is the assumption that the best fishing is in open water in the late fall. I do agree that the best open water fishing is in late fall though.


Anyway, if the guy is trailering like all those who drive down to the area I would recommend those 21 footers. They are not good at skinny water or open water but they work okay for both. However, he is going to have a water front place. In that case I would recommend a smaller skiff....modified bottom around 17. Then a large 24-26 foot deep v like an albe to run the bay when it is choppy. Kind of what BOE was saying.


Pappawilly, as long as you have a boat you really can't go wrong. Plus you are waterfront and eastern shore. Your doing great! Also, regarding the lugnut comment, I meant to say knuckleheads! I wasn't referring to residents of Chrisfield I was referring to the fleet in "open water". You will see what I mean when you get out there! Best of luck to you and let us know where you end up.
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The guide I was referring to is one of the most recognized guides on the bay and is even part of the Saltwater Sportsmen seminar series and has done multiple shows with George Poveromo. He knows the islands well and catches fish there. However when you have people paying you to put them on fish, you go where you have the greatest chances of entertaining your passengers with a good bite. That is not always in the islands in the summer.

My point is that if you chose a boat with a nice bow and some freeboard, it limits you less than a bay boat with low bow and little freeboard. Yes you can catch in the shallows and some days that may be were the best bite is. However having the option to go into the open water too will give you the most options. In the late fall when the fish are schooled up with the bait leaving the rivers, the open water bite is where it is at and it is a blast. Some say it is one of the best fisheries around. Yes some days it can be crowded with everyone chasing the birds but you can also find pods to yourself at times too. A bay boat will limit you here, especially because the water and air is cold.
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Well, I'm not telling Mr. hotshot guide where they are! Don't need a bunch of boats on them, especially the larger boats that come in from time to time.....clankety clunk clunk clunk as their prop tears through the rocks and oysters as it bounces off bottom! Kind of funny to watch though.
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Papawilley, welcome to DelMarVa. You will figure out what you like best and will enjoy the fishing the area has to offer.
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I think you will regret a true bay boat with little freeboard. Bay boats are not tremendously popular on the Chesapeake because they limit you so much. Look at the boats fishing guides use. Boats like the the Parker SE, Judge, May-Craft, Jones Bros, Privateer, C-hawk, etc. offer shallow draft, yet decent freeboard. You can mount a trolling motor on the bow of any of them too.

My friend who is a full time guide out of Southern Maryland sometimes makes his living fishing the skinny waters around the islands in the summer months and this year it was too hit or miss. However there has been a decent big redfish bite and cobia bite in the open waters of the bay. Now weakfish are being caught in deeper waters and some years offer a decent flounder bite. A bay boat will confine you to the protected waters unless the bay is flat calm. Now when you get out of the summer months you will really limit yourself with a true bay boat. You will want to experience the awesome fishing the region of the bay has to offer with the rest of us lugnuts. Everyone talks about summer but there is more to the year than summer. The freeboard of boats I mentioned above will limit you less than a "bay boat".
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Looks like the move will be in early spring so lots of time to check out boats. Love fishing the skinny water so thinking about something 18 to 20 feet with a trolling motor. Think I just need to get back there and check things out for myself.
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Bay gets rough and you will want to do open water striper fishing. If you're looking for one boat that can do both look at may-craft or chawk boats in the 22' range. You should be able to put a trolling motor on them no sweat.

The Sea-ox mentioned is of the same design. 21' or 22' with a decent bow and some freeboard are what I would consider minimum for open water fishing in the bay. No "bay boats". Otherwise your fishing days are going to be severely limited by weather.
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That is one good looking boat will be checking them out further, thanks for the input.
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