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hotdog68 06-01-2020 11:36 AM

Your boat "Ready to Fish" pics
I remember as a kid watching boats leaving the marina headed to the fishing grounds. My dad had a 1968 Mako 19, but the hardcore fishing guys had 21' and 23' SeaCrafts and Makos. 23' was considered a huge boat back then. We only had two rods, one was a Penn Senator and the other was a spinner from K-mart. The hardcore guys had tons of rods and fish finders that printed on paper rolls. I was always fascinated as I watched those boats pass us on the ICW. Let's see what your boats look like now, "Ready to Fish."

AntVinTas 06-03-2020 09:32 PM


HatchieLuvr 06-03-2020 10:44 PM

Couple weeks ago near Destin, I had a "solo morning" so it was just me. I guess the only thing missing is my front graph that would sit on that quick detach near the bow. I rarely use it when in the salt, it's more for my freshwater endeavors (bass mainly). Were I bass fishing, instead of my rods being in the console, they'd be strapped on the front deck.

WestEnd1 06-04-2020 05:52 AM


WestEnd1 06-04-2020 05:56 AM

Option B

240 LTS 06-05-2020 09:04 AM

... It's always ready to fish. It stays connected to the tow vehicle in the garage.
Looks about the same be it in the garage or on the water.


Seon 06-09-2020 04:36 PM

Big G 06-09-2020 05:06 PM

leek 06-09-2020 07:22 PM

I spent part of last week getting ready for Puget Sound Shrimp, Crab and Salmon. Here both of the fishing boats are on our dock in west Gig Harbor where I was making ready. The larger one has been taken to Edmonds since.

Rubbermade 06-11-2020 07:50 PM

These boats are rather... humbling. Very impressive! Here's my little boat on lake mead. Does really well for what it is!

HatchieLuvr 06-11-2020 09:25 PM

Originally Posted by Rubbermade (Post 13747635)
Does really well for what it is!

Tis all that matters! :thumbsup: I also have a little two man pondhopper like yours. Duck hunted with it one morning when it was about 5 degs and the frozen plastic cracked above and below the waterline (thank God it was foam filled, I didn't know it was taking on water until later that summer when it just "got really slow" while fishing one afternoon. :grin: That sumbeech musta took on 200# of water in the foam but it stayed topside luckily.) I need to patcher up and getter back out on small waters. I also have a 16' Lowe aluminum bassboat with a 50hp Erude. I use and abuse that thing more than anyother boat I've ever owned. I have a 35acre oxbow on my property so it gets fished in ALOT.

I call all these expensive, pretty boats "Fishn Boats". But these small, lightweight, cheaper boats like your pondhopper and my lil tin rig, I call them "catchn boats" because you're usually in smaller, more productive waters with them vs the larger stuff anyway! ;)

Rubbermade 06-11-2020 09:49 PM

Originally Posted by HatchieLuvr (Post 13747749)
thank God it was foam filled

Is it? Was that at your hand or are they all foam filled? I know for sure my pontoons are hollow, not sure what else might be full of foam but I do know I can throw a 250lb man in my boat with me and still float fine. That said, I'd say your tinny is the ideal boat. I have to pick my days on lake mead, with a 14-16 ft deep V I'd probably feel better in the more open waters.

Either way, I bought this over a 10ft jon and couldn't be happier. I've hopped over boat wake and chop that a small flatbottom jon wouldn't survive. I'm debating adding another layer of protection for the underside since I'm constantly dragging it on sand, I'm thinking a thin epoxy coating should do.

Best of all, a single gallon gas can lasts me 8 hours of constant trolling and exploring, and even then I come home with some left in the can. Almost makes an 8mph top speed worth it!

Sfbr 06-11-2020 11:40 PM
Lake Wyman, ICW heading to Boca Inlet late start.

captlucky13 06-12-2020 02:52 PM

Rubbermade 06-12-2020 04:41 PM

Toby Keith? Miller lite? Redneck setup? We might be cousins.

HatchieLuvr 06-12-2020 08:06 PM

Originally Posted by Rubbermade (Post 13747765)
Is it? Was that at your hand or are they all foam filled? I know for sure my pontoons are hollow, not sure what else might be full of foam...

The entire boat was foam filled from the factory, damn if I can remember what brand it is tho, it's nearly 30yrs old & has been out behind my FILs shop since it cracked years ago. Looks alot like yours but it's a tapered, the bow is a couple inches taller/deeper than the stern.

zebpwgc 06-15-2020 07:21 PM

Late Again Grady 06-16-2020 01:58 PM

offsethooker 06-16-2020 06:10 PM
Heading to the humps in marathon! With my daughter.

HunterH 06-16-2020 06:24 PM

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