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Old 05-19-2019, 09:05 AM
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Hi I was wondering if anyone new of the best boats for catching bait and be able to keep them alive? So essentially I want something that I can get live wells all over instead of fish boxes or coolers for something. Iím place of those would be live wells or they would just be converted into live wells, basically as many live wells as possible. I donít care about luxury or how it looks, but the boat(s) should be under $80k, and durable. Could Carolina Skiff, Hanson Skiff, or Dusky, Dorado or C-Hawk create me a custom boat like that? If so please lmk your opinions and if there are any boats not listed that would be good. Also please do not mention Mako Boats or Mercury Engines Because I will never buy those unless the boat comes with a Mercury and there are no other options.
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Old 05-19-2019, 09:11 AM
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sounds like a one of a kind that any custom boat manufacturer could do........
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Old 05-19-2019, 09:38 AM
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Pick a hull for the type of water you plan to fish. If fishing inshore the Carolina skiff would work, offshore you want a v-hull boat. Rather than livewells in the boat I think you would be better off with a removable fish box.
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Old 05-19-2019, 09:39 AM
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dave who sells bait here in Fort Pierce inlet has a big Caroloina skiff type boat. Maybe, im guessing 26 feet. He has a huge tank in the center maybe 300 gallon and smaller tank maybe 100 gallon.
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Stauter Boat Works in Mobile, use to build boats designed for commercial live bait use with 2 large bait tanks mounted mid ship. They were built for commercial use, and very durable.

Also look at stern mounted livewells, no pump required and will keep bait all day long. Negus Boats In Mobile, built 2 sizes.

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Old 05-19-2019, 11:14 AM
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Find a used Goldline
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Old 05-21-2019, 02:26 PM
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Thank you for the replies, I’ll look into the options.
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Old 05-21-2019, 02:34 PM
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Originally Posted by DMaN333X View Post
Thank you for the replies, Iíll look into the options.
For $80k I'd consider buying the bait... $200 in bait goes a long way and no maintenance.. Unless you're breaking into the lucrative business of selling bait... GL and say this post is BS..
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Old 05-21-2019, 03:54 PM
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2 below are the best bait boats
Rambo
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Old 05-21-2019, 04:42 PM
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Originally Posted by dpdash View Post
Find a used Goldline
what Doug said. Very popular with the bait guys down in SE/S FL
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Originally Posted by Slamdancer View Post
Stauter Boat Works in Mobile, use to build boats designed for commercial live bait use with 2 large bait tanks mounted mid ship. They were built for commercial use, and very durable.

Also look at stern mounted livewells, no pump required and will keep bait all day long. Negus Boats In Mobile, built 2 sizes.
More on these?

I`ll add the old Conch 27 to the Gold Line and Rambo.
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Old 05-21-2019, 05:52 PM
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It seems like the bait guys in S. FL are using Rambo boats.
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Perfect boat for you is the Mako Master Bait model 3000 with a 400 horse Mercury.
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Old 05-21-2019, 08:22 PM
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The FtL and Miami guys always had gold lines.

Not sure why Rambo would be a good bet. The narrow beam and deep V don't really leave much room for live walls and they have less buoyancy due to lower dispalcement. Nice boat, just not sure its ideal for this type of wirk.

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Let me see if I have this right. You want livewells everywhere, but, no fish boxes. Where are you going to keep all of those fish that you catch? In the cupholders? Or, are those gonna be rigged as livewells to.
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Old 05-24-2019, 08:21 AM
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Something with low gunnels and able carry the weight. A large carolina skiff is often used.
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Old 05-24-2019, 08:24 AM
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My pick would be a 27 conch or find an older Goldline. If I was solely after live bait, the goldline is the better boat because you can put it very very shallow when chasing baits.
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Customized Pacific skiff made to your specs, Commercial Aluminum Skiffs and Workboats | Pacific Boats
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Best set up i ever saw was an old 27 contender. Owner reworked the whole boat with sea chests and high flow pumps and outlets. He used it as a tender for Florida kite fishing sail tournaments, think he had 300 gallons split into three tanks, two above one below deck.
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Old 05-24-2019, 09:06 AM
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Goldline. You ever look inside of one owned by a comm bait guy? The whole damn thing is a livewell!
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