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Old 01-19-2020, 09:29 PM
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I love to fish, am considering a center console boat or a tricked out bass boat. Limit of two people is a negative on the bass boat but recognize that I will be fishing by myself a lot of the time. Spend time on large lakes, and the center console would handle better, but trailering easier with the bass boat.

Have an open budget per se, looking at the Basscat jaguar or an Everglades 243. Paralysis on the decision keeping me out of a boat dang it.
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Im a freshwater only guy as well and decided to go with a dual console.....in the form of a POS robalo 227 that is discounted.

I like to fish, but I plan on doing some cruising and maybe a little tubing too.

I think a bass boat would be a terrible choice. That's not even a real boat, imo. How many threads do you see here devoted to bass boats? I realize that's because much of the posters here are more saltwater, but still.....bass boats so trashy. Low to ground. Not good for cruising or just hanging out.

Go with the CC if those are your choices, but if I were you I would consider bowriders/DCs as well....
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Depends on what lakes and how you fish.

Lake Toho, Table Rock, Ozark, Finger Lakes - bass fishing. Very little trolling. I would say a bass boat. No way would I want to be pitching flats on Toho in a CC. Skinny water, lots of windage.

Similar size to the lakes above but striper fishing and trolling more. Hanging out with the family. I would say CC.

Great Lakes - guys use bass boats, but really have to pick the days.

A nice compromise is something like a 621V.

All depends on how you fish and if you want to take the family out.

As far as trailering, a 243 or anything in that size class wont be much of an issue to trailer. So I wouldnt let that really play into the decision.
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That's easy. Some bay boat.
They have large casting platforms, trolling motor, power poles, jack plate, AND they are very "at home" in saltwater.
Many are made by names bass boat guys recognize, like Skeeter and Ranger.
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2nd the bay boat
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I went from a 17' procraft bass boat to my current CC which is 21' .....would do it again and twice on Sunday

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Yeah a bayboat is a no brainer for this scenario. Check out sportsman 247
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4th the bay boat.
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Avenger 26 built by Carolina Composites , all day long .
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I hear you guys on the cc. Live in Oklahoma, no inventory here thus will have to travel to buy CC. Not a problem with that except for dealer support when I have issues which invariably happen.
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Well if you go with a Bass Boat check out Phoenix , they're the best out there , in my opinion .
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I fish freshwater have a 28 deep v, gets
me everywhere. I dont tow much anymore though.

another option we saw at the boatshow yesterday was the world cat 23. That would be on the top of my list if i was shopping again
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I too live in Oklahoma and Im going to go against the grain here. My vote is to go for a 3 seater bass boat or get a ranger Reata.

The main issues you will have with the boats mentioned above is that they can be light weight and have a high profile. With our Oklahoma winds, you will not have a great time running shorelines with the wind pushing you towards the bank. You will draw down your batteries very fast trying to hold over deep structure or cover as well.

Bass boats (or the Reata) are heavier and much lower profile which will greatly improve your fishing experience...especially if chasing bass.
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you have to determine what type of fishing you will do. Bass boats are designed for a specific purpose--holding shorelines and structure, and getting to those spots quickly. While not extremely versatile boats, they excel at what they are designed for and nothing else comes close
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It sounds like you're talking about serious fishing with one or two people, in a high wind area. That would be a bass boat. I think the biggest consideration for you might be freeboard. A bass boat is going to sit much closer to the water and catch less wind than just about any other type of boat.

You didn't mention family cruising/towing, you didn't mention trolling, or saltwater of any kind - those would all be uses that would push me to the bay boat. A bay boat has a shallower deadrise than a true CC. Some of the bay boats have large front and rear casting decks similar to a bass boat, but they will sit considerably higher off the water and catch more wind even though the ride will be smoother in the chop. Not sure I agree that bass boats are heavier, especially when considering a longer length in the BB. Trailering should be a non-issue. Enclosed storage on the other hand is. Usually clearance on a Bay boat even without a T-top is approaching 9'.
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Thanks guys, you actually really helped me clarify what Im going to do!

Bass boat it is and we will use for exploring Oklahoma lakes until we decide on which lake we will buy a cabin. Then, will purchase a second boat for family stuff situated for that particular lake.
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Originally Posted by HarvardOkie View Post
Thanks guys, you actually really helped me clarify what Im going to do!

Bass boat it is and we will use for exploring Oklahoma lakes until we decide on which lake we will buy a cabin. Then, will purchase a second boat for family stuff situated for that particular lake.
Thats a great plan! We are working on that, but we started with the family boat first. We have a 20ft pontoon which is great for cruising. It wasnt all that expensive either. Once we get some stability with some medical stuff, well be getting a bass boat for fishing. Fished on plenty of bass boats though, and you will enjoy fishing from them.
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I hear you guys on the cc. Live in Oklahoma, no inventory here thus will have to travel to buy CC. Not a problem with that except for dealer support when I have issues which invariably happen.
Bluewave boats are built in OK, and excels in exactly what you are wanting to do.
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Why is trailering a bass boat easier?
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Some of the bass boat manufacturers are doing saltwater oriented bass boats. The specific things that make a bass boat very unattractive to me is all the carpet. I hate carpet on a boat. Salt oriented versions shift to gelcoated liners with seadek or similar instead of carpet. Seems like a much better solution and would make ease of maintenance much easier.

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