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Is there a boat that can fish Florida bay and flats fish?

Old 08-05-2020, 04:37 PM
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Originally Posted by njballa View Post
21 Chittum Skiff super versatile and ultra-lite 8" of water not a problem
Yeah you could talk to Russel Klepinger about Chittum!!
Old 08-05-2020, 06:28 PM
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I'd take a hard look at a used Egret
Old 08-05-2020, 08:57 PM
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Live in Key Largo, so I have to take the long way to Flamingo. Just get an 18, 19, or 20 foot flats boat and pick your days. I've got a 2004 191 Cayman. Does everything I need it to do. Floats in an honest 9" when just me and light. Typically drafts a foot when I add anglers and gear.
Old 08-05-2020, 09:36 PM
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Find a Rambo 27 and put a bracket with jack plate on it.
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You should consider an action craft 1820 flatsmaster. When I am about to hit a large wake I hang on and am always pleasantly surprised how great it rides. I went from an offshore center console to the flats boat and it's my favorite boat I've ever owned. I fish way more now and even my wife loves the boat and ride. I've been in some pretty rough water in the intracoastal and offshore of islamorada and I've been been concerned.
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The ZCB 18 might be of interest to you.

https://www.zcbboats.com/curlew-18
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Spoke to my next door neighbor this morning, 40 years guiding clients for bonefish and Tarpon......discussed my mission..and he suggested a bay boat as it will do the Flamingo area...the Florida bay, the patch reefs, offshore on slick calm days ,,and get me into flat's edges for bonefish, permit and tarpon. Says it will get used a lot more then a flats boat. Made sense...I am going to look at the pathfinder 22 tournament. And go from there.


And yes...less then 24 hours ago I was going with a flats boat. lol...this is why we need three boats. crazy
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Originally Posted by rod-n-reel View Post
The ZCB 18 might be of interest to you.

https://www.zcbboats.com/curlew-18

Looks like a pretty cool boat....but I think I am going to small bay boat route..I think..took 24 hours to change my mind yesterday
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Originally Posted by FishHarder View Post
Spoke to my next door neighbor this morning, 40 years guiding clients for bonefish and Tarpon......discussed my mission..and he suggested a bay boat as it will do the Flamingo area...the Florida bay, the patch reefs, offshore on slick calm days ,,and get me into flat's edges for bonefish, permit and tarpon. Says it will get used a lot more then a flats boat. Made sense...I am going to look at the pathfinder 22 tournament. And go from there.


And yes...less then 24 hours ago I was going with a flats boat. lol...this is why we need three boats. crazy
Just know that an Egret Moccasin 210 will go anywhere a 22 Pathfinder will and ride better while doing it, and get into 1-2" less water. The Pathfinder will be better for anchoiring on a reef due to more freeboard.
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Used or new? Local dealer or shopping around? If you're dead set on a Pathy, go to Caribee and talk with them. Also, don't be afraid of a 24 Pathy. The draft will not be that much different.
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Originally Posted by TurnMeLooseFLKeys View Post
Used or new? Local dealer or shopping around? If you're dead set on a Pathy, go to Caribee and talk with them. Also, don't be afraid of a 24 Pathy. The draft will not be that much different.

Will likely go used..engines are so good today...woring has improved so much...a used boat with some engine warrantee can be a great deal. I have had a lot of good expierence at Caribee.
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Originally Posted by On the Half Shell View Post
Just know that an Egret Moccasin 210 will go anywhere a 22 Pathfinder will and ride better while doing it, and get into 1-2" less water. The Pathfinder will be better for anchoiring on a reef due to more freeboard.

will check it out
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Young 20 or 24
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Originally Posted by njballa View Post
21 Chittum Skiff super versatile and ultra-lite 8" of water not a problem
Looks like a nice boat . On their web page on their spider casting platform page the boat has what looks like nails sticking up from the deck on the bow . Is that to keep fly line managed ?
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Originally Posted by FishHarder View Post
will check it out
When you do that, go to thier facebook page. its not on their website.
Old 08-07-2020, 06:03 PM
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Originally Posted by On the Half Shell View Post
Just know that an Egret Moccasin 210 will go anywhere a 22 Pathfinder will and ride better while doing it, and get into 1-2" less water. The Pathfinder will be better for anchoiring on a reef due to more freeboard.
The Egret or a Maverick Master Angler will be the best ride for rougher water conditions.

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