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Old 02-06-2010, 09:10 PM
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Never have understood why larger sportfish have tuna towers. Is it because we like to turn on our spreader lights and drink beer in the cockpit???? I like them. They make a boat look really nice but as far as fuction,,,,not sure. I have run many boats with them and they are always a pain in the ass for my mates to keep up with..Always worried about the owner taking a Peter Pan off it and splatting in the cockpit.....Anyway, wanted to know what everyone thinks about them. And why we really need them on bigger game boats.
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Old 02-06-2010, 09:17 PM
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Originally Posted by rudderhead View Post
Never have understood why larger sportfish have tuna towers. Is it because we like to turn on our spreader lights and drink beer in the cockpit???? I like them. They make a boat look really nice but as far as fuction,,,,not sure. I have run many boats with them and they are always a pain in the ass for my mates to keep up with..Always worried about the owner taking a Peter Pan off it and splatting in the cockpit.....Anyway, wanted to know what everyone thinks about them. And why we really need them on bigger game boats.
Have you ever gone up on one, and seen the difference?
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Old 02-06-2010, 09:27 PM
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Have you ever gone up on one, and seen the difference?
yeah......the view is way better up there 4 sure......need to c2 believe
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Literally a birds eye view...ideal for sight fishing/perfect for when those thick weed lines stack up summer time.
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More important when you have a hookup & need to back down on a fish. The skipper at the wheel high up in the tower can see which way the fish is turning & reverse the boat accordingly. In a bit of slop, the people on deck have no way of knowing what the fish is doing.
When you are paying BIG $$$$$ for a charter, you want to be given every opportunity to bring the fish to the boat.
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In a bit of slop, the people on deck have no way of knowing what the fish is doing.
ever been 30' up in a bit of a slop??? no thanks!!!

a tower is great when it can be utilized, but here, the water is rough 95% of your trips and you cant get up. while it looks great, it is a big money option, hurts performance, and is an absolute maintenance nightmare.
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:47 PM
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The obvious answer would seem to be the higher the observer, the farther away surface action and bird activity can be seen by eye, as well as greatly enhancing the ability to spot otherwise unseen fish nearby deeper in the water and see interest in the spread. It's the Room With The View. Granted just the flybridges of a lot of big sportfisherman are higher than I am standing on my marlin tower, I spend close to 90% of cruising or blind trolling time up top & if conditions are favorable would prefer the enhanced view from a tuna tower. ....Especially if I could afford to have you guys maintain it ;-D .
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Old 02-07-2010, 04:42 AM
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The short answer is - because they can. They have the CG, weight and mass to support such a useful structure. An observer, up high, with or without controls can see things that us suck closer to the water cannot. In the Keys, I rely upon the birds (who fish for a living) to tell me where fish are. I do not discount temperature, thermoclines, weeds, floatsom, bait and other indicators but having that "birds eye view" does make a difference and makes your trolling more proiductive.

With that said, they are an additional maintainance item, can require repairs and can be dangerous.
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Old 02-07-2010, 04:46 AM
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We all saw JAWS and it is now a subcontious safety feature when battleing a 25 foot great white shark...i mean imagine how boring the last 10 min of jaws would have been without that tower?
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Old 02-07-2010, 06:04 AM
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when fishing for bill fish and dolphin in southern waters, fishing is more like a hunting trip. fish, weedlines, and floaties can be seen from great distance. most fish are spotted before the strike, lure presented and the strike seen as it happens. quite a rush just watching. when you have be at deck level it's like fishing blind. all those charter boats trying to make a living in todays economy don't stand up there just to look good.
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Originally Posted by mikeym View Post
ever been 30' up in a bit of a slop??? no thanks!!!

a tower is great when it can be utilized, but here, the water is rough 95% of your trips and you cant get up. while it looks great, it is a big money option, hurts performance, and is an absolute maintenance nightmare.
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Old 02-07-2010, 06:33 AM
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I went from a 35 express (it was a "command bridge" - 4 steps up) with a half tower - that I used on all but the roughest days. To a 28 CC.

Do that and you will never ask the question again. It S U C K E D not having the visibility I was used to.
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Old 02-07-2010, 07:42 AM
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Capt.Peter Wright who writes the back of issue column for Marlin Magazine wrote in one of his columns that he likes to see non tower boats in big money tournaments because they are fattening the pot for the big boys.
The higher you get the more you can see particularly when there is a chop and the billfish are on the surface in the troughs according to Capt Wright.
That being said, I wouldn't climb up one of those nosebleed towers when the boat is docked. In the chop as Capt. Wright says, "the captain needs to brace himself in corner".
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Old 02-07-2010, 09:26 AM
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Great answers.......... but it still doesn't prove that tower boats catch more fish than non tower boats...Yes you are higher up which means you can see more....but how much more.....I have run many tower boats and I almost never go up...Especially when it is rough...and it sounds like most on here know that we only get a few really nice days a year to use a tower ,and feel safe in it.....Also consider fuel burn and speed between tower boats and non-tower boats...... I guess what I am getting at is it really worth the cost?
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Do you think the guys with the money to buy these boats really care about fuel burn or cost, it's about saying look what i have. nice to do it in style.
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Visibility, visibility and visibility, and you can put your electronics up higher for improved performance. Makes a BIG difference.
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Old 02-07-2010, 11:47 AM
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Old 02-07-2010, 01:03 PM
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Boats don't catch fish.Captains and fisherpeople catch fish.If as a Captain you need to ask why then my answer would be ....Better get on the b.a.s.s tour.If you have ever been a director of a feeding frenzy and I mean LEFT RIGGER ., NO RIGHT RIGGER, NO CENTER RIGGER, NO CLEAR THE FLAT LINE, then you would never ask such a question.Most of the big BIG sport fish guys travel, and do use the birds eye view like it was intended.TO PUT FISH IN THE BOAT.There is no better way to see deep along weeds , debri floating, anything.When the water is large and you see birds crashing 3-4 miles away because your up there, well you just catch fish,and that's why.Just because a "boat "does'nt catch fish from what the O.P states has nothing to do with the boat and everything to do with Experience and the Desire for the hunt.THE CAPTAIN AND IT'S CREW.And the only reason a mate wouldn't like a tower is because he was'nt in it.Plus it eliminates the glare from the sun when you are near sun rise or sunset.This allows the cap't to see if the bait is doing what it's supposed to or fouled......etc.
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Old 02-08-2010, 04:22 AM
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It depends on what you are fishing for, as to whether a tower is a necessity or mostly useless. In the NE, mostly useless comes to mind.
The guys at Canyon Runner ( www.canyonrunner.com ) in New Jersey are pretty successful, and none of their boats have towers. The same can be said for lots of guys I know who regularly fish offshore for shark and tuna, most of the successful guys run without towers, and lots of the run express/downeast style boats.
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Old 02-08-2010, 05:24 AM
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I certainly can't document but supposedly tower boats catch 25% or more billfish.
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