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Old 03-17-2015, 02:45 PM
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Still looking & contemplating on purchasing my first boat. Call me picky, but I still can't find anything that I want 100%. I've narrowed it down to either a hewes, sterling, or back country 201. BUT now, I'm thinking what if I want to do some bay fishing or on a calm day make a trip off shore plus still draft in shallow water? Is there a boat out there that can do all of that?

I want versatility; freshwater bass fishing, fishing the flats, bays, and when calm going off shore.

I need a boat that can take moderate chop. I feel like these skinny flats boats listed above wouldn't be ideal for that? Am I wrong? I'm still new to the boating world and haven't been on many boats. I want a boat I can feel confident on and not get beat up on a rough day or moderate day.

Then to top it off I'm trying to keep it under $20,000.
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Old 03-17-2015, 03:00 PM
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How about a dual console? I love my 220 Tournament Sportsman Wellcraft. Its 23', I have a deep v, a big casting platform with motoguide xi5. Draft is about 18"-19". It can handle a 4' chop with ease. I use this to troll for salmon on Lake Michigan, cast for muskie and smallies on Green Bay and am planning to trailer this down to the keys this winter.
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Old 03-17-2015, 03:11 PM
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The offshore part is problematic since larger waves can swamp a flats boat. Even on a nice day, the gulf conditions can change quickly and we all know the weather reports aren't particularly reliable. Bay boats can get around 12" but that is hardly "flats" fishing. Bay boats are mostly limited to inshore moderately shallow waters.

That said, there are some pretty awesome flats boats. Given those requirements several boats would likely work well but Lake and Bay would be my choice. If I had a pile of money, maybe something like an SCB.
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Old 03-17-2015, 04:08 PM
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I've been looking for the same boat myself. I'm torn between the Ankona SUV 17 and the Triumph 170CC. The Ankona is not as expensive (less than 17K for a brand boat with all the bells and whistles vs over 20k for a new base model Triumph, although I know a dealer in MD who has a 2004 model for 11k at the moment), and would make a better bass boat, but the Triumph would be smoother in the chop and handle bigger water.

Draft of the Ankona is ~5", while the draft of the Triumph is ~6-7" (or so I am told)

Right now, I'm leaning harder towards the Ankona, but that's because I'm less concerned about trying to go offshore or in the main bay. Also the Ankona is a lot lighter. I could have a boat+motor+trailer+gas and gear at ~1000 lbs vs over 2000 lbs with the Triumph (I'm towing with a Subaru and therefore am limited on the amount I can safely tow/pull up a steep ramp).

btw, here is Triumph's website: http://www.triumphboats.com/boats/170-cc/photos.php

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DC Hydrasports is the most versatile boat I've found. I have owned a 20' since 1996 and I really don't think I ever want to live without one. Draft is about 1 1/2 feet which really excludes major flats fishing but you can get alot of places and push it of if it gets stuck
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Get two boats, buy used and you can fit your budget.
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"Is it possible? A boat good for the bay, flats, & freshwater bass fishing?"


Yes, above is exactly how I use my boat...... bought it used but it was not in your price range. Two boats not needed.



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Ranger intracoastal, its a bass boat layout with all fiberglass decks like a saltwater boat.
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Originally Posted by 240 LTS View Post

"Is it possible? A boat good for the bay, flats, & freshwater bass fishing?"


Yes, above is exactly how I use my boat...... bought it used but it was not in your price range. Two boats not needed.

Yep, a large bay boat is the jack of all trades. Just don't expect to float in 9 inches of water or chase pelagics with ease.

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Ranger intracoastal, its a bass boat layout with all fiberglass decks like a saltwater boat.
Bay boats draft less than bass boats, but they are slower. Also, it will probably be another 10 years before someone snags a Ranger Intercoastal for $20K.
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That's a tough question. The joke in my Charlotte Harbor area is everyone needs two boats, one for the flats and one for everything else. I solve my problem by fishing with a buddy who has a flats boat and he goes with me for the rougher stuff. I guess one of us needs to buy an offshore boat with twins so we can go out the 50-60 miles it takes to get to deep water in the Gulf LOL. My wife says "NO!"
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No boat is going to do all of that well, it's just not possible. If you can live with a deeper draft (12-14") then I think you can make something work.

I've spent a lot of time on a Hewes Redfisher 21, and did all three types of fishing from it pretty well. It performs surprisingly well offshore for what it was. I think the sick power of the 225 vmax couples with the huge tabs made it work. The downside is that when it gets rough there's nothing to hold onto so you're crawling on the deck. The upside is that inshore and freshwater there is awesome storage and tons of deck space. And I've never been on a boat with a live and bait well setup that good.
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Originally Posted by Crazy Fingers View Post
No boat is going to do all of that well, it's just not possible. If you can live with a deeper draft (12-14") then I think you can make something work.

I've spent a lot of time on a Hewes Redfisher 21, and did all three types of fishing from it pretty well. It performs surprisingly well offshore for what it was. I think the sick power of the 225 vmax couples with the huge tabs made it work. The downside is that when it gets rough there's nothing to hold onto so you're crawling on the deck. The upside is that inshore and freshwater there is awesome storage and tons of deck space. And I've never been on a boat with a live and bait well setup that good.
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