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Old 03-30-2020, 11:49 AM
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Bought a home on the Withlacoochee near Yankeetown, FL. Have a question regarding the best hull type for inshore. Seems most of the fishery is inshore - so thinking of 21' - 24' bay type...
Seems like some bow rise would be needed, but a shallow draft is still desirable. Is this correct? Neighbor has a 22' Panga Tortuga with a hand etched serial number! I have to think it's built by the gentleman who sold the blank to Andros. Love to hear the local perspective on this boat. Other than this, considering a NauticStar 22 - the tournament edition, but still want to hear the local thoughts on the subject.
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Go see Perry at LTD Motors in Crystal River. They specialize in selling boats for our area.

If you want to fish “inshore” around Yankeetown all the time you’re really going to need a jet drive johnboat or an airboat or a mud boat.

i run a Sabalo 23 it’s great, runs shallow and is awesome offshore but no way I am fishing the creeks around Yankeetown in it. I have a mud boat for that.
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a lot people up there who fish inshore run air boats
get a big diamond back , put a trolling motor and power pole on there - good to go
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thanks all...sounds like 1 for the bay and a mud boat for the creeks and river...
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...... Toon!!!!!
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Pick a guide fish the area and talk to locals. While I like airboats and have many hours in the backwaters on them thats not for you.
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I never heard of a mud boat before but looked em up and watched some videos. That's pretty cool!
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Mud boats will tear up the grass in eleven prong. I have seen them stuck waiting for water while I was airboat fishing. When the water came in they were only minutes ahead of a jet foot on a metal boat. I suggest living there thru a winter and look at the low tides before trying to fish the back. This is one of the toughest places to fish back waters in the state. Places like Hells Half Acre, bars, and even rock ledges in creeks are everywhere. There are many places to fish in the river and barge canal. You should learn the shortcuts to the south by the spoil banks.
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I have fished it plenty.

A welded construction Jon boat with a tiller engine for the inside. The place is not meant for fiberglass boats. I owned a home in Inglis for 20 years and ain't making this up. You got some other good advice from some on here.

I have fished from the hwy 40 ramp all the way north to 10 mile, bullfrog and cow creek. Bad ass fishery if you get there and back in one piece. The ten thousand islands ain't got shit on that place other than pythons.
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Originally Posted by wcffish View Post
Mud boats will tear up the grass in eleven prong. I have seen them stuck waiting for water while I was airboat fishing. When the water came in they were only minutes ahead of a jet foot on a metal boat. I suggest living there thru a winter and look at the low tides before trying to fish the back. This is one of the toughest places to fish back waters in the state. Places like Hells Half Acre, bars, and even rock ledges in creeks are everywhere. There are many places to fish in the river and barge canal. You should learn the shortcuts to the south by the spoil banks.
I bet this fella knows where Granny's foot print island is.
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Many thanks. the very first thing I did, my 3rd day there, was hire Capt. Mike Holland to fish the bay and learn the water. will do this several more times. Grew up on the TX coast and lived on Sanibel for 5 years in 80s - 90s. So I misspoke about “inshore” - and didn’t mean the creeks and upriver areas. But that’s all great advice!
I meant not-offshore. Bay fishing. Points, spoils, islands, etc.
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well hell, now i want to get my kayak and head upriver!
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I live in Crystal River and run a Pathfinder 2500. The Nature Coast can certainly be unforgiving is you don't know where you are going or what the tide is going to do that day. Having said that I like the versatility of the bay boat for going offshore during grouper season. I may not get as shallow as the mud boats or Carolina Skiffs and I have to pick my tides a little better for getting back in the creeks, but I find more positives for the bay boat in ride and comfort. Hope that helps.
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Originally Posted by RW17 View Post
I live in Crystal River and run a Pathfinder 2500. The Nature Coast can certainly be unforgiving is you don't know where you are going or what the tide is going to do that day. Having said that I like the versatility of the bay boat for going offshore during grouper season. I may not get as shallow as the mud boats or Carolina Skiffs and I have to pick my tides a little better for getting back in the creeks, but I find more positives for the bay boat in ride and comfort. Hope that helps.
Big difference between Crystal river and up there. I have run around CR plenty as well. You want to tear up some fish you best be in a boat you want to tear up the bottom on if you want to fish inshore.

You want to see that fishery I would contact Capt Ky Lewis in Yankee town.

The entire fishery is about as untouched as any. I ran a Air boat up there as well and oh my lord the places that have nary a foot print on them.
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I have spent some time up there as well. There is a lot of untouched, unspoiled country!

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