What's the best Big Bend flats and inshore boat? - Page 6

Florida Sportsman

Page 6 of 8 FirstFirst 12345678 LastLast
Results 51 to 60 of 77
  1. #51
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    High Springs, FL
    Posts
    179
    I say just build your own and you'll be happy with it no matter what! No man can put as much time, energy, money, etc. into a boat they built and ever be unhappy with the finished product. Mine is similar to the Microdraft, but has quite a few differences. Floats in a true 4" and will scoot through 5 to 6 inches while on plane. It can be a little rough in a strong, close head chop, but its the driest flats boat I've ever been in.

    Click the links in my signature down below and look through the different boats you can build. Take a close look at the OD18 (click this link http://www.bateau.com/proddetail.php...8#.Uhj1UT-IadU). I know a VERY experienced captain in Georgia that built one of these and he rigged it to the hilt. He fishes coastal marshes, skinny flats, and has even made a crossing from S. FL to the Bahama's. He loves it! I've fished with him in Boca Grande Pass and the nearby flats. I'll tell you right now that its a dry, fast, stable, and gas-sipping vessel. If you're looking for an all-around great boat that will do the most, I would highly recommend it. Heck, the guy will even build it for you if you'd like!

    Mine (XF20):
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_0944.jpg 
Views:	131 
Size:	95.6 KB 
ID:	100826
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	2.JPG 
Views:	129 
Size:	58.7 KB 
ID:	100827

    OD18:
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	11111111111111111111111111.jpg 
Views:	130 
Size:	71.2 KB 
ID:	100830
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	222222222222222222222222.jpg 
Views:	131 
Size:	35.8 KB 
ID:	100831

  2. #52
    Senior Member Jonsredfishin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Somewhere In, Fl
    Posts
    770
    Quote Originally Posted by APE View Post
    I have Frog Spit on the bottom now, it is what the airboat guys use but when I was exiting the creek I was trying to hug the shoreline and it started to slide sideways and that's why I ended up 20 yards too far over from the creek channel tumbleweed Tom was a good sport that day.
    Yeah, I haven't had any trouble in tight turns, but I've been taking it easy when turning since putting it on. Tom's a good sport. I'm sure that he has thought that he was going to have to spend the night on my boat a few times this summer frog gigging.

  3. #53
    Senior Member StandOutI2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Ocala
    Posts
    165
    I've been in just about any type of boat you can buy, with the exception of some boats you wouldn't lol, the best I've fished out of in this area is without a doubt a bay boat. Yeah they won't float as shallow as a tunnel, but they'll float just as shallow as a flats boat. The 22' pathfinder I have now we've had in 6-8" of grass and 10" over rocks and still been perfectly fine while fishing and not worried. The problem with the flats boats is they won't run shallow enough to keep you away from the deep water, over here, it's either too shallow or really deep. I run yankeetown year round and there is no middle depth, either you go out the channel and run through the deep water or you run aground. And with the low freeboard you get on a flats boat you'll easily take waves over the sides/front of the boat. Jet tunnels work really well for the shallow stuff, but that's it. Even on a trout drift they can be uncomftorable. As long as you have a set of jack plates on a bay boat you won't have any issues. The bay boat allows you to run through all the nasty chop you would need to and still be safe from all the rocks/bars and safe from the chop. Not to mention the extra storage, fuel capacity, and the ability to take more people for family trips or friends when scallops season starts. I would personally recommend pathfinder, I know they're expensive but they're completely worth it. Another boat I would recommend is an Xpress HB20. I also have on of those and it is fantastic. It's an aluminum boat that's foam filled, it rides like a fiberglass bay boat through chop, but floats like in 6" of water. I don't have jack plates on it yet so I don't know how shallow I can run it. But I know it will be shallow. They are a much more durable, and cheaper bay boat. I also had a 19' sea pro before both of those. That boat was also a really good ride. Didn't go as shallow as the pathfinder or Xpress, but it certainly did the job. But like someone before me said, go out with others on the forum and check out their boats and weigh the pros and cons. Personally for me, there is no better boat than a bay boat. We can take our boat to the keys and fish the Everglades one day and then run offshore and troll for dolphin the next and be completely safe in both of those situations. Just my opinion. Hope it helps!

  4. #54
    Senior Member Jim311's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Gainesville, FL
    Posts
    2,569
    A local dealer carries Xpress but I wondered about how they'd ride since they looked like they had pretty flat bottoms. I do like the looks of the layouts they've got. A local dealer has a Xpress Jet Bass that I think is killer. Tunnel hull, Yamaha jet, cool redneck camo color. I dig it, but totally not in my budget. My budget is going to be pretty low, but I'll find something cheap that needs a little work and fix it up.

  5. #55
    Senior Member StandOutI2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Ocala
    Posts
    165
    I would recommend the Xpress hyper lift series for sure! Click image for larger version. 

Name:	image.jpg 
Views:	98 
Size:	82.9 KB 
ID:	101016 This is the one I have. Extremely good on gas, and relatively quick. It's been out in 3' seas, I was wet but I never doubted if I was safe or not. But yeah I understand that budget thing. Good luck with your search! Hope everything works out!

  6. #56
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Posts
    94
    Nothing will beat winter fishIng low tide out of an airboat. You have to have one set up right. They are amazing! Most that talk them down have never learned how to properly run them, there are also a few that have airboats that run them disrespectfully. Just like boats some will always do the wrong thing.

  7. #57
    Senior Member Redbonz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Ocala
    Posts
    3,223
    See, it goes to show you that everyone has their own opinion. Their boat is the best to them that is why they have what they have. Get what you want or fits your budget and go catch some fish....
    If it don't fit force it. If it breaks it needed replace anyways.

  8. #58
    Senior Member StandOutI2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Ocala
    Posts
    165
    Quote Originally Posted by Redbonz View Post
    See, it goes to show you that everyone has their own opinion. Their boat is the best to them that is why they have what they have. Get what you want or fits your budget and go catch some fish....
    I second that!

  9. #59
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Posts
    122
    Quote Originally Posted by Redbonz View Post
    See, it goes to show you that everyone has their own opinion. Their boat is the best to them that is why they have what they have. Get what you want or fits your budget and go catch some fish....
    x3. It's the budget that stops us all from buying the yellowfin/contender etc. etc

  10. #60
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Posts
    122
    Quote Originally Posted by PONCE View Post
    This is what Catfish is talking about, 90% of the time we are Redfishing. We were way back in shallow water in a negative low tide in January with this shot, just ahead of us a man had his skiff stuck and going nowhere. This jet does not like grass but we manage to work around that issue. I would love to get me a East Cape Vantage.
    Hey Ponce/Catfish what is the mystery rope on the bow tied to? Or is that the magic rope that guides you to all your hot spots?

Page 6 of 8 FirstFirst 12345678 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •