Hi, I had a general question about flats boats. I was wondering everyones input on a make/size flats boat that would also be ocean worthy on calmer days to chase tarpon on the beaches etc.? I appreciate the responses.
I see all kinds of flats boats out off the beaches DURING THE FLAT CALM days in mid summer. Just about any make/model will do for those days, just make sure you have enough motor to make a hard run back in if it got sloppy on ya. I've had a 15 1/2 cobia skinny hull center console out there on a calm day but I wouldn't even consider taking our current flats boat out there no matter what the weather. It's a '97 Fin & Feather microskiff. If you want a "do all" boat go for a shallower hulled type bay boat. They float skinny enough for the flats and still take some chop pretty well. I've been out to Pelican in a Triton LTS240, fairly shallow running boat but handled the flats and nice days offshore equally well. Plenty of room to breath in that boat too.
I take my Action Craft 1720 up to 13 miles offshore Ponce on perfect weather days. Prior to my AC, I had a bay boat. Although I generally liked the boat, it never really did one thing good. It drafted too much to fish the Lagoon properly and wasn't big enough to go farther offshore. Now I can pole the flats, fish the inlets and beaches, and fish some of the closer reefs <13 miles out and I'm extremely happy with it. There's a fella that's selling a sweet Action Craft 1890 in the classifieds that would be perfect for multiple applications. http://forums.floridasportsman.com/s...90-Flatsmaster