Ocean worthy flats boat

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    Ocean worthy flats boat

    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.

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    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.

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    Had my 16 foot Hewes out many times past bouy 2 and all over hunting cobia. Watch the weather and don't take chances.

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    I run my 17 Maverick MA 8-10 miles off Stuart in the summer all the time. No biggie, just pick your days and watch the weather.

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    Sea Pro SV 19 or SV 21

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    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
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    I've been about two miles off Patrick in my 12 ft aluminum V hull a coupe of times. It's all about being smart and watching the wind and weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alleni View Post
    I've been about two miles off Patrick in my 12 ft aluminum V hull a coupe of times. It's all about being smart and watching the wind and weather.
    my dad fished a 13' whaler in the 1970's off Mayport for tarpon. I have seen flats boats at the weather buoy and a pontoon boat at 8A, I guess as the saying goes whatever floats your boat.

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    I've had my 97 Mako 171 out 10 miles offshore. Definately have to pick your days though and make sure you have anough power to get through some of these inlets.

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    IMHO flats boats and offshore hulls are mutualy exclusive.

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