Help Me Pick A New Boat For The Big Bend Area....UPDATE!
I haven't posted here much lately, but been around since the get go when there was only about 10 members on BB. Learned a lot about the area since then coming from Ft. Lauderdale 28 years ago.Since I have been here I have owned everything from a POS 17 ft skiff to a 36 Contender and everything in between except a metal boat with a jet foot. Love them too, but I think you gotta be a two boat owner at least for me to own one since that would limit my interest.
So this time around I am trying to decide between a new Carolina Skiff 218 DLV shallow draft with a 115 hp with a ton of room,rolled gunnel, and a used high end 24 Bay boat with a 300 Yamaha that I have my eye on. Equipped with twin 12 ft power poles, I pilot, all the bells and whistles.
I have owned two 23 bay boats. Problem in this area is I couldn't go shallow, and I couldn't go offshore for grouper without getting beat up.
I guess I answered my own question. The bay boat is sexy, but I cant stand the thought of beating up the motor or hull in this area on rocks and oyster bars, although I would love to go further offshore and east coast trips.
The new skiffs ride much better than the old flat bottom models and I would feel safer further offshore with the high gunnels. At this point I'm done with way offshore for now. Been there done that at $4.50 a gallon.
So in a nut shell, I wanna run the Wac river to Homosassa and at least fish the points and bay for redfish and out to maybe 35 ft.for grouper in the summer and shallow in the winter.
What say you?