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proappsproproappspro Posts: 3 Greenhorn
Moving from Texas to Ocala.  I do 90% inshore in east galveston bay system. It looks like the closest place for me to fish SW is crystal river or yankeevile. Just asking if these are my closest best options and if my 227 xts will be up to the task.



  • MelbourneMarkMelbourneMark Posts: 3,843 Captain
    That boat will handle well in most of Florida.  I know the big bend region is pretty shallow with lots of rocks that claim many props every year. 

    Many of the guys up there run shallower boats and even alum boats for the rocks.

    You may want to post in the big bend region for more specifics on the boats. 

    My opinion on moving in general with a boat:  you may get more bang for your buck to sell it where your at and not have to worry about moving it and then get a boat specific to the region.  Just another thought.    I do not know how the boat market in TX vs FL compares to see how your $ will be gained/lost in the transaction. 
  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski Posts: 16,813 AG
    Yes from Ocala Crystal River is your best bet.   first time you go out STAY IN THE CHANNEL!!!!   You will see guys tearing off in all different directions don't follow them.   Half of them will bust off their lower units anyway.  The other half are probably well learned locals with a lot of knowledge.   If I were you the first thing I would do is hire a guide to show you the ropes fishing those waters.  What works, what doesn't.   It's well worth it and will help you get into a groove much quicker.    
    You can't pet a dead dog back to life 
  • proappsproproappspro Posts: 3 Greenhorn
    Great thanks for the advice. I'll take a huge loss no matter where I sell.  

    My wife got very sick a few years ago and just bought what she knew I wanted.   A miracle happened and she is getting better. Looks like she may beat this illness. 

    I fish skinny water but nothing with rock piles and I'm a bit worried. Where I fish now, you fish the bays,/ reefs 3 to 7 feet deep or flats grass, mud and sand 4 to 1 foot.

    If you hit the gulf you got to run pretty far to get to snapper, Grouper jack etc.  It can be to rough most days. Not much slowing the wind before it gets to the galveston gulf.

  • cortrcortr Posts: 538 Officer
    If your GPS is compatible, you might want to invest in Florida Marine Tracks. Has the Tracks to run in shallow water at low tide. 
  • MelbourneMarkMelbourneMark Posts: 3,843 Captain
    Just throwing this out there about boat values: they are crazy expensive now!  If I were in your shoes, I would at least look at what you can sell now for and you might be surprised.  I only bring this up because then you wont have to worry about towing it and it possibly not meeting your needs in your new area.

    My assumption is that we will see many folks selling boats/rvs in the next few years for rather cheap.  I could very well be wrong, but just something to think about. 

    Im not trying to urge you to sell your rig as it looks nice!  You might be surprised by how much you can get for it now, and then come down and go out with a few guides to learn the areas and what is the best boat for you.  Then, you might be able to buy when this crazy economy levels out (or crashes?)

    Congrats on your wife making a turn for the better and good luck!
  • proappsproproappspro Posts: 3 Greenhorn
    Thanks. Looks like a couple of guided trips are in order. 
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