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hey all you bay fishing guys, I need your help. My neighbor is seriously thinking about getting a bay fishing boat. he is asking my opinion and I gave him what I could considering I don't know much about the manufacturers these days so i thought I would throw it out to you guys for your more opinions. He is looking for something in the 21-23 foot size. He is not looking for an extremely shallow water boat as he would rather have a decent ride in slight chop but would like one that is shallow enough to handle "most" scenarios. No wet riding boats for any reason. I assume he will go for one with a jack plate. Bay only, no interest in offhsore capabilities. What do you guys recommend as far as ride quality, layout, price, etc.

Thanks in advance.
 

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I would recommend the Pathfinder 2200V with a Yamaha engine, heres a few reasons:

Dry ride
high performance hull
stable hull at rest
lightweight 1350 lbs
11" draft
does not need jack plate to perform
no wood, no rot, no worry
fully finished gelcoat inner-liner
easy to maintain "hose n' go"
locking rod storage
leaning post as standard feature
flush mount cleats
25-gallon livewell w/flush below waterline pickups & strainer
true dry storage
self bailing cockpit
only needs 150 hp Yamaha to run 50mph
 

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I have what you want if you think he is looking for a used boat. I have a 2001 22ft Angler Grande Bay center console boat for sale. 200 Yamaha saltwater series OX66 (less than 150 hours, annual maintenance with all receipts) with Bob's Jackplate with six inch setback. trolling motor with two dedicated batteries and onboard battery charger for the trolling motor batteries. Two separate batteries for engine, pumps, livewells, etc with Perko switch. You will never not have live batteries on this boat!! Two rod holders in gunwale, leaning post with five rod holders, plus five vertical rod holders on center console. Lowrance sonar and GPS mapping, VHF radio. Tandem axle trailer with saltwater package including brake flush connections. Anchor, chain, rope and all lifeguard required equipment. Stereo radio with two speakers. Boat has two livewells, one small one forward that I use for storage, and a large one aft.There is lots of storage on this boat. This boat is in excellent condition and is kept at Payco Marina in a sling if he wants to go look at it.

I am asking $17,000 and you or he can call me at 2814358313 (cell) if you want to discuss further or go for a test ride. This is an outstanding boat for the galveston bay area. It is a wide Vbottom boat so it handles all wave conditions and you rarely get wet. It has a 12 inch draft with the motor up and with the jackplate you can motor into just about anywhere in the Galveston bay complex. With the motor lifted to its highest point it will run in about 20inches of water. You do need about 28inches of water to get on plane. So this is not a serious shallow water boat but it will get you just about everywhere you need to go in Galveston and Matagorda. I kept it in port O'Connor for two years and then Matagorda for one year and now it is in Galveston. The only reason I am selling is that I bought a 30ft Grady White for offshore fishing recently and now I do almost nothing but hit the deep blue.
 

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Depends on what he wants to spend

You can step into a bay boat with a Kenner for next to nothing. However, you don't have the finish you would have with a Parker or Pathfinder.

Also, where in the "bay" is he going to fish the most?

Lots to consider as the opinions here are, well, you know like what. We've all got them.

I'd first see how much he wants to spend before trying to decide on a hull. Price will have a large determinant on what is chosen.

My $0.02.
 

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Game-I would look at a Haynie,it is super smooth and dry,by far the best bay boat I've been on.Wish I had heard about them before I bought a Dargel.

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Boomer, if you want to email me some pics and any other info you find relevant, I will be happy to give them to him.Tight Knot, I was at Redfish Lodge a couple weeks ago and was asking the guide the same question and he overwhelmingly said haynie too. When my neighbor and I go out shopping, we'll have to check it out.
 

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pathfinders and bluwaves are wet. fished a tourney in november and had a pathfinder pass me up on the way to weigh in. might have got them there faster, but when we got to the dock they were in line wet. go with the el pescador or explorer type hull. pathfinders were made for speed, bass boat mentality on the bay.
 

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ShallowSport. Run the edges of the banks and stay out of the rough stuff, then make 90's out to your destination if in the bay if necessary. Make sure to wave and smile at the waders as you go between them and the bank so they don't think you are an arsehole or anything like that. :biggrin:
 

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I fished with a guide in Aransas Pass today. He had a 24 foot Blue Wave, 244 Magnum with a 200 Merc. The boat ran near 50 mph at 4500 rpms, and it was not wet. In fact, I got no water or spray all day. The fit and finish ain't perfect but it got us where we wanted to go.
 

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boats

I to am new to the boat business. I want a boat that will go in the flats and am looking at the Tran boat, the cat model. Is there any feed back out there on that boat? Thanks.
 

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First , Test drive any boat your considering.
second , there are too many boats out there that use all senthetics ( no wood) . Keep those on the top of your list .
third, ask about sheiring and if they tell they dont know what your talking about, then they're probably lying. Find out.
fourth Just because the manufac. says it wiill hold a 300hp doesnt mean thats what to put on it . over powering is just as bad as under.
fifth , in this situation , consider a 4- stroke engine, since hole shot in not a problem.
I have a 20 ft Transport and love it of course, but I do fish skinny alot. But I dont own a 4- stroke. It was another 4k. I put a 150 v-max yamaha on mine., Rating 200 hp
just my views....


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The Trancat is a great boat as well , rides real skinny but probably rougher than you would like. But test drive it for yourself in some rough water.
Its built right.I watched them build mine every week but not every day ofcourse.
Just depends on how big a bays you plan on crossing.

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