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I have fished bass tournaments for over 25 years, and enjoy shallow water fishing for trout, reds, and flounder but, I like going out to the jettys and also want to be able to cross the bay when it's windy. What do you guys think of the Curlew or Ibis as an everyday fishing platform? If you have experience with these rigs compared to others I would welcome your comparisons.
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What bay do you normally fish? They are great shallow water boats but i would not want to cross a big bay or hit the jetties in either one. I recently had an opportunity to fish out of their new Stilt...I have fished in Hellsbay, Maverick, Hewes but the Stilt is by far the most impressive poling skiff I have ever been in. A larger skiff like the Hewes Redfisher, or a heavy Ranger might work for you. If you want to poll the flats effortlessly and go to the jetties then you probably need two boats. Just my opinion. Good luck.
 

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It sounds to me like you need a Majek Illusion I,ve got one and can do anything the newwater boats do plus still cross coppy bays.
 

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Call Tim Clancey at New Water Boat Works and have him give you Tim Redden's phone no., he guides out of an Ibis or Sallye Moffitt she runs a Curlew. They are in Rockport.
 

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I have fished with Tim in his Ibis and it is amazing. We have duck hunted out of it and it goes where airboats only went. It is the top of the line shallow water boat and that is what it is designed to do. Jetty fishing noway I buy it for that. If you know what you are doing it will work for open bays but there are trade offs with any boat and this is one of the trade offs for the incredible skinny water ability.
 

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New Water boat

So basically, you guys are saying the New Water boat is limited to launching and fishing in backwater areas where you do not need to cross open water in a bay like West Bay, Port O', or East Matagorda to get to the barrier island areas.

If I want to fish marsh flats, or back water lakes I would need to launch really close by or into the ICW exclusively?

Let's say I want to run from Port O over to Pringle on a windy day 15 - 20 mph out of the southwest. Would the Curlew or Ibis be safe for this with my wife on board?

I want to be able to run to a new spot if necessary and still be able to fish the skinny water once I get there. Any advice on boat selections would be appreciated. I want to buy performance and quality at the same time. Does that make sense?

Thanks for the inputs.
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Decision

I was facing many of the tough decisions you have mentioned. I decided on the 23' Shoalwater Cat. It will run and float very shallow, as well take rough water VERY well. If you are looking to do a little more polling you could consider the smaller 16', 19' and 21' models. Come by Shoalwater boats at the boat show in Houston and check them out.
 

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Yes, you can run to Pringle safely and smoothly and never cross the open bay... just go the the back way thru Saluria and behind Farwell Island and you on the south shoreline. It could get bumpy crossing E Matty coming from the Harbor or launch from Sargent, much narrower and calmer down there. Crossing Trinity or Galv bays will be a problem though.
 

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I agree with teamfirstcast, I live in POC and have had a Curlew for almost 4 years, could not want a better boat for this area. I do not fish the Jetties much or offshore(tho I have done both and felt safe and dry). In the Summer I fish Pringle and lakes all the way to Panther and unless it is unusually windy have not had a problem. Tim is a great guy to work with, and continues to offer great customer service forever.

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Newwater is a top of the line boat, and would be a great fit for the POC area. Tim at Newwater is unmatched in quality and craftsmanship, and the boats are perfectly safe and very stable. I've owned Majek and Newwater, and recommend both. Considering they are two totally different styles of boats, you'll know which one you prefer.
 

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Very high end and specialized boats. They will get you home in 3 footers, but it won't be a smooth dry ride. Jettys and near shore you will definitely have to pick your days.

If you spend most of your time in the POC area then it is a very good choice.
 

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Very high end and specialized boats. They will get you home in 3 footers, but it won't be a smooth dry ride. Jettys and near shore you will definitely have to pick your days.

If you spend most of your time in the POC area then it is a very good choice.
how many boats will stay dry and run in a foot or less????
 

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A friend of mine has one here in Rockport. It is a great fishing platform. The fit and finish is outstanding. It will get up in very shallow water with a 90 etec. The storage area for a small boat is awesome. I think it is a perfect choice for a shallow water fisherman.
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When I purchased my current boat,

I hired guides running the boats I thought I was interested in before purchasing (and took my wife). A full day on the water in any boat will tell you a lot about what to expect. Sometimes it will take you only a few minutes to know whether the boat will be what you want, and other times you just have to get in some particular, maybe tough situations to see how the boat responds. If I were you, I would go to the Houston Boat Show, and if you see a boat that you think will satisfy your needs, get the names and numbers of guides running their rigs. If the dealers reps put the hard sell on you at the show, get a price they will deliver at conditional on your experience with the guide's trip being what you expect. In my case, I bought the hull we were on the day we caught no fish at all, but I liked the performance of the boat! Good luck on your decision.
 

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I owned a Curlew for 2 years. I love that boat. Crossed Aransas in some snotty weather more than once, got home just fine. I took it out the mouth of the old Colorado to fish those jetties, ran the surf (2 -3 that day)to the Port O Jetties, then back home fishing along West Matty and into the Diversion. It is an incredible boat for both performance and construction. I sold mine because I needed something to run near offshore and bayfish/ski the family, which is a different boat. Rough water isn't the most fun on the Curlew, but I took it out in conditions that were causing other bay boats to turn around and I didn't feel like I was in danger. If I took water over the bow, it just rolled off, kinda like a big surfboard with a 90 on the back, but it is much more than that. When shallow, it was unbeatable. A little wide for precise poling in windy conditions, but generally just fine. There is no better demo than to take a ride with Tim. He is patient, knows his product, and doesn't disparage other boats to make his look better. Truly a class act. I do plan to own another NewWater, just waiting for the economy to improve and the family to grow up some more. If you are looking at a Curlew or an Ibis, it is truly a small group of boats that are comparable.

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I have owned both a Curlew and Ibis and will tell you that because of their extra wide beam it is a very dry / stable boat. If you are going to cross rough waters I would definitely upgrade to the larger Ibis. The extra 3 ft of boat plus trim tabs on the back allow you to get much more front end V in the water to break the chop.

Also, another huge bonus on the Ibis is being able to slap about 200+ HP on the back without sacrificing shallow water performance. Either boat will hop up in 6-7" fully loaded.
 
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