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I’m thinking of buying a boat…

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I generally fish of bass, walleye, crappie, perch, and bluegill, and I fish wherever I get the opportunity. I live very close to a large lake that is about 1000 acres. I’m thinking of buying a fishing boat, but I’m not sure what kind of a boat I should be looking at.

I would often go fishing on my own or with two or three other people. Any ideas on what boat I should go for? What length?

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  1. Abel McNay on Jan 21, 2013 Reply

    Well, I’d suggest that y’all look into an all-purpose fishing boat. Since you’re just starting out, there’s no point in going for something too specialized. An all purpose boat should do you just fine for the first year or two, maybe always.

    Any decent all-purpose should have a rod locker, a live well, and an outboard at a minimum.

    Don’t go all out for something huge. You’re fishing on fairly small inland waters and handling something enormous is going to suck all the fun out. I’d suggest a boat in the 12 to 15 foot range to start with. It’s not easy using a bigger boat if it’s your first time, believe me.

    — Abel

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  2. Grubby on Jan 21, 2013 Reply

    It’s a tough one, because it probably depends on your budget.

    I would suggest going for a basic, 16 foot bass boat – you probably won’t need anything bigger.

    Start out small because you need to remember there are still fuel and maintenance costs to consider.

    When I was buying a boat, I went to a few boat shows to get a good idea of what’s out there. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT let a smooth salesman talk you into the first boat you see. I almost made that mistake.

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