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#6156958 - 01/26/16 09:33 PM Duck boats in N Texas?
Arbor Guy Offline
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Registered: 09/14/14
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What are you guys running on these lakes in N Tex? I've been thinking about getting an aluminum boat for duck hunting but I spend a lot of time winter bass fishing the North Texas lakes and the thought of running a small Jon boat on these windy lakes in winter freaks me out.

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#6157000 - 01/26/16 09:55 PM Re: Duck boats in N Texas? [Re: Arbor Guy]
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I run a G3 1860 with a 90 four stroke engine. It is more bass boat then duck boat but runs in 12 inches. It also has high sides and a stable ride. I put a pop up on it so it keeps a fairly low profile.
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#6157029 - 01/26/16 10:09 PM Re: Duck boats in N Texas? [Re: Arbor Guy]
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You won't find a boat that is perfect for both situations but the boat that scuba posted is hard to beat if going to have a single boat for both.

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#6157120 - 01/26/16 11:28 PM Re: Duck boats in N Texas? [Re: Arbor Guy]
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What about a boat like a prodrive sbx? With it being self bailing wouldn't it be good for crossing open water and still be good for shallow water hunting? I know it is not great for any of the situations but it might be good enough for ever situation. I do not have any first hand experience with this boat so this is just my thinking. I would like someone with first hand knowledge to post about it.


Edited by b1c2r3r4 (01/26/16 11:29 PM)

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#6157215 - 01/27/16 05:54 AM Re: Duck boats in N Texas? [Re: Arbor Guy]
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I don't have first hand knowledge of thatvoarticukar lake. I do on lakes down here and open water bays that get out of control quick. A ride and a wind can stand waves up on end.

I chased the perfect boat for a long time. There isn't one. If you want the perfect boat, then you need to buy 3 or more. With that being said, if I had to choose, I would not go with a mud motor. I think it might be old yeller on here that has about a do all rig as any. Center console, nice rig with a regular boat motor. Run a tunnel and jack plate and leave the flotation in it. It can handle some big stuff, but if too big, just don't go. You can duck hunt, fish, run lines, hit the river, you can even ski behind it. Do it I were picking one boat, that boat is the way I would go. If he sees this he will most a pic I am sure if it.
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#6157223 - 01/27/16 06:02 AM Re: Duck boats in N Texas? [Re: Arbor Guy]
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Is it fiberglass or aluminum?

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#6157254 - 01/27/16 06:53 AM Re: Duck boats in N Texas? [Re: Arbor Guy]
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I have a really wide aluminum john boat. When I bought it I bought it for bowfishing. After checking it out I took it out to the lake and said if me and a friend couldn't turn it over I would buy it. For some dumb reason we went to the middle of the lake, but we couldn't turn it over.
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#6157265 - 01/27/16 07:17 AM Re: Duck boats in N Texas? [Re: b1c2r3r4]
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Originally Posted By: b1c2r3r4
Is it fiberglass or aluminum?


If your asking about the boat I saw, it is aluminum. I think it was a Gator Trax hull. I had a gator Trax hull and can tell you from experience they are tough. My inexperienced buddy wanted to drive my boat. He did great in open water. Not so great at the ramp. He reverted back to a regular boat, panicked and dropped the prop back in the water. That pushed the bow on a rock so hard I thought for sure we would have a hole in the boat. Nope! One little dent. That boat had the low sides. They also make a high sided boat. It is not really the brand though when at this point of picking out what you want. You want to pick the design then find a brand to fit it. In today's marketing things seemed to have changed a bit, sort of the cart before the horse of you will.
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#6157308 - 01/27/16 07:59 AM Re: Duck boats in N Texas? [Re: Arbor Guy]
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I've got a Gator Trax 1862 w/Suzuki 140hp and jackplate (no tunnel)and you dang sure want the hunt deck. Homey da Clown, and several others on THF helped me w/what would work best for me. I travel big water to get to skinny water and it works great for both. I've been on the open water in 30mph+ gusts (NOT on purpose) and didn't even pucker my butt!



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#6157311 - 01/27/16 08:01 AM Re: Duck boats in N Texas? [Re: Arbor Guy]
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So that is my question. A duck boat that can handle the open water to the slough but then get you too rough the shallow stuff. I be never driven a mud motor but it seems that crossing open water would be kind of sketchy. I guess it also depends on if you are hunting out of the boat or just transporting with the boat. So that is the other question. Do you guys mainly hunt from the boat or stash it.

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#6157327 - 01/27/16 08:07 AM Re: Duck boats in N Texas? [Re: Arbor Guy]
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Knowing how to drive a boat has a lot to do with the water you can cross in one. I've been in a 21' Ranger in 3 foot swells and the driver speared a waved and soaked us. I've also been in a 21' Bullet on Rayburn in legit 4-5 footers and never got a drop of water on me. It all has to do with the the man behind the wheel or tiller.
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#6157332 - 01/27/16 08:12 AM Re: Duck boats in N Texas? [Re: Arbor Guy]
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I hunt from my boat, no land available. I just stuff it in the tulies and sit still.
And I agree 100% w/BarneyWho.
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#6157340 - 01/27/16 08:15 AM Re: Duck boats in N Texas? [Re: BarneyWho]
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Originally Posted By: BarneyWho
Knowing how to drive a boat has a lot to do with the water you can cross in one. I've been in a 21' Ranger in 3 foot swells and the driver speared a waved and soaked us. I've also been in a 21' Bullet on Rayburn in legit 4-5 footers and never got a drop of water on me. It all has to do with the the man behind the wheel or tiller.


I have to say, I agree with Barneywho. Know your limitations whether you have a 3 foot boat or a 15 foot boat.


Edited by wal1809 (01/27/16 08:19 AM)
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#6157346 - 01/27/16 08:17 AM Re: Duck boats in N Texas? [Re: Arbor Guy]
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Originally Posted By: Arbor Guy
So that is my question. A duck boat that can handle the open water to the slough but then get you too rough the shallow stuff. I be never driven a mud motor but it seems that crossing open water would be kind of sketchy. I guess it also depends on if you are hunting out of the boat or just transporting with the boat. So that is the other question. Do you guys mainly hunt from the boat or stash it.


I prefer to stash them if I am serious about killing ducks. I have hunted from a boat lots of times though. It is all about hiding them. You have to hide the front sides back and above you. Mallards have a unique trait of staying too high, circling and looking straight down into the boat. If they drift off with no indication of busting you, that means they busted you.
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#6157347 - 01/27/16 08:18 AM Re: Duck boats in N Texas? [Re: wal1809]
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Originally Posted By: wal1809
Originally Posted By: BarneyWho
Knowing how to drive a boat has a lot to do with the water you can cross in one. I've been in a 21' Ranger in 3 foot swells and the driver speared a waved and soaked us. I've also been in a 21' Bullet on Rayburn in legit 4-5 footers and never got a drop of water on me. It all has to do with the the man behind the wheel or tiller.


I am hoping soneone comes in my office right now and slaps the life out of me because I have to say, I agree with Barneywho. Know your limitations whether you have a 3 foot boat or a 15 foot boat.


Wal we aren't much different. I put my pants on one leg at a time just like you. The difference is you have tons of sea tow numbers in your phone once you get your pants on, and I don't! grin
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