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2008/01/29 19:54:49 (permalink)

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any one DOWN sizing there boat this year due to the gas?  i got a 24ft islander.  all last year any time i went out i stayed out. to save sum gas. i reamber paying 3.80 a gallon at north east. its just sad..  i was at the pittsburgh boat show just to see how good it is, an i do say that was sad as well.  there were MANY people looking at the 17-20 ft boats.  after all was done u paid 10 for the ticket an 10 for parking an i dont think it was worthid.
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    heinzhouse01
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    RE: boats 2008/01/29 21:30:36 (permalink)
    King,
     
        I haven't downsized, but I am thinking of going back to the old days of running my 16ft with a 9.9.  I used that boat on Erie for 5 years, got laughed at, but the laughing stopped when the coolers were opened.  The problem was that half the time I couldn't get out due to wave conditions.  So a buddy and I bought a 24 ftr with a 165hp engine.  So now I don't get out, because I can't afford the gas.
         I am thinking seriously about going back to launching the 16ftr out of Elk, trolling the shore for a limit of eyes, then running a couple of miles out for perch all on a 5 gallon can of gas.
     
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    RE: boats 2008/01/29 21:49:30 (permalink)
    i cant agree with you more heinze.  im thinking about doing the same thing you thinking of.  i live right up the road a lil bit from heinze house actually lol.  usually the fish commision is at north east checking the coolers, an they seem to pick out the bigger boats a lot faster then smaller ones. i dont mind being checked. but i will be the first to tell anyone, i got all the riggers an planner boards and all the stuff. but dont know how to use it all. im good at the riggers. an at most we ever came off the lake with at one time was 12 or 13. thats it. i had this boat for 3 years now. but its always good to have a larger boat when the waves pick up
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    RE: boats 2008/01/29 22:14:47 (permalink)
    ORIGINAL: kingsalmon

    any one DOWN sizing there boat this year due to the gas?  i got a 24ft islander.  all last year any time i went out i stayed out. to save sum gas. i reamber paying 3.80 a gallon at north east. its just sad..  i was at the pittsburgh boat show just to see how good it is, an i do say that was sad as well.  there were MANY people looking at the 17-20 ft boats.  after all was done u paid 10 for the ticket an 10 for parking an i dont think it was worthid.

     
    Nope, going from a 26 to a 29 with twins, just get a few more friends to help out with gas, no way in hell am I going back to a smaller boat
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    RE: boats 2008/01/29 22:23:25 (permalink)
    well gee bluntman i hope that all works out for ya. hope ur friends understand  the expensises  of a boat. i though the same thing too but after the first year  they did not feel like paying all that money, to head out. it  cost a lot to get to erie for me as well. soo it adds up VERY fast lol
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    RE: boats 2008/01/29 22:40:59 (permalink)
    Last year on most days it cost approx $35 per preson when 5 of us went out and ran 15 miles or so to where we wanted to set up, so even if gas goes thru the roof and our day costs $300, thats only $60 per person, guess Im lucky to have 6 or 7 good friends who always argue over whos paying my share,  they say you own the boat, pay dockage and insurance and well cover the gas, so far its been a **** good arrangment
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    RE: boats 2008/01/30 06:47:41 (permalink)
    I have 2 boats....25' and a 17'...I guess I'll have to use the 17' more this summer due to gas, but it seems to be dropping pretty rapidly as of late..  Anyhow, I would much rather fish out of the 17' if conditions allow.  It is so much easier to handle, trailer and control on the water and as I said before, only if the conditions allow.

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    RE: boats 2008/01/30 08:43:45 (permalink)
    I traded my bigger boat in and last year purchased a 17 foot lund Pro Sport! I couldnt be happier! I made it out every time i went to erie it handled in the rough stuff no problem!! with a 90 hp and 9.9 kicker it uses very little gas. I never felt like i was in any danger out there.I prevoiusly ownes a 22 walk around and also a 26 fit cruiser,
      Prefer the Lund over all of them. On inland lakes its even nicer high and dry lots of room, and when the fishing stinks we just unload the ski's. and the savings on winterazation form IO's to outboards is dramatic!! againg no regrets Love My Lund!!!!!!!
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    RE: boats 2008/01/30 11:03:00 (permalink)
    Nope ... Bought a bigger boat . Thats what friends are for gas & lodging between 5 guys is alot cheaper ; not to mention safer , more convenient using a bigger boat ( 24 foot hardtop ) than one or two guys in a small boat . Besides now I have more friends that actually willing to go out in relative comfort. I don't think you could ever have too big a boat on the Great Lakes.LOL
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    RE: boats 2008/01/30 11:25:37 (permalink)
    Fuel Capacity: 3 Gallon Remote Fuel Tank
    Fuel Consumption: 0.5 Gal/Hr @ Full Throttle


    6 hours at full throttle for $9.45

    ;) - fish the river!
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    RE: boats 2008/01/30 12:56:19 (permalink)
    i c why most of you are getting a larger boat now lol. i dont get off that much, but i like to get up on the lake at least 3 times a month. an when i do go, i stay out. an try to make the best of it lol.  i never fishing the river befor, u never know what you will catch there. lol thanks for sharing guys
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    RE: boats 2008/01/30 16:33:34 (permalink)
    I run a V8 in my 22' Trophy and honda 9.9hp kicker....if it costs me $40 in gas all day (on a nice day) id be very suprised...Cant think of a better way to spend my money than on fishing...
     
    If you can get your boat on plane the cost is very minimal...its when the lake is rough and you have to beat back through it, thats where you spend the gas money...
     
    Boats cost money...Big water fishing costs money...Make things easier on you and get some friends to join you in the experience and in the funds for a day on the lake.

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    RE: boats 2008/01/30 16:38:10 (permalink)
    Went from a Jet Boat (3 mpg) to non-powered craft.

    Went from an F250 V-10 (11 mpg) to a (so far 45 mpg) Prius.

    Screw the oil companies!


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    RE: boats 2008/01/30 17:32:08 (permalink)
    kayak..  i need a truck to haul the boat to the nut or where ever i go. i usually fish out of north east an fishing dont get well there until late in the season. an  i got a dodge 2500 with a cummins an its just crazy now how much i spend in fuel for the truck an the boat lol.  the hole adding friends part is a lot of my friends i took out never went back out due to sickness.. even in little 2-4  they get whiter then a gost. i need sum fishing friends fast then  haha
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    RE: boats 2008/01/30 18:31:53 (permalink)
    Bought my 25' last year, it has a chev v-8, and does chew some gas, but with the cabin I can take the kids along they watch a dvd and reel in fish.  If I take my 16 ft w/ 60 hp & troll with that 9.9 I use maybe 5 g, but that is the boat that I have actually had to tie myself to the seat (I did get my limit though).   No way I am going back to the small boat and it takes rough water pretty well, but I can't take the kids and that means when the wife is workin I can't go.  I have a regular family room in the cabin of the big one so I will live with gas.
     
    I may however start the kicker up sooner trying to troll up some strays on the way out....

    Better too far back, than too far forward.
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    RE: boats 2008/01/30 19:33:29 (permalink)
    I've always went offshore for the eyes. How close to shore can you catch them and what methods? I keep hearing that Seawolve charter drifts for them. I tend to have luck with the dipsies.
     
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    RE: boats 2008/01/31 06:25:49 (permalink)
    Gentlemen,
          Last night I went to the Louisville Boat Show and I was kind of disappointed.  It semed like every boat I saw was either rigged for skiing, wakeboarding, or cruising.  When I asked for a pure fishing boat I was looked at like I was carzy and pointed to the bass boats.  When I pointed out that in rough water bass boats quickly turn into submarines the sales people asked why I would want to go out on rough water anyway.  (2-3's).
         Seems to be just the different mindset of people in different parts of the land.  Down here it's all bass, bass, bass, and making waves.
    post edited by indsguiz - 2008/01/31 06:27:10

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    RE: boats 2008/01/31 09:36:28 (permalink)
    Boston Whalers... Look to new england style boats that guys use to fish stripers. They go out and fish in horrible weather, don't use much gas, etc. An 18 foot center console like Whaler,Pro Line, Jones Brothers, Key West, Scout or the like with a 115-150 four stroke and you are back in business. I personally fish out of an 18.5' Boston Whaler Dauntless with a 150 Verado on the back and it is great. Not exactly a dry ride, but it will go to hell and back for you. Just my two cents.
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    RE: boats 2008/01/31 09:39:27 (permalink)
    ORIGINAL: kingsalmon

    i c why most of you are getting a larger boat now lol. i dont get off that much, but i like to get up on the lake at least 3 times a month. an when i do go, i stay out. an try to make the best of it lol.  i never fishing the river befor, u never know what you will catch there. lol thanks for sharing guys


    Not the rivers on that side of the state. The rivers on this side... mid/east.

    BTW: No 8ft'rs out there, lol.
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    RE: boats 2008/02/01 13:46:45 (permalink)
    I have a Lund Tyee 19.5 1\Opti 200, kicker 9.9 and definitely eat the gas when waves get 3 or 4 ft.  My few friends\relatives that actually fish, don't believe in the "your boat we pay the gas theory"...maybe I need new friends....and relatives... :-)  .  I am going to take my son out more, teach him the ropes, and spend quality time, and hopefully catch some fish.  The price of gas is then not a factor, and I even get to take more fish home!!
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    RE: boats 2008/02/01 15:35:02 (permalink)
    BTW : not many 8lb walleye in them rivers . I'll stick to the big water where catching is simple. As finicky as walleye are lake erie is the only place you can make so many mistake and still catch yummy fish.
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    RE: boats 2008/02/01 16:18:10 (permalink)
    ORIGINAL: Dream Catcher

    BTW : not many 8lb walleye in them rivers . I'll stick to the big water where catching is simple. As finicky as walleye are lake erie is the only place you can make so many mistake and still catch yummy fish.


    I dont eat fish
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    RE: boats 2008/02/01 16:37:11 (permalink)
    ORIGINAL: MightyMidge

    Boston Whalers... Look to new england style boats that guys use to fish stripers. They go out and fish in horrible weather, don't use much gas, etc. An 18 foot center console like Whaler,Pro Line, Jones Brothers, Key West, Scout or the like with a 115-150 four stroke and you are back in business. I personally fish out of an 18.5' Boston Whaler Dauntless with a 150 Verado on the back and it is great. Not exactly a dry ride, but it will go to hell and back for you. Just my two cents.

     

    There she is...my dream boat.....

    CB
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    RE: boats 2008/02/01 22:26:35 (permalink)
    Carpet bagger do you think that bow plank could be modified for ramming people who don't understand what thier boards are doing under your boat and tangled with yours?  If it can sign me up too!!! 

    Better too far back, than too far forward.
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    RE: boats 2008/02/01 23:46:56 (permalink)
    No its perfect how it is....

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    RE: boats 2008/02/02 23:27:57 (permalink)
    Jeff I'm hungry what time does the SB fishfry start??????LOL
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    RE: boats 2008/02/03 04:26:59 (permalink)
      I just splurged & bought a new pair of waders off E-Bay for $71 buckaroos with 1200 grams of insl. plus shippin.  Most ov the times I jump out of the boat & hit islands/shorelines/rd. beds & hard to get spots anyways
     
      This middle age aint gonna get the best ov me. Gotta stay in shape some how. Man I think them polyurathane oils got to me doin the staircase for the last 4.5 hrs.
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    RE: boats 2008/02/03 04:32:02 (permalink)
      oH yEah,
     
    I also splurged last week again & bought a new oar & one ov them orange life jackets. eVerybodie always seems to barrow my good ones & don't return em. anyways u no/..
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    RE: boats 2008/02/03 09:15:25 (permalink)
    Gas isn't stopping me.  I'm moving up 4 feet 2 cylinders and about 150hp.w_w.

    If it has fins and gills, I'm there.

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    RE: boats 2008/02/03 11:37:42 (permalink)
    cool WW what'd ya get?

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