Would this make a good catfish boat?

Discussion in 'Boat Tips' started by wvmedic, Jun 5, 2009.

  1. wvmedic

    wvmedic New Member

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    Hello all, I have an Arima Sea Sprinter and will attach a picture.

    I was wondering is this could be a good boat for cat fishing, and still use it for a multi species boat? I will be fishing medium to small rivers and lakes around home the medium rivers have locks and dams that we will be fishing the tail waters of. I might also use it to fish the costal water ways of the Carolinas while on vacations, I’m just trying to get some thoughts from some of you folks that have some experience.

    I am currently running a 1973 50 HP Evinrude but have a 1984 Yamaha 90 HP in the building I’m tearing down for a rebuild, I would like to have a 14’ + flat bottom with casting decks. But I already have this boat and for fishing below the locks and dams in the swift water I’m not sure how a flat bottom would handle that type of water, I have fished small 12 footers and the wife and I didn’t feel very comfortable in those.

    Thanks Jeff.

    This is a boat like ours, I don't have a good picture of the rear deck at this time.
     

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  2. sscharlie

    sscharlie Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the BOC Jeff from Peoria Illinois. Works for me.
     

  3. Pip

    Pip New Member

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    Shoot, that boat will work for cattin'. a little rigging here and there, a couple modifications, and your good to go. I'm not sure there isn't a boat that can't be turned into a good cattin' boat, maybe an aircraft carrier might be a bit big, but if it gets you out there, shoot, then it's a catboat.
     
  4. Bill in SC

    Bill in SC New Member

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    I agree that most any boat can be easily converted to a catsmackin' vessel. While I was between "real" boats, I fished a 12 foot jon with a 6 hp Evinrude for several years. That said, my only suggestion would be to get a vessel with as much room as you can afford. Ample space is a blessing, especially on all nighters and long day trips. Find something as WIDE as possible for stability. If you can't stand up and move around, and pee out of the boat without fear of turning over, it's too small! :wink::smile2: Nothin' worse than a cramped up boat, and the older you get, the more you appreciate LOTS of ROOM. Keep us posted on your progress. Sorry I digressed somewhat from your post of the boat in question.

    Bill in SC
     
  5. wvmedic

    wvmedic New Member

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    Thanks for the replies, any suggestions on rigging this boat?

    It has a fish locker down the center of the boat and a built in cooler in the floor.

    Here are two side shots, I will try to get a shot of the deck soon and some measurements.
     

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  6. lendog

    lendog New Member

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    20 or 30 pole holders and your set:wink:
     
  7. crclhuk1

    crclhuk1 Member

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    That's a perfect boat for cattin. Deep v-hull to handle ruff water and a bimini top to boot. Fab yourself up a good trolling/drifting bar up across the back, add about 6/8 driftmasters(1/2 inch), a cooler full of samwiches and drinks, a river full of fish and you'll be in heaven.:cool2:
     
  8. crclhuk1

    crclhuk1 Member

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    Oh yea, almost forgot. WELCOME TO THE BOC.:wink:
     
  9. wvmedic

    wvmedic New Member

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    Well if I can get my 50 hp Evinrude running right we will see, I have a bad coil or power pac and havn't had time to see witch one is bad yet. I bought a 90 hp Yamaha for it and found out it is going to need rebuilt, oh well I hope to have it back on the water in less than a week and get in some fishing.

    Jeff.
     
  10. bluejay

    bluejay Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the BOC Jeff.
     
  11. wvmedic

    wvmedic New Member

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    Thanks bluejay.

    Jeff.
     
  12. BIG_D

    BIG_D New Member

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    welcome to the BOC Jeff gona be a nice kitty boat:wink:
     
  13. gdlocal10

    gdlocal10 New Member

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    That looks like that could be a good catfisher, just depends on howyou set it up, to your liking