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BigSandyRookie
06-26-2010, 09:58 PM
I have been eyeing the center console boats for a while, but you rarely see them used as crappie boats. Do any of you have any experience with them as crappie boats? They seem like they'd be a little easier to walk around in with less up and downs when getting behind the wheel. What are the disadvantages.....or, advantages. Thanks.

feelay
06-27-2010, 07:30 AM
I know several guys who have CC's. Two of them are crappie guides. It's just a preference thing. Being able to stand and drive when running shallow obstructed waters is the biggest advantage in my opinion.

skeetbum
06-27-2010, 08:34 AM
As you look into them you will see a steering setup that tilts with enough angle to drive sitting or standing. Gives the option of using a lower profile console that is more out of the way. Less wind signature also. Just some input.

albright1695
06-27-2010, 08:59 AM
I fish out of an aluminum bass boat but I fish some with MCF(another member here) who owns a cc. His is an 18 ft and there is plenty of room to move around. Works well as a crappie boat. He can give you more info. on rigging and the pros and cons.

PIGINTHEPIGPEN
06-27-2010, 09:12 AM
Jerry Blake can help you on this one.

Rick from Lafayette
06-27-2010, 09:37 AM
Center consoles come in 2 styles: bay boats and the deeper water models. The bay boats can draft in 16 inches of water. This and the walk around feature is a big plus for use as crappie boats.

bignate
06-27-2010, 10:18 AM
My dad had a Blue Wave bayboat that was a fine crappie rig, I always fished out of the back & sitting on the icechest seat with 8 jigpoles out was a mighty fine fishing platform, he sold it last year & I bought my new boat that has the 3 pedestal set-up on the front, i'm looking forward to spiderrigging out of it but do miss that big bayboat, it was nice running at night because you can see better standing up holding a q-beam.

rockmike
06-27-2010, 11:21 AM
I run an Alweld 1860 CC, and I like it a lot.

boatman44
06-27-2010, 12:34 PM
I personally dont like them. Reason one is just about everyone you see everyone around the center console and most console are so big you half to walk sideways around console and seats.. Thats only my experience.. I would look more into the walleye boats if your looking..

Quicksilver1958
06-27-2010, 12:44 PM
My guide boat is a Polar Kraft 2096 CC.. Very happy with it

Chuck Haley
06-27-2010, 01:17 PM
I have been eyeing the center console boats for a while, but you rarely see them used as crappie boats. Do any of you have any experience with them as crappie boats? They seem like they'd be a little easier to walk around in with less up and downs when getting behind the wheel. What are the disadvantages.....or, advantages. Thanks.

I replaced it with a Lund Rebel XL side console. All the seats are on pedestals and it has TONS more storage (rod boxes and accessible tackle storage) which is much more suitable for me and Crappie fishing. The Scout was a great boat but the main storage compartment was in the center console and I had to almost stand on my head to get things out if not right at the door. That was my main reason for the change. Now getting into my 60s, comfort and convenience are my top priorities. Just an old man's opinion. Good luck on your decision.

Good Stuff
06-27-2010, 02:16 PM
I will agree with Chuck. I had a 21' Sea pro Center console and now have a 19' Spectrum dual console with seats on pedastals like Chucks. It is much better for crappie fishing and mine has a walk through windshield for those cold windy days going down the lake. This is I think the best all around fishing boat. I grew up calling them and still do "Walleye" style boats.
Good Luck!

BigSandyRookie
06-27-2010, 10:13 PM
Thanks for all the info. One reason I'm looking at CC's is that my main fishing partner (Dad) is now 71 and we need more stability and easier "ups and downs" when going from spot to spot. I saw the following craigslist ad: KEY LARGO 2000 CTR CONSOLE (http://nashville.craigslist.org/boa/1802883409.html) and thought it may be what we're looking for. What would you guys say? Could this be a crappie boat with the qualities I'm looking for?

boat49
06-28-2010, 03:25 AM
I have a Baycharger and love it. Plenty of room to move around. 10 rod storage under 1 side compartment plus you can stand up 6 more on the console. Lots of storage and its all covered so nothings in the way while you fish. Lots of room to add rodholders, I have 8 which is plenty for me. I could go on and on, no negatives that I've found so far but I've only been testing it for 6 yrs!! Charger Boats RG Bay Boat. (http://www.chargerboats.com/bay.htm)

Good Stuff
06-28-2010, 05:19 AM
Thanks for all the info. One reason I'm looking at CC's is that my main fishing partner (Dad) is now 71 and we need more stability and easier "ups and downs" when going from spot to spot. I saw the following craigslist ad: KEY LARGO 2000 CTR CONSOLE (http://nashville.craigslist.org/boa/1802883409.html) and thought it may be what we're looking for. What would you guys say? Could this be a crappie boat with the qualities I'm looking for?

What do you mean by "easier ups and downs"? As for Stability, that boat will not be any better than most and if you are talking about how the boat would handle some chop, it won't very well.

Chuck Haley
06-28-2010, 06:37 AM
What do you mean by "easier ups and downs"? As for Stability, that boat will not be any better than most and if you are talking about how the boat would handle some chop, it won't very well.

If that is the case I think his Dad would be more comfortable on a pedestal chair with raised rod holder that are very close in reach so he doesn't have to get up and down. Not trying to interfere......just trying to help him solve the mobility issue with his Dad. With so many opinions here, I'm sure he will have some things to consider at least. Take care.

Good Stuff
06-28-2010, 10:08 AM
I would agree with that if gitting to the rods is the problem here. Before I had my boat the way I do getting to those rods was a real pain in the you know what. Like Chuck said, get him some raised rod holders and his back will thank you;)

DonDon
06-28-2010, 10:35 AM
and love it. I have some 24 inch high rod holders up front (8 poles) and then I have the clamps on the side rail for 8 rods pulling cranks. Mine's VERY stable in the waves or just walking around. Lots of deck space to bring coolers and whatever else you'll want to bring. Up front also, I have the Add-a-seat so I can sit side by side with my fishing partner. The only drawback is easing around jigging stumps with the wind blowing. You don;t have as much control as I'd like going through them. Here's a pic that someone took at Enid as we were coming it. If you look close, you can see my rid holders up front

CrappiePappy
06-28-2010, 10:57 AM
[QUOTE=Good Stuff;1194921]What do you mean by "easier ups and downs"? QUOTE]

... that he's referring to getting up & down out of his "riding" seat, and climbing/stepping up onto a raised deck, to fish out of a deck seat (like you would do in a raised deck type boat). ;)

What he might do, is consider a boat without raised decks ... fiberglass & wide :p That should take care of his "stability" problems, and allow his 71yo Father to sit "down in" the boat ... with rod holders within reach.

... cp :cool:

DonDon
06-28-2010, 11:18 AM
getting up and down from the deck. He's 67, 2 bad knees, is 5'-10" and weighs 275

Kman
06-28-2010, 03:08 PM
What about something like this. I know this may not be the size you are looking for, but this configuration (or one modified slightly for crappie fishing) can be placed in any custom aluminum hull. Then, he never has to leave his seat.

Heres to fishin with DAD!:)

BigSandyRookie
06-28-2010, 10:21 PM
[QUOTE=Good Stuff;1194921]What do you mean by "easier ups and downs"? QUOTE]

... that he's referring to getting up & down out of his "riding" seat, and climbing/stepping up onto a raised deck, to fish out of a deck seat (like you would do in a raised deck type boat). ;)

What he might do, is consider a boat without raised decks ... fiberglass & wide :p That should take care of his "stability" problems, and allow his 71yo Father to sit "down in" the boat ... with rod holders within reach.

... cp :cool:

That's right cp. The boat he has now (16 ft. alumacraft) has extremely low driver's seat. It really works on his knees getting up and down from there to go to/fro the fishing seats.

Thanks again for all the info and tips. I never knew there were so many cc's out there chasing crappie!

I saw a really wide aluminum boat the other day...."River Cat" I think. It was side console, but certainly looked stable. Anyone familiar with those?

BigSandyRookie
06-28-2010, 10:28 PM
What about something like this. I know this may not be the size you are looking for, but this configuration (or one modified slightly for crappie fishing) can be placed in any custom aluminum hull. Then, he never has to leave his seat.

Heres to fishin with DAD!:)

Those are pretty cool Kman. Are those new boats?

Kman
06-29-2010, 08:08 AM
Just a few of thousands I have taken pics of over the years. Thanks!:)

I try to take one of everything that looks a little different before it's picked up.

Jerry Blake
06-29-2010, 07:34 PM
I love both of my custom 22' Blue Wave Center Consoles!


http://www.actionfishingtrips.com/reaper.JPG

http://www.actionfishingtrips.com/Ghost.JPG

BigSandyRookie
06-29-2010, 09:52 PM
I love both of my custom 22' Blue Wave Center Consoles!


http://www.actionfishingtrips.com/reaper.JPG

http://www.actionfishingtrips.com/Ghost.JPG

Since you have a spare........... :rolleyes:

slider1
06-29-2010, 10:04 PM
I have a 2076 alumacraft w/ a 115 4stroke yamaha 27" sides c/c I love it , my dad is 74 he has no problems getting around in it.

crf34
06-29-2010, 10:47 PM
I own a 21' Hewes Redfisher flats boat and can say with the Yamaha 175 HPDI it is the best all around fishing boat I have owned. Fold down bench seat to get out of the way while fishing, rod lockers, front and rear livewels and with a little bleach the deck looks brand new. Dates are wrong in the pics

http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss73/crf34/Picture016-1.jpg
Flats fishin in the summer
My son and a 28 1/2'' Snook
http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss73/crf34/Picture332.jpg
Speck fishin in the winter
My son and Cooter killin the specks on Kissimmee this past winter
http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss73/crf34/Picture195.jpg
Cooter watching bobbers
http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss73/crf34/Picture212.jpg

BigSandyRookie
06-30-2010, 10:12 PM
My son and a 28 1/2'' Snook
http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss73/crf34/Picture332.jpg

I had some smoked snook once....it was incredibly good!! Don't know how they taste otherwise, but that was good.....on a cracker with a little onion, etc.

slimeyslab
06-30-2010, 10:41 PM
I have had more than a few boats over the last 5 years trying to find the right one for me. I have had glass and tin boats with both tiller and console steering. I was finally sold on a BassCat Panterra II until I had my back surgery. It just killed me to sit and ride through rough water. I settled on a 2060 War Eagle Center Console and I love it. The ride is not near as good as my BassCat but being able to stand and take the beating with my knees in rough water is great. Having a low front deck is a plus for me as well.

Slabo
07-01-2010, 07:24 AM
I have a 2070 Xpress CC and love it I fish out of it all summer and duck hunt out of it in the winter. LOTS of room and VERY stable!!

saltyDawg88
07-01-2010, 11:32 PM
I love my CC for Crappie fishing! I can stay out in rought water when most crappie fishermen go looking for calmer water. Works great with my IPilot and works great for spider rigging. Even made my own Spider rig rod holders. Below is a pic of it before I got my IPilot.

http://grangergang.com/photos/Working_SR.JPG

boat49
07-02-2010, 12:32 AM
I like the looks of your rodholder! How bout a couple pictures of it? I've been thinking about how I could make and mount one on my cc.