View Full Version : Suggestions for Crappie Fishing Boat

11-21-2007, 06:30 PM
I have decided that I want to get a different boat in the very near future. I currently fish out of an aluminum boat, I like the boat but not enough to keep it for next fishing season. I fish an average of four days a week, mainly fish brushpiles in open water and spider rig during the colder months. With this being said what would you recommend I buy. If you would give me inputs as to makes and models both pro and con, what type of electronics do you like, trolling motor suggestions. Basically the recommendations is open ended and all opinions are appreciated. Thanks in advance.

11-21-2007, 06:48 PM
I did the same thing last year. Decided to go with a glass boat for stability in rough water (winter fishing). Got a older ranger with a 150 on it, and the only drawback is the gas milage.

The only other boat I might consider is a stick steer with a 40 horse on it. It would not be as stable, but seems sitting in the front and not having to move after moving to a new spot would be good, and the gas milage of course.

J White
11-21-2007, 06:50 PM
That sounds sort of like the conditions I fish in here, open, deeper water
most all the time - a walleye style boat was the ticket for me, might be
worth checking into. Has some pros and cons, but worked out best for me.
Heavy aluminum boats are fine, a deep v Alumacraft is what I ended up with.

slow, sits deep in the water, heavy-

but rides good, handles rough water safely, and lots of room

11-21-2007, 07:33 PM
I have fished out of small aluminum boats for my whole life until I got my figerglass one back in the summer. I can tell you that the ride is SOOO much better in rough water it is unbeleivable. The only exception to that rule are the big deep V boats like Jeff has or the Lunds that some others have. The ultimate if you are going to fish deep water most of the time would be one of the deep V glass boats. I have never been in one, but it has got to be about the best ride available.

11-21-2007, 08:21 PM
Catchafew I Just Did What You Are Talking About. Went From A Open Aluminum Tiller Steering Wide Jon To A Aluminum V With Wheel And Power Trim. Bought The Boat Used As I Am On A Budget. Electronics I Like To Keep Simple. Couple Of Garmin 120's. Affordable And Easy To Use. Trolling Motor Was Minn Kota Power Drive. Prop Will Turn So Slow You Can Count The Revs. Great For Spider Rigging. Also Got The Co-pilot Feature And Thats Great If You Want To Sit Under The Bimi If The Suns Hot. Trailer Was Another Selling Feature, Custom Drive On. Great When Your By Yourself. These Things Are Old Hat To The Guys With The Nice Rigs But It Is All New To Me. The Old Boat Will Be Turned Into A Striper/catfish Rig. If You Are Not On A Budget The Tracker Pro Crappie Series Is Awsome And The Ride Is Great. $14,ooo Verses 3,500can't Afford To Run The Fiberglass On The Lake Or Trailer It On The Road. Just Some Things To Maybe Consider.

11-21-2007, 08:44 PM
If you spider rig alone the stick steer is had to beat, but you do sacrifice on confront in rough water. It allows you to drive and fish without having to change seats.

B Whitehead
11-21-2007, 09:42 PM
Here is a picture of mine. Its a Triton 196. I have put my time and thoughts in the perfect boat. I haveit all in this boat. Besides the Ranger walleye boats which runs in the 40s this is the perfect boat.

B Whitehead
11-21-2007, 09:43 PM
Here are a few more pictures!

11-21-2007, 09:52 PM
Whitehead, nice boat needs an autopilot and sideimager!

11-21-2007, 09:53 PM


11-21-2007, 10:03 PM
Here are a few more pictures!

How high does the drivers seat stand off the floor? I gave a nice bass boat away, As I was sitting in the floor and Can not get up from there when i get down.
Got to See Richard Willams but can not remember how high the seats are off the floor.

11-21-2007, 11:35 PM
I really enjoy my 18' Xpress.


11-22-2007, 03:04 PM
Have you considered a Deep-V like a Lund? Many of the guides in north Texas use that style of boat. I've been very pleased with my Lund and it can handle some very rough water.

11-22-2007, 03:21 PM
I fish out of a 21' Ranger enter console with 200 merc and terrova w/auto pilot and co-pilot. DeepV rides great and sets deep in the water. Has a good front deck for pushing and plenty of walk around room for flat line trolling or spider rigging. A little rough on gas at 50 MPH but if you cruise like I do at 25 MPH it's not too bad on gas. Real stable boat. Take your time and look at all of the different type boats available before you make a decision. It's hard to find the perfect boat, if there is such a thing.

11-22-2007, 04:49 PM
I fish out of a 15 ft monarch side console great boat if you are not in choppy water. A little small for 2 big guys.


Working on a 19 ft center console for a better all around boat.


11-22-2007, 06:01 PM
Trumpdriver what year model is your Mon Ark? I have one like it that I converted to a sticksteer. Mine is a 86 model.

11-22-2007, 07:14 PM
Consider a Lund In the wilderness series, "Alaskan" Deep V Lifetime warranty on the hull. Low decks, Open floor plan! good to excellent storage capability. They have a protrack gunnel system that allows for any number of options in rigging. There sure are some great looking boats in the previous posts though.
Good luck There is a lot of different styles to chose from

11-22-2007, 10:00 PM
Dont forget to look at Carolina Skiffs. You have them built just the way you want it AND since they run so shallow they take a smaller motor for the same results....hence lower pricing. A very well built boat for a particial of the money other boats costs. And easy to maintain too.

11-23-2007, 06:02 AM
I also have the Triton TA-196. It really is an awesome crappie boat. I like it because it handles rough water well. It is set up nice, whether you troll, cast, or shoot.


11-23-2007, 08:11 AM
I would highly recommend the Triton TA-196. I have the 150 Mercury Optimax and it is really efficient on the gas consumption. The boats handles extremely well in rough water and is a tremendous boat for crappie fishing in shallows or deep water brush piles. Two people can fish out of the front of the boat with comfort.
Great boat with a decent price tag if you shop around.


11-23-2007, 09:07 AM
I personally prefer the heavy aluminum deep-V boats. I have a Triton 176 Magnum with a Mercury 115 four stroke and a Alumacraft 175 Navigator with a 115 Honda four stroke. Both are wide (94") Deep and very stable. Good ride in rough water. New, fully rigged out the Alumacraft is around 20K. The Triton is a bit fancier (not important to me) and runs several thousand more.

The Mercury is a little faster but the Honda is quieter. Both are great motors and economical on gas

11-23-2007, 10:14 AM
Trumpdriver what year model is your Mon Ark? I have one like it that I converted to a sticksteer. Mine is a 86 model.

It's a 90 model. I had an Alumacraft with stick steer and sold it.. a little to narrow