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Pond Prowler Vs. Pelican Bass Raider?


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#1 CC268

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Posted September 01 2013 - 01:53 PM

I am looking to get a small boat like the Pond Prowler or Pelican Bass Raider...9 foot or 10 foot. I thought about a fishing kayak for a while, and they are cheaper, but I can only take myself which kind of killed the idea for me. I noticed the Pelican is quite a bit heavier than the Pond Prowler. I would be putting it in the back of my truck (F-150) and transporting it to some small lakes and rivers. 

 

Just seeing what you guys think, if you have any other recommendations, etc...

 

The Pelican is so much cheaper than the Prowler...very tempting...but not sure if 10 foot is too big and heavy to move around in the bed of my truck?



#2 JD96

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Posted September 01 2013 - 06:48 PM

The 8 foot pelican is another option, 400 dollars bare and will surely fit in your truck.


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Posted September 01 2013 - 08:09 PM

I have a 10 ft pond prowler and its a nice handy boat.I am sure if you looked at the reviews on the bass pro shop you will see favorable reviews for it. On a side note i haven't used my pond prowler for the last two years since i bought a fishing kayak.



#4 tnriverluver

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Posted September 01 2013 - 09:55 PM

Neither!  if you are fishing alone get the 8 ft BassHunter Bass Baby.  The built in wheels make launching and loading a breeze for one person.  Much better built and much tougher plastic without any seams to leak.  Yeah they cost more but are worth it IMHO.  I take mine out on some big waters including occassionally KY Lake.  Here is a video of mine taking some rather large boat wakes last weekend during a camping trip. 

 http://www.youtube.c...DPJOagBqt6A70Vw



#5 CC268

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Posted September 02 2013 - 01:46 PM

Kayak is not an option as I will be fishing with a buddy of mine...I'd like to have that extra seat. I am afraid the 8ft would be pretty cramped for two people.

 

At this point it is between the 9 and 10 foot pond prowler...tough decision...leaning towards the 9ft since I will be putting it in the back of my F-150 and also taking it down the Verde River....the 9ft might be more maneuverable...



#6 CC268

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Posted September 02 2013 - 02:04 PM

Neither!  if you are fishing alone get the 8 ft BassHunter Bass Baby.  The built in wheels make launching and loading a breeze for one person.  Much better built and much tougher plastic without any seams to leak.  Yeah they cost more but are worth it IMHO.  I take mine out on some big waters including occassionally KY Lake.  Here is a video of mine taking some rather large boat wakes last weekend during a camping trip. 

 http://www.youtube.c...DPJOagBqt6A70Vw

 

Where do you buy these?? I live close to a Cabellas and a Bass Pro...I feel like the 8ft would be a little cramped for two people...they have the EX version which is 9.5ft.

 

The only thing I have heard about the Bass Hunters is that they ride low in the water and water gets in the boat easy due to the low sides. Judging from the videos I have seen they are very low in the water, I think the Pond Prowler would do much better in what I am using it for

 

A friend of mine has the 9ft pond prowler. He has had it for years and takes it down the Verde and drags it across rocks, etc...and it has been an awesome boat for him



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Posted September 02 2013 - 03:20 PM

Where do you buy these?? I live close to a Cabellas and a Bass Pro...I feel like the 8ft would be a little cramped for two people...they have the EX version which is 9.5ft.

 

The only thing I have heard about the Bass Hunters is that they ride low in the water and water gets in the boat easy due to the low sides. Judging from the videos I have seen they are very low in the water, I think the Pond Prowler would do much better in what I am using it for

 

A friend of mine has the 9ft pond prowler. He has had it for years and takes it down the Verde and drags it across rocks, etc...and it has been an awesome boat for him

Bought mine thru Amazon  http://www.amazon.co...m=AHH30MBO11OIQ  According to even Basshunters own website the 8ft actually has more fishing room than the 10ft EX due to the layout.  I have never fished 2 people and yes it probably would be cramped.  Going by OP post about usually fishing alone.  Mine was shipped truck freight to my door in 2 days!!!!!



#8 Brian6428

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Posted September 02 2013 - 03:40 PM

I have a 10 ft bass raider and love it. I chose bass raider over pond prowler cause its cheaper and I don't need the add-on functions. If you plan on doing ANY 2-person fishing in it I would highly suggest 10ft model. The 10 ft is as small as I would ever want to go when my brother and I fish together.

 

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#9 CC268

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Posted September 02 2013 - 04:07 PM

Well thanks for all the replies guys, I think I am going to get the 9ft Pond Prowler...its really the best for my needs based on my research...






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