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so how well do you think you could do in a Jon boat, let's say 12ft with a 10hp, 40lb minn Kota and Lowrance elite-3x and whatever else you would bring, obviously would have to fit in the boat

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so how well do you think you could do in a Jon boat, let's say 12ft with a 10hp, 40lb minn Kota and Lowrance elite-3x and whatever else you would bring, obviously would have to fit in the boat

My guess is about 13 MPH

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I assume you're asking in regards to competing against guys in bass boats? There are too many variables in that scenario to even consider an answer. 

 

FLW pro, John Cox did pretty well this year in his aluminium boat with no depth finder.

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Are you asking a boat performance question or a tournament question? In the late 70's we would oar a 12' v hull around and catch 50 to 100 LMB a day ( during peak ) 3 of us in the boat fishing plastic worms. Caught 9 llb bass in Fl out of a 10' Jon boat..( Osceola forest water )

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Better than you in the same boat. ;)

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Local knowledge of the water would be the bigest factor.  If you know the water and get to the spots you know you need to win then just fine.  If you honey holes are far appart and well known then you would get smoked.

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I would compete just fine in a jon boat.  I might have to head straight to the bank but I could pull it off . 

 

I use to hear the snickering at my 15 foot Skeeter tri hull but those guys doing the snickering were making the mistake " that it is not the boat that catches the fish ."

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I've won tournaments on Toledo Bend out of a 14' Alweld with a 25 hp Suzuki.

The only problem you will have is livewell

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I fished all last year out of a 15' Lowe with a 43lb motorguide, and 15hp tiller drive Johnson. Won a couple of weeknight tournaments out of it. Not really a reasonable boat to be able to take out on the bigger lakes to fish any tournaments bigger than that though. 

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I fished all last year out of a 15' Lowe with a 43lb motorguide, and 15hp tiller drive Johnson. Won a couple of weeknight tournaments out of it. Not really a reasonable boat to be able to take out on the bigger lakes to fish any tournaments bigger than that though. 

 

And then poor ol' blue got banished to be nearly turned into scrap.... :cry4:

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I fish all the time out of a 15' Alumacraft with a 9.9 against all the glass boats.  I do just fine.  I obviously can't take any rough water and my range is very limited compared to them.  But the areas I fish are small-boat friendly.  As was stated earlier, the boat doesn't catch the fish. 

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I do just fine with my little aluminum boat against guys with $70k rigs.

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I have a deck and a foot controlled pedal on the front of my 14 foot johnboat, along with a depth finder I just have a problem keeping the fish alive especially in Florida. Gear isn't a big problem for me if im by myself I can have 8 or 10 rods, so long as its a smaller lake I know I could whip up on the big dawg boats lol

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Depends on the body of water, where we were launching from, weather, and lots of other variable obviously. I think I'd do fine, because I'm accustomed to a pretty modest setup, but I also know that if I could afford a fully rigged, state-of-the-art, 21', glass boat with a 250 on it, I'd have one; and that's for a reason.

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Just about as well as I would with a fiberglass boat-lousy.

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First of all don't forget Mike Iaconelli smoked the competition back in the day with his John Boat.

Second, I have won tournaments in my 1989 Cajun 16ft. with a Johnson 70 on it. The guys I beat? They would be the guys running their mouths with side comments about my "oldie but goodie" at the launch. Loved driving off with some extra cash as they loaded up their $75k Ranger in their trailers empty handed.

Boats don't catch the fish.....

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I do alright in my 18 foot glass boat I picked up for 3500. 150 evinrude 55lbs motor guide and basic electronics, no DI or gps.

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First of all don't forget Mike Iaconelli smoked the competition back in the day with his John Boat.

Second, I have won tournaments in my 1989 Cajun 16ft. with a Johnson 70 on it. The guys I beat? They would be the guys running their mouths with side comments about my "oldie but goodie" at the launch. Loved driving off with some extra cash as they loaded up their $75k Ranger in their trailers empty handed.

Boats don't catch the fish.....

I thought about this, and if it's a small lake with a lot of boats, I want to get to my spots fast. Since everyone knows the good ones such as conesus or keuka.

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I caught more fish out of my Kayak yesterday than I have caught in tournaments co-angling on nice glass boats all year.

... it was a good day  :respect-059:

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Since the question is, How Well Would You Do? In A Jon Boat?  I would say I'm not gonna be a favorite. This would be me before during and after the tournament. -->> :pray:

 

Its pretty much a given the Jon boat guy is at a disadvantage. How much is based on other factors some mentioned already size and how well known the hot spots are etc.

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What are the disadvantages?

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What are the disadvantages?

Speed to get to holes first and high wind or rough water days. I am assuming there may be more like live well solutions may be a bit more cumbersome.

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