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i got a boat!!(TM Question)

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i bought this today with my profit sharing check from work.  it is an 8 footer.  super light too.  still need to get a trolling motor and battery, plus a few other things, cant wait to get it on the water!!

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thanks for lookin

Cliff

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Congrats Red,

 That thing brings back some awesome memories. My brother and I used to tear up the third lake at Hide-A Way lake in Lindale in one of those! You will love it.....just be watching the forecast and don't get caught out in some waves.

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Congrats on the boat. I have been wanting to get one those too.

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No better way to spend a profit sharing check.

Enjoy it in good health.

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Red congratulations on the boat.

I have a question though. What the heck are you on this site telling all of us for.

You should be out on the water. LOL

Enjoy and let me know when you can get down this way for a day on Conroe.

I bet someone on this site has a good used TM that will fit it nicely and save you a few bucks.

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thanks.  i do need to get a trolling motor and battery, plus all the other stuff, life vests etc etc.  i dont know much about TM, but they have one at academy for $100, it is a 30lb thrust, i figured that would be enough for this little boat.  i also want to get a depth finder for it.  but right now i just have to get all these things as i can afford them, so it might be a few weeks until i actually get it on the water.

i will contact you after the first of the year and see about coming down to conroe.  i am still not having any luck here, my buddy today caught two, one went just shy of 5lbs and the other was around 2lbs.  i looked through the pics on my camera, the last time i caught a fish was november 16th, and i bet i went 2-3 weeks prior to that with nothing.  dont know what i am doing wrong, this is the longest skunk i have had since i started LMB fishing about two years ago.  

thanks

Cliff

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Thats awesome man.  Congratulations.  Thats almost the exact boat I started fishing from.  I wish my buddy still had it.  We found a little 700 acre stump infested lake that was impossible to launch a real bass boat from  b/c of the ramp.  It was like our little slice of heaven.  Even if I could launch my boat at that same lake we couldn't fish half of it that we did in that boat.

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Congrats on the new addition,I've had one of those myself and it supplied me with many good memories.

And by the way 30lb thrust will be fine,that's what I had and it pushed us very well  ;)

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Sweet!! I just found out my girlfriend is gonna buy me one of these for Christmas! ;) I told her to get me the 9 footer, since the 8 looks a little tiny bit cramped... Is it big enough for ya?? Would a 30lb thrust TM be enough to push around two ~190 lb dudes on it decently? Or would I wanna go with like a 45 or so?

I also read about people using the front mount of the boat for better control from the trolling motor... Any input from anyone on this?

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thanks. i do need to get a trolling motor and battery, plus all the other stuff, life vests etc etc. i dont know much about TM, but they have one at academy for $100, it is a 30lb thrust, i figured that would be enough for this little boat. i also want to get a depth finder for it. but right now i just have to get all these things as i can afford them, so it might be a few weeks until i actually get it on the water.

i will contact you after the first of the year and see about coming down to conroe. i am still not having any luck here, my buddy today caught two, one went just shy of 5lbs and the other was around 2lbs. i looked through the pics on my camera, the last time i caught a fish was november 16th, and i bet i went 2-3 weeks prior to that with nothing. dont know what i am doing wrong, this is the longest skunk i have had since i started LMB fishing about two years ago.

thanks

Cliff

Well, I certainly have an extra life jacket I can send you if that would help. Let me know

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Sweet!! I just found out my girlfriend is gonna buy me one of these for Christmas! ;) I told her to get me the 9 footer, since the 8 looks a little tiny bit cramped... Is it big enough for ya?? Would a 30lb thrust TM be enough to push around two ~190 lb dudes on it decently? Or would I wanna go with like a 45 or so?

I also read about people using the front mount of the boat for better control from the trolling motor... Any input from anyone on this?

the 8' will be more than enough room for me and my gear, however it might be a bit cramped with two adults, but 90% of the time i will be alone anyway.  i dont know about the motor yet, i will let ya know what size i end up with and how it works.  i have seen several of these on lake meridian and all of them were using the front mount.

Cliff

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so it seems i will be getting enough academy gift cards for x-mas to get me a trolling motor.  i am wondering if the 30lb is enough for this boat?  or should i step up to the next size?  any info will be much appreciated!!

Cliff

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this may be somthing to consider for your fishfinder needs, real close to your buget, and they offer others at a higher price as well.

http://store.humminbird.com/humminbird-products/sonar/fishin-buddy/110-fishin-buddy/prod407110-1.html

as for TM's I have the Endura 55lb thrust on a 10ft JB, it moves it along fairly well, thats with 2 guys bout 200lbs each and full gear.

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Without a doubt get a 55 lbs.  You will be so happy you did.

I have a similar boat in the 10 ft version.  You are going to get pushed around in the wind big time.

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i have a 55# on an inflatable pontoon style boat, sea eagle foldcat, and i get 3.5 mph top speed. like the others i recommend getting a 55, even if it means going without a fishfinder a little while, and since you cant get more power witout a big headache of a second battery, you wont have that nagging feeling to upgrade.

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ok thanks guys.  now another question.  will one battery be enough to run this motor for a day of fishing?  not constant running of course.  also, when i do get a depth finder, will it need its own battery?

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I run my 55lb ona Sears DieHard Marine battery with no trouble, I fish out of a 10ft Jon, and I've been out all day. You can power your FF off the same battery. What I do like about the Fishing Buddy from Hummingbird is that it has its own power supply, no need for extra wiring.

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i use the 24 size of http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/product/standard-item.jsp?_DARGS=/cabelas/en/common/catalog/item-link.jsp_A&_DAV=MainCatcat21276-cat350007&id=0023033016446a&navCount=1&podId=0023033016446&parentId=cat350007&masterpathid=&navAction=push&catalogCode=UJ&rid=&parentType=index&indexId=cat601233&hasJS=true

and i carry 2 of http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/links/link.jsp?id=0036388018049a&type=product&cmCat=SEARCH_all&returnPage=search-results1.jsp&Ntt=12v&Ntk=Products&sort=all&Go.y=0&_D%3AhasJS=+&N=0&_D%3Asort=+&Nty=1&hasJS=true&_DARGS=%2Fcabelas%2Fen%2Fcommon%2Fsearch%2Fsearch-box.jsp.form1&Go.x=0&_dyncharset=ISO-8859-1

i have been out for 12 hours and not drained my trolling battery (8-10hrs should be real safe), and my humminbird 797 lasts about 10hrs on one of the smaller batteries. a nice bonus with the smaller batteries is if your trolling battery dies, you can use one of the smaller ones to get you to shore.

Im very familiar with that smaller 12v batt, i used it for a starter box when I raced RC Nitro off road buggies and truggys, that batt would barely make a day at the races, I'm sure it has plenty of power for a FF but I couldnt imagine it powering a TM for very long at all, but of course I may be wrong...Have you ever had to use it?  Im seriously looking into a LiPo conversion for TM's and boating electronics, Lipo's will out power and outlast any conventional battery, mark my words, a brushless TM and LiPo battery will be available for the TM's soon enough.

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