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20200222_111857_compress42.thumb.jpg.61531619a9bc4a728f9ad91b8f1c60d1.jpgFinally broke down and got a boat - a 2013 Pro Team 190 TX with a 2-stroke 115. Came with a couple of Hook2 7's and an 80lb Minn-Kota. Looking forward to getting some experience from the front of the boat this year!

 

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On 5/17/2018 at 8:03 PM, Rahlow said:

This my lil tin tub the day I bought it. Waiting on my new numbers and the rain to end. 2011 model

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Nice looking boat Rahlow

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2019 Ranger RT178, bought new last month. 60 hp mercury 4-stroke, 70 lb/24 volt Minn Kota Edge trolling motor. Need to add a fish finder to the bow - the rear/console came set up with a Lowrance hook5. I'm still weighing my anchor options but will likely get a Power Pole micro at the stern and Minn Kota deckhand for the bow. Since I took the photo, Ranger mailed a nice cover which is now on the boat. The boat "just fits" in the garage but negotiations on that front have broken down. Just had a right hip replacement on Monday. Should be able to get out on her in a few more weeks. Can't wait.

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34 minutes ago, BurrStone said:

2019 Ranger RT178, bought new last month. 60 hp mercury 4-stroke, 70 lb/24 volt Minn Kota Edge trolling motor. Need to add a fish finder to the bow - the rear/console came set up with a Lowrance hook5. I'm still weighing my anchor options but will likely get a Power Pole micro at the stern and Minn Kota deckhand for the bow. Since I took the photo, Ranger mailed a nice cover which is now on the boat. The boat "just fits" in the garage but negotiations on that front have broken down. Just had a right hip replacement on Monday. Should be able to get out on her in a few more weeks. Can't wait.

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Nice Rig ~

And I hope you can be mended and on the water as soon as possible.

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A-Jay 

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1 hour ago, BurrStone said:

2019 Ranger RT178, bought new last month. 60 hp mercury 4-stroke, 70 lb/24 volt Minn Kota Edge trolling motor.

Solid!  I have a 2015 RT178, although I got the 75 hp merc instead of the 60.  I would recommend scrapping the Edge and upgrading to a better bow mount, however.  The free cover is a nice perk, they gave me one as well.

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3 hours ago, BurrStone said:

2019 Ranger RT178, bought new last month. 60 hp mercury 4-stroke, 70 lb/24 volt Minn Kota Edge trolling motor. Need to add a fish finder to the bow - the rear/console came set up with a Lowrance hook5. I'm still weighing my anchor options but will likely get a Power Pole micro at the stern and Minn Kota deckhand for the bow. Since I took the photo, Ranger mailed a nice cover which is now on the boat. The boat "just fits" in the garage but negotiations on that front have broken down. Just had a right hip replacement on Monday. Should be able to get out on her in a few more weeks. Can't wait.

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Why a micro? The boat, motor, fuel, gear, and people, will easily outweigh the limits of the micro.

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46 minutes ago, slonezp said:

Why a micro? The boat, motor, fuel, gear, and people, will easily outweigh the limits of the micro.

Ya, a micro is for a kayak or something like my canoe...maybe a small Jon boat. You're gonna want a full Power-Pole or a Talon - if not two - to keep that thing in place. Otherwise you're going to be replacing poles.

 

Boat - 1075lbs

+Motor - 247lbs

+21 gallons of fuel - 168lbs

+2 people at 150lb avg - 300 lbs

+10-15 gallon live-well, filled - 80-120lbs

+Fishing gear - variable

Total = 1910lbs plus gear - well over the 1500lb max recommendation for the micro.

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For someone relatively new to boating, whats the biggest difference between having an aluminum bass boat versus having a fiberglass bass boat? What are the benefits of each?

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Got my first bass boat ... well it's a step up from my little 8 foot pond boat ... this is a 97 Stratos, runs great ... haven't had it out that much as the weather here in Nebraska hasn't cooperated much.  Named her Bomber7 too - that's been my user name on many forums ... I'm a retired AF Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician (Bomb tech) and the number seven is for my favorite baseball player Mickey Mantle 

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On 4/2/2020 at 8:59 PM, Matt Eisen said:

For someone relatively new to boating, whats the biggest difference between having an aluminum bass boat versus having a fiberglass bass boat? What are the benefits of each?

In my experience there are several benefits to both as well as down sides. I fished glass boats for years.  My last was a Triton 20x2 with a 250 pro xs. Super nice boat.  Sharp to look at and nice and sparkly lol. Handled big water exceptionally well.  Top speed a little over 70 so didnt get smoked on tournament mornings.  It was a heavy boat and was a lot more strain on my truck. It used a lot of fuel as I'm sure most any 2 stroke does especially with a 250. Caused my truck to burn a lot more fuel. Was a lot harder to launch and load solo. I traded it in last year on a new Triton 18tx aluminum rig with a 115 pro xs 4 stroke. It's a nice boat but probably doesnt have the eye appeal to some folks. Top speed of about 50 which is plenty for me but does stink on tournaments.  It towes a lot easier as it weighs a lot less. Makes loading and launching solo a lot easier. The fuel economy is the big thing for me this boat with the 4 stroke sips the fuel. It floats in a lot less water and honestly just suites my style of fishing better for now anyway.  There's give and take with all and it's all relevant I'm sure depending on what you want from your boat. I'm sure a new glass rig with a 250 4 stroke would do much better on fuel than the 2009 model 2 stroke did. I will say the one thing I didnt take into account is that aluminum will dent and the paint will scratch much easier than the gel on a glass boat. I've put one small dent in mine that wouldn't have even put a mark on a glass boat.

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On 4/2/2020 at 7:59 PM, Matt Eisen said:

For someone relatively new to boating, whats the biggest difference between having an aluminum bass boat versus having a fiberglass bass boat? What are the benefits of each?

Depends on where you are going to fish MOST of the time! I had a Fisher (Tracker with different stickers) 16' stick steer when we lived in Baton Rouge. Fantastic bayou fishing boat! You want metal boats in the bayou! Moved back to Tulsa and bought a new 45th Anniversary Ranger. Fantastic med.-large lake boat. A few yrs later we sold the Tulsa house and built one in south TX on the border...mainly salt water. Sold the Ranger (in OK) and later bought a Carolina Skiff composite with Evinrude salt water motor, till an RV dealer made me a heck of a deal as trade-in on a new 5th wheel...lol. A couple of yrs ago we moved to MO to be close to kids/grandkids and I picked up a used Tracker 175TF/60HP good little boat for smaller-med. size lakes, and I want to take it to Louisiana to fish the bayou a couple times a yr. You get the idea...

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My 77 lund 315 deluxe with35 hp evinrude purrs great

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My 2001 Sprint 297 Pro, 19 foot with a 1999 200hp Merc that runs perfectly after dumping 3 grand into it.  Sorry that the pic sucks, I'll get a better one when she's in the water.  This is my second glass boat and I love the stability while fishing.  She'll run low 60s which is fast enough for me.

 

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New kayak arrived today.   Jackson was O/S & local dealer in town only carried white water and the $2k+ jackson fishing kayaks saying he wouldn't stock the bite and there was no markup.  I managed to find this in stock in Portland Oregon with no sales tax and only $75 shipping for $974 total.  Shipped next day from Next Adventures warehouse on SAIA.

Still waiting on a bending branches paddle from ACK and Yakima rack w/fishing kayak mount so no clue when Ill be hitting the water.  Pandemic and everyone back ordered is really getting old.

 

Trying to figure out how to mount a anchor wizard, might just go with a retractable dog leash to some 3# weight for now.  Need a cart, not sure If i want it to attach through scupper plugs or have the kayak lay on top then ratchet.  Still need a fish finder, large net for tiger muskie, paddle leash, rod leashes, molle bags for the back of the seat to hold knipex, large pliers, flashlight.

 

This should be a blast in the local gravel pits, reservoirs, & lakes.

 

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2020 comes with seat locks.

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I think ill have to cut down a 8in gear track and hope a anchor wizard will still fit.  Some YT video said a 4in track is too small, so get the 8in.

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My new to me 1977 17' Glastron 140 hp project boat, just added the Minn Kota Maxxum 70 and couldn't  be happier  with the rig. Would you believe it was the wife that was the reason  for getting  the boat!

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Bought my first boat right after my daughter was born in 1989.  Had been fishing since I was knee high to a grasshopper but had to get financially secure enough to purchase a boat.

 

Boat #1:  1979 16' Bass Tracker, 40 HP Mercury.

Boat #2:  1987 Vision 180, 150 HP Evinrude.

Boat #3:  1996 Javelin 379 DC, 150 HP Evinrude Intruder. (Purchased New)

Boat #4:  2000 Ranger R83, 150 HP Evinrude Ficht (current boat) (Purchased New)

 

Very few modifications. 

 

1)  Made an insert to give me a full casting deck on the front. 

2)  Land & Sea Foot Throttle.

3)  Slidemaster 6" Manual Jack Plate.

4)  25p Renegade 4-blade prop.

5)  Minnkota 65lb. thrust trolling motor.

6)  Garmin 160 fishfinder at the helm.

7)  Garman ECHOMAP 73sv at the bow.

 

Right now my tow vehicle is a 2016 Volkswagen Touareg Executive Edition.  Here's what it all looks like.

 

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2020 ZX250 Skeeter Runs and fishes great

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