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This is my boat, a 2019 Lowe Skorpion 17! It is currently stock with a 60 hp Merc 4-stroke, but I've saved up some money and plan on buying a Minn Kota Terrova 55 (with I-pilot/spot lock) and a Humminbird  Helix 8 or 9 for the bow if they every go on sale this winter. I seriously never thought I'd end up with such an awesome boat, it is a serious upgrade from the 13ft Boston Whaler I've been using for years!

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7 hours ago, Tatsu Dave said:

Its a V1467WT and we did a lot, it was pretty much boat, motor, and trailer when we picked it up. Cut a plywood casting deck from a cardboard template and covered it with marine carpeting, braced it underneath and above to bow mount. Installed a swivel seat base with extension and an upholstered seat. Closed in the bow above and carpeted along with an anchormate and 45# thrust MinnKota Edge foot controlled trolling motor. Installed a holder for the frt seat extension, put in two deep cycle batteries, one wired straight to the front troller with a resettable circuit breaker. Back battery for motor starting and charging as well as power for Garmin striker 5cv sonar (only regret should have gotten 7" screen) and gps w/water temp and boat speed. Installed a transom saver plastic mounting block for transducer, that way no holes in transom below waterline. Covered back half seats w/carpeting and added two more seat pedestals and flat velcro rod holders. Put a vertical four rod tube rod holder and two single tube trolling rod holders. Added a spare wheel and tire mounted on trailer, a rear transom saver to hold motor up and from hanging on transom when towing. Added two rear side bunks to bring in straight in wind or current, installed front and rear keel rollers to guide boat on trailer straight. Put bunk slides on the rear carpeted bunks to protect ends and make boat easy to launch and pull on, a pad for the anchor to ride on towing and at speed on water. A stainless vinyl covered trolling motor release, paddle in stainless clamps, rear ratchet transom tie downs. Added second upholstered seat to rear, and a heavy winch strap that wouldn't fold over on itself when pulling on. Still adding things as we go and enjoying it now more than ever! :) 

Thanks for all the detail. Great boat!

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17 hours ago, Big_Easy_Bassin said:

Just bought this 99 G3 Pro 185 and had it custom painted in camo. Also pulled out carpet and had camo hydro turf installed. 

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I had that same motor, except it was a 130 hp on a Triton years ago. Was a fantastic motor that never let me down, except of course the typical two stroke cold weather lazy ass starting. But that might not be as much of a problem for you judging by your location, up here it gets  “a touch cool” some mornings in spring and fall. 

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11 hours ago, Way north bass guy said:

I had that same motor, except it was a 130 hp on a Triton years ago. Was a fantastic motor that never let me down, except of course the typical two stroke cold weather lazy ass starting. But that might not be as much of a problem for you judging by your location, up here it gets  “a touch cool” some mornings in spring and fall. 

Yeah I definitely don’t deal with the cold too much down here. I usually pull the choke, spin it over until it tries to run, push the choke back in and she cranks right up. This motor had the top end fully rebuilt and a new lower unit in January, so it’s almost like new. Little bit on the loud side, but it runs perfectly and I get pretty good speed out of an 18ft aluminum boat. I’ve always had Mercury motors until this one and I gotta say that Mercury’s actually seem to run and start better in colder weather lol. 

10 hours ago, Skunked again said:

Big easy bassin, how do you like the hydroturf ?

 

Best decision I’ve ever made. It doesn’t get hot or cold, which is nice in the summer if I want to go without shoes on the boat lol. Biggest thing is the comfort though. It’s got a great cushy feeling. Perfect for me because I can’t stand fishing sitting down or leaning on a deck seat. I fished a narrow little bayou last weekend and stood on the deck running the trolling motor for pretty much 10 hours straight. Takes a ton of stress off your back and legs. 

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On 12/1/2020 at 4:19 PM, NYBasser said:

Just picked up my new 2021 Phoenix 920 Elite last week, already had it out and its a huge upgrade over my old tracker.

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Enjoy that pristine looking trailer while it lasts, lol. Nice rig!

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On 12/1/2020 at 4:19 PM, NYBasser said:

Just picked up my new 2021 Phoenix 920 Elite last week, already had it out and its a huge upgrade over my old tracker.

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That thing is sweet!! Congrats bud

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My T160, fishing the salt flats 12 years now.  

Still considered by salt anglers to be the best compromise between speed (read distance), wind-slick, and good manners in bad blows.  Main use is drift fishing the flats with a drift sock.  

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When 8 of us launched for buddy Josh's redfish rodeo in Oct, five of the boats were Tarpons.  

 

kevlar Kestrel, 39 lbs - fast taxi to wading water.  

Can't balance (or turn) this boat without thigh straps, but 5 kts is effortless, glide is infinite even upwind, and it's just plain fun.  

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@bulldog1935, you must be one of the last anglers paddling any distance.  JK, but in a short amount of time kayaks have gotten a lot wider and non-paddle driven.  The old 16' Tarpons had a reputation for the front hatch leaking, but yours looks like it has the newer type.  I thought all the CD Kestrels were SINKs, never saw a SOT.  I'll bet it is tippy!  Interesting rides for this site.

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@CountryboyinDC Just about every day out is 8 miles - we have friends fishing Perception Stealth, Emotion Fisherman, and yes, many Hobies.  

Fast (distance) wind-slick boats still have a place on the salt flats.  

Here's a day on Estes with SW wind - big Aransas Bay on the right.  

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and a different day, coming home on an E wind.  

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riding out a 35-kt gale when a wall cloud squall hit - of course my drift sock is deployed by trolley to stern, which makes this possible, and actually kind of fun.  

My buddy in his Hobie Revo 16 had just lifted his sock, instant windcock and turtle, and of course, the water is 2-3' deep.  

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yes, I can turn around, sideways with both legs over one side of the boat - the Tarpon is really stable.  

If I tried that in the Kestrel, it would squirt out from under me.  

One day, NWS gave us a total lame hourly weather prediction when two fronts reinforced each other.  We launched at 16-kt NNE expecting the wind to shift to 10-kt E in 2 hours - never happened all day, and we had to paddle home across 28-kt NE.  My buddy's Revo would not let him steer upwind, and he turtled once again on a gust and wave.  My T160, and other buddy's Emotion Fisherman, would let us tack and nose upwind to address waves and got us home dry.  

The Texas coast is lined with barrier islands, and there are 15,000 sq-mi less than 2' deep.  

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Something else nice about kayaks - you can usually afford a different boat for river, lake and salt.  

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On 12/1/2020 at 4:19 PM, NYBasser said:

Just picked up my new 2021 Phoenix 920 Elite last week, already had it out and its a huge upgrade over my old tracker.

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I see you travel out of state as well to get to a lake... Candlewood is a nice lake, but when the Lake roaches get on it is horrible.

On 12/1/2020 at 4:19 PM, NYBasser said:

Just picked up my new 2021 Phoenix 920 Elite last week, already had it out and its a huge upgrade over my old tracker.

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My go to new rig when funds allow... or a Bass Cat...

On 12/15/2020 at 7:57 AM, bulldog1935 said:

@CountryboyinDC Just about every day out is 8 miles - we have friends fishing Perception Stealth, Emotion Fisherman, and yes, many Hobies.  

Fast (distance) wind-slick boats still have a place on the salt flats.  

Here's a day on Estes with SW wind - big Aransas Bay on the right.  

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and a different day, coming home on an E wind.  

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riding out a 35-kt gale when a wall cloud squall hit - of course my drift sock is deployed by trolley to stern, which makes this possible, and actually kind of fun.  

My buddy in his Hobie Revo 16 had just lifted his sock, instant windcock and turtle, and of course, the water is 2-3' deep.  

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yes, I can turn around, sideways with both legs over one side of the boat - the Tarpon is really stable.  

If I tried that in the Kestrel, it would squirt out from under me.  

One day, NWS gave us a total lame hourly weather prediction when two fronts reinforced each other.  We launched at 16-kt NNE expecting the wind to shift to 10-kt E in 2 hours - never happened all day, and we had to paddle home across 28-kt NE.  My buddy's Revo would not let him steer upwind, and he turtled once again on a gust and wave.  My T160, and other buddy's Emotion Fisherman, would let us tack and nose upwind to address waves and got us home dry.  

The Texas coast is lined with barrier islands, and there are 15,000 sq-mi less than 2' deep.  

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Something else nice about kayaks - you can usually afford a different boat for river, lake and salt.  

You've got balls...

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On 1/19/2021 at 11:47 PM, boostr said:

I see you travel out of state as well to get to a lake... Candlewood is a nice lake, but when the Lake roaches get on it is horrible.

My go to new rig when funds allow... or a Bass Cat...

You've got balls...

Yep unfortunately we are very limited with accessible lakes in the tri state area.

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8 minutes ago, Jigfishn10 said:

2021 Edgewater 158CS.

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Sweet ??? congratulations 

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New boat time. I have been in a pelican Tracker Angler 100 (DSG exclusive) kayak since 2017 That is a long time to know what I really want in a kayak.

 

My list was in order of importance:

 

Light weight

Better seat 

Gear tracks

Paddle rest

 

I need to be able to car top this boat, and carry it to the areas I like to fish. 
 

I need a better seat with some back support

 

I need some of those Scotty mount gear tracks

 

I need some place to put my paddle instead of my lap.

 

I found what I was looking for in the Pelican pioneer 100xr kayak. At 43 pounds I can lift the thing over my head and car top and portage by myself. The seat is a removable lawn chair type I so desperately wanted. It has 2 rod holder and 2 gear tracks. It also has paddle rest indents.

 

It will be at least a month before I can get it in the water but I picked it up today.

 

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