SquadIrons wrote:I have a 12' flat bottom aluminum with a 8hp that I think is perfect. It's plenty for 3 guys and gear. By myself it really scoots. I use it in open water (rivers and bays) and marshes and ponds. Basically anywhere I can get the boat.
SquadIrons wrote:My boat holds 3 people and over 500lbs. If I push the limit I hunt closer to shore.
SquadIrons wrote:For the most part my trips are only a few hundred yards down rivers where the shore is close by on both sides and we hunt from shore. Seldom do I have more than 3 people and seldom have I ever hunted an area where I couldn't stand up. It would certainly be over my waders in many parts but I could at least get to shore if anything happened. I guess I truly don't hunt "open water." I've never hunted in the sound with it. Mostly shallow bays and open estuaries towards river bottoms. Even on windy days the waves aren't much more than tall ripples. Whether or not this makes it ok to push the limit in my boat is a different story, I suppose. But hey, if you ever hunt with me I'll make a deal...we can take your boat haha.
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