id reccomend between a 16 and 18 ft flat bottom or mod V depending on how many people you intend on hunting with. Type of motor is going to be your main concern. You want between a 20 and a 50. If you go with a prop, youll want a rock gaurd. Jets are nice, but in the fall leaves can clog it up, and the winter like right now, slush and ice can get in there and make life difficult. Its all about where youre hunting though. Its important to watch the water gauges on the river and know what the spots youre going to look like when the river is at such and such a level. I usually pull my kayaks out when the river falls below 3 ft in the interest of not destroying my boats and motors. If its about 7 ft, I typically dont venture out on the river except in the slow deep water, and even then you have to watch out for trees coming down to take out your decoys and anchor line. If the river is indeed above 7 ft, that usually means we have had a lot of rain, and fields are flooded which usually offers a better and safer hunt anyways.
My one boat is a 16 ft V bottom with a 35hp prop mercury. Its the faster of my 2 boats, but it sits deeper in the water. If I know the river is high or im hunting deeper water, it cuts through current better and gets me to spots faster. My other boat is a 1660 mod V with floatation pods, and a hydraulic jack plate on the 25 hp prop mercury. Thats a much stabler boat, it doesnt sit in the water very deep at all, and between the rock gaurd, and the hydraulic plate, and the floatation pods, I can run in about 6 inches of water. Its nice to be able to raise and lower the motor depending on how much water there is so you dont bang off rocks.
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