Ducks&bucks14 wrote:I have now hunted 3 years on the Mississippi with a 16 hp Long tail, it is slow going somedays when it does get windy or crummy out but if you are smart about what you do you can hunt almost any day. I also use a 18 ft John boat with extra high sides. To me it is much more about the boat you have then the motor you have. But that is just my 2 cents.
Some backwater areas will be much more forgiving for a smaller rig, but that doesn't mean that you won't have to overcome obstacles and deal with swirling currents and constantly changing water levels. I have over 16 years in some kind of mud boat and motor, 35+years in run-abouts, canoes, ski-boats, bass boats, jon boats, blah blah blah. I grew up on this water and still see things out there that are new to me. Currents, channels, other boat traffic, depths can change daily. My advice would be to get out there in the summertime and get some seat time in, this way, if you sink/flip your rig at least the water will be warm.
D&B14, you be careful with the whole "more about the boat you have than the motor". To be blunt, that kind of inexperienced thinkin can get a person hurt. The motor is what powers your boat, if you don't have enough power when you get in a sticky situation you might as well jump out cause you will be screwed. Not tryin to rag on ya, just want you to think about it. An under-powered boat is an anchor. A well balanced rig with the right amount of hp will be much safer.