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Your Next Crappie Boat

Jul 22, 2008
One of the best ways to get to all of those hard to reach areas on the lakes and rivers is by the use of a boat. Are you ready to start searching for your next crappie boat? If so, then you probably all ready know that there are many different styles and sizes to choose from.

So how do you know which one would be the best suited for your needs? Below is a guide for selecting your next crappie boat that will help you make a selection that serves all your needs.

First of all, the word boat describes a big selection of watercrafts ranging from a tiny canoe to a huge yacht.

Therefore, the very first thing that you have to take into consideration is what size boat you want? The average size crappie fishing boat is about 15 to 17 feet long. This is a good size boat that allows you to have the room you need to carry your gear around but still be comfortable. It is also small enough to get you into those out of way places like coves where the crappie will be hiding out.

Freshwater Versus Saltwater

The second most important thing that you need to be concerned with is where you plan on going fishing. Will you be taking your boat out on freshwater lakes and rivers or do you plan on going out on the ocean. It does make a difference because many of the smaller fiberglass or aluminum boats that would be perfect for freshwater fishing would not fare to well in the rough environment of the ocean.

Saltwater boats also have the ability to handle some of the larger fish found out in the ocean where freshwater boats will not.

Fiberglass and aluminum crappie boats are lightweight making it easier for you to transport them and provide everything that you would need to make your fishing trip an enjoyable one.

Some boats are designed to be used in both freshwater and saltwater. Therefore, if you live in an area where you have a choice where you go, this would probably be the best option.

Pleasure or Professional

Another question that you need to ask yourself before you buy your next crappie boat is whether or not you plan to use it just for pleasure or professional fishing.

When looking for a crappie boat to use just for going out whenever you want to have fun with friends or family, there are no real requirements. You need to look for features that would make you comfortable and your fishing trips fun and exciting.

When buying a crappie boat for professional use you need to be a little pickier. Most serious anglers fishing for crappie professionally look for boats that provide more room to move around in. They also need a boat with lots of storage space and live wells for keeping the catch alive.

Normally, it would need to be wider so you can get around better and usually the square nose boats are best because they are not as deep as a V-boat making it easier to fish.
About the Author
Dan Eggertsen is a fishing researcher and enthusiast who is committed to providing the best crappie fishing information possible. Get more information on crappie fishing here: http://www.askcrappiefishing.com/.
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