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Walleye Fishing Boats

Aug 17, 2007
Now that you've enjoyed a few outings on the lake with some friends, you've decided that you want to get a little more serious about fishing and have your eye on walleye fishing boats. At first, your main concern is understandably the cost of the boats available, followed closely by appearance (color, size, and other areas that will impress those looking upon you in envy). However, before you even get that far, considering price and other aesthetic aspects, there are factors that need to be weighed to make sure the boat meets your needs on the lake.

First of all, you'll want to think about the motors you'll be using on the boat. Walleye fishing boats should have a large outboard motor with a small trolling motor so that you can troll at a controlled speed without wasting or consuming a lot of gas. For the trolling motor, anything in the 6-25 horsepower range could work for you, depending on the size of the walleye fishing boats that you are considering. Obviously, to get the same results, a larger boat will require a little bit larger motor. For the outboard main motor, you'll want something over 200 horsepower. This is important to get enough power and speed behind the boat to get you out to your spot quickly in a tournament.

Of course, once you've chosen your boat and determined the price, you can then opt for your aesthetic variables. Keep in mind that there are plenty of ways to later fix up a boat and add accessories, giving the boat a facelift, so it is not vital that the boat be the most beautiful one available off the showroom floor. For example, gripper rope cleats will secure your bait buckets, fish stringers, trailer covers, fender cords, and more. Also, you can look for anchor rope in various lengths and winch straps to secure the boat on the trailer. Don't forget to make sure that your boat trailer is appropriate for whichever one of the walleye fishing boats you purchase. If you buy a used trailer, you'll save a lot of money but may need to make repairs, such as replacing trailer tires or the support beams.

Depending on what type of boat you actually get, you may have to run the kicker motor along side the big engine. In many cases, walleye fishing boats have an option to add an auxiliary motor steering kit and components. They are easy to install and let you steer the secondary motor from the wheel instead of using the tiller. You can also add an additional motor lift that will assist when the kicker is attached to the transom of the boat to hold it secure without worry that you'll bend the transom or have the motor break off. All of these options make boating more convenient and less worrisome, especially for new boat owners.
About the Author
Dan Eggertsen is a fishing researcher and enthusiast who is commited to providing the best walleye fishing information possible. Get more information on walleye fishing boats here: http://www.askwalleyefishing.com/
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