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Hi I just recently bought my first boat i have a 12' boat with 55 lb thrust trolling motor. Is that Big enough for liberty and pretty boy? I may be interested in getting in a few torney would that small of a boat be out of place?
A 12' is ok for general fishing but probably not for tournaments. If winds are over 10 mph it could be a little dangerous. I think it would also be a little tough with 2 adults and a 100 quart livewell.
Oh well I guess I will just fish for fun it has a cooler built into the deck not sure its a 100 Wtf though. Just thought it could be fun to join your club. I'm going to try the boat with 2 adults for the first time this weekend I've had the kids out a bunch
The first boat I owned was a 12' Jon. I used it on Loch Raven in the early 70s. My brother and I had a great time with it, fishing for fun. We were careful to watch the weather forecast. Our reservoirs can be pretty nasty when the wind is blowing. I know I have been on the water in my 16' tournament boat, in high winds, wishing I had a bigger boat. (or wishing my boat was on the trailer in my driveway and I was home watching TV.) It is not unusual to have bad weather on a tournament day. Last year, we had 50 mph winds during the tournament of champions. For safety reasons, I strongly recommend a larger boat for tournaments. Have fun, stay safe, and enjoy your boat.
Cool thanks for the input guys. Can you catch catfish in liberty that's my second favorite Target fish if you can what's the best way to head in lake
I started fishing the reservoirs and tournaments in a 12' boat many years ago. Times have changed and the length of boats allowed on the reservoirs has increased since those days.
The answer to your question lies more in your comfort level with the boat than anything else. You will not have the ability to travel as far or as fast as most boats in the tournaments. But there are many 12' boats on the lakes (and smaller canoes and kayaks) at the same time we have the tournaments and they get around just fine. Simply take into account your limits and limitations and make your decision. Always be prepared and be proactive regarding your safety and those on your boat.
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