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Small Boats Can Fish Big Too

August 12, 2019

One of the neat things about having a boat
is when it’s your boat. I live in Illinois where there are horsepower restrictions, but
I don’t want to be restricted by my boat. I’m able to take a smaller boat and have everything
that I would have on a big 520c and I can do it in this small boat. We’re going to take
a walk through this boat and I’m going to show you exactly how I set it up, why I set
it up it up the way I did, and some of the neat features that we’ve got on this boat.
Let’s start at the transom. One of the things about a little boat is you’ve got to be able
to get it going. One of the things I’ve done is I’ve got a nice Mercury Outboard. I’ve
also got a Power Pole. Skinny water is an advantage with a little boat. You can get in real skinny
water, put the Power Pole down, and be able to stop and fish a fish a little bit longer
than you could otherwise. Also on this boat I have a jack plate, which gives me 1 or 2mph
better which is really neat. Let’s step down and take a look at the console. One of the
things that is very important is you’ve got to have electronics at the console level.
I happen to like the fact that you’ve got the capability to network my unit from front to back. That allows me
to set a waypoint here as I side image and then be able to have that same waypoint in
the front. When I go up to the front you can see I’ve got a larger unit up in the front
and that’s because I spend a lot of my time up here in the front of the boat. The other
thing I really believe in is the Hydrowave. The Hydrowave whether you catch fish with it or not it’s
one of those things where it’s a competence thing for me. The other thing that is very
important is you’ve got to have enough power to get you around in shallow water or deep
water. That’s why I like the Fortrex Trolling Motor. When you look at a boat like this you’ve
got to have all of your controls right here in the front with you. You’ve got controls
at the console, so you’ve got to have the same controls up front. One of the very important things
about that is you want the capability to be able to use a small boat just like you would
in a big boat. Except you don’t have the affordability issue you have with a big boat. I can take
this small boat and I can fish anywhere in the country and be able to fish comfortably and with the
right skills, abilities, and techniques. All of the things that are important in a big boat,
except it doesn’t cost as much.


  • Reply evo8rcr June 16, 2014 at 5:22 am

    The electronics are double the cost of the boat….i'd rather have a better boat with a few more basic options….

  • Reply BassSmacker June 16, 2014 at 7:47 am

    His small boat is more decked out than my big boat. hehe

  • Reply jgalvan341 June 16, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    What lake is he on

  • Reply Sprint6677 June 16, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    I can't believe they didn't mention what brand of rods and reels he was using or brand of underwear! 

  • Reply adam moynihan June 16, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Bitch please, i fish in a 12 foot jon boat that has a leak in it.

  • Reply visualkeirockstar June 17, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    i can only afford inflatables.

  • Reply Bassfisherman85 June 18, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    That's a nice boat, what is it called?

  • Reply Bruce Millard June 19, 2014 at 12:40 am

    Small boat???? A 12 ft v bottom is a small boat. Fishing with all the comonaties of a big boat isnt really a difference

  • Reply lulu mink June 19, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    That trolling motor looks a bit too big compared to the entire boat. But nice setting overall though!

  • Reply Dynamic Angling June 20, 2014 at 1:33 am

    I have a 15ft skeeter that is going to have everything rigged up just like a pros boat

  • Reply Orlos The Druid June 22, 2014 at 6:50 am

    Ill. has restrictions on boat motors? Really?   Well, it is Obamas home state, so, there you go?!

  • Reply Noah Terfry June 22, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    you think that is a small boat? try fishing out of a 12 foot car topper! LOL those are hard to maneuver in. 

  • Reply PaBasser July 3, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    That's not a small boat compared to my 1990 14 ft Bass Tracker. Just purchased a Hydowave Mini. Can't wait to use it. Moved my depth finder to the middle rather than behind me and just installed a new transom. The old one was rotten. Next up is a shallow water anchoring system and It'll be straight

  • Reply Redlineracer12 September 29, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    How does having expensive electronics make a small boat "fish just like a big boat"?  He still wouldn't want to deal with rough water in any shape or form, and it looks like two people would be cozy in that boat.  That said, if you only fish small/calm bodies of water by yourself and maybe one guest, that is a great setup.

  • Reply David Simpson December 26, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    I started out with a 14ft Jon boat with a 15 Yama. I built a platform for the front. Installed a foot controlled tmotor and aerated livewell. I took that boat from guntersville to eufuala and everywhere in between. Some of my best and most memorable days were in that boat catching big bass. I moved up to a 16ft Xpress 50 Yama. I won a couple BAIT tourneys in it. It really frustrated some of the guys with 70k boats. I now fish out of a new skeeter tzx190. Only difference is a can fish the whole lake now and can go faster.

  • Reply Joseph McNerney Jr. May 6, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    he made a big  expensive bass boat a small expensive bass boat with little appeal for the small boat bass fisherman. i'd like to see him in a 10-15' canoe, kayak or jon boat. i fish waters limited to 10 hp or less and some are electric motors only; depth is 8" to 60'; catch a lot and enjoy every moment. a 3' wide channel is passable and can raise the 45 lb thrust motor to navigate in less than 1' of water. MY grumman 15' was used and the rest, (outriggers, minn kota riptide, side motor mount, batteries etc were new and total cost was less than $1200.

  • Reply Mark Mccoy May 10, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Illinois you need 2 boats i have a canoe for creeks and a old ranger for big water days i think most anglers should have 2 setups not saying they have to be well invested i barrowed for long time it gets old fishing the same spots.

  • Reply Ask The Pro DJ June 16, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    You can do all that from a float tube also.

  • Reply Parrot Bill July 16, 2015 at 3:17 am

    What size motor are you running on this boat?

  • Reply Rupert Anushole July 19, 2015 at 12:41 am

    Where in illinios? I'm up north

  • Reply plutoplatters September 8, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    almost ANY boat is great. Problem is how spoiled humans have become.

  • Reply Dave Horn January 31, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    nice video, but to me a small boat is your typical jon boat 14' and under. That is what most people can afford, mine is a 12' American jon boat. not great but gets job done

  • Reply Michael Fretthold March 17, 2016 at 10:09 am

    those electronics are worth more than what most people consider a small fishing boat. Throw in what looks like a brand new outboard and trolling motor and a powerpole? Nothing inexpensive about that set up.

  • Reply Jeffrey Buck March 25, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    For starters, i'd get rid of the console steer. Wasted space. How many product plugs can you put in one video?

  • Reply Reel Lure Fishing April 5, 2016 at 1:00 am

    Man thats awesome! a boat like that would be perfect! Come check out some of the fish we get into out west!

  • Reply 3waver October 2, 2016 at 5:00 am

    What HP is your motor?

  • Reply Jorgan Morgan™ October 7, 2016 at 1:07 am

    Try coming over her to the grave yard of the Atlantic when we've got North East winds, that will capsize that little boat

  • Reply Orillia Fishing November 30, 2016 at 2:41 am

    That's how I want my little boat pimped out!

  • Reply Braidyn BMX December 6, 2016 at 12:40 am

    What part of il

  • Reply Maine Bassin January 31, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    How much would that whole setup cost because I am looking for a boat around 3500

  • Reply Randy Wilson February 28, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    I sure like your rig

  • Reply Onassis Parungao March 29, 2017 at 6:16 am

    Nice, but you don't really say how much you spent on your "LITTLE" boat.
    Kind of spoiled with that beast of a rig IMO. I have a pimped out
    bass boat now but my 1st boat (still have it for pond hopping) was a 8'
    bass hunter plastic boat. With a hand trolling motor up front and a
    battery in the back. To me, that is a small boat. I've had just as
    much fun probably more fishing "Carry in / Car Top only " lakes with
    that tiny boat as I've ever had with my bigger boat.

  • Reply Davey Summers June 25, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    doesn't matter what kind of boat you have long as you fish

  • Reply Fishing Mojados June 28, 2017 at 1:54 am

    that ain't no small boat

  • Reply Jim Taylor August 11, 2017 at 1:55 am

    got his 38 inch plasma on the front of that thing.

  • Reply Monty Craig August 18, 2017 at 1:52 am

    Give me a Pelican Bass Raider 10e… I'll deck it out to my own specs.

  • Reply ky poolhouse August 28, 2017 at 6:33 am

    Hell, the damn powerpole cost more than my whole boat

  • Reply Manuel Rodriguez November 19, 2017 at 6:09 am

    What boat is that?

  • Reply Fran Ra November 28, 2017 at 6:01 am

    Not a small price tag…. probably north of $20,000….
    I'll catch more fish than this average salesman in my Sun Dolphin…..

  • Reply Randy Wilson March 14, 2018 at 11:06 am

    I love it. How do you like your 360

  • Reply Jesse Arnold March 23, 2018 at 6:45 am

    Those electronics are worth more than my truck that I pull my boat with, get out of here with this crap bro. The guy in the jon boat behind you at the 34 second mark needs to host this segment.

  • Reply ulfilms April 16, 2018 at 1:51 am

    Ha ha!! I have a 10 ft jon boat. the standing seat always cracks me up

  • Reply Ryan June 12, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Yeah, come fish some of these big tournaments on decent sized lakes and you won’t want to ever do it again. You would get beat to death.

    To me, you would be better off getting a large sized boat that is used in good condition. He dumped a fortune in that little boat with power pole, electronics etc.

  • Reply LeafVillage UchihaClan July 6, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    That’s the nicest small boat I’ve ever seen lol.

  • Reply Nathan Hornaday August 19, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    I can't c spending that much money on power poles,jack plate e c t, for a small boat can buy a whole boat 4 that!

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