How much crappie boat do you need?

You’re ready to venture out and invest in your first crappie boat but you’re not sure where to start. Just how much crappie boat do you need to get the most from your fishing adventures? You’ll need to ask yourself a few questions to determine this because it mainly depends on what you would like to have. What are you looking for in a crappie boat or what features do you expect it to have?
One of the first things that you’ll need to decide is how much money you want to put into the boat. Do you want to keep it as low as you can or is money no object? Once you set a budget, you need to take into consideration where you’ll be using the boat. What type of water will you be fishing in, a small lake or a big river?
How often will you go fishing? There is no need to put a lot of money in extras for your boat if you only take it out a few times a year. However, if you plan to fish often, then you can greatly benefit from a few accessories. These can improve your fishing experience and help you catch more walleyes.
Will one partner or several friends accompany you when you go fishing? This information will help you determine what size crappie boat you’ll need. If it’s just going to be a couple of you, then a small boat will do fine. However, if it ends up being three of four of you, then you need room to move around comfortably and to have room to fish.
Types of Crappie Boats
It will help you to determine how much crappie boat you need when you know a little about your options. There are several different types of crappie boats available. Each one is designed to meet specific needs the angler may have. Here are a few of the different types of crappie boats to help you get started on your search.
If you want a large boat with extra features such as, a live well, digital depth finder and a trolling motor, the ProCraft 200 Combo may be a good choice. This one is a 20-foot boat with an extra-wide beam. On the other hand, if you want a small but reliable boat with a live well and bait well already built in, the Panfish 16 is a good option.
The Gunnel Height has a 22 inch high V-hull that is excellent for crappie fishing. It’s known for its stability because it has a 50-inch bottom weight and a 70-inch beam. It seats four anglers and is an excellent choice if you plan on fishing in rough or large bodies of water. The War Eagle 861 Predator is known for its smooth ride. If you don’t like being bounced around when on the water, this one would be a good choice.
When choosing a crappie boat, features do matter. They determine the cost and in some cases, the size of the boat. If you want a lot of extra features, then you can find a boat that will accommodate you but if you prefer to keep things simple, there is no need to pay for features that you don’t need or won’t use. Consider these things before making your decision and it will help you find the right boat for your needs.
Final Thoughts
Investing in a boat is big step and something that you shouldn’t take lightly. Take your time and learn all you can about the different types of crappie boats and think about which one would fulfill your needs the best. It’s easy to get excited and buy on impulse but its best to avoid doing this. When you think you have found the perfect boat, take a few days to think about it.
Is it really what you were looking for? Will it serve your need for many years or will you be looking for something else in the near future? After going over everything for a few days if you still believe it’s the right one for you, then it’s time to make a purchase. However, if you start to have doubts, then it wouldn’t hurt to shop around a little longer. Eventually, you will find the perfect match.
You can go crappie fishing without a boat but having one can add to your fun and excitement. It allows you to get out to some of the more secluded places that can’t be reached from shore. You can go to the fish instead of trying to entice them to come to you, making your fishing trip more productive. Using the information above will help you choose the right crappie boat for your needs so you can make a wise investment that you’ll be happy with for a long time.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow crappie fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on crappie fishing since 2004.

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