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Hayes033

Size of Boat

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Hey all,

I just got a 1436 jon boat for duck hunting, and really want to take it out fishing on the Mississippi. I live in Big Lake, and would probably go between Monticello and Clearwater. It has a 9.9 Merc on it. Is this boat big enough to get up and down the river saftely? Thanks

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That boat will work perfect. Just be very careful of rocks, the river is very low!!! Bring some shear pins!!

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Sounds like a nice size rig for on the river.

Procede with extreme caution though. The river is as low right now as it has been in nearly 18 years. I would definitely recomend always going upstream from where you put in so that you can float back to the landing if necessary. And bring an oar.

Good luck.

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I went Montissippi down last night and had to get out and pull my boat back to the launch the last 200 yards or so and I have the same size boat.

I thought my trolling motor would be enough to get me through that mess, but I was wrong.

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Yes bring shear pins! I got a 10ft jon and a 5hp freeair out board and a week ago wasnt even 200 yards from access and hit a rock and guess what no shear pins with. I looked in my tackle box and found a jaw speader and made a pin out of it,it worked good. from now on Ill make sure to have spares .

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There are a few parts in the river wear you might have to get out and pull it over rough spots. Youll get it though.

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Thanks for all the info guys, is this boat still ok in the Spring and early summer when the river is up and really flowing ?

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you know what they say, it's not the size of the boat that matters...

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Thanks for all the info guys, is this boat still ok in the Spring and early summer when the river is up and really flowing ?


Hayes,

I should think so. I have a 12' Alumicraft with a mid 70's 9.8hp Merc on it. Works great for one or two people all summer/fall. The current might slow you down a little when you are headed up river, but the current is not a safety issue when the river is at normal levels. In my opinion, the current is actually more of an issue when the river is extremely low because you have to be much more aware of the bars and rocks that you can drift into.

Just take it easy and don't do anything stupid and you'll be fine.

PS And wear a life jacket!

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