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I know there have been several times that I have probably driven right past fellow FM'ers on the river without even knowing it. And there have been several questions regarding rigging up a river boat for a select target species. So I figured maybe we could all post pictures of our boat.

OK, heres mine, but I know that the pic is pretty bad.

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14 foot with 20 horse Merc. Set up for catfish. Red LED interior lights fore and aft. Flat floor with outdoor carpeting. berkley rod holders. 55 watt flood light on front for night navigation. Seats are not on pedastals but are on quad stands so they can be removed from the boat and used on shore for night time shore fishing.

Oh yeah, that is also a decal of a catfish on the back of the boat smile.gif

[This message has been edited by korn_fish (edited 06-01-2004).]

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When I figure out how to post a pic on here I'll take a pic of my boat and put up. frown.gif

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Good Luck & Good Fishing. Lucky

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Here's a couple pics of Perch Jerkers river rig...

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Nice rigs everyone.
Perch Jerker,
Sorry in advance but I might have to barrow your rod holder idea.

Good Luck

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Thanks for posting the pics Flashman. I have lots of pics, but am 'picture posting challenged' hence I live in my own personal anguish when it comes to jpg's.

No need to be sorry Mr Special. The reason I enjoy showing it off is because it HAS worked well for me.

The top pic is of the outside of the 17' Smokercraft with 20hp motor. You can see the 6 rod holders on the river board mounted to the boat.
The bottom pic is of a friend of mine and a #29 flatty he caught last year. Notice the rods in the rod holders: The boat is always anchored sideways with the current downstream of the board. The two rods pictured have a slight bend in them pointing downstream as they have a bully and an 8" sucker waiting for customers wink.gif

PJ

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Paul or Ebass,
Doesn't that boat get a litle tippy with the deck up high on the front of that jonboat! Just curious! I have a jonboat pretty similar to that one!

Rainman

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finally got my river rig going. and now the water is a little high for a rookie got a 14 foot crestliner with a 10 hrs this should get me started if i new how to post pics id post one. ill be fishing the kato section of the river the judson bottom area looks very inviting. hope to see some of you out there.

i need rod holder ideas i dont like the clamp on ones i tried.

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CPR <(((<

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pic sent thanks korn_fish hope to see ya on the river im sure ill need all the help i can get learning how to navigate a river.

cpr <(((<
troutman72

[This message has been edited by troutman72 (edited 06-04-2004).]

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All I have is this crappy photo. frown.gif Going camera shopping tomorrow. smile.gif
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troutman - email me the pic and I can post it for you. reteker2002 at yahoo dot com

Rivers still pushing pretty good for a 10 horse, but give it a week and if we don't get bombarded with rain again I would expect the river levels around kato to get back down to 8-9 feet by the 11th. Be careful out there if your new to boat positioning with anchors in front of snags. I had to rescue the same boat 3 times last year and that was when the river was low. And I mean truely had to rescue them. They were pinned up sideways on the front side of a snag just about ready to capsize.

The river around morton is dropping at 1 foot per day already, the kato area crested around 14.5 yesterday and appears to have hjust started to drop today. The Jordon section is still rising but should crest tomorrow or the next day I presume.

Giving the expectations of the river dropping over the next week, I will be around kato or New Ulm next weekend.

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Here is Troutmans boat. Another nice looking river rig.

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[This message has been edited by korn_fish (edited 06-05-2004).]

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Hey Troutman and Korn now that I know what to look for I'll be looking for you guys around Kato.

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