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To fish Texoma, but also trailer to the gulf a couple of times a year. What downside do you see to having this type of boat to fish on Texoma? Thanks guys.
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We have a 26 ft Boston Whaler that we run on Texoma but I have still not tried to fish Texoma with it. I think the biggest problem would be trolling motors to get around when you are on fish as the big motors are too loud. Twins make docking and maneuvering around the marina really easy though. As far as cruising on the lake and its abilities when it gets a little bumpy it is awesome. When you run up on a large wake you just throttle back a little and bounce right over with no problems. We fish the gulf with ours and to get it there you want a HD truck and tie the front of the boat down real good. For us there is no downside but I haven't had time to figure out the fishing part with it so I cant be of much help on that topic.
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If you fish bait or troll I wouldn't see a downside.
Mostly open water fishing, with bait, lot of time spent on anchor, the added size would be enjoyable.
If'ya lure fish, beating the banks & don't have a TM, you'll just have to use the wind to setup drifts...

I agree with 2Bees on the Tow Vehicle...HD would be better....
I have 24 ft. CC, a 1/2 ton p/u does okay, but considering all the other gear that gets loaded on Coast Trips.
It's really getting overworked, especially if you want to run 70-75 mph....



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I agree with all above.

When you get one, let me know.  I'll go with you on the Texocean trials.  [smile]

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I have pulled ours from just north of frisco to highport with a Z71 half ton and that truck would never make it to the coast. Some boats like contender are a little lighter and could possibly be manageable with a half ton. Look at a contender 25T possibly. I had a good friend from LA pick one up in nice condition from the texas coast for around 35Kish if I remember correctly two years ago. He towed that back with a half ton and didn't have a problem except for a trailer tire. Maybe post up some of the models you are considering and I may be able to help you out on that side.
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Thanks guys...sorry for the delayed response.

I am looking at a Barker Bay, new manufacturer our of Florida (ex Yellowfin exec started it). I am flying down there next month to tour the factory. Will let you know if I pull the trigger!

And agree on the truck selection, will go for 1/2 ton at minimum to pull the rig to the coast with gear.
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You will regret buying a 1/2 ton truck
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Agreed, meant to type 3/4 ton at a minimum!
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How is the search going? Haven't seen anything about Barker Bay but if it a Yellowfin spin off it will be an incredible boat for darn sure.
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Have not ordered anything yet. Still favor a saltwater cc boat, looking at Barker. Big enough to handle Texoma chop imo. 26' with a 9'3" beam.....Merc 350 powered.
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Have you checked to see if it will require a permit to trailer a boat that wide. A friend of mine had a older Cabin Cruiser and he had to get a permit every time he moved it due to its width. Finally left it on the coast. Just a thought I am not sure. I know he did not know when he bought it.
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It varies by state. I think Tx is 81/2 ft. It is definitely something to think about.
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