They have worked out perfect for the job I have to do.
As luck would have it, I've run one with the 90 HP Johnson 4-stroke (made by Suzuki), two of them with 90 HP Evinrude E-Tech engines, one with the Mercury 115 HP 4-stroke and the most recent one with the 90 HP Mercury OptiMax.
For this boat, you need an engine that trolls down, and of all the combinations I've owned, the Mercury Opti Max 90 HP has been the best performing engine from a pure fishing point of view.
You are correct that the 115 4 stroke would be somewhat quieter, but the Opti is very pleasant to run and your trolling performance will be much better.
BEST BET: Montrose Lake has a reputation for producing some monstrous flatheads. It still holds the rod and reel state record, 77.8 pounds. And fisheries biologists say it still contains some giants. They advise fishermen to concentrate along bends in creek channels and areas where channel swing close to points.
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Missing hits or losing fish? Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters tournament trail fishermen make sure they have the best tools for the job. Having the right hook, getting the maximum number of hits, having a good bite-to-hookup ratio and landing a hooked fish are all critical elements. Without them everything else really doesn't mean much.
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Pole Holders and Storage: Crappie pros often rig boats with double or triple pedestals in the bow so they can fish side-by-side with a partner when spider-rigging. They place rod holders for spider-rigging and other drifting tactics on gunnels close to these bow seats in the front of the boat.
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Storing long poles while running has always been a challenge for crappie pros. Sipes: “When moving from spot to spot in a tournament, we needed a way to get all our poles back fishing as quickly as possible. It’s frustrating to place poles on the boat floor for a run, only to find them all tangled upon arriving at a spot.”
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Whatever waters you fish, and whatever your favorite tactics, more options than ever are available in boat style, size, and features. When considering a boat, talk to crappie experts and pros and discuss options with boat dealers. Catalogs and company websites also allow you to comparison-shop from home, looking for features and price-points most important to you.
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BEST BET: Kansas City-area fishermen don’t have to travel far to find some of the best crappie fishing in Missouri. For the last several years, Smithville Lake’s fishing has been very impressive. And this year should be no different. Surveys found a large number of keeper fish and others poised to move into that range. Don’t get discouraged if it takes a while for the crappies to move into the shallows to spawn, where they can be easily caught. The spawn at Smithville generally doesn’t take place until May. But it’s worth the wait.
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Generally speaking, early morning and late evening are the better times to fish for predator fish such as Bass and Crappie. This is so because of the low light conditions that are prevailing during these times.