Bass Boat (Prop) vs. River Boat (Jet)?

I have a family of five and can fish a large lake an hour away or fish the rivers nearby. For the same money I can find several used bass boats (fiberglass with props) that look like twice the boat you could get for the river. Just wondering what are the pros and cons of a prop vs. jet and fishing the lake vs. the river. Thanks.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Unless the river you intend to fish has LOTS of obstructions and has major issue's with fluctuations in the water level, in my opinion, I'd stay away from a jet style outboard/inboard.

    Most jet-prop engines are more inclined to have mechanical problems than regular motors.

    And jet-props have major issues with "handling" and "cornering" at higher speeds VS a regular prop engine.

    HOWEVER, if the closest water you can recreate on is an extremely "fast flowing, rocky river" you may want to get a jet-prop, (because you have too!).

    Before you make a decision, investigate the local rivers and creeks in your area and find out if there is navigable channels on them. Most regular propped outboards can navigate very shallow waterways with the addition of a "jack-plate"- http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/P...

    If you do go the jet-prop route, (and the area you want to fish ends up being that dangerously shallow) you will also probably want to get an aluminum hull such as- http://www.seaarkboats.com/boat.php?measure=Standa...

    In my opinion, I'd get a cheaper prop boat with more length than a jet-prop boat that isn't as long or nice.

    Here are some ideas on a shallow draft boat, that with a jack-plate you could use a regular prop outboard-

    1. http://www.carolinaskiff.com/listman/listings/l001...

    2. http://www.sundanceboats.com/submodel.php?submodel...

    3. http://www.iboats.com/boats/marine--1/boats--10/po...

    4. http://www.iboats.com/boats/marine--1/boats--10/po...

    The above flats-style boats can generally plane in less than 2 FT of water. Unless the river your fishing on is VERY hazardous (if it is, you won't want to be boating on it with your family anyway), the above boats should work fine. (Although, I'm partial to Sea Ark-if you can afford them.)

    River fishing can be just as productive and fun as lake fishing. The only major difference is "continuous current" and rockier bottom.

    Hope this helps ya? Good luck.

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    I have a family of five and can fish a large lake an hour away or fish the rivers nearby. For the same money I can find several used bass boats (fiberglass with props) that look like twice the boat you could get for the river. Just wondering what are the pros and cons of a prop vs. jet and fishing...

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    4 years ago

    Shallow Draft River Boats

  • 5 years ago

    In general terms, you will get a smoother, quieter & better ride from the fiberglass than the aluminum. The fiberglass is heavier and will ride a little deeper in the water. Obviuosly, the aluminum will bounce off rocks better than the glass, but we usually try to avoid those situations. Also, resale will most likely be better on the good glass boats.

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  • 1 decade ago

    a jet boat would be better in the rivers if you have lots of underwater hazards but a prop boat would be more economical.

    no aluminum ones?

  • 1 decade ago

    All I could add to FK's answer is the O.B is much more economical then a jet.

  • 1 decade ago

    FK big thumbs, you covered everything in great detail. Hell I can't even add anything to that.

    Source(s): Just an ol coot
  • F_K, are you married? LoL.

    Outboard with a propeller would be more fuel efficient.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Was asking myself the same question

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    very good question

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