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Will A Flats Boat Work Well For Shrimping?1/17/2018

Discussion in 'Shrimping Chatter = Anything To Do With Shrimping' started by John Reid, Jan 17, 2018.


  1. John Reid

    John Reid Powder Monkey
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    Can someone comment on whether a flats boat will work ok for shrimping in an area like Oak Hill. I have heard the current gets flowing fairly strong and was wondering if I would run into issues anchoring my Ankona Cayenne sideways to set up my lights in the current since the boat being it is fairly low to the water.
    May I need to anchor bow into the current instead?
     
  2. Srfrdave

    Srfrdave Matey

    You should be fine. I have seen Jon Boats out there with no problems. I don’t have an Ankona, but maybe someone here does. Hopefully they will let you know.
     
  3. FLJNR

    FLJNR Pirate

    I have shrimped on a few and the large deck space is great to move around on!
     
  4. lobsterman

    lobsterman Seaman Recruit

    Should be fine. My only thought is the knuckle heads comeing through the flotilla rather fast pushing a big wake. I have seen others in flats boats out there. There was a guy in a kayak a few years ago.
     
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  5. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member

    Your boat should do fine, anything that floats will work up there... If jon boats can do it your boat can as well...
     
  6. Baccarac

    Baccarac Blackbeard

    I own a Hewes redfisher and it's great for shrimping because the deck is right out over the water without a gunnel in your way
     
  7. Ken Boone

    Ken Boone Seaman Recruit

    I use a deck boat, works just fine and it is pretty darned low in the water (draws about 14" draft). Can be tough setting up sideways at any time except slack tide, though.
     
  8. gatortrout19

    gatortrout19 Master Gunner

    Like others said, it will be fine. Get out there after em!
     
  9. Cbird

    Cbird Rigger

    I have a 16ft. Tracker it works fine. Your rig most likely sit a little lower it should work, just watch out for large wakes from other boats !!!!!
     
  10. Goggle Eye

    Goggle Eye Seaman Recruit

    I would anchor from the bow to be safe JR.
     
  11. magdrill

    magdrill Pirate in the making

    I usually trailer my 14’ Jon boat down there from nj. I anchor sideways and never had a problem.
    It’s easier on gas than towing my 21’ Carolina skiff 17 hours.
     
  12. Reelman202

    Reelman202 Pirate in the making

    thanks everyone! I will be a greenhorn one day too! chasing the dreamAwesome2::2
     
  13. learjet3

    learjet3 Pirate

    Boat will be fine. Good luck
     

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