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So this is my problem. I'm on a fixed military income and don't have the spare cash to blow on a badass bass boat like i want, BUT im absolutely tired of sh*tty shore fishing. I've been shopping around and I've found these Pelican Bass Raider "boats" that you can throw a trolling motor on and move around on the lake or whatever. I saw a few on craigslist that we both 8 or 10 ft and came used with a trolling motor, battery, etc, and were offered for $300-$500 depending on size and motor. Is this a decent craft?? Im just "iffy" cuz that thing makes me nervous being on a big lake and stuff. If anyone know ANYTHING about them, please post up. I need to get on the water and catch me some bass.
 

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Go for it... anything to extend your range a little is a good thing. As long as you're smart about it, you shouldn't have any trouble. Another option to think about is a float tube. I fished a float tube for a long time before I ever had a boat, and it's a really nice relaxing way to fish. Pick a marina or a cove and tube it up!
 

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hey 'bent... what is the range on something like a raider with a 30 or 40# trolling motor?? i mean, like, how far out could i go etc...
 

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You can go as far as your batteries will take you.... it just depends on what size battery you have. I used to run a 12' jon boat with just a trolling motor and I could go a long way with 2 trolling motor batteries. I would run one and keep the other as a spare. Just be aware of what the wind is doing and make sure you don't get caught downwind of the launch with not enough juice. You just gotta be careful because if you don't keep good balance, a big boat wake can ruin your day. For $500, I'd probably search Craigslist for a 12-14' aluminum jon boat, get it set up with a trolling motor, and then start saving up for a 5-10hp outboard. Or you can get that float tube from Academy for about $80 :cool:
 

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I have a 10' Bass Raider and I like it a lot. Boat wakes can be a bit of a challenge but if you take them head on it's ok. I use an old 50# Minn Kota and two 24 size batteries. I can run about 3 hours continuous on high and about 7 hours continuous on the 3rd speed (which according to my GPS on a real calm day is 1.9 mph). According to what I read on the Minn Kota site probably a new motor would gain me both speed and operating time given that the newer motors show less amp draw for lbs in thrust.
It's slower then the good kayaks and more of a pain to launch. I have a trailer I modified, and its easy to slide off for the launch but one person has a bit of a time pulling it back up on the trailer. The boat weighs about 150 lbs and I'm guessing the two batteries, trolling motor and gear make it close to 250 lbs.
Biggest lake I was on so far was Decker on Saturday. I am sure big wind would be a big problem cause when you sit in the seat you are just a big ole sail. I had a couple of pbs throw up an wake fairly close to me and I was never worried about the thing tipping over but I could see being throw out of the seat if you weren't paying attention. I can also see a close pass by a big pb throwing a big wake causing a problem with water coming in the front of the boat. Don't think it would swamp if, but your feet would sure get wet.

I've been fishing LBL with it and that works great. That said, I'll probably never take the thing out to the middle of Travis and I'm waiting until it's colder to even try Lake Austin. Even with it's limitations, to me its a huge improvement over bank fishing.

PM me if you want to try riding in it some time.
 

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I don't know... I think you could do better if you keep looking. That trailer looks a little shady, and a 2.5hp will not push that boat very fast. You're paying extra because the rig is only 2 years old. I bet you could find a good older model boat with a decent trailer for around $500, then find a 5-10hp for about $500... The deals are out there, you just have to keep looking...
 

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I've been in a '8 pelican with a buddy a few times. I'd think if you were gonna fish by yourself most of the time, it'd be ok, but with 2 people in there.... that thing isn't the most stable. Maybe not such a big deal in warmer weather but I'd kinda be leery about going out on that thing in cold weather. A lot of the time when you try to set the hook, that thing will feel like it's gonna flip over... :)

No idea about the '10 model tho...

I agree with the above statements about finding a '12-14 jon boat. I think that'd be your best deal.
 

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I've been in NJTexans 10' Bass Raider and it's very stable. No worrying about flipping when setting hooks or anythign like that. We even got rammed by a row boat and the boat barely shook.

I would go for a Jon Boat if you can afford it though, can take it on the bigger lakes then without worrying
 

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I have a Pelican Predator 10.5 foot boat from Academy with a 14 foot trailer from there also. I have use this boat alot to get off the bank. I can get about 5 hours fishing time out of my battery fulled charged. It is great for Decker, Austin (Quinlan ramp), Buchanan (Thunderbird Resort), Stillhouse, Georgetown (my favorite), etc. Caught my personal best LMB out of it 2 years ago of a 8.1 lber. on Georgetown. I have a 36 lb. thrust trolling motor on it and no gas motor.
Fish 90% of the time in it by myself, but have fished several times with another person and there is plenty of room. I sit in the front with the trolling motor on the front transom. LOVE IT !!!!! Keep it beside my house behind the fence and roll it out to the street with a 2 wheel come along to hook it to the truck. It's very lightweight at 175 lbs without the trolling motor or battery.
 

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It really depends on where you want to fish and how you fish. The pelicans are nice. My brother has one and in small lakes or ponds they work very well. For mid size and larger lakes like Lake Austin or Lake Travis I would suggest something a little bigger with a larger motor on it. Like mentioned on the thread go for a smaller jon boat with outboard motor. I have seen some excellent buys on craigslist lately locally. I see quite a few selling for ~$800 with boat, motor, and trailer. Even cheaper near Dallas. If you want the ability to get into larger bass and cover more area having a boat with an outboard is great.

14' Alumacraft john (jon) boat with trailer and 18HP Evinrude motor
12ft Jon Boat with Outboard and trolling motor
4SALE 14FT JON BOAT $500obo
 
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