Sorry if I post twice with a similar thread, tried to post once and it didn't.
Anyways, I have a late model bass boat, it's my 3rd. I've been bass fishing the tributaries hardcore for the last 20yrs. I'm getting bored.... I almost feel like I've mastered it, and catching 3lb fish on average with a big river fish going 7lbs is cool, but I could be catching 30" fish a lot, at least it seems. I don't want to give up bass fishing all together, I just want to have a more "bay" worthy boat. I live 5 minutes from the bay, and 15 from the bridge in central AA Co, but I end up towing the bass boat to either Charles County to fish the potomac, or up to the flats to fish susky and the ne.... I once in a blue moon get to enjoy the bridge area of the bay, but I honestly spend $60 a trip just in fuel for the truck, while departing from one of the best areas of the bay. I've been fishing the flats a lot the last few weeks enjoying the spring rocks and it's a blast.
I know I would be more of a LT guy, but at the same time I don't want to rule out some trolling. I've been on charters trolling before, and it's fun, but it wouldn't be my preferred style of fishing, and I like to fish solo a lot as it's my escape from reality. I also don't want to give up the TM on the bow as I still would like to venture to the rivers once in a blue moon to get some bass fishing in... and I also want to be able to go to the CBBT in the winter, and once in a great while, meaning once a year if the conditions are right go offshore... I know I am asking for the perfect boat, however there has to be something...
On my current short list is:
Ranger Bay Boats (probably to much $ for what it is)
Basscat Bay Cat
I am open to other suggestions though, as I am not real familiar with the options as I have never seriously looked. I know a flats skiff would fill the bass fishing and "some" salt, but it wouldn't be the most pratical. I know a deep gunnel CC would rock on the bay and some light offshore, but it would suck in the rivers bass fishing... sssooo...