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#1155294 - 01/30/09 09:07 AM Caney fork boat question
Chickenman
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Hey Guys, I have a question. I wet wade the caney quite a bit during the summer months, but I would really like to be able to fish it year round. Time to get a boat but I have no idea what I need. I would like to have something that I can use in low water as well as be safe when they have a generator on. And I also dont want to break the bank in the process.

I would like to know what you guys think.
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#1155324 - 01/30/09 09:16 AM Re: Caney fork boat question [Re: Chickenman]
gil1
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Do you want the ability to run back upriver in low water? Lots of boats can take you safely downstream in low water conditions, but it takes a much lighter boat to motor back upstream at low water. Answer that, and I can try to help with recommendations.
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#1155329 - 01/30/09 09:19 AM Re: Caney fork boat question [Re: gil1]
Chickenman
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Yes, it would be great to have a boat I could motor back during low water. I fish alone so it would be great for me.
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#1155430 - 01/30/09 10:09 AM Re: Caney fork boat question [Re: Chickenman]
gil1
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Then, you are limited to very shallow-running crafts. Most jonboats are too heavy to make it upriver at low water without banging up the motor and dragging a lot. I see some folks with canoes and a trolling motor, but this is just for very short trips. You can also do this with kayaks by paddling upriver and then floating down.

The most popular crafts that can run upriver at low water are boats that look somewhat like canoes but that float higher, are more stable, are bigger, and have a place for a motor on the back.

Two of these are Gheenoe and Riverhawk. I bought my Riverhawk from a Nashville dealer named Chris Nischan at (615) 385-1116. I love mine, but it even has limitations at really low water. I have a 15 hp outboard. You could make it with a 9, and I've seen 18s. Fordman from this board has a Gheenoe and can speak on whether he likes them or not.

The other option which many do is to have a bigger boat like a jonboat and just wait for the water to generate before you motor back upstream. I need a little more flexibility than this, but it's still a fine option.
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#1155530 - 01/30/09 10:45 AM Re: Caney fork boat question [Re: gil1]
Chickenman
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Thanks Gil I really appreciate your help.
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#1156583 - 01/30/09 08:01 PM Re: Caney fork boat question [Re: ]
B.D.
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I think you pretty much have to wait for generation to motor back upriver. My gheenoe runs pretty shallow, but even it struggles on the shallow runs at low water. Plus, if the water's low, it's likely that there will be people standing in the shallow runs, and I don't like making them mad with all the commotion.

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#1156869 - 01/30/09 10:59 PM Re: Caney fork boat question [Re: B.D.]
trealtree
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I have a Gheenoe its called a Highsider 15' 4". It weighs 99 lbs without motor, and does pretty well at shallow water, but as some said above about going upstream at low water. I can go upstream in about 8 to 12 inches of water or less, but people are usually standing there.

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#1157005 - 01/31/09 04:18 AM Re: Caney fork boat question [Re: trealtree]
Radar
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My jet will make it . \:D
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#1157087 - 01/31/09 07:45 AM Re: Caney fork boat question [Re: Radar]
fishboy1
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Funny thing is, those guys get mad when you motor through. I just cast into the prop wash and catch more fish!

The propwash stirs up the bottom and gets the trout biting!
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#1157166 - 01/31/09 09:40 AM Re: Caney fork boat question [Re: fishboy1]
bigluresonly
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Last year i launched at the dam and tried to time the water to get back safely. The bite was good floating the pulse so we kept going past happy a bit. Geting back to the dam was an adventure to say the least. Trying to follow the channel while giving room to the people wading is rough on low water. Prop hitting the bottom was a common sound. A few waders cast in front of the boat and give the stink eye as you pass but whatever, maybe it was cause tubbs was with me. My opinion, if you dont have a jet its just better to take 2 cars or go when the generation is solid.
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