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The best river jet boat I've seen...
January 27, 2005
2:06 pm
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http://www.riverpro-boats.com/

Matt, check this out, it's what I'm working towards.

'nuff said

Capt. Dieter Scheel    http://www.BigDRiverGuide.com

January 27, 2005
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Hey,

Going for the HiPro or the LoPro? Both seem ideal for the Susqy.

DL

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January 27, 2005
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hey guys-

other boats to look at in that class- fish rite just opened a local distributor here in philly. they make drift boats, jet boats etc....

i saw there boats firsthand at a show down south two weeks ago. very impressive! wooldridge also makes a like boat. a local dealer is pasch marine in eastoin, pa but when i went there, they never had a boat to look at. order first then pay deal. maybe springtime will be different as they may stock boats.

anyway, the fish rite contact is:

Mike Rogozozinski
Phila, PA
215-743-1472
rogo101@aol.com

i will be test driving a fish rite this spring. maybe a few of us can get together one saturday and do it together. jets look really nice!

chris

January 27, 2005
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Hey Chris,

Anytime you're ready with that test ride. I'd love to get to some places that I can't with mine.

DL

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January 28, 2005
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i am not in the market for another boat but i like to check them out. sometime in april we can arrange if you are available. my buddy is looking to get eitehr a wooldridge, this fishrite or a duckworth for the river

nice boats

January 29, 2005
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Guys,

I've fished on a Wooldridge boat and, while they are totally awesome to look at, they are so much more "tippy" than a river boat ought to be. The 1/4" welded aluminum hull and options of inboard (small block chevy) or outboard do make this the Hummer of jetboats. The Duckworth is quite similar to the Wooldridge in that both boats are built to handle the extreme whitewater conditions found in the rivers of the Northwest.

The RiverPro HiPro XL, with its inboard Mercury SportJet and high freeboard stressed aluminum hull seem perfect for both shallow river fishing and the occasional trip to the St. Lawrence or Great Lakes.

Capt. Dieter Scheel    http://www.BigDRiverGuide.com

January 31, 2005
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dl-

one problem with the inboard jet-

who the hell wants to jump overboard in the fall or spring and clean the intake?

Not me!

February 14, 2005
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I am still leaning towards the Rockproof boats but would be open to look at other boats..... I also need to figure out storage as I have no shot of putting her in the garage. Any advice / suggestions would be great as I need to get off the pot and get myself a ride.... [&]] [[^]

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February 14, 2005
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I spoke with the guy from Rockproof he makes each boat to your needs it sounded great. I am not ready yet but when I am I will be calling him.

March 7, 2005
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I bought a 17' xpress three years ago. It is a factory rigged bass Jon hull (live well, rod locker, carpet, etc.)which rides a little rougher, and slides a bit, but it runs very shallow (4-5 inches). It has a 115/80 2-stroke factory rigged yamaha. I test drove the 4 stroke, but with the loss in HP with the jet- it just did not plane quick enough.

At first I was very dissapointed because it would always cavatate over 4000 rpm. (The salesman sat up front on the test drive and now I know why!!!!) That not only slowed me down, it also kept the boat from running as shallow as it could. After a lot of weight experiments I moved the trolling motor batteries to the front of the boat, and added about 110 lbs of steel under the deck as far forward as possible. That seemed to be the magic weight ratio for this rig. It also let me slightly trim the motor up for a few more mph.

I then purchased a stainless steel impeller from Wooldridge Boats. They told me everythimg I needed to know and gave me a few tips. They were by far the most knowledgeable and a big help. The difference was HUGE! Especially with a heavy load. The boat pops right out of the water (almost as good as a prop) and runs in the low 40's with two men and gear. The highest gps speed when the boat was new was 31.2 mph.

All I can say is do a lot of homework with an outboard jet setup. A lot of local shops don't know a lot about how to rig them correctly. Weight ratio is CRITICAL!!! Every HP motor bolted on the transom will perform differently especially because of the weight. I'd assume that inboard jets are built factory balanced and have fewer weight problems. However, I'd have to agree that one experience cleaning out the pickup grate after a nasty clog in the fall would be a big enough reason to opt for the outboard. Good Luck!!!

-Eric

March 7, 2005
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Spoke to Brent Kauffman this weekend at Rockproof boats. I am going up there in 2 weeks to see the goods. He will have 3 boats in different degrees of finish. If anyone is interested on going out to see the Rockproof boats shop let me know as this will be a weekend run. O0

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March 9, 2005
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Thanks Archie! I just sent my membership dues in yesterday. I've already talked to a couple of members and everyone has been great! I'm chomping at the bit to get into the fishing reports section!!! ;D I'll be e-mailing you as soon as I get my membership ID to get access or maybe that happen automatically? Thanks again -Eric

March 9, 2005
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Eric,glad to have you aboard.Were are you from and were have you been fishing.How long have you been targeting muskies.I think youll enjoy this club and some of the activities we have.May 21,our spring tourny.Great time and a good way to meet some of the other members.Also our meetings are every month at the sportsmans center.Hope to see you there.They are the first wednessday of every month.We usualy have a lure raffle that night.Tickets are five dollers a peice.Bob

March 10, 2005
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Bob- I was the guy who e-mailed you a few days ago. You gave me NJmatt's handle and we've e-mailed a few times. Turns out we live only a few miles apart. (I'm in Hainesport NJ) I've only been muskie fishing for about two years. I haven't done much local water muskie fishing. When I have, it's usually up at the water gap area. I have some good areas and info to share for that location, but aside from that a lot of the other venues that you guys fish will be new to me. I almost always fish rivers, but I am looking to broaden my horizons.

Matt let me know about the May 21st tourney at Beltzville. I've already marked my calendar and probably will be fishing it with him. I'll have to put some time on that water and study the reports well before.

Any excuse to visit the sportsman center on a monthly basis sounds good to me! I have a few Hughes River's that I have never thrown to donate to the lure raffle. Some have been in my tackle box and have a few hook pointers, but otherwise thery're brand new. Talk to all of you guys soon. -Eric

March 10, 2005
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Eric,

Anybody who will donate HR's to the club is a good man!!(or crazy!!) Welcome and see you at the next meeting.

Greg

March 10, 2005
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Welcome Eric,

My name is Tom and I fish above the water gap so you got my ear if you have ? about the tourney email me at castallday@verizon.net Tom

March 10, 2005
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Thanks again to all! It seems like chapter 50 is a great bunch of guys. What time are the meetings held?

Greg- as far as the HR baits go- I kinda had an addiction to buying them a little while back. I collected over fourty and now cant dicide which one to throw. Besides they're pretty heavy to lug around. They have become my go to bait just because I have them- not because they're the best selection for the conditions. I'm looking to break that habbit this year and give some of the other baits in the box more time in the water this year. Besides, I heard the Muskie Gods appreciate a sacrific once in a while!

Tom- I certainly will be talking to you soon. I've fished the Smithfield Beach area quite a few times and love that section of the river. I've got a lot of questions though, but I'll save them for an e-mail later.

Archie- Thanks for the access to the reports. It doesn't look like I'm going to get much done at work tommorrow since I have a lot of reading to catch up on!! -Eric

March 10, 2005
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Forty HR's!! Good lord man!! I have about 25 and I thought I was nuts!! Great bait though!! Have you seen the new MVT's. Just got my first one and it looks awesome. They say it keeps all the glide intact even with the plastic, and more body roll. Can't wait to throw it. What other baits do you collect/throw. Smuttly Dogs, Amma Bamas?? I have been acquiring a few "basement baits" and have been very impressed with a few.

Greg

April 5, 2005
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Special thanks to Archie and Big D for taking the time to go out to Rye, PA and visit Rock Proof Boats.  Well Boyz, the order is and expected completion date is mid May.  Just to give you some color, Brent Kauffman is great guy, avid smallie fisherman and clearly loves to make boats with his Dad.  We went out to the building facility pretty interesting setup. Big D and Archie can get into more of the specifics about comparing Rockproof to Snyder and other sled boats. I am getting a 17.5' 90/65 jet with the 3/4 inch UHMW plastic bottom and ribs, srayed on polyurethane lining and other goodies... I will try to document the building process with photos.  Now I just need a place to store....  Beware Mr. Muskie.... Beware.... <<<<><<<

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April 5, 2005
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Hey Joe,

Congrats on the new boat. Sounds like it will be taking you places that most of us can only dream of reaching.

DL

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April 6, 2005
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I'm waiting for the next generation jet boat. Yep, the one with wheels! Sort of like a duck boat but smaller for the avid fisherman. You could take it anywhere!
Barry

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