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Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: centre county, Penns Valley 4D
Fishing the Juniata River
Is a 1648 alumacraft with a forward mounted side console (steering wheel, throttle, electric tilt) with mercury 30/25hp jet drive an over kill for the juniata river, Is it to heavy for the Juniata river? I be fishing myself most of the time and my wife be with me sometimes, but not always lol. The boat is rated for 4 people, 600lbs.
I use to fish the Juniata river just outside of Lewistown years ago early 2000's with a 14' jon boat with trolling motor and tried 5hp prop motor. That got old hitting rocks and bent, busted or prop snaps off. I always had to have someone with me sitting up front guide me what direction to steer the boat to avoid hitting rocks that lie just a few inch's under water.
I am leaning on this set up for fishing the Juniata river. Has anyone had this set up or does have this set up? What are the pro's and con's. I assuming I would have to run full throttle up river? My question. Will the boat plane just fine half throttle in shadow water? You know running full throttle up river knowing its only 2-4 feet deep has a lot of big rocks kinda have this vision in my head seeing the boat getting sliced from front to back and I have to make it to shore in a hurry before boat sinks.
I know that section of the river and before I take the boat to the river, I plan to take it to sayars dam to get use to the boat before I take it to the river. Any help would be appreciate. Thank you...