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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-15-2012, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
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Water condition question

I have a 14' Flat bottom boat and I usually run it in local lakes and the Schuylkill River. I've had it at Blue Marsh on really choppy/windy days and while not exactly a fun smooth ride it did manage to do ok.

I've been toying around with the idea of taking into the back bay (NJ) for crab, flounder and other fishing. I've seen people in them before but I'm a little nervous about water conditions. I'd prefer a semi-v or some other hull but it is what it is until I can buy another boat. Is there a website that has current water/wave conditions for the nj bays? I'd hate to plan a trip and drive all that way to find it's just too choppy.

Also is there a similar report for the Delaware river? I was down along the river last week and one day it was choppy as heck and the next it was a sheet of glass. I'd like to take it out in the Delaware River if the conditions are right as well.

I'm not planning on zipping up and down the river in shipping channels or across the bays etc. just want to get out and fish not too far from the shore as conditions permit.
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Re: Water condition question

The weather radio stations (NOAA) broadcast 24 hour continuous sea and weather conditions. If you go out on the big water you should have a marine radio on your boat, regardless of the size of the boat and you should use it. Weather can change very quickly. You also need to keep your eyes on the sky. I wouldn't take a 14' Jon boat out on the Delaware because if things kick up and you have to get off fast, it won't be pretty.



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Re: Water condition question

That is my main concern. I have a radio that receives NOAA broadcasts. I'll look into a marine radio.

I'm also actively looking for a fiberglass skiff/modified-v or similar to use for those areas but my funding is limited.
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Life is short man, don't make it shorter.



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Re: Water condition question

Soup...if your boat has a 48" bottom(1448 model) plus a modified V...you should be fine assuming you watch weather/water conditions just as in using any small craft.

I have fished in the Chesapeake plus inside VA coastal waters in my Lund 16' w/48" bottom/modified V with no problem<span style="font-weight: bold">(see below pic).. </span>I have since moved on to a Lund 16' SSV full V model which handles the chop much better.

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Re: Water condition question

Thanks. That's a nice boat you have. I have a 1436 which makes things a little more difficult.
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I wouldn't take a 14' Jon boat out on the Delaware because if things kick up and you have to get off fast, it won't be pretty.
Besides wind you have to be concerned about tugs and big ships on the Delaware. There is a lot of ship traffic up to Fairless.

Flat bottomed boats should be restricted to calm water and sheltered areas.

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Re: Water condition question

Loggy, he wouldn't be fine even if the boat wasn't a flat bottom. The Delaware river has a very strong current, I know, I boated the Delaware, when in conjunction with a blowup of wind in the opposite direction would be a nightmare for a flat bottom boat. As you know, it doesn't take long to be in trouble when you are under boated.



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Re: Water condition question

Thanks for all of the help. I was right to be cautious before but it looks like I'll wait until I get the larger boat to fish the Delaware.
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Loggy, he wouldn't be fine even if the boat wasn't a flat bottom. The Delaware river has a very strong current, I know, I boated the Delaware, when in conjunction with a blowup of wind in the opposite direction would be a nightmare for a flat bottom boat. As you know, it doesn't take long to be in trouble when you are under boated.
Amen John..it would have to be one of those very few calm days fer sure. I agree..best not to take chances especially early in the boating season when there are cold water conditions.

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