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Old February 5th, 2009, 09:53 AM   #1
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I'm ->this<- close to buying the boat Ironman has listed, but the only thing making me shy away is lake access.

I'll be using it to go fishing, and not every trip will be to one of the great lakes or to Lake St. Clare. What is local that a 20' boat would fit on, or is it a non- issue?
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Old February 5th, 2009, 09:55 AM   #2
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iv run a 20 footer on howell lake, lake sumung sp??, woodland... just gotta know where the sad bars and such are..
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Old February 5th, 2009, 09:59 AM   #3
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i... just gotta know where the sad bars and such are..
Are "sad bars" pieces of metal under water that make you sad when you hit them?
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Are "sad bars" pieces of metal under water that make you sad when you hit them?
"happy bars" on lake chemung are mostly in the middle of the lake where the water depth is a foot or a bit more and a lot of boats camped around it with people sitting and drinking beer and watch ladies catching some sun
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i say not an issue with a little help from a depth finder.
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Old February 5th, 2009, 11:23 AM   #6
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Timmay, now you have me throwing money into a hole in the water! ;)

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a 20 foot bass boat and the 20 foot boat you are considering are completely different. The boat itself might fair alright on smaller lakes, but launching it can be a real pain in the ass(as much as you like those)

the extra 10-14" of draft might not be a huge deal navigating the lakes unless you fish wide rivers that have sumberged logs, or shallow bass/pike lakes that have submerged stumps etc.

that being said, I am planning on buying an inland bass boat this spring, and will need a fishing partner....
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non issue!!! i have several and have had 26 footers around oakland... but a 20footer u will be fine... just get a cheap depth finder...
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non issue!!! i have several and have had 26 footers around oakland... but a 20footer u will be fine... just get a cheap depth finder...
what lakes?
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Dodge park (Cass Lake), in Waterford, no problem with anything up to 26'

I believe it is the largest lake in Oakland County, also Pontiac Lake is good I hear.
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cass, union, and once orchard... got a smaller one for around here now and a bigger one for st clair... (not recommending) a 26ft on local lakes... but a 20 you will be fine....
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I have had my 25' on Cass and maceday lake. I would not go back to Maceday..I was a little too big for that lake.

I know of a 28' go fast on cass lake.

DO NOT, i repeat DO NOT go on Pontiac lake. My family lives on that lake. There are a shit ton of stumps in that lake. I know it well and will not put my boat in it.
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I seen a 28' at Whitmore lake with a fly bridge
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no. as a matter of fact I don't have a clue who it was. the boat used to sit at the Driftwood marina. I was at the launch the day it was coming out for the winter. they had it hooked to a `85-87 ramcharger. the thing was freak'n huge sitting on the trailer.
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no. as a matter of fact I don't have a clue who it was. the boat used to sit at the Driftwood marina. I was at the launch the day it was coming out for the winter. they had it hooked to a `85-87 ramcharger. the thing was freak'n huge sitting on the trailer.
I'll say. Aything with a flybridge looks huge!
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I believe it is the largest lake in Oakland County, also Pontiac Lake is good I hear.
have you ever been on pontiac lake? it's touch to not destroy the haul on a jetski, let alone a fricken boat.
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DO NOT, i repeat DO NOT go on Pontiac lake. My family lives on that lake. There are a shit ton of stumps in that lake. I know it well and will not put my boat in it.
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have you ever been on pontiac lake? it's touch to not destroy the haul on a jetski, let alone a fricken boat.
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