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Old 03-15-2017, 04:15 PM   #1
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Hi everyone! Just obtained a new (to me) boat a month or so ago and I'm about ready to start fishing out of it. The boat is a 1980 Cajun Special 1644 with a Yamaha Pro50. I realize this boat is primarily a protected water machine and I've done some pretty extensive research on areas to fish out of small jon boats.... I've compiled a pretty good list. I also realize my fishable days will be much dependent on weather condition.

That being said, I have no experience operating motor vessels in the Galveston bay system and I wanted to see if anyone had some pointers on learning to navigate through the channels and sandbars. My primary areas of interest for the time being will be Chocolate Bayou/Bay, Bayou Vista/Jones Bay, and the south/east shorelines of East Bay.

Photos of boat attached just because . Appreciate any insight/tips!

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Old 03-15-2017, 04:32 PM   #2
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Can't help you cause I usually only fish fresh water but congrats on the boat. Very nice. Be safe on the water.


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Old 03-15-2017, 04:36 PM   #3
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I think it's more like a freshwater (bass) boat to me. You may take it the marshes area but as far as bay or jetties go, I would not risk it.
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Not a lot of freeboard on that rig for crossing open water, be careful. Otherwise, just go, take your time and explore and take notes.
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Can't help you cause I usually only fish fresh water but congrats on the boat. Very nice. Be safe on the water.


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I think it's more like a freshwater (bass) boat to me. You may take it the marshes area but as far as bay or jetties go, I would not risk it.
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Not a lot of freeboard on that rig for crossing open water, be careful. Otherwise, just go, take your time and explore and take notes.
10-4. Certainly is a bass boat design. I'm aware of the low freeboard and realize my travel range will be severely limited. The Pro50 runs like a top and I hope to transfer over to a side console modv 1756 in the next year to two. Thanks for the comments fellas!
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Old 03-15-2017, 06:15 PM   #6
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Should be OK for chocolate bayou.. chocolate bay will work too, just know your limitations. (you will find out very soon what those are).. I was fishing a 14 foot flat bottom rivited Jon boat with a big old heavy 25hp tiller for a few years.. nothing feels better than pulling up to a boat ramp in a cheap boat with a better box of fish than they guys coming in with a $60k+ boat. (Nothing against those guys.. but grinding it out with less is rewarding in its own way). The intercoastal is your friend. Watch out for barges obviously, but their protected waters will be your safe haven. Fish like to move, so places where the intercoastal opens to a bay are great places to try when you can't get to that south shoreline. Mostly just get out there, start safe, learn what you can and can't do, you'll figure it out. Congrats on the boat.
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Old 03-15-2017, 06:19 PM   #7
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Read up on jones lake/bay between tiki and bayou vista, greens lake, pierce marsh/Highland bayou, and carancahua lake. I run a 15 ft poling skiff and these are areas I fish regularly

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Old 03-15-2017, 06:32 PM   #8
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Also.. be sure to get a decent GPS/Depth finder. I use to fly blind, but I don't recommend it.
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Nice little rig!!!!!!!!!!!! That Yamaha will last you a long time with proper maintenance.
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Get a bigger bilge pump or two. Very very unforgiving in a rig that size when you get a wave coming over the side.

Small bay boats that size are self bailing. So they can fill to the top turning their boat into a pool and all that water simply runs out no problem. Yours is not made the same. So please stay very safe. Kill switch and life jacket always. Always.
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