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I may be in the market for a new boat , and since I plan on relocating To Beaufort in the near future I need to know What the maximum draft should be to get into Redfish territory in the marsh grass etc. I will be fishing the area of Pamlico sound, South River, Adams creek area ( directly accross the river from Oriental) as well as some deeper water. I am looking at boats that have a 15" to 2' draft. Is this too deep?
Should I plan on having a skiff for the shallows? I fish the ten thousand Islands in a Mako 191 with 18" draft but can not get into a lot of the back country.
I am thinking of an Everglades 243
 

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Polar skiff makes nice bay/flats shallow draft fisher
Sea Pro SV2300
Sweetwater Flat's Shallow draft boats

My bud Joe has a SV2300 Sea Pro with 225 Yamaha on his,,, nice rig!!! and he loves it. It's enough boat to even venture offshore out to 10-15 miles on a good day.. he mainly fishes the inside though.

The Sea Pro has a 11 or 12 inch draft, Joe uses a trolling motor deal to poke around on the flats/grasses instead of a push pole and he say's he's fished some very shallow areas (Coastal Georgia)

Some ideas
 

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Mako,

Not sure what the answer to your draft question is. From all I've read so far though, hunting reds in the Marshs often involves waters that are at times 8 to 12 inches deep.

I've done quite a bit of reading while I've been deployed as to where to find the reds and trout in our area ( I am in havelock) and the marhes around Beaufort seem to be a good place to fish. Esp the Newport river area.

I'd love to toss a line with you some time. Your ride or mine. I'll be home in about 2 weeks.. maybe we can hook up after Turkey seaosn.

Rye
 

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Before you buy an Everglades 243, you owe it to yourself to go see David Gause's Gausebuilts in 23' or 26' up in Tarpon Springs. I have been in some very shallow water with David on a 23. They are truly awesome. You'll be glad you looked.
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Thanks for the advice, the polar sure looks nice , and The Gause 23 and 26 are fantastic, they are slightly pricier than the everglades but the hold back is that at this time there is a 6 month wait to get a 23 and 11 months or more to get a 26. I have signed on an :D Everglades 243, I just couldn't change my mind once I was in that boat:D :D
 
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