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I had a 18' boat that kept having motor problems so I decided to sell it a couple of weeks ago. Then I bought this paddle boat and decided to set it up for some catfishing. Me and my buddy will be taking it out on blewett falls lake Saturday afternoon, throughout the night and doing some anchoring/drifting. I added 4 adjustable rod holders on the front. 2 PVC rod holders on the rear, hummingbird fish finder, livewell pump, 2 led lights for night time fishing, and some anchor cleats. Lights and fishfinder are ran off of a deer feeder battery. We are excited to see how it works out Saturday and we will post a fishing report Sunday! Here are some pics!
 

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Yea I am thinking of a way to mount my big net, and a spare oar just in case of emergencies. And as of the leaning post, I use to have a paddleboat that was sturdy enough to stand up in. Hopefully this one is the same as I will be throwing a cast net from it to try and catch some shad for fresh bait.
 

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I think the boat will be sturdy/steady enough to stand in. The problem is the size of the footwell. Most of use move our feet around a lot more than you would think to stay upright without a support. Try standing with your feet in a box that is just barely big enough for them for more than a few seconds. You probably can but it will likely feel unnatural. Think about trying to cast a net or rod or possibly lean over the water for some relief. You need a support, IMO. The yaks that people stand and cast in have room to move your feet forward and backward a little.
 

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Lol Nats dad, I'll leave the el camino for you! And I was just planning on standing on the seat to throw the cast net. It's only a 4' so I don't need a whole lot of room.
 

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Dont forget navigation lights. Those LEDs in the footwells may not be visible to other boaters who may be out on the water after dark, especially if they have had a few drinks. I had a close call with a boat with no lights when I was running to a tournament blast off from another ramp one morning in the dark. He passed probably 30 ft beside me going the other way and I never saw him until he was right next to me.
 

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I'm not talking about a cast net!!! You are going to need a big landing net as you will be able to slip in on some big cats via stealth bomber mode like a bandit.
 

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Hey guys, I am planning on adding a all around white light for nighttime, this weekend we will take a lantern and my bright spot light with us for safety. We chose this lake because there is almost always only 1-2 boats at most out there. I do have a big net I am taking. 90% of the time it's me and a buddy going so the back rod holders can carry my net and my spare paddle. I'll upload a extra pic in a few hours. Thanks for the insight/suggestions!
 

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That is one slick paddleboat! I hope you guys have a great time. Can you add a trolling motor or a paddle for stealthiness on the spot? (Edit now I see the paddle)

Also one crucial item missing..... the beer cooler.
 

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That is one slick paddleboat! I hope you guys have a great time. Can you add a trolling motor or a paddle for stealthiness on the spot? (Edit now I see the paddle)

Also one crucial item missing..... the beer cooler.
There will be a beer cooler added in Saturday lol, it has to be regestered for a trolling motor so I'm waiting for that. Should be an awesome time. Thanks
 

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for the money you got in that thing you could buy a jon boat or top of the line kayak
I wouldnt mind a kayak but i am about 250lbs and thats what most are rated at. Plus i can still take my family out in this. Cost wise i bought the boat used and i have about $450 in the whole boat. That the plus of getting a used one! The new models were $500+ alone.
 

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I think that's awesome. You did some good work! Hope you enjoy it and get tons of fish in it. Looking forward to the reports
 
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