This year was my 3rd year fishing as a non boater in the FLW BFL's. The amount of bass fishing knowledge and confidence I have gained from that experience is unbelievable. I have fished area's of lakes that I would have never tried on my own. Some of them were successful and some were not. I have used baits that I would not have tried had I not been shown how to use them.
It is always exciting getting to know a new person you have never fished with before. It is fun to see their style of fishing.
The more I have learned, the harder it has become to not be in control. While I am in a tournament I see a spot that has just the right structure and depth and know that I could catch a fish there. My boater looks right past it. They have their game plan in place. I am fishing out of their boat, their way. For the first couple of years it didn't bother me at all. I was learning. Now I want to put all of what I have learned together in order to catch fish and do well in tournaments.
It is time for me to take the next step and become a boater.
There is one problem. I don't have a bass boat, and bass boats are relatively expensive. After looking for the last several months, I have determined that there are several things I want in my boat. Every extra item costs more, but I think each would help me to catch more fish and be able to fish more effectively.
In no certain order, I would like to have the following. Recessed trolling motor. GPS with contour lines. Power pole. Dual axle's. 21' boat. 200 hp + motor. 2002 or newer. Under $20,000.00. Deck and Console fish finders with 7" or larger screens.
I have came across several boats that have came close to having all of these specs. Recently I found a boat that had all of my requirements. I have a loan approved for up to $25,000.00. The boat I found was right at $20,000.00. It is hard for me to pull the trigger for that much money. I haven't ever paid that much for a vehicle that I drive every day. The interest rate I am looking at is really good at 4.6%.
I passed up on a really good deal earlier in the year when I first started looking. Now that I have been looking for a while I realize that I messed up. The boat had most of the requirements I am looking for at 1/3 of the cost.
To be truthful, that is what I am waiting for again. If I can find a boat that has most of what I want at a great price, I would like to use it for a couple of years, then sell it and upgrade. I would store the boat 4 hours from home, near the tournament waters I fish so that I save fuel on the drive. I don't want to store a great boat that far from home. I would want to go look at it all the time.
If I don't find my boat by next spring or decide to buy a house by then, I will happily be a non boater again so that I can still get out and fish.
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