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hrairguitar
08-24-2013, 11:50 AM
16297I'm new to the boating world. I have 16 ft 1981 monark bass boat. It has a 115 merc 2 stroke. I've taken it to a couple lakes and delta sloughs but I'm wondering if it'd be ok to handle the sac river at verona or knights landing for stripers/salmon??? I bought a bass boat for my 1st boat because I felt like it'd be a good starter boat and the motor was good. Just want to make sure I'm not going to take on more than it can handle in the sac river.

Side question. Anchors...any suggestions? size/ type? length of rope? Use 2 right to stay still?

salmonid
08-24-2013, 12:27 PM
Your boat will be fine in those areas. Get 100' of anchor line, I see guys use all kind of small anchors, but bigger is better holding.

Good luck out there!

hrairguitar
08-24-2013, 12:39 PM
ok cool. that makes me feel a lot better! I attached a pic just so you can see what I'm working with. I did take out the leaner pedestal seat that in the pic and installed 2 that are more like a chair in the front and back. It'd just be 2 people (maybe 3 on rare occasion) fishing on it

K so i definitely need a bigger anchor and more rope. Right now I have a 15lb river anchor that i picked up from walmart along with some anchor line and chains. I tried it out in Folsom Lake and couldnt figure out why i was drifting side to side. I quickly realized I needed 2 anchors so I rigged up an old empty 1 gallon gas can with some pebbles and tied my dock rope to it haha. It worked a lot better but still felt like it dragged instead of keeping the boat still in one stable place. Ahhh I'm still learning. I did figure out how to launch it and load it by my self though. That was an exciting moment of trial and error

JB14
08-24-2013, 02:03 PM
If the winds pick up you'd better get out quick. It will be ok if the water is flat. You could be in for a long day in less than ideal conditions.

A 15lb anchor with chain is PLENTY for that boat. More than plenty.

salmonid
08-24-2013, 02:32 PM
Yeah, I see your boat pic now. I don't know if it's properly called a "bass boat" or a "go fast boat", maybe something in the middle? LOL.

Anyway, I see boats just like yours (but with inboards that weigh more) out of KL and Tisdale all of the time. Just don't overload her and you'll be fine. Have your kids wear PFDs at all times, gives you some peace of mind, and it's the law. Wind waves around the Feather or Sac at KL won't be an issue. If you're worried about other boat's wakes, you can stick to the no wake zones outside of KL.

Two anchors? could be useful in a hog line, but if you're by yourself or just not too close to another boat, I think a little tail waggle can help the bite... You can also just hook up a 5 gallon bucket and throw it over like everyone else does to help stabilize your boat.

Best, and welcome to the B.O.A.T. world, it's really a blast!

redneckpunk
08-24-2013, 04:47 PM
I agree a 15lb anchor should be fine to hold you in place with that boat. Hopefully someone corrects me if my memory serves me wrong but I seem to remember the recommendation is 6in of chain for every 1ft of boat. personally, I have 15ft of chain on a 19ft boat attached to a 100ft rope/rode. Ive never calculated it, but would guess when anchored at verona in 18-25ft of water I have out 50-60ft of rope plus the 15ft of chain. Make sure you are using a sufficient diameter of rope as well.

~RNP

hrairguitar
08-24-2013, 07:29 PM
Haha yah I guess the boat does have a stealthy kind of look. The guy I bought it from said it was a bass boat. I picked it up for $2500 on CL. At the time it was the best I could find. Of course now when I search CL I see others I would've liked to have haha. But for a 1st boat with my budget I think I did ok.

Thanks for the replies. I feel a lot better about it now. So on calm days I'm ok but be weary of windy conditions..

Now if I can just figure out how to actually catch the bigger fish. Just joined this site and have been reading lots of post and quickly realized there's a whole lot more than just some sardine filets on the bottom for stripers. My wife keeps demanding salmon too and I haven't fished for those since I was 12 yrs old and snagging them when they were about to die. Ahhh so much to learn

Thanks again!

redneckpunk
08-24-2013, 08:02 PM
As far as the wind, in the sac form verona down to isleton, it can get a bit rough but 85% of the time you'll be fine in that boat. You may get rocked a bit and a little spray but thats all part of the fun.

Welcome aboard the Sniffer and we look forward to some great reports. P.S. We love fish porn...aka pics

~RNP

CRABBY
08-25-2013, 02:41 PM
16297I'm new to the boating world. I have 16 ft 1981 monark bass boat. It has a 115 merc 2 stroke. I've taken it to a couple lakes and delta sloughs but I'm wondering if it'd be ok to handle the sac river at verona or knights landing for stripers/salmon??? I bought a bass boat for my 1st boat because I felt like it'd be a good starter boat and the motor was good. Just want to make sure I'm not going to take on more than it can handle in the sac river.

Side question. Anchors...any suggestions? size/ type? length of rope? Use 2 right to stay still?Mon Ark boats were very well built,you will be fine in that one,make sure your bilge pump or pumps work good as it may take on some moderate water in 3 to 4' swells/chop,that is normal,just be cautious as a new boater an don't get crazy like me!!I like rough water!!!!= FUN !!!LOL...Go slow until ya learn what it can do safely!!......:129fs238648:

salmonid
08-25-2013, 03:10 PM
I did figure out how to launch it and load it by my self though. That was an exciting moment of trial and error

Glad you got the launch and retrieve figured out, that seems to be the number 1 problematic area with new folks getting into boating.



I agree a 15lb anchor should be fine to hold you in place with that boat. Hopefully someone corrects me if my memory serves me wrong but I seem to remember the recommendation is 6in of chain for every 1ft of boat. personally, I have 15ft of chain on a 19ft boat attached to a 100ft rope/rode. Ive never calculated it, but would guess when anchored at verona in 18-25ft of water I have out 50-60ft of rope plus the 15ft of chain. Make sure you are using a sufficient diameter of rope as well. ~RNP

RNP, that's a heck of a lot of chain for the Sac river. I run about 10' of 3/8" logging chain on mine and people on the river look at me like I'm an alien! LOL. I also use my boat (or used to anyway) in areas that have more flow. I'm thinking about cutting about 7' of chain off though...quieter and easier.

Best,