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Does anyone here trap out of a jon boat or a kayak #7605985
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I'm looking at selling my kayak and buying a Jon boat and was wondering if there were any tricks to running a water line out of a boat. I also will need some tips on the organization of traps for this setup.

Re: Does anyone here trap out of a jon boat or a kayak [Re: TheYouthTrapper] #7605987
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I have checked traps out of a kayak never a John boat. Can't help any with that.

Re: Does anyone here trap out of a jon boat or a kayak [Re: TheYouthTrapper] #7605994
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Originally Posted by TheYouthTrapper
I'm looking at selling my kayak and buying a Jon boat and was wondering if there were any tricks to running a water line out of a boat. I also will need some tips on the organization of traps for this setup.


Make sure you get one with a wide beam
as narrow beam width make for a tippy Jon boat.

Check out www.marlonproducts.com

Don't have one but if I was buying new I'd get one.

There's a dealer in Belleville, Ontario, Canada I'd
visit to take an in-person look at their 14' Jon
If I didn't have to deal with the.Canadian Covid crap.

I've got a 14" princecraft jonboat that traps very well.

walleyed


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Re: Does anyone here trap out of a jon boat or a kayak [Re: Providence Farm] #7605997
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Yeah, I don't think my kayak will have enough space for running my line out of.

Re: Does anyone here trap out of a jon boat or a kayak [Re: walleyed] #7605999
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Yeah the smallest width that I would go is a 32 inch in my opinion.

Re: Does anyone here trap out of a jon boat or a kayak [Re: TheYouthTrapper] #7606000
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Your going to spend most of your time out of the boat.


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Re: Does anyone here trap out of a jon boat or a kayak [Re: The Beav] #7606007
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Yeah, I've been watching a few videos and it seems that way, but I need something to carry my traps and catch. I also need it because I don't know the depth of the slough and don't want to find a deep spot in my waders.

Re: Does anyone here trap out of a jon boat or a kayak [Re: TheYouthTrapper] #7606024
06/16/22 03:37 AM
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Originally Posted by TheYouthTrapper
Yeah, I've been watching a few videos and it seems that way, but I need something to carry my traps and catch. I also need it because I don't know the depth of the slough and don't want to find a deep spot in my waders.


depth measuring before you get out is a function of your potato rake https://www.amazon.com/Truper-30024...I/ref=psdc_3238155011_t1_B01N9BOE0Z?th=1

check yard sales and auctions to find one

they come in very handy it is your depth measuring stick , your hook , your walking stick the head when you push down doesn't slide into the mud like a pole alone would and you have 4-5 hooks on the end to fish for chain and such on the bottom

the issue with John boats is weight look at the weight rating now add you with wadders and all your traps , toss in more gear start weighing it all , now everything is a little heavier wet and what happens when you add 200 pounds of beaver

v-bottom boats draft a touch more water but can carry more weight also

also check canoes they carry a lot of weight for their size and can be found quite inexpensive 250 dollars or so used and you can carry it in to access places you can't drag a larger john boat

wear a life jacket

Last edited by GREENCOUNTYPETE; 06/16/22 03:43 AM.

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Re: Does anyone here trap out of a jon boat or a kayak [Re: TheYouthTrapper] #7606038
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Need places you drive a pickup to so you can stash traps and fur. Either to pick up as you go with your boat or drop off and get with your pickup. Either that or dont run very many traps.


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Re: Does anyone here trap out of a jon boat or a kayak [Re: TheYouthTrapper] #7606044
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Canoes are another option. I have a 17' 6" old town that works like a charm. 5HP for when I trap the Connecticut river. Holds a mess of equipment and animals.

Re: Does anyone here trap out of a jon boat or a kayak [Re: TheYouthTrapper] #7606050
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check out water depth during early fall, without gear , and wear a life vest !!!!!,

Re: Does anyone here trap out of a jon boat or a kayak [Re: TheYouthTrapper] #7606073
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You could get yourself one of them Costo speacial floaty sharks and use it.... laugh


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Re: Does anyone here trap out of a jon boat or a kayak [Re: Craig Acton] #7606075
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Originally Posted by Craig Acton
Canoes are another option. I have a 17' 6" old town that works like a charm. 5HP for when I trap the Connecticut river. Holds a mess of equipment and animals.


X2, a canoe can be very handy.....If you do a paddle only and no government permission slip is required. smile



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Re: Does anyone here trap out of a jon boat or a kayak [Re: walleyed] #7606106
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Originally Posted by walleyed
Originally Posted by TheYouthTrapper
I'm looking at selling my kayak and buying a Jon boat and was wondering if there were any tricks to running a water line out of a boat. I also will need some tips on the organization of traps for this setup.


Make sure you get one with a wide beam
as narrow beam width make for a tippy Jon boat.

Check out www.marlonproducts.com

Don't have one but if I was buying new I'd get one.

There's a dealer in Belleville, Ontario, Canada I'd
visit to take an in-person look at their 14' Jon
If I didn't have to deal with the.Canadian Covid crap.

I've got a 14" princecraft jonboat that traps very well.

walleyed


Hey brother that's my stomping grounds. Let me know if you need a man on the ground, always like shopping for boats, especially if its someone else's money grin

Re: Does anyone here trap out of a jon boat or a kayak [Re: TheYouthTrapper] #7606109
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I just picked up a brand new Princecraft 1436 jon boat a couple weeks ago. Seems like it would make a fine water trapping boat.
Not sure I'd take it trolling for walleye on Erie, but should be plenty good on skinny water.


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Re: Does anyone here trap out of a jon boat or a kayak [Re: TheYouthTrapper] #7606134
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Depends on the water you are trying to trap. This past season I trapped a river near my house. Average depth of about 16 inches with some deeper pools and some rock shoals.

I bought a Mad River Solo Canoe to trap out of due to its weight capacity. It turned out to be way too narrow and super tippy. Extremely uncomfortable to trap out of. I can't use one of the large canoes like other guys on here advocate because I have to carry it a good bit. The weight isn't the problem, its really the length that makes the canoes cumbersome.

I bought a 12 foot sit on top kayak and it is a dream to trap out of. Extremely stable to get in and out of unlike the canoe. It has a hatch up front that gives you access to the entire hull of the boat. Tons and tons of storage. I love trapping out of it. If you have enough depth to reliably run a jon boat that would be a great option too


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Re: Does anyone here trap out of a jon boat or a kayak [Re: TheYouthTrapper] #7606236
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Wear a life jacket is good advice. Everybody thinks they can swim until they have to.

I bought an Ascend H-12 sit in Kayak. Pretty stable and roomy.

Haven't trapped out of it yet.


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Re: Does anyone here trap out of a jon boat or a kayak [Re: TheYouthTrapper] #7606247
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I have 2 great uncles who drowned both strong swimmers

one duck hunting the other lifting nets both in good shape in their 20s


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Re: Does anyone here trap out of a jon boat or a kayak [Re: TheYouthTrapper] #7606254
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I've trapped out of a kayak for a couple years. My biggest problem was storing gear and catches. It can get pretty dicey when you're carrying 5-6 critters and a 5 gallon bucket of equipment. I sold it this year and bought an old 12 foot Coleman canoe. It's a lot more cumbersome to transport, but it'll hold a lot of gear and critters, and it's stable.

Re: Does anyone here trap out of a jon boat or a kayak [Re: TheYouthTrapper] #7606258
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I've been trapping out of Jon boats for over 35 years. I love 'em. I have ran them in lakes with 2.5 ft white caps and flooding rivers without issues. As for weight, I have hauled as many as 21 beavers out with a 14 footer. Not easily I might add! You need a short shaft outboard. I like a 15HP.

One nice thing about the low profile is I can ram myself up into brushy willow banks to good spots. A higher profile boat limits you in that regard. I wear chest waders and often am outside the boat and use the boat as my tool chest right at hand. Very convenient to pull a beaver out of trap while in the water and just roll it over into the boat without straining the back.

Finally, I never go out without a good life jacket on. Never.

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