May 11, 2012
On Monday, I fished Lake Erie with Mark Davis, host of TV's Bigwater Adventures. Last year we borrowed someone's walleye boat, but this year we got to use Mark's new rig from Blue Wave, a 24 foot center console. Take off the bimini top, maybe slap a little bit of carpet on it, and you'd be hard-pressed to tell this craft from an oversized bass tournament rig. With trim tabs on the back, he claims it'll get on plane in less than a foot of water while drafting just 10 inches, and we ran through Erie's chop at 50mph with no problems whatsoever.
Seeing as Pete Weighs In has consistently decried our sport's use of the words "on steroids," I won't employ that overused and meaningless phrase to describe his vessel, but if I fished the Great Lakes regularly I might just have to consider one. Of course, in the waters I fish the 24 foot length and 102 inch beam might leave you stuck between two pieces of pole timber or wedged between a couple of docks, so for now I'll stay traditional.