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70_Katama posted 05-03-2001 09:15 PM ET (US)   Profile for 70_Katama   Send Email to 70_Katama  
Now that the season is under way here in MA is there a way we can have some sort of new poll of where people from this great site do the majority of thier boating? Has this already been done?
Tsuriki BW posted 05-03-2001 10:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
I use my Dauntless 14 to fish for salmon throughout the Puget Sound area of Washington state and Trout, Bass fishing in Lakes Washington and Sammamish. May go to other lakes in the surrounding area. Have not taken it to BC Canada or Oregon, but in the future it might be happen.


whalernut posted 05-04-2001 05:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
I do most of my fishing in Lake Erie in OH. and PA. also the 3 Rivers of the Alleghany, Ohio, and Monongahela near PGH. PA. and beyond. I also fish in Kinzua Lake in North Wester PA. Also various small lakes in S.W. PA. and N.W. PA. O fish for Steelhead, Smallmouth Bass, White Bass, Walleye, Perch, Muskies, almost all the freshwater species. Regards-Jack Graner.
Russell35442 posted 05-04-2001 08:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for Russell35442  Send Email to Russell35442     
I fish out of Orange Beach, Alabama entering the Gulf of Mexico thru Perdido Pass. I have used my 17 outrage to fish inshore for bluefish, king mackeral, spanish mackeral, and cobia. Also have bottom fished for grouper and snapper. Have just bought a new (to me) 22 foot outrage and am looking forward to fishing further out for wahoo, sails and other blue water fish. By the by, I now have 3 whalers and wifey says one has got to go. Have a 94 17' outrage and a 70 13' standard. Regards, John
70_Katama posted 05-04-2001 08:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for 70_Katama  Send Email to 70_Katama     
I keep my whaler in the north river south of boston. Fish the river and the shore line of the "South Shore" of boston. Mainly strippers, cod, and macks for bait.
Georgian Bay Boater posted 05-04-2001 09:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for Georgian Bay Boater  Send Email to Georgian Bay Boater     
Good day all,
I use my 1980 13 Sport as a commuting boat to and from our summer cottage on Georgian Bay. Since our cottage is water access only the Whaler is primaraly used as a second or third boat, when we don't need alot of carrying capacity.
Macman posted 05-04-2001 10:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for Macman  Send Email to Macman     
I live in Portland, Maine and spend most of my time on Casco Bay fishing for stripers. I also haul the boat up to the Rangely and Mooosehead regions for fishing and camping.
I am finding that as I get used to my Montauk that I am quite content to just is fun but is becoming secondary to me.
hauptjm posted 05-04-2001 10:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
Primary home: Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans. Fish the Louisiana marshes south of New Orleans around the Myrtle Grove area, down the Barataria Waterway to the Gulf of Mexico. Also, fish and fun along the Mississippi, Alabama and Florida Gulf Coasts. Spend every summer in Orange Beach, AL, Pensacola, FL and Destin FL areas at different times for the some of the best offshore fishing in the world. I would have hives if I didn't make it several times a summer.

Russell35442, You have a great resource there in the FloriBama area. I love it. A good day of fishing, an afternoon with a cold draft beer and a cheesebuger in paradise. Buffett knows Pirates Cove is the place to be.

JAC posted 05-04-2001 12:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for JAC  Send Email to JAC     
I started 12 years ago with a 13' sport fishing and camping along the central Texas coast, from Pt "A" through Rockport to Pt O'Conner. I caught so many 5# trout that a Montauk was needed to haul the bounty home. Last year my son and I filled the old 16' so many times, We needed to move up to an Outrage. At the time an 18' was all I could tow, so I expect the 25# kings and Mahi will have to be limited to what we can eat for dinner, unless I can find the 22'-25' that I see in my dreams each evening.... sorry for the delay but the port downrigger just tripped. I was only a small shark of 130#, nothing worth bringing in the boat.
IF anyone is interested in joining me for a day of "Whaler-tails" and good Texas fishing, visit the "Trips and Rend" section to sign on for a Pt.O'Conner Whaler day.
We need a few more hearty souls to help catch some of these fish, my arms are cramping !!!
MikeG posted 05-04-2001 12:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for MikeG  Send Email to MikeG     
I use my 88 Montauk in a number of places (the joy of a trailer boat!). Mostly it is on the Delaware River near Philly but also on the northern Chesapeake, Jersey shore (Avalon-Cape May) and an occasional lake. It also spends 2-3 weeks a year in S. Harpswell ME in Casco Bay along with the 1971 13' that lives there. It may even make the trip with us to North Carolina this summer. Mike
where2 posted 05-04-2001 01:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Palm Beach, FL. In the midst of a drought, in the sunshine state. My 1985 15' Sport (Aka "Where2") lives on a floating lift, ready at a moments notice. Sees use as a ski boat, as a dive boat (gulfstream is only 3 miles off shore), and generally as a way to unwind. Occasionally sees use in local freshwater lakes and canals.
Despite the drought, it's still legal to rinse the boat after use in salt water! Woo Hoo! :)
russellbailey posted 05-04-2001 04:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for russellbailey  Send Email to russellbailey     
Lake Lanier, GA. We ski there regularly on weekday evenings from our 15' Striper - I can leave my office in Atlanta and be up on the ski in under an hour. Rarely go into the large main channel due to the large waves from big boats. For a landlocked lake, there are huge boats out there.

Boat lives in our garage and makes numerous trips around the Southeast. Heading to near Bear Island NC this July with inlaws.

OutrageMan posted 05-04-2001 04:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
In Door County, on the Green Bay side of Lake Michigan.
Dick posted 05-04-2001 07:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Our Montauk is used for bass and trout fishing on Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish in the Seattle area.

It will turn two years old the first of July so for her present I am going to put in at Anacortas and take a run into the San Juans. Can't see wasting all that good saltwater cruising any longer.

scottfarm posted 05-04-2001 08:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for scottfarm  Send Email to scottfarm     
I fish out of Apalachacola, Mexico Beach, Panama City most of the time in my montauk. I go out 20 and 30 miles out when weather permits. My Brother has a condo I sometimes stay in at Orange Beach Alabama and I fish out of perdido pass. Dennis
paul_boatforum posted 05-04-2001 08:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for paul_boatforum  Send Email to paul_boatforum     
Solomons Island, Maryland - at the confluence of the Patuxent River and the Chesapeake Bay.
chad posted 05-05-2001 12:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for chad  Send Email to chad     
We fish out of Galveston and Rockport, Texas. Shallow water reds, specks, and flounder.
RHLOOS posted 05-05-2001 10:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for RHLOOS  Send Email to RHLOOS     
I have some property on the Ohio River with our own boat ramp. Boating mostly on the Ohio and it's tributaries. I also tow the 13' to lakes throughout Ky. We vacation in Maine every year on Kesar Lake for two wks., boating/ fishing daily.
dfmcintyre posted 05-05-2001 08:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
For me it's been Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, Harbor Springs, around Mackinac Island, Upper Lake Huron and the North Channel and upper Georgian Bay area.

Oh, and I did trailer a Montauk down to the Sanibel (sp?) and Key Largo area a few springs ago.

For Walt Steffens (I'll add his locations here, as he's not currently hooked up) he uses his 25 Revenge WT mostly in the North Channel area of Ontario, and had used it in the Ohio area.


B Bear posted 05-05-2001 11:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for B Bear  Send Email to B Bear     
I use my 16 Dauntless on the Corsica, Chester, Wye, Miles, Choptank Rivers, the Eastern Bay, Crab Alley, and the Cheasapeake Bay from Rock Hall to Bloody Point. I am ever expanding and exploring the region around here in Maryland. I do some bottom fishing for Hardhead (Croaker), Flounder and Drum, trolling and later chumming for Strippers, Blues, Sea trout. Considering some small and large mouth Bass.
Sometimes just a nice sunrise and/or a sunset and to sit under the stars.
printjunky posted 05-06-2001 01:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for printjunky  Send Email to printjunky     
Moved here and bought my 13 footer in the same year, so I'll out on the upper Mississppi. Quad-Cities. (Davenport/Bettendorf, Iowa/Moline-Rock Island, Illinois)
I'll be exploring and maybe fetchin' some good sized cats, and a little north of here, catchin' some crazy-sized panfish, and I hear-tell even a few walleye and pike.
kingfish posted 05-06-2001 07:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
22' Outrage, "Outre'"; Southern Lake Michigan, Lake Erie, North Channel of Lake Huron mostly plus all the trailering to new places I can manage. So far Key West, Ohio and Licking Rivers near Cincinnati and 50-mile +/- radius of Tybee Island, GA.
newportguy posted 05-06-2001 11:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for newportguy  Send Email to newportguy     
I use my off the coast of Nova Scotia Canada. In 2 main places....Sheet Harbour where I live and my fathers place in Spanish Ship Bay. Both absolutely pristine areas to boat on the Atlantic.....I to have it on a trailer and really enjoy taking all my daughter and son's friends skiing and tubing and kneeboarding on a freshwater lake not far form here. We may a day of it and take a BBQ and have a fantastic time....some of the best moments our kids will ever remember and lets face I know of know better boat then a Whaler to make memories.....afterall that is why we are all here :))))
compounder posted 05-06-2001 12:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for compounder  Send Email to compounder     
I live on the ICW in coastal South Carolina and can't imagine living anywhere else.

I do have the travel bug, however, and want to trailer my Montauk to new places to explore.

I don't fish, but boy do I love to ride!


jimh posted 05-07-2001 01:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
As for taking a poll about there people use their Whalers, see .

My Whaler 15-Sport has been twice to Lake Superior, once to Kentucky Lake, often to Lake St. Clair, occassionally to the Detroit River and Lake Erie, and many times to large inland lakes like Burt, Mullet, Torch, etc.

For much more indepth reporting on these adventures you must see for the numerous trip reports.

My Whaler 20-Revenge seems to like Lake Michigan, but we've only owned it for about two months of boating season. We should have many more miles on it by next fall.


lpaton posted 05-07-2001 06:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for lpaton  Send Email to lpaton     
Fish for fresh water salmon on Lac St Jean, an 18x22 mile lake 150 miles north of Quebec city. Planning on towing the Outrage III tro Prince Edward Island this summer for a week.
Ben posted 05-07-2001 08:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ben  Send Email to Ben     
I spend my time on Lake St. Clair (Michigan) - mostly fishing for smallmouth or if the kids are with me - we go to the local gas station for ice cream. Two weeks out of the year the 21Ft is towed to Torch Lake - near Traverse City.
PDM posted 05-07-2001 08:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for PDM    
I use my Dauntless 20 in and around Pleasant Bay and Monomoy Island on Cape Cod. Last summer was great for Stripers and I'm looking forward to another great summer. The weather is just warming up enough to get out on the water.


My boat is currently on a trailer in Marshfield (south of Boston for you out-of towners)and I'ld like to check out some good fishing spots in the vicinity of Marshfield and Scituate. Any advice? I promise to leave plenty of fish for you if you share some hot fishing spots.

70_Katama posted 05-07-2001 11:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for 70_Katama  Send Email to 70_Katama     
Drop me an e-mail

Plenty of good fishing areas.

ChrisK posted 05-07-2001 06:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for ChrisK  Send Email to ChrisK     
We keep our 19' Outrage in New Orleans and trailer it 50 or so miles to Pointe a la Hache, LA to fish the marsh and outer bays for speckled trout and redfish. In fact, on our last two most recent trips we caught several trout in the 4-5 lb range and plenty of redfish up to 12 lbs. We also plan to bring the boat to both the Mississippi and Florida Gulf Coasts this summer. Maybe hauptjm will give me some info on his fishing holes in those areas! We will also probably bring our boat to Venice, LA soon (about 75 miles South of New Orleans). Venice has the best fishing in N. America in my opinion. In one weekend, you can fish offshore for marlin, tuna, wahoo and mahi mahi; rigs for snapper, grouper, and cobia; inshore for trout and redfish; and further inshore for bass and freshwater catfish. No other place in the world can claim that! We'll venture out about 5-10 miles offshore of the mouth of the Mississippi River and sample the snapper soon. Last year we ran into a beautiful rip full of mahi mahi and cobia on the way to get the snapper - nice surprise (we never made it to the snapper). No salmon down here, though. I guess we can't have everything!
Hank posted 05-08-2001 12:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hank  Send Email to Hank     
I keep my '84 Montauk at my dock on a canal
in Palm Coast, Florida. I fish the local canals, the intracoastal waterway and nearby flats. I fish around Matanzas inlet and the mouth of Pellicer creek.
Tom Byrum posted 05-08-2001 01:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom Byrum  Send Email to Tom Byrum     
I fish almost every weekend in the Pacific from Monterey to Point arena. If the wind is blowing offshore or the Halibut goes on a hot bite I stay inside San Francisco Bay. Two weeks ago (for the first time) I fished the Sacramento Delta with my son and we caught a sturgeon 8'long, very close to our upcoming Whaler Rendezvous site. I catch Salmon,Halibut,Sturgeon,
Albacore Tuna,Shark,Lingcod and Cabezone. Our coast is full of sea life including Whales and Porpoise. It is a very special place that few people are even aware of.
hauptjm posted 05-08-2001 09:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
ChrisK, the north side of Barataria Bay at St. Mary's Point. Catch the tide either rising or falling at this time of year and you'll box some beautiful speckled trout.
blackdog posted 05-09-2001 09:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
So far the 16 Dauntless has been limited to the Delaware River around Chester and the Raccoon Creek. Last year the Jersey shore , Avalon, Sea Isle… and hopefully later this month we will make our first Trip to the Chesapeake to attend the Chestertown Tea party.


caddis posted 05-09-2001 03:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for caddis  Send Email to caddis     
Use ours on the Madison chain (especially Mendota), Milwaukee area of Lake Michigan, and Door County. Hope to get to Bayfield and the Apostles this summer.
Makonut posted 05-10-2001 03:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Makonut  Send Email to Makonut     
Use my 13' 73 as a shore boat when we go to Catalina (Marina Del Rey is my home port in Los Angels) During shark season, hence the name makonut, I use the whaler to catch bait..mainly mackeral and Barracuda. (water should be the right temp in a week or so. Been a long off season!!) The rest of the year I just use it to cruise the marina (up until a few years ago marina Del Rey was the largest man made marina in the states. Rain or shine, the little guy gets out at least twice a week year round.
A Li Volsi posted 05-10-2001 07:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for A Li Volsi  Send Email to A Li Volsi     
My '63 17' and I fish the Great South Bay off the southern coast of Long Island.
gvisko posted 05-10-2001 08:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for gvisko  Send Email to gvisko     
westhampton dunes ny. fish moriches bay and ocean
in my 17 montauk
sr posted 05-10-2001 09:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for sr  Send Email to sr     
a triangle (thus far) whose corners are shasta lake, clearlake and crecent city.
expanding all the time.
triblet posted 05-11-2001 12:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Monterey, CA, dive boat. It's in the water
60+ times a year. Water is cold (44-52F,
except during El Nino years), vis is so-so
(25' typically), but the invertabrate life
is world-class.

And we go water skiing a few weekends a year
when Neptune throws some big surf at us in
the summer.

Don't fish. No rod holders on mine any more.
But no problem with those who fish responsibly.


lhg posted 05-11-2001 01:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Chuck - I'm impressed - I didn't think anybody would willingly, for recreation, go in water 44-52, even with a dry suit! I even hate salmon fishing ON the water, in my foam insulated hull, when it's that cold! Had no idea the Pacific off CA was SO cold. You guys must freeze to death zipping along in the open Montauk out there. Is there a Mills forward shelter in your future?
triblet posted 05-11-2001 10:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Actually, in a good drysuit, it's not bad
at all, both above and below water. The
drysuit is warm enough that I sometimes
jump in to cool off before gearing up for
the first dive. You actually have to worry
about hyperthermia (too hot). We usually
just tie the arms around our waists until
we clear the harbor and get some wind going.

No need for a forward shelter.


daverdla posted 05-11-2001 10:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for daverdla  Send Email to daverdla     
Cape May, NJ
yankee posted 05-11-2001 10:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for yankee  Send Email to yankee     
Cape Lookout N.C. east side every chance I get.
Whaletosh posted 05-11-2001 02:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    
All over Michigan. Mostly West Michigan.
beby138 posted 05-11-2001 06:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for beby138  Send Email to beby138     
My 13'68 is all over my patio right now, I used to boat 5 moons ago (before the Gran Restoration came) on Key Biscaine,Miami.
One more moon to go and...!! <:-))
kamml posted 05-12-2001 01:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for kamml  Send Email to kamml     
I use my Montauk for fishing inshore around Hilton Head SC. Went for the first time this year a week ago Saturday (today), had real good fishing success. Plan on going again next Saturday. Just haven't decided which buoy to fish yet.
Eric posted 05-12-2001 02:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Eric  Send Email to Eric     
I live in Manatee county, FL, just south of Tampa Bay. I fish my 1962 Nauset from the St. Petersburg area/Tampa Bay to Sarasota and Venice. I'm planning to extend the range south into the keys and everglades, as well up into the Florida panhandle, and maybe as far west as Louisiana.
Pat Smith posted 05-14-2001 03:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Pat Smith  Send Email to Pat Smith     
Cape Lookout N.C.
Bullbay posted 05-14-2001 04:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bullbay  Send Email to Bullbay     
We go to the inland lakes around the Piedmont area of SC. Jocassee, Wylie,Keowee, Murray, Greenwood and up to Lake Lure often just for boating. We also go to the Georgetown,SC once every 3 months and go on the Black River,the Pee Dee river, the Wachesaw river, which is part of the inter coastal, the Sampit and the inter coastal down to Charleston. My son and I are going from Charleston to Savannah next month with varioius friends for a Sat-Sun trip. He is taking his 22 Revenge and I will be in my Montauk. We are then going to go from Columbia on the Congaree river to Lake Marion, then Lake Moultrie and through the locks to the Cooper River and then on down to Charleston. We like the boatng part as well as the fishing.
andygere posted 05-15-2001 03:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
I use my Montauk for fishing (salmon, halibut, ling cod) and cruising in Monterey Bay off the Santa Cruz coast, with an occaisional trip to the delta or San Francisco Bay for stripers. My earlier Whalin' years were spent on the bays and salt marshes of the Outer Cape. I still get back there for at least a week to enjoy (and usually repair) the old 13 with my dad. By the way, I've done much better with the stripers on the east coast than the west....hope that changes this weekend at the rendezvous!
Arch Autenreith posted 05-15-2001 09:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for Arch Autenreith  Send Email to Arch Autenreith     
I can't believe it's taken me so long to chime in on this one. Just being lazy I suppose. '84 Montauk just about to show off her new Spring outfit in varnished teak! Most of the time we're in the Chesapeak just South of Annapolis in Galesville. Also in Erie and here in Pittsburgh in the lovely 3 rivers (Al, Mon and O). And Fort Myers/Sanibel area for the first time next month.
JohnT posted 05-15-2001 01:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnT  Send Email to JohnT     
So far, in the two weeks I've had my boat,I have used my 1977 Montauk in the Tar and Pamlico rivers in Eastern North Carolina so far, but I plan to trailer the boat to the Crystal Coast (Emerald Isle, Atlantic Beach) and Outer Banks of North Carolina, and to inland lakes and rivers.

It's a family boat, for tubing and fishing and mostly just riding around. I'm also into kayaking, so I plan to occasionally take the Whaler with a kayak on board to go gunkholing around in shallow creeks that are further than I'd like to paddle to from home.

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