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NYorker posted 05-02-2005 11:06 PM ET (US)   Profile for NYorker   Send Email to NYorker  
Great Forum! I'm considering a 170 for NY finger lakes and Oneida Lake. I mainly fish walleye and smallies with one or two other adults/kids. I'm sure the boat will handle the weather I fish in (I live close and can pick when I want to go out). I owned an aluminum 17 footer and had plenty of room but got pounded in moderate chop.
1. Is there dedicated storage for tackle (or suggestions)?
2. Any livewell recommendation (or just ice 'em)?
3. Creative ways to mount downriggers, planer board masts?
4. How comfortable for an all day fishing trip?
5. Will a trolling plate suffice on the 90HP engine?



erik selis posted 05-03-2005 04:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for erik selis  Send Email to erik selis     


I too am a Walleye (Zander around here) fisherman and I also used to own a 15-ft aluminium boat. I bought my 170 Montauk for the same reasons you are considering purchasing a new Montauk. I am very glad I did.

The 170 Montauk is one of the most versatile fishing boats you can imagine. Freshwater fishing, coastal waters and even off-shore fishing on good days are what this boat is built for.

Here's a couple of answers to your questions:

1._If you buy the fishing package there is a small locker on the starboard side of the console, that will hold a couple of plano boxes to keep some of your fishing tackle stored. I think most 170 Montauk owners on this forum have the optional locker on their boats but I don't. I always bring along a tackle box dedicated to the type of fishing I plan to do that day and place it on the deck near the stern.

2._Some owners on the forum here have added a livewell configuration to the boats. You may want to check out their pictures on how they did it. Here are some pictures of WT's set-up which I find a very nice.

3._Here are some pictures of how the owners organized a downrigger mounting platform on their 170 Montauk and 17-Montauk

4._With 2 people on board the 170 Montauk offers plenty of room for an all day fishing trip. You don't feel cramped in because of it's relatively wide beam. As with all center console boats in this range you don't have a place to hide from the elements. You can however purchase a forward shelter from .Check out the website for the details.

5._I guess trolling speed is dependant on what type of fish you are fishing for. I have the 90-hp 2-stroke Mercury on my boat and use it as is for Walleye trolling. I believe the 4-stroke version, with it's smaller prop pitch would even be able to troll at a slower speed than mine. However for the salmon fishermen out there this would still be too fast. I think a trolling plate would help quite a bit but I can't confirm this because I haven't tried it. I personally think if you want to troll at very slow speeds and for many hours on end, the best thing to do is mount a separate kicker engine. This has many other advantages (fuel consumption, motor redundancy, noise, vibrations ...)

I'm sure others on the forum would have some more to add. Hopes this helps.


NYorker posted 05-03-2005 09:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for NYorker  Send Email to NYorker     
Thanks for the good info.
fishinchips posted 05-03-2005 10:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for fishinchips  Send Email to fishinchips
Oh, thats me. 8-)
fishroy posted 05-10-2005 09:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for fishroy  Send Email to fishroy     
I configured a 5 gallon round igloo water cooler for my livewell and works great for several reasons.

1. Price of cooler $15.00 from Sams
2. Insulated
3. The bottom water spout easily removes and you install a pvc fitting for the intake.
4. Only weighs 40 pounds when full of water
5. I have had as many as 150 live pinfish at one time
6. You can custom cut a piece of starboard (round) for the top and have yourself a nice cutting board
7. Easily removable with stainless bolts and wind nuts
8. Small

Total cost of all materials including transom mount pump encased in starboard was $60.00.

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