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Sun Dolphin Pro 10.2 Fishing Boat:
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Sun Dolphin Pro 10.2
Sun Dolphin Pro Fishing Boat
Sun Dolphin Pro Fishing Boat

Product details:

This nifty little craft seems like it may be the perfect craft for river or lake. What stands out to me is the wide base in this boats design. I am sure this design has taken much of the wobble out of the boat. As opposed to a canoe or john boat. It is only 10.2′ long, so I do not think it is a candidate for larger faster rivers where there may be some heavy current action. I would recommend it for slower more lazy river type rivers or any slower waters such as a lake. It is somewhat heavy so another person would be helpfull when transporting the Sun Dolphin Pro. It comes in either gray or black.

Product features:

I think the two main features of the Sun Dolphin Pro in my personal opinion are the aerated livewell with drain and navigation lights. Not many boats this small come equipped with live wells, let alone aerated. Especially right from the manufacturer. The swivel seats are an added bonus also. It also comes equipped with front/rear trolling motor plugs. Also featured on this boat are vertical rod holders, high-density polyethylene construction, pre-wired for trolling motor at bow and stern, and lets not forget it does fit right into the back of a pickup truck!

  • Aerated livewell with drain
  • Front/rear trolling motor plugs
  • Navigation lights
  • Twin swivel fishing chairs
  • Length: 10.2’, Width: 55”, Height: 16.5”, Weight: 160 lbs., Capacity: 469 lbs., HP Rating: 7 HP

Product reviews:

Although I do not own a Sun Dolphin Pro fishing boat, I have done my best to research this product for you. It seems this craft has a mix of reviews. Most people like it some do not. I will try to point all the pros and cons for you.

Pros:

First of all everybody seems to love the design. People have commented on the fact that the boat can be loaded right into a pickup bed. No need for a trailer. Also like I said previously people love the aerated live well. One customer commented that it turns on a dime. Nice! The seats are said to be very well made. And turn quite nicely. Everybody seems to love the rod holders also. Someone commented on the ease of getting in and out of the boat. This would go back to what I said about the design of this craft, that the wide base takes away alot of the “rock”.

Cons:

One customer has complained that boat arrived damaged 2 different times. Of course this is a shipping problem and has nothing to do with design. Another customer complained that after dragging it from the truck to the water multiple times that the hull started to wear thru. Duh!!! Guess he should not be doing that! Someone mentioned that the boat took on lots of water. One customer said that there was  a rip in the bumper guard an that the rear plug for the trolling motor was inoperative.

Conclusion:

So there you have it have it. I have listed all the pros and cons that I could find regarding this product. I sure hope this has helped you make a more informed decision regarding this product. My final conclusion is that I think this would be a perfectly fine fishing craft if used on small lakes and rivers. I have also included a link to all reviews so you can check them out for yourself. When it is all said and done Amazon customers have given this product a 2.8 out of 5 stars.

One final thing:

I strongly encourage everybody to leave a comment in the box below. I love to hear from everybody! Mike Robson

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Inflatable Sport Boats Killer Whale 10.8′ – Model 330 – Aluminum Floor Dinghy with Seat Bag

Product description:

Inflatable Sport boats have a multifaceted purpose in both fresh and saltwater environments around the world. These inflatable dinghy tender sport boats are built tough for rough ocean water, emergency situations, tendering, fishing, or even on a calm pond. Regardless of how you use your dinghy, you can rely on the quality and durability of your Inflatable Sport Boat. We stand behind the quality of our Sport Boats and guarantee our 3 year warranty. Inflatable Sport Boat’s are your “All Sport Dinghy” designed by nautical experts for optimal performance and durability. Providing the industry’s best specs for all inflatable tender dinghy sport boats. Industry leading: Larger diameter tubes, “Easy Planing” extended 30″ rear pontoons, reinforced transom, entirely welded seams and 9 mm 1100 denier thick PVC material with no problematic nose cones. The intention is to eliminate the problematic areas on dinghies; glued material, transom, and nose cones. Your Inflatable Sport Boat will provide you with multiple years of use. Inflatable Sport Boats can be propelled manually or motorized. Compatible with either 2 or 4 stroke motors; 15″ short shaft outboards (recommended) and 20″ long shaft. All Inflatable Sport Boats have been USCG rated and approved. In addition, all boats are registered and include the proper paperwork for boat registration in owners manual. Each boat has it’s own unique HIN number for registration and warranty purposes. Keywords: inflatable sport boat, inflatable boat, dinghy, yacht tender, zodiac boat, inflatable fishing boat, fishing boat, portable fishing boat, inflatable row boat, power boat, sailboat tender.

  • The sleek white contoured design was created by nautical engineers for rear buoyancy and faster planing at takeoff. The thick- 9 mm, 1100 denier reinforced PVC material is UV, oil stain, and puncture resistant. “Easy Planing” extended rear pontoons and transom area allows for more maximum weight and larger motors with balanced stability. The 24 mm easy slide solid aluminum floor and seats are stronger, lighter, easier to clean and environmentally friendly in comparison to marine plywood.
  • All seams are HEAT WELDED and guaranteed to last in fresh and salt water; eliminating the use of problematic glued seams and nose cones.
  • Product ships COMPLETE. Includes: removable seat cushion and bag ($50 value) / 1 aluminum bench seat / 2 aluminum oars with lock-in holders / carry & storage bag / foot pump / and repair kit.
  • USCG approved. Manufacturer Certification of Origin for boat registration is included in manual and 3 year manufacturer limited warranty. U.S.A based company.
  • Dimensions: Model: SB-330 – Killer Whale 10.8′. Length: 10 ft 8 in. Tube diameter: 18 in, Inflated width: 5 ft 2 in, Chambers: 3, Max Power: 15HP, Max Load: 1268 lbs, Max Persons: 5. Inflatable Keel and V Hull.
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Trophy Guide Service

Raystown Lake Striper Guides :

My son Joshs' first striper
My son Joshs’ first striper

This is my first review and would like to review a guide service that I have used for about the the last 25 years. The Raystown Lake fishing guide service is known as Trophy Guide Service, owned and operated by Sparky Price.  I have fished with Sparky about 10 times over the last 25 years. Sparky is a very knowleagable fishing guide with many years experience fishing Raystown Lake Pa. We have always done very well fishing with Sparky.  We have done well about 7 out of those 10 trips. Thats bout a 70% success rate. Not bad. We have always fished for stripers but Sparky specializes in other species of fish as well.

Lake Species:

There is quite a variety of fish in this lake including stripers, walleye, lake trout, smallmouth bass, Large mouth bass, muskies, northern pike, a large variety of panfish and even salmon. Sparky can get get you in on any of these fish.

Trip details:

We usually meet up with Sparky about 5 or 6 am at 7 Points Marina Raystown Lake Pa. The trip is all inclusive. He comes equipped with all bait and tackle. His bait of choice is usually alewives which he nets just prior to meeting with clients. He has also used small trout as bait as well. He offers 4,6 or 8 hour trips. We usually take the 6 hour trip. It pays not to take the 4 hour trip because fishing can be slow for 3 hours or so, then all of a sudden fish start to bite at say 3 1/2 hours and then it is time to quit. So I definately recommend a 6 or 8 hour trip.

State Record Striper:

Sparky State record
Sparky State record

Sparky has spent his whole life hunting and fishing the Raystown area since the days when it was still the Huntingdon Dam. He is the current state striper record holder with a trophy striper weighing in at 53 lbs. 12 oz. He also has 3 previous striper records and numerous citations for a variety of fish. Below I have include a handfull of Sparkys’ videos for you to enjoy!

 

Trophy Guide Service videos:

Raystown beauties
Raystown beauties

 More videos:

 Pricing:

As the original full time charter service Sparky has set the standard in tour prices. They have increased their prices only once in nearly 20 years. Their prices are based on their known expenses and experience which no one at Raystown can match.

4 Hours
6 Hours
8 Hours
1-2 People
$200
$280
$360
3 People
$240
$320
$400
4 People
$280
$360
$440

Eagle siteings:

Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle

At all times while fishing Lake Raystown with Trophy Guide Service keep your eyes open for eagle siteings. It is not uncommon to site at least 3 or 4 eagles in a 6 hour fishing trip. One of the last times we were there, we seen an eagle dive from about 80′ in the air and scoop a fish off the surface!

Final conclusion: 5 star rating

If you are looking a top notch fishing guide to show you how to fish for stripers or any other fish for that matter, please give Sparky a call at Trophy Guide Service. I have included a link to his website to make it easy for you to contact him. Best of fishing to all of you.  Sincerely, Mike Robson

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