- Sep 20, 2022
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First-time boat owner here. Just wanted to say hello and tell you what I just bought. As the title says I got a 1995 Nitro 190TF with a Merc 150 XR6. Came with a Minn Kota 80lb thrust and 2 Garmin 93sv Plus. Now again this is my first boat. I haven't had the luxury to fish off other boats in my life and to be honest I'm new to fishing in general. I just started fishing just before summer started lol I mean I fished as a kid several times but don't remember a single fish I caught. My dad is an avid angler but we just didn't have that father-son bond growing up. I just did my thing while he did his, which was totally fine as we have a great relationship besides teaching me how to fish. My dad is a Vietnam vet and that kind of messed him up where he just liked to be alone and he didn't open up to me until I turned 18. So now here I am 39 years old and I'm just getting into the game and I'm diving in head first lol I started off salmon fishing as I live in the PNW hitting river with waders and I get a kick out of that. But then I started watching videos online about bass fishing and that really piqued my interest. Just watching these monsters hit your line and the way you hook set the fish with that quick snap! Man, I had to get me some of that! So my journey begins there. All I do is watch fishing videos and learn about gear and new technics on how to catch these things. My friends that do fish again salmon fish and don't know anything about bass. So I'm all alone here. My wife is very supportive of the things I do and she watched me all summer struggling to catch them which I'm fine with because that's how you're going to learn right? Fast forward to the middle of summer and I'm telling her I'm going to take our little inflatable raft and put a floor in it so I can get off the bank. Then it snowballs into I'm going to get a plan Jon boat. Then it changed to a Jon boat with a casting deck. Then I change it to a full-blown out Jon boat build. Then I started looking at real legit bass boats and saw how much those things are and quickly got shot back to reality and went back to my first original idea of the inflatable lol. Now, this is all I can think about and my poor wife has to listen to me talk about this stuff nonstop lol Well a couple of weeks ago she takes me on a drive and she started pulling into this driveway where there was a bass boat sitting out front. I ask her what are we doing here. She tells me she wanted to look at this boat cause it was a great deal. I'm in shock that she would even want to look at it. Like I said she's very supportive of things I want to do and she was ok with me getting a Jon boat but not a new bass boat. We got out of the car and this thing is beautiful. Kept in a garage the whole time he had it, just immaculate. The guy was really nice, we ended up hanging out with the guy and his wife for 4 hours just talking about fishing. I told him that I'd never used a bait caster and he gave me a new rod and reel to take home and practice! Great to see there are still nice people in this world like him. So we went home and talked about the boat and other options that I had as it would be way cheaper for me to do. But that very next week she surprised me and bought the boat for me! We went back to the guy's house and he took us out of the water to show us how to use everything and even fish for a little bit. Now I get that most people say they have the best wife in the world but I truly feel that I ALSO have the best wife in the world. For her to do something like that is amazing. I'm going to learn so much with this rig and I can't wait to get back on the water. I most definitely forgot a couple of little things he showed me so I joined the group to ask these questions here even though I know I could call him. Sorry, this post was so long but I wanted to share with you my FIRST boat experience. Tight lines!