Fishing From Your Hull?
Most of our standard front decks come about 42" long. If you are fishing from the front deck with a trolling motor, you will want the extended deck. This adds 16" of deck space so you dont always feel like you are about to step backwards off the front deck. It also allows for a place to put your trolling motor batteries underneath, as well as a fuel tank in some situations.
Extended Front Decks and Permanent Rear Deck
This design works great as a bass boat or crappie boat with front and rear decks. The huntdeck in the back keeps the motor out of the rear deck fisherman's way.
Front and Rear Decks
Trolling Motor Bracket and Wiring
The bracket is required to mount the trolling motor. The wiring must be run during construction and includes the female plug mounted to the boat as well as the male plug to attach to your trolling motor
- Recessed Area for Trolling Motor Foot Control
Lowers the height of the foot control for ease of operation and ease on your back!
Extra Battery Tray(s)
Your boat will come standard with one battery tray for your cranking battery. However, if you are fishing you will need one extra tray (12v systems) or two extra trays (24v systems) or 3 extra trays (36v systems) for your trolling motor batteries. In many boat configurations, these battery trays are placed under the extended deck.
Removable Ice Chest
If you will be fishing, it will probably be HOT! You can install these removable 54qt chests in an open hull boat and use them for bait, drinks, dry storage, fish, and a seat. It comes with an upholstered lid and a cordura shadowgrass cover. Snaps in place and removes in seconds.
Custom Front Decks
This deck was set up with dry storage up front, a custom live well on the left and another large dry storage area on the right.
Catwalks are basically a walkway that connect the front deck to the back deck, or rear half boxes. They serve many purposes. You can use them to walk from the front of the boat to the back while fighting a fish wihtout stepping over ice chests and other gear. Walk from front to back without stepping up and down all day. Use them for seating for passengers. Or, enclose them with hatches for rod / gun storage down one or both sides of the boat.
Note- Catwalk storage is not totally dry. For totally dry rod or gun storage, see Rod Box or Gun Box.
17x50 Huntdeck with Catwalks
Catwalks make a great addition to our wider hulls (50" and up) They add a lot of surface area or deck space and add the ability to get from front to back quickly and easily.
16x44 Huntdeck With Catwalks
The side walking catwalk feature has become very popular with our shallow water fishing customers. These can be put on any of our hulls.
Redfish Pro-Fishing Hull
This hull was designed with fighting reds in mind! Cat-walks line the sides to enable you to fight fish from one end of the boat to the other.
This totally dry compartment is 7'3" long, 13.5" tall, and 11" wide at the top. Unlike the catwalks, that can span the entire length of the side of the boat, the rod box MUST be placed in the rear section of the boat and can NOT continue past the second open hull cross brace. You can, however, add a partial catwalk to the end of the rod locker to continue a walking path on to the front deck.
Note- combining a rod box and a catwalk may result in the catwalk and the rod box being at different levels. There may be a slight drop from the catwalk to the rod box.
This rod box is 7ft long. It is lockable and can accommodate more rods than you ever need to carry. Keep in mind that it will take up one entire side of your boat. There is no room for other storage boxes on the same side as a rod box.
Permanent Rear Deck
Many of our fishing boats get ordered with remote steer. (driven by a steering wheel on a console). If this is how you want your boat, a permanent rear deck is a nice accessory to order. It gives you a place to store gas tanks, cranking battery, and other items. It also makes a nice rear casting deck for your buddy.
Note- If you are NOT using remote steer and you intend to drive your motor tiller steer, do NOT get this accessory. It will be very uncomfortable to drive tiller when you are forced to sit facing forward instead of turning sideways, which feels much more natural. If you intend to use tiller steer, see Removable Rear Casting Deck.
Rear Permanent Deck
Rear deck with double access hatches
One side and one top hatch
Rear Permanent Deck
While this is not the best layout if you want to stand up and drive a mud motor, it works great for outboards or sitting down to drive a mud motor.
Open rear deck with step down
Removable Rear Casting Deck
If you intend to operate your motor tiller steer and you still want a back deck for your buddy to fish from, this is the way to go. The deck removes for tiller steer driving by simply pulling a pin. Can be fitted with a seat base as well.
Bowfishing / Fly-fishing Deck
This set up is made for bow fishing. Raised removable deck overlooks the receiver hitch option that holds a removable light bar. Light bar can house up to 5 huge halogen lights for bow fishing. Remove the pin, pull out the lights, lift off the deck, and you are back to a duck hunting machine in seconds!
Removable Front Casting Deck
Gives the fisherman or the bow fisherman a 12" raise for better sight fishing or bow fishing. Fly fishermen love the 4ft x 4ft decks for all the room. Also available on larger boats is the 5ft x 4ft deck. Removes in seconds with no pins, no bolts, just lift! Weighs under 50lbs.
This type of hull is becoming more popular each year. You can remove the decks in seconds and be right back to a hunting rig!
Console and Remote Steer Controls
If you want to drive your motor with a steering wheel you will need a console (we offer side consoles as well) and controls. This is an expense many customers overlook. To go from a tiller steer mud motor to a remote steer mud motor is over $2,100! You have a console to purchase as well as the controls. The controls include the same hydraulic steering system as on a 150hp outboard! This is what drives the cost up. However, it is necessary to have hydraulic steer for your mud motor.
This is a fairly standard console. You may have your console built to your specs. However, we have found that this console is perfect for either standing OR seated driving.
17x54 Huntdeck with 45 Sport Remote Steer
18x50 with 45 HP Mud Buddy Remote Steer
Now available are remote steer packages with center or side consoles. They also come with anti feedback or, even better, hydraulic steering.
Removable Lean Post
If you intend to operate your motor with a console and a steering wheel, this lean post is a great option. It is totally removable and is designed to let you lean on it, half sitting, half standing for long runs.
Drivers Seat Bracket
If you intend to operate your motor with a steering wheel and side console, sitting on the rear deck or a rear half box puts you too high and you wind up leaning over to steer. This bracket allows you to drive from a lower position and be more comfortable. You can also accomplish this with a rear storage bench just in front of the rear deck, but this option accomplishes the same thing at a fraction of the cost.
Rear Storage Bench
If you intend to operate your motor with a console, the rear storage bench offers a lowered, more comfortable, driving position. It also offers more dry storage and or a livewell.
GPS Grab Bar Bracket
If you intend to operate your motor tiller steer, your boat will come equipped with a removable grab bar. Your GPS/Fishfinder can be mounted on that grab bar with this bracket.
Side LED Navigation Lights
This is a favorite of ours no matter what you are doing from your boat. But if you fish, it keeps your bow navigation lights off the front deck and out of the way. Mounted flush in the side of the hull so they dont get knocked off. No bulbs to ever replace, all LED.
Deluxe 4 or 6 Rod Holder
Perfect addition to boats with seat bases in the floor. Totally removable.
Sliding Transducer Bracket
This is a must have for mud motor use. This bracket allows you to get your transducer up and hidden behind the boat when you want to traverse shallow water, mud, or stumps. When you are ready to deploy, simply loosen the knob and gravity makes the unit fall into perfect position to read properly.
Another must have. Hydroturf is a closed cell EVA foam that gives you three HUGE advantages! First, you can't slip on it, it has grooves cut in for traction. Second, it is noise dampening when you drop something or walk in the boat while fishing. Lastly, it will NOT GET HOT! You can walk on it barefoot in August!
The poling platform allows you to sight cast for shallow fish. When used with an 18' push pole, it also lets you push the boat through water too shallow to operate the trolling motor with stealth. When the poling platform is purchased in conjunction with the Huntdeck, it will not interfere with your back deck space.
This 18x54 has front removable casting deck with receiver hitch. The receiver hitch holds a light bar that holds up to 5 huge halogens. Rear poling platform allows for stealth approach and / or backup shooting at fish that slip by the shooter on the front deck. All platforms and light fixtures combined can be removed in less than one minute TOTAL!
The Original Huntdeck
This feature started right here at Gator Trax Boats and has grown to say the least. The huntdeck offers many advantages, such as a place to get in and out of the boat, flotation placement, and more. But as it pertains to fishing, it frees us the back deck space. You are no longer sharing your back deck with a motor and controls. You can stand on it to fish or work on your motor as an extension of your back deck. Dont miss out on this one.
18x54 Huntdeck with 45 HD Sport
17x54 Huntdeck Dual Stand-Up Consoles
16x50 Huntdeck with front stick steer
18x50 with Huntdeck
Rod locker, front fishing deck, livewell, hydraulic steering, rear fishing deck, tons of storage, and more.
17x50 Huntdeck Fishing Model
This model was built after a more traditional bass fishing style rig with Gator Trax Quality and Finish. You still get the features, the layout, and the "fishability" of a production line boat, but you add the shallow water performance, strength, and handling of a Gator Trax. Works with outboards or mud motors.
17x54 Huntdeck with Mud Buddy HD7000
Gallery of other Fishing Hull Designs & Accessories
16x50 with 40hp Mercury
18x50 Open Hull
An open floor plan works the best by far for fishing.
Tiller steer set-up
Allows for more room in the boat since there's no need for a console.
17x44 with 21" sides
Taller sides on our 44" or 50" bottom hulls are great for rougher water.
Open Hull 18x54
Placing dual half boxes in the rear of a boat that you plan to use with an outboard or Hyper Drive is a great idea. Gas tank in one, batteries in the other, and you have a seat to drive the motor from.
90hp Yamaha - Ice Chest Seats - Hydraulic Jack Plate - Hydraulic Steering and more!