For some of us, the desire to spend our days fishing is a primary driver behind the decision to purchase a boat. After all, are there any happier memories than those spent casting lines when we were younger?
If you’re in the market for a solid fishing boat—one that’ll really suit your needs—we’re here for you.
Before you shop, determine...
- Your portability requirements: Are you traveling to destination shorelines to fish different areas? You’ll want a boat that’s easy to haul around and maneuver (and don’t forget the trailer)!
- Your fishing party: Are you a solo angler, or is fishing a full-family tradition? Think about how many people you’ll normally have on your boat—roominess is key with gear aboard.
- Your unique needs: Will you need a flat-hulled boat for shallow-water fishing, a sleek bay boat for inshore fishing, or a classic and comfortable center console craft?
Find your fishing boat
Dual Consoles are good multi-purpose machines for casual anglers and cruisers. They're customizable and broadly available in a wide variety of trim levels.
• Ample seating
• Modified cabins with protection from elements
• Handy trim additions (fishboxes, rodholders, etc) well-suited for fishing
Boats to consider: • Grady-White Freedom 375 • Scout Dorado 275 • Boston Whaler Vantage 280
Center Consoler are powerful crafts for serious anglers and a small fishing party. Tney're competent and reliable in rough waters, and suited for inshore and offshore boating.
• 360-degree fishing from every side of the deck
• Comfortable seating
• Partial-cover cabins for element protection + fresh air
Boats to consider: • Robalo R230 • Scout 175 Sportfish • Everglades 230 (CC)
Walkarounds are ideal for larger fishing parties or family fishing fun. There's more room for gear, more comfortable finishes, and more protection from the elements.
• Built-in storage for bait, rods and tackle
• Seating for party
• Good fuel capacity for fishing trips
Boats to consider: • Grady-White Seafarer 228 • Scout 355 LXF • Striper 230