If you’re shopping for bass fishing boats for the first time, you might be a bit overwhelmed by the vast number of choices regarding length, engine power, and features. Which one will serve your needs? Do you really need every option these angling boats have to offer? Here’s what you need to think about as you shop.
What Do You Need Most?
Carefully scan the options. You might not need a gigantic screen, huge amounts of lighting, or a passenger console. Passing on options you don’t need can save you a lot of money up front.
If you are having difficulty determining which options make sense for you, talk to a bass boat owner who fishes where you want to fish. What options do they have?
Do You Prefer Low, Moderate, or High Horsepower Angling Boats?
There’s more to think about than just the area you plan to fish in. First, the more horsepower you have, the better your resale value will be. Why? Because lots of power is sometimes necessary, especially for people who compete in tournaments.
More power allows anglers to get to locations quickly, and every second can count in a competition.
Additionally, lots of power is just plain fun. Your bass boat doesn’t always have to be for bass fishing. Maybe you want to go out on the water and blast around at high speeds! It’s your boat, and you can use it how you want!
What’s the Right Size?
Bass boats are generally between 17 and 22 feet long. They can also vary in weight considerably depending on their width, engines, and other options.
Remember that shorter and lighter is easier on your tow vehicle, but larger and heavier lets boats ride in rough water with greater smoothness (though the hull design matters in this regard, too).
Think about how much space you’ll want for yourself, your friends/family, your gear, and the fish you catch. If you go too small, you might find it cramped. Too big, and you may feel you’re not getting your money’s worth.
How Much Storage Is Enough?
Because you’re going to need more gear for bass fishing than many other kinds of fishing, you’ll want lots of storage space. You’ll want a live well for keeping bait and your fish alive. You’ll want a cooler for food and drinks. You’ll want dry storage for any items you have that need waterproof containment.
Choose the Right Boat for Long-Term Use
Getting a bass boat is an exciting event! But you want to ensure you get the right one to serve you for decades. Carefully weigh your options, consider your needs, think about your tow vehicle, and choose the best boat for your long-term use.