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Dream Bass Boat?? :) #12791 04/15/13 12:46 AM
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So, if money wasn't the issue (say you were given any bass boat you want) what would be your dream bass boat? (Nitro, Ranger, Skeeter, Stratos, Basscat, Bullet, Triton, etc...)
Also, explain why you would pick that. I am wondering what you guys like over the other name brands such as comfort or stability.
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I personally have no clue what my dream bass boat is. Maybe Nitro Z8-Z9.. I have only ridden in very few bass boats so I really don't know how smooth other name brands really ride.

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The two most comfortable and fishable boats I have personally fished out of are the Ranger and the Skeeter. Both have a wide beam and excellent fishing platforms. They spare no expense in seating comfort and cockpit room.
As far as rough water riding, it's hard to beat a Basscat. If it's speed you are looking for the Bullet, Norris Craft and Allison bass boats are in a class alone.
Stratos is nice and so are Tritons, If someone were to give me one I wouldn't complain.
A boat that I would seriously consider is the Pheonix. I have not ridden or fished in one, but I have fished out of Bumble Bee, which is the predecessor. Looking at the Pheonix there are a lot of nice features and it certainly catches my eye.


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Probably would still be a Ranger, because I think they are generally the best all around. I would consider a Phoenix or Legend though. They have lots of nice features and are very sharp looking rigs.


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I would have to go with a Pheonix, Ranger, Skeeter, BassCat, Blazer all are similar in spec's. Bullets and Allison's are pretty thin skinned. really light built hulls. Nitro has come a long ways in the last few years.


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If Money was not an issue...I would own a Legend.

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Cool!! Thanks for the feedback. This is great stuff. smile


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If I could only have one boat, it would probably be the Sterlings. Big, stable and fast. But, if I could keep my current boat, I'd probably get a new Stroker. I love going fast, and it really doesn't get any faster than in a Stroker.

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You need to OWN the bank to buy a Sterling, What a custom built boat!!! C&O Marine in White Bluff, TN. sells them OMG what a boat!!!

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If I could only have one boat, it would probably be the Sterlings. Big, stable and fast. But, if I could keep my current boat, I'd probably get a new Stroker. I love going fast, and it really doesn't get any faster than in a Stroker.

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WOW!!!! There sure are some amazing looking Bass Boats out there. That rig looks fast sitting still!!


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look closely and you can see the "pad" is so far forward that it is almost under the seats. that will cause that boat center of gravity to be further forward too. That puppy will probably not have anything in the water at WOT!


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Man!! That is crazy!!


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PBmang I am right there with you on the Stroker. I would have a Black on black w/built 300 PROXS. I love going fast also... lol!

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That's crazy fast!! Whenever I get my next boat it will have either 225 or 250hp so I can fish any tournament I want legally. I won't need to go faster then 75 or so MPH. I can barley go 45 with my 90hp. Going in the 70's will be plenty fast for me for a while.


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Triton 21XS...wide, smooth, dry and comfortable. I have the 18XS now and it is wider than just about anything of the same length (especially Skeeter and Strato). It also rides better than any skeeter or startos I have ever been in.


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Originally Posted by FishermanFrank
That's crazy fast!! Whenever I get my next boat it will have either 225 or 250hp so I can fish any tournament I want legally. I won't need to go faster then 75 or so MPH. I can barley go 45 with my 90hp. Going in the 70's will be plenty fast for me for a while.


You say that until you get use to going that fast...lol


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60 is plenty for me....and I have driven over 70 in other boats plenty...I just don't care for going that fast on open water...with no real ability to react quickly enough if I saw something in the water. In fact, I prefer to drive at right around 50 mph 99% of the time.

Personally, I think they need speed limits in tournaments.

The big joke is that tournament fisherman have it to get to the spots faster then the next guy, went the fact is is:
1. They are seldom running to the same spot
2. Usually the "spot" is an area that can accommodate others &
3. They all have the same horsepower and just about the same top speed, so other factors influence who really gets there first.


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There will be a lot of opinions on what speed to run. The premium speed for a full size bass boat (19-21 feet) is mostly in the 70-80 MPH Range. Some can go much more with 225hp or 250hp but to get a boat that will handle rough waters you will most likely be running at best the mid to upper 70's. Bullet and other boats meant for speed can go faster but they can't handle rough waters like Rangers can.

But to make sure you are understanding tournament fishing better.. Smaller local tournaments is not as big of a deal how fast you go on the water because of very minimal anglers. But when you fish a big tournament such as the bigger divisions in FLW and even the Elite series you could start out fishing against over 100 plus anglers the first few days of a multiple day tournament. That is when you definitely want to get to your first few spots first.

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It doesn't matter how you get there, what matters is what you do when you get there!!! Years ago we had a fellow that had a little 16 ft. boat with a 40 hp. motor. He won more tournaments with boat, than I can count!! I know the bass don't care!!! I have yet seen a 75mph bass.

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There will be a lot of opinions on what speed to run. The premium speed for a full size bass boat (19-21 feet) is mostly in the 70-80 MPH Range. Some can go much more with 225hp or 250hp but to get a boat that will handle rough waters you will most likely be running at best the mid to upper 70's. Bullet and other boats meant for speed can go faster but they can't handle rough waters like Rangers can.

But to make sure you are understanding tournament fishing better.. Smaller local tournaments is not as big of a deal how fast you go on the water because of very minimal anglers. But when you fish a big tournament such as the bigger divisions in FLW and even the Elite series you could start out fishing against over 100 plus anglers the first few days of a multiple day tournament. That is when you definitely want to get to your first few spots first.


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Yes that is totally true. But what if you have to travel opposite ends on a lake that has over 70,000 acres of water (such as Guntersville) you will need more horse power and a bigger fuel tank. I herd a story about a guy going to a tournament and when he got there he found out his prop fell off on his way to the ramp. He ended up fishing the tournament just with his trolling motor and ended up winning!! Yes having the most expensive rig does not mean you will catch fish. You need to have good fishing knowledge where ever you are fishing to become successful. The ultimate goal is having high confidence in yourself and the way you plan on fishing. Thinking and acting positive will give you positive results. Thinking negative will give you negative results. If whatever your fishing isn't working then you need to be open to change up your techniques to what the fish want. I have learned that I may not be able to out run anyone but I can outsmart them. An example may be thinking of little things that the other guys may overlook such as different baits and even certain areas on the lake that could've been overlooked.


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I would love to be able to afford a fine fancy rig with a 250 on it just because I would love to. I would make no excuses as to why I could benefit by such a boat, it would be just because I want it. I love speed, but only when I am behind the steering wheel, not when someone else is driving.


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Originally Posted by Bob Smith
I would love to be able to afford a fine fancy rig with a 250 on it just because I would love to. I would make no excuses as to why I could benefit by such a boat, it would be just because I want it. I love speed, but only when I am behind the steering wheel, not when someone else is driving.


I have to agree with Bob regarding why I would want a bigger better rig....It would be because I wanted it and could justify affording it. I have the itch for a new boat now....just need to keep myself distracted. hammer

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Originally Posted by Brother Bill
It doesn't matter how you get there, what matters is what you do when you get there!!! Years ago we had a fellow that had a little 16 ft. boat with a 40 hp. motor. He won more tournaments with boat, than I can count!! I know the bass don't care!!! I have yet seen a 75mph bass.


I agree it matters what you do when you get there, and I think Eric in the Castaway club is proof of that. But, I've also never caught a bass at 25mph either, so might as well get there as quickly as possible, so you can get to your fishing speed...lol



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I can run 57 mph tops with my 125 2 stroke and have managed to win my share, like the gang said...it matters what you do when you get there. Just time your runs so you aren't late.

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Yeah exactly. That's why even later in the day and I see a guy sitting on one of my spots and want to fish it still, I will start a couple football fields behind him (where he already fished) and still fish the area. The last couple times I did that I actually was able to still get a few in the boat.
It's all about being smarter. Sometimes you have to get out of the norm to get these fish to react.


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My Cat has gone 70 once and that was FAST to me.
I still had some throttle left.
I was purring down the river toward Roseberry. Ride was smooth and stability was great.
Ever hit the water at 70?
It ain't fun as some have told me. Like skipping a rock.
Whatever you get, you will like it.

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Yeah Coach, anything around 70MPH on the water is moving pretty good!! The 2 fastest boats that i have personally been on is Matt West Triton with 225hp Mercury Optimax or Bryan Cox Stratos with his 225hp Mercury Optimax. Both went about 73-74 with both of us in it.
By the way, has anyone herd of or talked to Bryan Cox lately. He hasn't showed up to the ABA since January..


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I talked with Brian about a month ago. He has been busy with his work and his little girls. I have a feeling he will be out there soon though.

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Ok cool!! Yeah Just like one of the pros said at one of the weigh - ins. Faith, Family and Fishing smile I know I'm just 19 but I totally understand where all of you guys are coming from. Family and working causes to have almost no time for fishing at times.


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I would agree on this older post. Sterling is the Rolls Royce of Bass Boats

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