What to look for in a Bass Fishing Boat

When buying a bass fishing boat there are several things that you need to look for. This is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make so you want to make sure you get something that you’ll be happy with for a long time. Bass fishing from the shore is fun and exciting but when you have a bass boat, you can reach more secluded areas where the bass are more plentiful. It gives you more freedom and makes fishing even more enjoyable.

It’s a new level of fun and excitement when you have the means to go to where the bass are anytime you want to fish instead of waiting for them to come to you. The bass boat gives you the opportunity to get out into coves and near islands where the bass seem to really thrive. Basically, it increasing your odds of catching more bass each time you go fishing.

When you know what to look for in a bass fishing boat it’ll help you make the best decision. Some suggestions that can be helpful are listed below:
* Set your budget and only look for boats within your price range. This is very important because bass boats come in a wide variety of prices. When you buy something that is too expensive, it can take away from the joy of having the boat. You may even have to work more hours to make up for the added expense leaving you little or no time to go fishing.
* Determine what size bass boat you need. This will depend on how many people you expect to go fishing with you when you head out. If it will only be a couple of you, then you don’t need a large boat but if you plan on taking along two or three fishing companions, then you’ll need a large one.
* Decide what features you want. You have many options when it comes to features so take your time and check out the different ones available. Make sure you get everything that you would use but there is no point in paying for extras that you’ll never use.
* Consider where you’ll be fishing. Will you be fishing in lakes, rivers or the ocean? It does make a difference and you’ll need to buy a boat that is best suited for the environment it’ll mostly be used in.
* What type motor does it have? This is not something that you’ll want to be replacing anytime soon so, make sure the motor is one that will fill your needs. Along with the outboard motor you also need a good trolling motor so you can sneak into some of those secluded places without scaring the bass away.
* What type of trailer comes with the boat? This is another thing that you must take a close look at. How big is the trailer? What size tires and wheels does it have and how easy will it be to load and unload the boat when at the water?
* Maneuverability and stability. These are two more things that you should look for when buying a bass fishing boat. Safety should always be the number one concern and these are two factors that have a lot to do with how safe the boat is.
* Check out the guarantee. Each company that sells bass fishing boats has a different type of guarantee or warranty. Be sure and find out what it is before you buy.

When shopping for a bass boat, never allow yourself to be pressured into buying anything that you’re not sure about. Many salesmen are more interested in making a sale instead of what might be the best choice for you.
When you believe you’ve found the perfect boat, take a few nights to sleep on it and think about it. After a little time you may realize that you were just caught up in the moment and that particular boat is not the best suited for your needs. On the other hand, if you still believe it’s the perfect choice, then you’re ready to buy.

If you would love to own a bass boat but the new ones are out of your price range, don’t give up. There are many used bass boats that are in excellent condition. Many of them are sold at unbelievably low prices. When buying a used boat be sure and check it out good to make sure you’re getting what you paid for. It would even be a good idea to take it for a test ride to see how well it performs on the water. If you don’t know much about bass boats, take someone along with you that does so they can give you their opinion on whether to make the purchase or continue looking.

Use this information to help you know what to look for in a bass boat and make a decision that you’ll be happy with for a long time. This is a big decision and it shouldn’t be taken lightly. You need to think about it logically and take everything into consideration, even how you’ll be towing the boat to the water. The more time you spend looking for the right boat, the more likely it will be that you find the one that suits your needs perfectly.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow bass fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on bass fishing since 2004.

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