Airing this week on Fox Sports Sun: Episode Six – It’s Time to Fish the Flats—You Need a Flats Boat
2015 Florida Sportsman Best Boat Line-Up
1/1 – 9:00 a.m. | 1/2 – 8:00 a.m.
1/3 – 11:00 p.m. | 1/5 – 6:00 a.m.
Depending on what you’re fishing for, how you’re fishing and with how many people, you’ll want to watch this episode to help you decide what’s the best type of boat for you: a center console, bay boat or flats boat.
1/8 – 9:00 a.m. | 1/19 – 8:00 a.m
1/10 – 8:30 p.m. | 1/12 – 6:00 a.m.
If you want to fish offshore on calm days and still fish inshore, a Bay Boat from 23 to 27 feet may be the best boat for you. In this episode see the Triton 260 LTS, Ranger 2510 and the Blue Wave 2400 Pure Bay (Part 1).
1/15 – 9:00 a.m. | 1/16 – 8:00 a.m
1/18 – 8:30 p.m.
If you want to fish offshore on calm days and still fish inshore, a Bay Boat from 23 to 27 feet may be the best boat for you. In this episode see the Robalo 246 Cayman, Nautic Star 244 XTS and the Sea Born FX24 (Part 2).
1/22 – 9:00 a.m. | 1/23 – 8:00 a.m.
1/24 – 8:30 p.m. | 1/26 – 6:00 a.m.
If you want a super stable platform for inshore cruising fun for the whole family, yet still want to be able to fish four to six people, you may be surprised that a Pontoon Boat may be the best boat for you. We feature the Silver Wave 230, Fiesta Family Fisher 24 and the Bennington SX22.
1/28 – 9:00 p.m. | 1/29 – 9:00 a.m.
1/30 – 8:00 a.m.
If you want to fish offshore in a single-engine boat, a Center Console from 23 to 25 feet may be the best boat for you. With today’s very dependable outboards, a large single powered center console makes a lot of sense. We feature the Sea Fox 246, Dorado 25 and the Sea Hunt Ultra 235 SE.
2/5 – 9:00 a.m. | 2/6 – 8:00 a.m.
2/7 – 8:30 p.m. | 2/9 – 6:00 a.m.
If you want to fish for tailing redfish, bonefish or permit—in less than a foot of water—a Flats Boats is what you’ll need. Tune in this week as we feature the Spyder FX19, Ankona 17 Cayenne and the Action Craft 19 ACE.
2/12 – 9:00 a.m. | 2/13 – 8:00 a.m.
2/15 – 8:30 p.m. | 2/16 – 6:00 a.m.
If you’re looking for a mid-size to large center console that you can easily trailer, yet still go offshore for dolphin or tuna—even when it’s a little rough—Center Consoles from 26 to 30 feet may be what you’re looking for. Don’t miss this episode as we go over key features on the Belzona 277, Century 26 and the Dusky 278.
2/19 – 9:00 a.m. | 2/20 – 8:00 a.m.
2/22 – 8:30 p.m. | 2/23 – 6:00 a.m.
Catamarans continue to grow in popularity due to their stable, easy-to-plane hull configuration. The hull is known for its rough water capabilities, but if you’re looking for a fishing boat that easily doubles as a family boat, you’ll want to check these cats out. In this episode we feature three types of cats: World Cat 320CC Center Console, World Cat 230 DC Dual Console, Glacier Bay Edition 2740.
2/26 – 9:00 a.m. | 2/27 – 8:00 a.m.
2/28 – 8:30 p.m.
If you want a small, easily trailered center console, an all-around boat where you can comfortably take the kids offshore for fishing and diving but still have a boat for the sandbar or pulling water toys, a boat in the 18- to 22-foot range may be the boat you’re looking for. Check these three boats out: Sea Fox 186 Commander, Release 196 RX and the Sea Born LX22.
For years a 30-foot center console was as big as they came if you wanted a trailerable boat. This class of center console is all you need to run offshore for dolphin, wahoo, tuna and more. In this episode, we feature the Cape Horn 32, Andros 32 and the Contender 32 ST in the 30- to 32-foot range.
If you want to fish primarily inshore, but on very calm days still go offshore, a Bay Boat from 20 to 22 feet might be just the boat you’re looking for. It’s not a flats boat and it’s not a center console—it’s a little of both, a Bay Boat. In this show we feature the Skeeter SX210, Blue Wave Pure Bay 2200 and the Blazer 675 Ultimate Bay.
If you’re looking to entertain as much as you expect to troll or bottom fish, and want to do it all in comfort, you’re going to want a modern day battlewagon. Check out the fishability as well as the amenities of these center consoles: Southport 33FE, Contender 35ST and the Edgewater 368CC.
Once you’ve picked the right boat for you, now it’s time to select the right power to make it go. It used to be tough enough when it was just choosing the make and size of engine. Now, on a lot of boats you have to decide on how many outboards to go with. You don’t want to miss this episode as we talk with experts from: Yamaha, Suzuki and Evinrude.
Best Boat Air Times
(Please see episode list, times may vary)
Friday, 9:00 a.m.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m.
Sunday, 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, 6:00 a.m.
Florida Sportsman Best Boat magazine will be on sale at your favorite newsstand Oct. 14 through Dec. 15, 2015!
- Action Craft
- Blazer Bay
- Cape Horn
- Fiesta Pontoon
- Release Boats
- Sea Born
- Sea Fox
- Sea Hunt
- World Cat