Airing now on Fox Sun Sports: Florida Sportsman Best Boat: Episode Four – 20′ to 27′ Pontoon Boats
2014 Florida Sportsman Best Boat Line-Up
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If you’ve had large inboard sportfish boats, and want a boat that can fish the same waters yet still have the ease of maintenance and handling of a center console, like the Dusky 33, the Belzona 327 or the Cobia 340CC.
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If you want to fish the flats inshore, yet when sea are calm, head offshore for bottom fishing or trolling, with one to three friends, a Bay Boat in the 20’ to 22’ range similar to the Blue Wave 2000 Pure Bay, the Sea Chaser 210 LX or the Velocity 220 Bay may be the best boat for you.
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If you’re looking for the comfort amenities of a deck boat and the cockpit size of a much larger center console then check out the Scout 245 Dorado, the Sailfish 275 DC and the World Cat 296 Dual Console boats in the 20’ to 28’ range.
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If family and fun are slightly ahead of fishing in the list of priorities, if comfortable seating and a stable ride are important to you then a Pontoon Boat like the Silver Wave 250, the Fiesta Beachcomber 22 or the Harris Crowne 250.
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If you’re wanting to fish comfortably on days when seas are forecasted to be three to four feet, or want to cross to the islands or head out to the middle grounds a center console in the 28’ to 32’ range is what you want like the Contender 28ST, the Century 2901 or the Southport 29FE.
If you’re looking for the inshore performance of a bay boat, yet the look and feel of a traditional center console then a hybrid bay boat in the 23’ to 27’ including the Dorado 23, the Sheaffer 24 and the Andros 26 might be your best choice.
If you want to fish in 7 to 12 inches of water, utilize your poling platform to stealthily move you boat across a flat then, depending on the number of people you want to fish the Skull Island 16, the Hewes Redfisher 18 or the Sterling 220XS Flats Boats in the 16’ to 22’ range will work perfectly.
If the areas you fish have shallow oyster beds, submerged rocks or stump fields, an Aluminum Skiff like the G3 Bay 18 DLX, the SeaArk 2072 VFX and the Alumacraft 2072 can stand up to a lot of abuse and may be the best boat for you.
If you’re looking to stretch your trips further offshore, have room for four to six people, possibly add a head or second engine, look at a CC in the 24’ to 26’ class like the Contender 24 Sport, the Everglades 255 or the Stuart Boatworks 26.
If you like to fish the flats, but also want to fish nearshore and offshore, with three to four people, when they’re calling for 10 to 15 mph winds, then a 24’ to 26’ Bay Boat will work best. Boats in this class are the Blue Wave 2400 Pure Bay, the Skeeter SX 240 and the Crevalle 25 Bay.
If a low maintenance, relatively inexpensive inshore skiff is what you’re looking for, a Sport Utility Skiff like the Dusky 218 RL, the Carolina Skiff DLX Tunnel or the Sundance DX20 would be the best boat for you.
If you’re looking for higher gunnels the a bay boat, single power, and light enough to pull with an SUV, then consider a Center Console in the 20’ to 23’ size range including the Release 208 RX, the Dusky 227 or the Sea Born SX 239.
If you want to enter fresh water bass tournaments, fish for crappie during the colder months or for catfish and bream in the summer, maybe hunt waterfowl, then check out a Bass Boat in the 15’ to 22’ range like the Gator Trax Hybrid 15×44, the Gator Trax Hybrid 17×62 or the Skeeter 225.
Best Boat Air Times
(Please see episode list, times may vary)
Friday, 8:30 a.m.
Sunday, 8:30 p.m.
Monday, 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 6:00 a.m.
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- Blue Wave
- Carolina Skiff
- Fiesta Pontoon
- Gator Trax
- Harris Flote Bote
- Release Boats
- Silver Wave
- Skull Island
- Stuart BW