Florida Sportsman Best Boat Season One

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2013 Florida Sportsman Best Boat Line-Up


Florida Sportsman Best Boat – 42′ Center Consoles

The non-stop action of Miami Beach was the perfect place to look at the boats on top of the center console market. Hydra-Sports, Bahama and Contender show us their boats that can win a tournament on Saturday and take the family out on Sunday.

Florida Sportsman Best Boat - Outboards

Florida Sportsman Best Boat – Outboards

We take a look at the family of outboards manufactured by Suzuki, Yamaha, Mercury and Evinrude to see what new technologies they have to offer.

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Florida Sportsman Best Boat – 26′ Center Consoles

Stuart Boatworks, Angler and Cobia all build one of the most popular sized center consoles on the market. It was a short run out to the Ft. Pierce inlet where anglers have competed in kingfish tournaments for years.

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Florida Sportsman Best Boat – 32′ Center Consoles

Leaving out of Tampa Bay we headed into the Gulf where some of the best grouper fishing in the state can be found. A perfect place to test the versatility of the Belzona, Bahama and Stamas class of 32′ center consoles.

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Florida Sportsman Best Boat – 16′ Flats Boats

The Florida Sportsman Best Boat crew returns to the Keys to check out three flats boats in the 16 to 17-foot ranges, designed for skinny water.


Florida Sportsman Best Boat – 22′ Bay Boats

On our second trip to Calusa Island Marina in Marco Island the Best Boat crew tested three 22’ Bay Boats that included the Blackjack, Sportsman and Blue Wave.


Florida Sportsman Best Boat – 30′ Center Consoles

Cobia, Everglades and Robalo build center console fishing boats in the 29’ to 30’ range that have serious offshore capabilities but are still easy to trailer.


Florida Sportsman Best Boat – 24′ Bay

The backwaters and bays of Marco Island is where the Best Boat crew tested the 24’ Bay Boats that included the Edgewater, Everglades and Blue Wave. Host, Dave East invited Capt./Author, Rick Ryals, to check out the key features of each boat in an area famous for its trout, redfish and snook fishing.


Florida Sportsman Best Boat – 18′ Flats

Florida Sportsman Best Boat kicks off the series with 18’ Flats boats designed to fish for bonefish, permit and tarpon.

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Florida Sportsman Best Boat – 20’ Bass Boats

Skeeter, Phoenix and Sterling manufacture highly specialized boats designed to meet the needs of the weekend angler and the tournament pro alike, to fish for the most popular freshwater game fish in North America – the bass.


Florida Sportsman Best Boat – 26′ Bay Boats

Versatility is the best way to describe a 26’ Bay Boat that can fish for Dolphin Offshore, Snook in the Bay and chill at the sandbar. Shearwater, Contender and Sea Born participated to show the key features that define this class of boats.


Florida Sportsman Best Boat – 35′ Center Consoles

With some of the best dolphin fishing in the state not too far offshore, the Ocean Reef Club was an ideal place to feature the 35′ Center Consoles. Worldwide Tournament Competitor, Glen Clyatt, joined the Best Boat crew to cover the features of the popular 35′ center console class. In the seminar series, Capt. Glen Clyatt gives some advice on using your electronics while drift fishing.


Florida Sportsman Best Boat – 23′ Center Consoles

The familiar home waters of Stuart, known for its hot sailfish and dolphin bite, was the perfect spot to run the 23’ center consoles: Including the Sportsman, Century and Scout. Kingfish Series Pro, Skip Chandler, joined the Best Boat crew to go through one of the most popular size offshore boats in production.


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