bass boats

They might be rated for up to five passengers, but bass boats are really designed for two or maybe three anglers, who cast lures from open platforms at the bow and stern. Sleek and low to the water, they’re generously powered to reach far-off hot spots in a hurry, and their open-cockpit design makes it easy to get fishing once there.

Professional, tournament-style fiberglass versions span 20 feet or more and have outboard motors that range from 150 to 300 horsepower. Casual and buddy-tournament anglers often opt for smaller fiberglass or aluminum bass boats with outboards up to 150 horsepower.

Tournament bass must be kept alive and so livewells — cooler-like built-ins that deliver cool, oxygenated water — are a given. So is an electric trolling motor at the bow. A bass boat might come pre-rigged with GPS and sonar equipment. Bass boats have plenty of style, too, with bright colors, metal-flake paint and showy graphics.

Quick Stats

  • freshwater fishing
  • 5 Max
  • 16 - 25 ft
  • outboard engine
  • trailerable