Fishboat Reviews

September 23, 2017
The new Yamaha F25 outboard engine is a serious improvement over last year’s model, and will be of interest to anyone looking for a powerful portable outboard for their fishing skiff, duck boat, or…
September 23, 2017
If I were buying a new 20-something boat to fish in the Chesapeake and run offshore once in a while, I wouldn’t sign on any dotted lines before giving a close look at the Tidelines 235 Hybrid. Now,…
September 12, 2017
The stripers are biting so gingerly that you need to set the hook at the slightest provocation, be on your toes at all times, and DANG IT! I just missed another one! That’s two in a row—and it’s all…
August 7, 2017
Sportsman fishing boats have only been around for about five years, yet center consoles like the new Sportsman Heritage 251 have already made a mark on the industry. That's what happens when a pair…
August 2, 2017
Combining the best of the classics with the height of modernity is no easy chore, but it’s exactly what Judge Yachts does with the Chesapeake 36. Looking at this boat is akin to jamming a rock and…
July 30, 2017
The Viking 37 Billfish raises an age-old question (as well as raising billfish): which is the better offshore fishing machine: a convertible, or an express? A convertible gets you more cabin space,…
July 20, 2017
The BOTE Rover, a stand up paddleboard boat, took top honors at this year's ICAST fishing tackle show, winning the Best in Show award. Why? Check out this short video, and you'll understand it in no…
July 16, 2017
The Bonafide SS127 fishing kayak debuted at the 2017 ICAST tackle show, where manufacturers show off their latest and greatest gear. We spotted it while walking the convention center floor, and felt…
July 16, 2017
What looks like a flying saucer, has a top-end of about five MPH, can be turned on its side and rolled down the boat ramp, and is also a floating fishing machine? Why, the Ultraskiff 360, of course!…
June 26, 2017
Whether you plan to enjoy some Chesapeake Bay Fishing or you're just going for a sea trial on a new boat like the NorthCoast 24CC, a north-east wind of 20 knots is not what you're hoping for as you…
June 24, 2017
If you’ve ever spent any time aboard a Southport, you know these are brawny boats built to attack anything with fins and scales ranging from white perch in Chesapeake Bay to white marlin at Baltimore…
June 19, 2017
The Evinrude E-TEC G2 outboards, now available in the 150 to 300 hp range, often stir mixed emotions among anglers. They look radical—some would use different words to describe the optics—and can be…
May 24, 2017
by Lenny Rudow Aluminum boats don’t get nearly the respect they deserve, especially models like the Tracker 1754. It’s big enough to run out into the open bay on decent weather days, but it’s light…
May 24, 2017
by Lenny Rudow Why are there a million and one 22 to 24 foot center consoles plying the waters of the Chesapeake Bay? Because this size range is a sweet-spot; the boat’s big enough to handle what…
May 24, 2017
by Lenny Rudow Stand in front of a new World Cat 280 CC-X, and you’ll get an eerily sense of what a skippie must feel like when a big mako circles nearby. The bow of this boat looks rather shark-…
May 24, 2017
by Lenny Rudow You can’t fault Scout Boats for being too traditional, and their new 215 XSF is evidence that no matter how long this company keeps building boats, they continue to come up with cool…
May 24, 2017
by Lenny Rudow The term “hybrid” is vastly over-used in the world of boats, but in the case of the new Everglades 253cc center console, the term fits. This hard-core fishboat is intended to cross…
May 5, 2017
Yes, we know that neither Yamaha Offshore outboards nor Mercury Verado models are fishing boats. So, why have we dropped this article into the Fishboat Reviews section? Because a huge percentage of…