All have their pluses and minuses depending on the application and lakes you fish. Within the last few years, we now have another choice — the fiberglass “bay boat.” These vessels are typically built for saltwater inshore-style fishing but are quickly becoming a great choice for the musky angler.
As a full-time guide and musky angler for over 25 years, I have fished from many different styles of boats. I have enjoyed a Ranger 620VS for the past few seasons and am now running a 24-foot Skeeter ZX bay boat. Now that I have completed a full season in the bay boat, I would like to give you some pros and cons of the bay boat versus a more traditional multi-species boat.
When I mention a multi-species boat, I am referring to the typical aluminum and fiberglass boats that many commonly use today, like Lunds, Alumacrafts, Crestliners, Skeeters, Tritons, Tuffys and Rangers. These boats have been around for a long time and are proven fishing rigs with similar layouts and configurations.
Lake St. Clair is my home water. This is a shallow lake with lots of chop and close waves and will test your rig very quickly. It will tell you if it is a good ride, a dry ride and if it’s a well-built boat after just a couple weekends of serious fishing. In my years of being on LSC, I have experienced many different conditions that have put all my boats to the test at one time or another. Guiding and fishing daily will also test your rig.
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