Alumacraft Angler SC
Alumacraft introduced the all-new, all-aluminum Angler CS, a 16-foot jon built for bass, crappie and catfish anglers who are looking for big value.
Its welded mod-V hull features rugged .102-inch aluminum and features 11 ribs. The 65-inch beam and 48-inch bottom mean the carpeted decks and floor offer lots of fishing space.
Suggested retail: Console model—$7,995; tiller model—$7,795, with Yamaha 25 two-stroke.
Bass America HP 175
The Bass America HP 175 is a brand new aluminum bass boat from Polar Kraft. The 17 footer is made from rugged .100-inch metal, and features a one-piece fiberglass console with multi-function gauges and anti-feedback steering.
The 175’s hull has a reverse chine and is rated for 115 horsepower and can carry 1,450 pounds of passengers and gear.
Suggested retail: $19,500, with a Yamaha F115, 40-pound Minn Kota tolling motor and Lowrance X-50.
Champion 188 CX
Champion introduced a pair of tournament-level bass rockets for 2008. At 18 feet, 8 inches, the 188 CX is the smaller of the two, yet it offers maximum deck and storage space due to its wide, 95-inch beam.
The width extends well into the bow, which means wide-open fishing space on the deck and lots of room for gear and rods underneath.
Rated for 200-horsepower, the 188 CX’s V-Wing hull is known for its smooth ride and superb handling. Standard features include a 24-volt MotorGuide trolling motor, a dash-mount Lowrance X-135, SeaStar hydraulic steering, a 10-inch jackplate, plus more.
Suggested retail: $34,583, with a Yamaha 200 VMax.
Crestliner CX17 Crappie
The CX17 Crappie from Crestliner is a brand new hull, designed especially with the panfisherman in mind.
At 17 feet, 1 inch in length, the modified-V hull offers an extremely wide 87-inch beam, which means lots of space in the cockpit and enough room for two-across seating on the bow and stern decks.
The ready-to-fish package comes complete with trolling motor, sonar, two aerated livewells with integrated bait buckets, rod and dry storage, plus a swing-tongue trailer.
Suggested retail: $15,581, with a Mercury 50.
Lowe FM 165
Lowe’s FM 165 aluminum V-hull is rich in fishing features, starting with a spacious cockpit and large casting deck in the bow. It also features a 55-pound MotorGuide trolling motor, Lowrance X-50 sonar, 7-foot easy-access rod locker and a 23-gallon Flow-Rite livewell.
The 16 1/2 footer is rated for 75 horsepower and is a great choice for anglers who want an all-around fishing rig.
Suggested retail: $12,495, with a Mercury 50.
Lund 186 Tyee GL
Lund made its long-awaited entry into the fiberglass fishing boat market with the new 186 Tyee GL, an 18 1/2-foot multi-species boat built for big-water fishing and family fun.
The boat’s 98-inch beam provides a big, stable footprint in the water, plus plenty of room in the cockpit area for four pedestal seats, plus two stern jump seats. Storage is generous, with multiple compartments in the bow, stern and sidewalls, as well as a cavernous in-floor rod locker and a livewell/baitwell fore and aft.
Unique to this model is the SportTrack Accessory System, a slide-track design that allows an angler to mount rod holders, drink holders or other accessories anywhere along the gunnels, and easily reposition them, if necessary. The hull is rated for 175 horsepower.
Suggested Retail: Unavailable at publishing time.
MirroCraft 1977 Aggressor EXP
MirroCraft added a larger boat to its flagship line of pro-level fishing rigs. At 18 feet, 10 inches, the new 1977 Aggressor EXP measures is a foot longer than the other two boats in the line, which means more overall fishing space as well as a 200 horsepower rating.
The boat’s high sides, 25-inch transom, tough double hull and full compliment of standard and optional equipment make it an ideal big-water rig.
It comes with a full walk-through windshield, snap-in carpet and a built-in wash-down system, generous rod and dry storage, three pedestal chairs and an adjustable driver’s seat, as well as a huge, 140-quart stern livewell.
Suggested retail: $16,899, boat only.
Polar Kraft Outlander 179 TC
The reverse chine, which pushes bow spray out and down, on Polar Kraft’s Outlander 179 TC means fishermen will arrive at their hotspots dry and comfortable.
This, along with its 17-foot, 9-inch length, 93-inch beam and 46-inch and 44-inch livewells (fore and aft), make it a solid choice for anglers who tap large lakes and reservoirs for trophy walleyes, muskies, stripers or catfish.
Its three piece hull features double-riveted seams and a double-layered keel that provide extreme ruggedness and durability.
Lockable rod storage, anti-feedback steering and a multi-function gauge array are part of the package.
Suggested retail: $19,900, with a Yamaha F115, 55-pound Minn Kota trolling motor and Lowrance X-50.
Princecraft Pro 169LX WS
New from Princecraft, the Pro 169LX offers the simple, efficient, angling-minded layout of a classic fishing rig.
Offered in WS (windshield), SC (side console) and BT (backtroll) models, the 16-foot, 2-inch length and 87-inch beam give it wide-open floor space.
It’s double-riveted at the stern and sides, with a double-plate bottom from bow to mid-ship for added durability.
Suggested retail: $17,974, WS model with a Mercury 40 four-stroke.
Princecraft SP 207 SE
Princecraft also redesigned and recast its popular Super Pro 207 SE for 2008. The huge 20 footer is rated for 225 horsepower and offers a full 100 inches of beam and 84 inches of bottom width, making it a superbly stable fishing platform. The double reverse-chine hull delivers an incredibly smooth, dry ride no matter the wind or wave conditions.
It also features a 44-inch livewell up front and a 34-inch well in the stern, as well as a 12-rod organizer and plenty of storage space. There are four pedestal seat bases in the cockpit, one each on the fore and aft decks, plus two fold-down jump seats under the rear deck.
Suggested retail: $40,080, with a Mercury 150 OptiMax XL.
Smoker Craft Pro Mag 182
At 18 feet, 2 inches, with a 96-inch beam and 27 inches of interior depth, the Pro Mag 182 is obviously meant to deliver a smooth, dry ride and provide a stable fishing platform no matter where you fish.
The cockpit is large and spacious, with room to seat four, or provide a pair of anglers with all the trolling room they need. A center rod box that holds up to eight sticks, as well as two carpeted storage compartments along the sides, are located under the fore deck.
The hull, rated for 150 horsepower, features Smoker Craft’s five-keel design for straight tracking when on plane or at trolling speeds.
Suggested retail: $24,355, with a Mercury 150 OptiMax XL.
Triton DV 18 Magnum
Triton had walleye trolling in mind when it designed this 18 1/2-foot aluminum V-hull. With 95 inches of beam and 35 inches of maximum depth, it was built for the kind of waters these anglers fish.
But even if stripers, blue catfish, or another big-water gamefish is the target, anglers will appreciate the space, comfort and range the tough, all-welded hull provides.
Options include Lowrance sonar and a choice between a Minn Kota and MotorGuide trolling motor, Dual-Pro on-board charger, plus more.
Suggested retail: 32,784, with a Mercury 150 OptiMax XL.
Triton DV 17 Liberty
Another aluminum V-hull from Triton is the DV 17 Liberty, a boat that packs a lot of fishing space and features into a compact frame. Its 89 inches of beam and 26 inches of cockpit depth, allow fishermen to attack fairly big waters with confidence.
Fore and aft decks are good sized, and if you remove two of the four standard pedestal seats, there’s room for two trolling anglers to work in the cockpit.
Suggested retail: $24,684, with a Mercury 115 OptiMax.
Warrior V1783 Backtroller XST
Warrior bills its new V1783 Backtroller XST as a “rough-water tiller boat that will fit into your garage.”
At 17 feet, 4 inches in length, it’s quite compact, yet it offers many features serious anglers want, like twin livewells and the Pro Tiller Hydraulic Remote Steering system. Its wide, 83-inch beam provides stability and comfort at the top end and at trolling speeds.
Suggested retail: $25,795, with a Yamaha 90 four-stroke.
Bass anglers looking for the advantages an aluminum hull offers need to check out the new H18 modified-V boat from Xpress. The 18 footer offers all the essential fishing features, is made from rugged .100-inch aluminum and weighs 1,138 pounds.
Its light weight, along with Xpress’ exclusive Hyperlift Hull design, means you need fewer horses to push the boat on plane quickly and get where you’re going.
Suggested retail: $19,995, with a Yamaha 150.
The Xpress H17 is a slightly smaller version of the H18, but with the same wide, 95-inch beam and 68-inch bottom that provide a stable ride and solid fishing platform.
Like its larger cousin, the H17 features a spacious port side rod box and extra-large livewell, a long with a 40-pound Minn Kota trolling motor and Humminbird Piranha Max 215 sonar unit—all the equipment serious anglers require.
Interior features include stylish tuck & roll upholstery on seats contoured for comfort, and a front deck that offers more legroom for better maneuverability.
Suggested retail: $18,995, with a Yamaha F115.