Saltwater Fishing Boat Reviews, Tips & Maintenance

Check out the latest saltwater fishing boat reviews, and get tips for how to properly maintain them.

Looking for info on saltwater fishing boats? Check out our hundreds of boat reviews on Boston Whalers, Yellowfins, Grady-Whites and more. Read up on the latest outboard technology, research new gear and check out the latest tips for boat maintenance and handling.

For hardcore bluewater fishing, nothing beats center console boats: They offer 360 degrees of fishability, and most come with every detail and aspect an angler could want from rod storage to livewells and from aggressive speed to security and stability. Depending upon where you fish, the best center console fishing boats could measure 26 feet and under. For longer runs and bigger water, slightly bigger boats and even those 30 feet and over might better fit your bill. 

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During the last decade, boat builders realized that more and more buyers wanted family-friendly vessels. The best dual console boats provide plush seating, enclosed heads, full galleys, freshwater showers and watersports amenities while still bringing key fishing features. While a dual console’s helm design can impede fishing forward, its cockpit is wide open for fish fighting, and most come with ample rod storage and livewell space. 

If you’re looking for a boat with shallow-water capabilities to target backcountry species such as redfish and speckled trout, as well as true flats species such as bonefish and permit, a flats boat or flats skiff is the best option. Not quite as shallow running as a hyper specialized micro-skiff, flats boats are great options for anglers who want to pole or use a trolling motor in less than a foot of water, yet want room for several anglers to fish. See what new boats are available today.

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Bay boats are the next step up from a flats boat. Bay boats draw more water than flats boats, but make up for it with many other appealing characteristics — features like a larger platform for fishing, plus more horsepower, deck space and storage. Bay boats handle rough water conditions better than flats boats, often built with modified vee-hulls for a smoother ride. Check out the many new bay boats available on today’s market.  

Among the most fun aspects of buying a boat is equipping it with all the cool new gear available. Fishing boat gear runs the gamut from marine accessories such as outriggers, extra rod holders and anchors to safety kits and personal equipment such as rod holders and fighting harnesses. Anglers who have owned boats for a longer period of time eventually want to repower with new outboard motors, featuring the latest and greatest technology for dependability, speed and connectivity.

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Whether you’re new to boating or a sea-seasoned captain, you’ll always be interested in easy boat projects and tips such as creating checklists for boat maintenance. The more you use your boat, the better you’ll be at boat handling. But our experts can help you more safely navigate inlets, run rough seas, save on fuel, skim shallow waters, dock easily, and tie up like a pro.


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