Find the perfect boat for you and your friends or family.
By Captain Zach Timmons
What do you plan to do with your vessel?
“Are you just looking for a boat to cruise the rivers and lakes with a group of friends, have a family day on the water, or are you looking for vessel that was made for the fisherman and his or her needs to go out and return safely with the bounty of the sea?”
“For me, being a charter fishing boat captain, I am looking for a boat that in a way combines the best of all worlds. I take everyone on the water, from the novice angler, children, to the seasoned fisherman that know what they like in a fishing machine. I have to have a boat that accommodates a plethora of clients and a wide variety of fishing situations, so we can assure a fun-filled, safe day on the water.”
“To provide the most fishing time possible for my clients, my boat has to be rather fast, so I can get to fishing spots quickly.”The Bigger the Better? Not Always.
“My boat has to be in the 22-26 ft. range. This allows me to take clients off the coast and out to 30m. That being said, the boat must also have a dry stable ride. You don’t want your friends and family beat up and all wet by the time you get to the fishing spot.”
“Then you have those days where you just can’t make it off shore so your only option is to fish the intracoastal waterway. On these days my boat must be able to get into shallower creeks and flats. That means my boat must have a smooth dry ride for off shore and the ability to go in water under 14 inches or so.”How Much Seating is Enough?
“I have to have seating available for up to 6 people, so flip up seating in the stern of the boat is a must. The rear of the boat is the most comfortable area to ride. Also, those 6 people have to have a place to store all of their belongings in a dry place, so my boat has to have either a large under console storage or plenty of larger under deck storage—and insulated fish boxes.”
“Fishing inshore takes a different style fishing approach. My boat has to have a lot of raised deck space in the stern and bow areas for throwing cast nets and for clients to stand on to fish. When you throw that cast net you have to have a place to put the bait you just captured, so a large live well is also a must have.”What’s the Perfect Boat for Captain Zach?
“In a nut shell the perfect boat for me and my business is a bay boat. They are made to mix the variety of fishing practices that I do on a regular basis, from 30m offshore to 14 in. of water back in the creeks. They have plenty of storage, lots of flip up seating (with cup holders!), large casting decks, and plenty of live wells.”“All of this being said, there are still many different options and uses for all the different types of boats out there. You have to pick the one that suits all of your needs, I am sure the perfect boat for you is out there.”