Fishing Boat Reviews

Our fishing boat reviews cover all types of boats ranging from big center console fishing boats to aluminum fishing boats, plus reports on outboard engines.

August 3, 2022
We’re walking down the docks at the Miami International Boat Show, looking at one mega-monster center console after the next, many of which have three, four, or even five outboards strapped to the…
July 25, 2022
What’s the ideal size for a center console used for Chesapeake Bay fishing? That’s a loaded question, because we all have different financial constraints, physical needs, and fishing styles. But for…
July 9, 2022
For some waterways pontoon boats are an ideal fishing platform and there’s simply no denying how comfy, stable, and roomy these things are, especially when you're drifting for flounder or dropping…
July 5, 2022
Since Bayliner reintroduced its Trophy line their models have focused on the 18- to 22-foot size range, which is a sweet spot for plenty of anglers heading out for some Chesapeake Bay fishing. But,…
June 25, 2022
There are so darn many cool new fishboats we can’t ever hope to fit ‘em all into Fishboat Reviews. And the past few years have brought so many different developments in fishboats we already have…
May 29, 2022
At the 2022 Miami International Boat Show last winter, Parker Offshore introduced the second in its all-new lineup of center consoles: the 24CC. This follows on the heels of the 22CC introduction at…
May 25, 2022
Many of today’s center console boats are so dang jam-packed with frou-frou features like reclining loungers and neon-lighted cupholders that they sacrifice some fishability for “luxury” features, and…
May 9, 2022
Last month we looked at finding the ideal fishing boat design for your needs in our Boat Shopping Primer, and this month we’re ready to go boat shopping — strap yourselves in folks, this is going to…
March 23, 2022
The Bay Bridge Boat Show is our region’s premier spring show for checking out hot new fishing machines. Acres and acres of gleaming new fiberglass will be on display and this is your one best…
March 3, 2022
Those of us who went to the new Chesapeake Bay Boat Show in Timonium, MD, this winter enjoyed a number of pleasant surprises: tons of new boats to check out, lots of happy boaters looking for a new…
February 25, 2022
When it comes to boats size matters, but sometimes you encounter one like the Release 21 RX center console and it throws the usual rules right out the window. Step aboard this boat without first…
February 7, 2022
The rockfish were off the Severn, my buddy had a Wellcraft 222 Fisherman ready and at his disposal a mere mile or two from the hotspots, and although the breeze was blowing it was a west wind, so the…
January 30, 2022
Recently I had the chance to spend some time on a Tideline 235 with twin Suzuki DF200s on a wind-chopped Albemarle Sound, and although we’ve reviewed the 235 in FishTalk before (see the original…
January 24, 2022
I was stricken with boat-jealousy when my slip neighbor Dr. Mike upgraded to a new Sportsman Open 242 with a Yamaha F300 outboard last spring. But I buried the feeling with the knowledge that sooner…
January 20, 2022
My friend Spencer had a new Everglades 243CC, there was talk of slot-size red drum off Point Lookout, and I needed a good excuse to step away from the desk. Fishboat test, anyone? Hmmm, let's see:…
December 31, 2021
It’s easy to be a fan of Robalo boats, especially because they deliver a great bang for the buck, and this has always been particularly true of their Cayman line. When we spent a day aboard the…
December 25, 2021
This fall Bayliner announced a new addition to their Element line, the E17. Wait a sec — the Element line consists of Bayliner’s deckboats, and their Trophy line is their fishboats. So, why would we…
December 9, 2021
In a world full of frou-frou gentrified express cruiser “fishing boats,” the Stamas 370 Aegean is a breath of fresh fish-scented air. Stamas has long been known for building no-nonsense boats that…