Here’s a list of five of our favorite offshore sport fishing boats of all time. This short list includes popular and classic offshore sport fishing boats that have been used by legendary sport fishermen and novices alike on the open seas. They range from modern performance boats to storied collectors boats. Let us know what your favorite offshore sport fishing boats are.
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Designed by Yellowfin Yacht owner Wylie Nagler, who has a background in offshore racing, the 36 Yellowfin is built for speed. It’s an agile center console boat equipped with triple 225-HP Mercury four-stroke outboards and sleek deep-V fishing hull. That equals one fast and dry ride out on the water. The 36 Yellowfin is geared for light-tackle. Highlights include a 13-inch covering board, Stainless Gemlux features, Pompanette rod holders and a 65 and 25-gallon livewell tanks.
SeaVee 390 IPS
The SeaVee 390 IPS is one of the most agile center console boats of all time. The boat’s Inboard Performance System joystick and sportfish mode allow for quick and easy juking, spinning and backing up. And it has decent fuel efficiency with a 600-mile range at 30 mph. It’s no surprise the SeaVee 390 IPS is a popular choice with fishing guides, crusty captains and boating enthusiasts throughout the US.
The 43-foot Merritt is stuff of sport fishing boat legends. Only 12 43-foot Merritt’s were ever built. Each were used by top fisherman to set numerous world records. Merrittboat.com noted that “The 43-foot Merritt established more tuna-fishing records, won more tournaments and set more all-tackle marlin records possibly than any boat in history.” The iconic sport fishing boat has a clean design, spacious cockpit and some of the best maneuverability for a craft of its kind. It could very well be the greatest offshore sport fishing boat of all time.
If you’re fishing offshore in the US, you’ll probably see a 31 Contender somewhere out on the water. It’s one of the most popular large center console sport fishing boats, because it’s fast, strong and well-suited for fishing. The 31 Contender has a one piece level deck from bow to stern making casting easy on the boat, and the two fully lined 400-quart forward fish boxes means plenty of room for catches.
Bertram 31 was a pioneering offshore sport fishing boat when it first came on the market in 1961. It was the first boat to have the deep-V hull design, which inspired several boats to come. The Bertram 31 is a comfortable fishing vessel with a large cockpit, and enough juice to go fast on high seas. While the boat is no longer in production, you can still find several of them in service around the world.