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Buying a Starter Boat

By John Neporadny Jr., courtesy of Bass Club Digest

Photo of a man washing his Ranger fishing boat

Anyone looking to buy their first bass boat should consider joining a bass club.

After all, what better opportunity does a novice angler have to take test rides and actually get to fish in a variety of brands and sizes of bass boats? During my earliest non-boater days in the Eldon Bass Club, I got the chance to fish in every major brand of bass boat ranging in sizes from 15 1/2- to 19 feet and through these experiences I formed an idea of what would be a good starter boat for me.

“If they are fairly new to bass fishing, they are usually fishing with some of their friends in the club, so they are getting to know what their needs are as far as length of the boat and horsepower of the motor,” said Wesley Dawson, owner of Dawson Marine in Beaumont, Texas. The boat dealer works closely with bass clubs in his area by sponsoring club events and allowing club members to hold their meetings at the dealership. Read More

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