Anglers have plenty of choices when it comes to buying a new boat. We took a deep dive into latest bass boats, V-hulls and other fishing crafts in our series on the best new fishing boats for 2018.
Our writers and editors looked at features, specifications, handling and fishability on eight different models.
We also found many things we liked and a few we’d change.
We featured the Ranger Z520L Comanche, Skeeter ZX250, G3 Sportsman 200, AlumaCraft Voyageur 175 Sport, Starcraft Titan 186 DC, Smoker Craft 182 Pro Mag, Ranger 2080MS Angler, Crestliner 1750 Bass Hawk.
Check out our reviews in the gallery below (click on the headlines for full reviews).
<h2><div align="center"><a href="http://www.gameandfishmag.com/?p=93281">Smoker Craft 182 Pro Mag</a></div></h2>When stepping aboard the 182 Pro Mag you’ll be surprised by how much space there is on this 18-foot boat. There’s comfortable seating for up to eight people, with ample space to store all of their gear. The huge raised bow deck conceals vast amounts of in-floor storage, an 18-gallon aerated livewell, and a large, lockable rod storage compartment. The rod storage compartment holds up to six rods rigged and ready to go, yet safely protected from harm. Thanks to some thoughtful engineering, the front deck is high enough that the tall windshield protects occupants exceptionally well but doesn’t gets in the way when casting. A 28-gallon aerated livewell in the stern accommodates a tournament-load of fish with ease. Additional rod storage in the gunnels is a welcome feature. Make certain you spring for the optional ventilation system that dries gear and rods that are put away wet, greatly reducing mildew and protecting expensive tackle from rust damage. Underfoot, the 182 Pro Mag comes with Smoker Craft’s Sea Weave flooring as standard equipment, offering the durability of vinyl, but in an attractive non-slip finish that looks great even after years of hard use. The gunnels have an integrated rack system that allows rod holders, downriggers and other equipment to be easily mounted wherever they are needed. <strong>Click on the headline for more info.</strong>