2018 Fishing Boat Reviews: G3 Sportsman 200

2018 Fishing Boat Reviews: G3 Sportsman 200
Photos courtesy G3 Boats

2018 Fishing Boat Reviews
Photos courtesy of G3 Boats

Game & Fish takes a closer look at the G3 Sportsman 200 as part of our series of 2018 fishing boat reviews.

2018 Boat Review: G3 Sportsman 200

Having spent considerable time aboard the G3 Sportsman 200, we can tell you, at nearly 21 feet, the G3 fishes big.


The Sportsman 200 is well-suited for anglers pursing oversized species, like trophy catfish or giant stripers. While this is a big boat, the 200 will complement the avid pan-fisherman's game plan, too.


2018 fishing boat reviews
The console has Faria gauges and your choice of optional Lowrance electronics.

The spacious front deck has a pedestal base for mounting one of the boat's moveable seats.

There is also a large storage area for stowing anchors, drift socks and other essential fish gear.

A spray-in floor lining keeps the boat tidy with just a quick rinse of a garden hose.



The back deck is big.

The four fold down seats are moveable from bow to stern, and the rear seats slide back and forth, offering room to stretch your legs out.

A rod rack on the port side holds up to four 8-foot rods.

Rod holders can be mounted in tracks or on the rails of the aft-deck gunnels. A 5-foot-plus livewell holds 65 gallons of water. Two controllable-flow aerators keep bait and catches frisky.

G&F Fishing Boat Reviews

2018 boat reviews in this series:

fishing boat reviews
The front deck has plenty of room for two anglers to fish comfortably side by side.

Fishability

The front deck has plenty of room for two anglers to fish comfortably side by side. There's also ample room to mount rod racks on the port or starboard side for spider rigging. The aft deck layout, with the moveable seating, gunnel tracks and rails for positioning rod holders, is ideal for drift fishing or trolling.

Handling

Rigged with a Yamaha 175, the boat's V-entry hull (with 15-degree dead rise) popped out of the hole an average of 3 seconds, with a best time of 2.93 seconds. With the livewell full of water and two occupants, the 200 reached a top end speed of 49.8 miles per hour (GPS reading) turning 5600 rpm.

What We Liked

While shifting the boat into neutral at the end of a test run, the boat came to a quick stop with minimal gliding and no backwashing. 

What We'd Change

Increase storage by adding a cooler or dry compartment to the front deck step and a storage bin under the starboard console.

Specifications

  • Length 20 feet, 11 inches
  • Beam 95 inches
  • Dry Weight 1,645 lbs.
  • Fuel Capacity 29 gallons
  • Max Power 200 hp
  • MSRP $38,595

(MSRP includes Yamaha VF175)

Get Your Fish On.

Plan your next fishing and boating adventure here.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

P-Line Copolymer Topwater Fishing Line

P-Line Copolymer Topwater Fishing Line

Get the inside info on the new topwater-specific fishing line; ICAST Fishing Gear Guide.

What

What's New with Abu Garcia Veritas Rods?

There are big changes to Abu Garcia's popular Veritas series of rods. Andrew Wheeler highlights the new features with In-Fisherman's Doug Stange as part of our 2020 ICAST New Fishing Gear Guide.

Tactacam Fish-I Camera and Remote

Tactacam Fish-I Camera and Remote

Recording your fishing success is a one-button deal with Tactacam's FISH-I Camera and Remote. Tactacam's Ben Sterns shares insight on the camera system with In-Fisherman's Todd Ceisner as part of our 2020 ICAST New Fishing Gear Guide.

VMC Crossover Pliers and Rings

VMC Crossover Pliers and Rings

Quick and easy Neko and whacky rigging; ICAST Fishing Gear Guide.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Perspective from the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Conservation & Politics

NSSF: Moms Demand Action Wants No Cops and No Guns

Game & Fish Staff - July 17, 2020

Perspective from the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

The best jig fisherman are those that are always aware of what their jig is doing. Bass

4 Tips When Jig Fishing For Bass

Chris Schneider - August 25, 2015

The best jig fisherman are those that are always aware of what their jig is doing.

When it comes to fishing baits, you won't find a more unusual variety than the strange brews of smelly ingredients often used to catch catfish. Catfish

How To Make Your Own Catfish Dough Bait

Keith Sutton - August 04, 2015

When it comes to fishing baits, you won't find a more unusual variety than the strange brews...

From jigs to swimbaits, there are lots of great new choices unveiled at virtual fishing trade show. ICAST

New Freshwater Soft Lures from ICAST 2020

Game & Fish Staff - July 20, 2020

From jigs to swimbaits, there are lots of great new choices unveiled at virtual fishing trade...

See More Trending Articles

More Boats

The increasing popularity of longer, faster center-console fishing boats is fueling the drive for more powerful outboards. Boats

Battle of the Biggest Outboards Levels Up

John Geiger - September 10, 2018

The increasing popularity of longer, faster center-console fishing boats is fueling the drive...

See the sweet ride featured in Beyond the Bait Powered by Streamlight. Bass

Caymas CX 21 Bassboat Video Review

Game & Fish Digital Staff

See the sweet ride featured in Beyond the Bait Powered by Streamlight.

We got an advanced look at 8 new fishing boats — What sets them apart? Boats

2020 Boats, Motors and Electronics Reviews

Dr. Jason Halfen - March 09, 2020

We got an advanced look at 8 new fishing boats — What sets them apart?

Stripping a reel and adding fresh line is a breeze if you know the drill—literally. Playbook

How to Quickly Re-Spool a Fishing Reel

Game & Fish Staff

Stripping a reel and adding fresh line is a breeze if you know the drill—literally.

See More Boats

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get Digital Access.

All Game & Fish subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now