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Hello Anglers,

I received a question from a reader: How deep can I see a 
white spinner bait? 

Obviously this deals with water clarity. If the visibility 
is around one foot or less the bass should be shallow and 
tight to cover. If the water is clear, two feet or more 
visibility, they should be deeper, specially if the sun is 

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Buying a Bass Boat
by Bud Fields

I received an e-mail recently from an angler that said he 
was interested in purchasing a bass boat and he had no idea 
what he wanted to buy and he wanted to get some information 
from me concerning what he needed.

I will attempt to give you suggestions you should consider 
when you are "shopping around" for a bass boat. These will 
be in no certain order of importance but I would consider 
them all in making a decision.

I would ask myself, "What size water will I be fishing?" If 
you are fishing small rivers, ponds and lakes, you could 
easily get by with a smaller boat with a smaller outboard 
motor. If, on the other hand, you will be fishing a lot of 
bass tournaments and will often be fishing larger bodies of 
water, I would suggest you consider purchasing a larger boat 
with bigger outboard motor.

Another consideration is "Aluminum or Fiberglass Boat?" Once 
again, an aluminum boat is much lighter weight and a smaller 
outboard motor will work nicely IF you are fishing smaller 
bodies of water. Be advised that the aluminum boat will ride 
rougher, handle rougher and make more noise in choppy water. 
In smaller lakes, a 16 foot aluminum bass boat with a 40 hp 
outboard motor will be a great choice.

A fiberglass boat will handle bigger, rougher water and give 
you a much smoother ride BUT you will need a bigger outboard 
motor to get the performance you need. Also be advised the 
fiberglass bass boat will be much more expensive because you 
have a selection of fancy metal-flake paint jobs and more 
options available.

Another consideration is whether the boat will be used 
strictly for fishing or will it be a dual purpose boat for 
skiing and pleasure riding. If that is a possibility, you 
may consider what is referred to as a "Fish ands Ski" bass 
boat. This is normally a fiberglass bass boat that not only 
has pedestal seats for fishing, but also is designed with 
"riders" seats for passengers. This type of bass boat is 
popular with the bass angler that has a family that enjoys 
pleasure boating and skiing along with fishing outings.

"Do I buy a "new or used " bass boat? This is a great quest-
ion. I personally purchased a used aluminum bass boat and 
got 4 years of great service from it. BUT, I knew the boat 
and the previous owner and I knew he properly maintained the 
boat. As a matter of fact, that was in the early 1980 era 
and that old "Stump-Jumper" is still running strong today. 
I sold it to another angler and bought a bigger, fancier 

If you buy your boat from a marina, they will often have 
qualified mechanics that are trained to work on your boat 
and if and when problems arise, you need a dependable source 
for repairs and maintenance. Ask around for recommendations.

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I have seen many used 16 foot aluminum bass boats with 50 hp 
outboards sell for approximately $3000 that were fully 
equipped with electronics, trailer, boat cover and were 
ready for the water.

I have also seen many fiberglass bass boats in the 16 foot 
size with 90 hp outboards, trailer, full electronics and 
ready to go for approximately $5,000. There are "Bargains" 
out there if you know what you want and where to look for 

I would also suggest you join a local bass club and possibly 
for the first year, be a "No-Boater" and you will have the 
opportunity to fish with a number of different anglers in 
their boat. You will not only make new friends and learn new 
techniques, you will have the opportunity to fish from an 
assortment of boats and talk to the owners and ask them 
questions about "Why do you prefer Boat "A" over BOAT "B" 
and where did you buy your boat?...etc.

Also be advised that purchasing a new fiberglass bass boat 
can be a "MAJOR INVESTMENT" with a cash outlay of well over 
$30,000. If you are going to spend this amount of money, you 
better get what you want..unless you are fortunate enough to 
land a "Sponsorship" with a major boat manufacturer.

Regardless of whether you select an aluminum or fiberglass 
boat, it doesn't matter to the fish. The boat does not catch 
the fish and even I will admit, running 70 mph down the lake 
to get to the fishing spot won't make them bite any better. 
The bass could care less whether you paid $300 or $30,000 
for your boat. It is just a matter of "personal Preference."

If you get the "Boat of your Dreams" and properly maintain 
it and show it some "Loving Care," it can last you for many 
years and give you a lot of enjoyable hours on the water. I 
personally wipe the water and dirt from my boat each time I 
put it on the trailer and when I get it home, I wash it down 
and every 3 weeks, I put a fresh coat of quality wax on it 
and I use protectant s on the seats. I strive to keep my 
boat looking like new.

I would also like to suggest after you make your purchase 
that you enroll in a Boating Safety Course and learn the 
rules of boating and all aspects of water safety. Personal 
flotation devices are a must and I don't look for bargains 
when I purchase them. I purchase the best available. You 
can not put a price on a human life.

Aluminum or Fiberglass? New or Used, How Much Do I spend? 
There are many considerations but after you get your boat 
and learn how to operate it safely, you can have many years 
of reliability and fun with it. 

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                  FISHING JOKES CORNER

Cletus and Jethro found a great deal on a used shrimp boat 
and decided to buy it.  They take it 50 miles out into the 
gulf and eagerly cast out there net. When Jethro pulls in a 
gold lamp.  As he is cleaning it off a genie appears and 
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