Jan 15

Bass Cat Bass Boats – Jaguar

Length 21’5″
Min. Storage Length 26’5″
With Swing Away Tongue 23’9″
Beam 94+”
Approx. Wt. 2150lb
Fuel Capacity 53 Gal.
Max. H.P. Range 250-350

The Bass Cat’s Jaguar is their premier bass boat. It can handle up to a 350hp motor and has all the bells and whistles to keep you fishing longer, faster and smarter. This boat was designed to address both the luxury and enthusiasts bass boat markets with its high-end design and features. The Jaguar has an overall length of 21 feet 5 inches with a huge deck expanse including a 6′ casting deck(width). There are eight (8) storage areas between the bow and console, including two of the most innovative tackle systems to help keep your fishing tackle and hardware organized and easy to find. This rig also comes with some very innovative standard features: a security system, lighted storage areas, dual rear view mirrors on console, Sony iPod USB Stereo, fully deploy-able telescoping hinges boarding ladder, built in LED recessed bow light, and a four(4) bank battery charger. For the pro fisherman that wants it all, the Jaguar has some very cool options: lighted live wells, rod organizers, hot foot, and much more. For more information on how you can order your Jaguar Bass Cat, please contact Boatmasters for order information.


Nov 21

Skeeter i-class 22i Fishing boat

Skeeter is famous for fishing boats, and the slick 22i is certainly that – a full-blown bassboat with amenities to satisfy any angler – but I think it’s more: With its sexy styling, blazing speed and ample deck space, the 21′ 8″ (6.6 m) Skeeter 22i should be a fun boat even for folks who never wet a line – people like wives, girlfriends and kids. Bolt the maximum recommended horsepower to the 22i’s transom and the Skeeter will scoot across the lake fast enough to satisfy almost any speed freak. Stock her iceboxes with food and her live wells with drinks and you can carry enough for an all-day picnic for the whole family. Lay out a couple of beach towels and her foredeck becomes a sun pad for the ladies, leaving enough room aft of the console for Dad and Junior to flip lures. Her 50 gallons (189 L) of gas will last all day if you don’t lean too hard or too long on the throttle; when it’s time to head home, load her onto the trailier (one comes with the 22i) and haul her back home.

Length on Trailer 28′
Length on Trailer (with Swing-Away Tongue) 25’7″
Width on Trailer 100″
Length Overall 21’8″
Beam 94″
Shaft Length 20″
Height Overall on Trailer 76″
Interior Depth 21″
Draft 16″
Dry Weight 1,980 lbs.
Max H.P. 300
Maximum Weight 1,484 lbs.
Maximum Persons 5 / 700 lbs.
Fuel Capacity 50 gals.

Need fishing or boating supplies? The Boatmasters Store has everything you need.

Nov 10

Bobby D’s Custom Baits – Grinders, A-rigs and Jigs

Bobby D’s Grinder

Bobby D’s Baits are hand made with the highest quality components one at a time in the USA. Featuring a needle point sharp 5/0 Mustad heavy duty hook, virtually indestructible powder coated heads and hand tied round rubber/Silicone Skirts in proven fish catching colors. These baits are just flat proven to produce great fish, and are a favorite secret of many pros. Also one of the most used baits on the California Delta!

Bobby D’s A-Rig

The A-Rig by Bobby D’s Baits. The guys at Bobby D’s really did their homework on this one, in order to put out a superior product. They went out and, not only looked at other rigs in the industry, but thoroughly researched and tested them in order to find the weaknesses and improve upon them. First they set the wires during the pour process, which alleviates the problem of the wires coming loose in the main tie, causing the baits to “clump up” when fished. They also used a heavy-duty fold over crimp and ball bearing swivel ensuring strength for when snagged or hooked up on that lunker.

Bobby D’s Jig

Custom hand painting and 3D eyes on the head meet the quality standards that have come to be expected from the Bobby D’s bait lineup. The guys have found that using a willow blade on the top wire,ensures that the bait rights itself in the water, ensuring you the proper presentation, and you can add your favorite skirt to the head. The A-Rig is available in 3/8 ounce, 6” or 8” wire and 4 or 5 wire; 1/4 ounce, 8″, 4 or 5 wire. As always, custom color schemes can be special ordered. All of Bobby D’s items can be found at the Boatmasters Store.

“Bobby D’s Custom Baits are made of the highest grade materials and are made in the USA, with a wide selection of Grinders, A-Rigs, and Jigs. Bobby D’s tackle is top of the line and is a must have for any fisherman. All Bobby D bait is professional grade and yields exceptional results.” –Boatmasters.com

Oct 25

The New Z520C Carbon

The ALL NEW Z250C Carbon by Ranger Boats.

Introducing the brand new Z520C Carbon, a top of the line fishing boat from Ranger Boats. This thing has got everything you need. With it’s impeccable fit and finish and absolutely unparalled good looks, the Z520C is shockingly gorgeous! The Ranger Z520C is equipped with all new features such as totally redesigned driver’s helm, capable of housing a 10″ LCD Graph, totally redesigned bow panel, also capable of housing 10″ LCD Graph, an all new new step up cooler with tool stations starboard and port, power ventilated rod and storage lockers, high end automotive style finishes inside and out, ergonomic trolling station with tool slots and drink holder inside recess bay, totally redesigned seating and center storage bucket, ALL NEW livewell lid system and more! The ALL NEW 20′ 9″ Hull coupled with 250 horsepower of your choice in outboards will guarantee performnce and flat out magnificence in both handling and ride!

Overhaul Hull Length 20′ 9″
Beam 95″
Overall Beam w/Rubrail 96½”
Engine Shaft Length 20″
Fuel Capacity (gal) 45
Horsepower 28
Inside Depth 225-250
Total Depth 22″
Total Persons, motor, Gear (lb) 1650
Approximate Boat Weight (lb) Single console 1825

Oct 16

Winterizing Your Boat

It’s almost Winter time, and that means it’s time to start winterizing your boat. Winterizing a boat and motor is the most important maintenance a boat owner can perform to help ensure safe boating next spring. But there’s more to it than simply taking your boat out of the water. If you don’t have the time to do it yourself, check out Boatmasters’ service page. If you’re a do it yourself person, here are some (hopefully) helpful tips.

If it looks like this, you’re doing it wrong.

  • Fill the fuel tanks and add the appropriate amount of stabilizer. Run the engine long enough to get treated gas into the fuel line and engine. Left untreated over the winter, gasoline deteriorates into varnish and gum, making starting difficult.
  • Flush the cooling system. (Flushing kits are available from boat dealers.) Also remove block plugs and drain all the water from inboard and inboard outdrive engines. This cleans out accumulated sediment and rust flakes. Pump in anti-freeze to avoid trapped ice pockets. Use an environmentally safe product to avoid contaminating the marine environment(we need fish for next season!).
  • Fog the engine with oil to prevent rust. Available in bulk or aerosol cans, fogging oil is formulated to stick to the cylinders and not slide down the walls. Make sure to spray some of the oil into the cylinders through the sparkplug holes once the engine has cooled down. Check the spark plugs and replace them if necessary.

There is plenty more you may need to know about winterizing, so if you want the full details, have a look at this in-depth guide. Remember, if you get lost and can’t find the information you’re looking for, you can always go back and check the good old fashioned owners manual for tips that are particular to your own brand of boat, engine and trailer. But enough about winter, it’s still the Fall season, so get out there and enjoy it while it lasts!

Oct 08

Shasta Lake – The Ultimate Vacation

Shasta Lake, California, is one of the greatest places on Earth for a vacation. I would know, I go multiple times a year, and I have been doing so all my life. Shasta is a very special place to me, and it will be special to you the moment you see it yourself. You may have heard of it already, or perhaps the infamous Shasta Dam, one of the largest dams in the world.

Shasta: The Dam, the Lake, and the Mountain.

Tucked away in beautiful northern California, Shasta Lake hosts a large number of Marinas including: Holiday Harbor, Bridge Bay, Silverthorn Resort, and Jones Valley Resort. The lake has the absolute cleanest water around, because it comes straight from nearby Mt. Shasta (that snowy mountain off in the distance). The dam directs the water down the Sacremento River, which supplies the entire state with clean, fresh water. All of this itself makes Lake Shasta a huge tourist attraction, but it gets way more fun once you’re settled in.

Shasta Lake resorts offer rentals on some of the greatest houseboats in the USA, including the “Titan,” in which only 3 exist, all on Shasta Lake. There are campsites spotted across the Lake, along with tourist attractions such as the Dam,  the Shasta Caverns, and the many bridges built over the water. You’ll find some of the best fishing in the state here at Shasta as well, and plenty of room for every water sport you can think of.

“Titan,” the grandest of all houseboats.

Oct 03

Ship’s Log iPhone App

The Ship’s Log app for iPhone is a wonderful on-the-go tool for any boater. This app allows you to easily share and document your boating experiences. I’ve personally had the chance to try out this app, and I think it’s great. When you first download the app, by clicking here to open iTunes, you will be prompted to log in or create an account. Once you’re in, you select your type of boat and fill in a bit of information on said boat. Of course, the app wouldn’t get it’s name if it didn’t have a log to jot down notes and reminders. You can also add pictures directly from your iPhone into the logs, along with your current location, date and time.

A screenshot of the app taken directly from my iPhone.

 

 

Did I mention the app is free? Oh, well it is. I find that this app is extra useful for those trying to sell their boats, because you can gather detailed info and add in factors like weather, location, and other conditions that people should know about before buying said boats. I can’t stress enough how detailed this app really gets, and yet how simple it is to use. I highly recommend it for boaters looking for precision and accuracy. And besides, once again, it’s free!

Oct 01

Fantasy Fishing!

Like fantasy sports? Like fishing? Ever thought about combining the two? Check out Bassmasterfantasy.com for the latest everything on fantasy fishing! Find your favorite anglers, add them to your team and get points for predicting the best anglers! The most points wins. Create a group and play with your fishing buddies or play against others online. The highest points in the league can win $5,000 and other prizes include fishing gear, t-shirts, and hats. For more information about fantasy fishing, pro tips, information on proper gear, tournament details and schedules, and much more, check out BassmasterFantasy.com. Here’s a quick intro to the fishing contests.

And what’s a contest without prizes?

If you’re interested in joining BASSIN’ USA’s Fantasy Fishing group, the video below will show you how.

Sep 27

303 Aerospace Protectant

Vinyl convertible tops, boat enclosures, tonneau covers, car bras, vinyl RV awnings, headlights, spa covers…these are just a few of the places that benefit from this protectant that contains an SPF 40 sunscreen. That’s right, this isn’t solely for boats! 303 Aerospace Protectant has a SPF of 40, the most UV protection offered by any surface protectant. It will prevent drying, cracking, and fading caused by overexposure to the sun. It was originally formulated for aerospace and aviation applications, machines that come much closer to the sun than your vehicle. This is the single most effective protectant on the market.

Because of its enduring cosmetic properties, the resistance of 303-treated surfaces to dust, soiling, and staining, its water repellency and unparalleled protective characteristics, manufacturers worldwide recommend 303 Aerospace Protectant.

303 Aerospace Protectant keeps UV-sensitive materials “like new” year after year.

Sep 22

Mercruiser Full Synthetic Motor Oil

MerCruiser’s Full Synthetic Motor oil is a must have for any boater. This full synthetic 20W-40 engine oil was formulated to provide optimum operation and longer life for all MerCruiser gas engines and for the critical engine cataylst system offered today. Benefits of use in MerCruiser includes: Extended catalytic converter life due to low phosphorus formulation, Three distinct synthetic base stocks provide superior wear protection, Provides extreme salt and freshwater rust protection, and a more stable, high viscosity oil that prevents dirt and soot from settling on metal surfaces. Comes in quartz and gallons.

Full Synthetic 20w40 gal

Full Synthetic 20w40 qt

Now,most of you are already boat masters yourselves, but if you need help changing oil, check out the video below for some tips.

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