There’s a boat for every wallet and fishin’ mission in the 2005 fleet. Whether you can afford $40 a month or $400, you can find a way to get on the water this year.
For true boating economy, consider a kayak. Or, for a couple grand, step up to a johnboat rigged with a kicker or electric troller. If your bank account can handle the strain, take home a slick basser. Thanks to four-stroke outboards, they burn less gas than ever and contribute near zero pollution to the environment.
**Pungo 120 Angler **
The Pungo 120 Angler from Wilderness Systems includes seating with adjustable thigh supports and backrests designed to cut fatigue during long hauls. The 12-foot-long kayak weighs just 49 pounds and is rated to carry 400 pounds, including gear. (About $825; www.wilderness systems.com)
The Waterfowler 15 from Alumacraft includes an enclosed gun or rod box, all-aluminum floors and decks and space for a swivel seat up front. Priced at $3,295, it’s more expensive than many johnboats but made of heavier stock that promises greater durability. (About $5,500 with a 25-hp motor; www .alumacraft.com)
**Lund Pro Angler 17 **
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The Lund Pro Angler 17 is a to-the-max tiller-control walleye rig that’s broad, deep and super-tough, thanks to a twin-plate hull and I-beam stringers. Seven-foot in-floor rod lockers keep your gear secure, and reversed chines keep spray down. (About $19,700 with a four-stroke Merc 75; www.lundboats.com)
**Triton TR-21 **
Triton’s TR-21 is a Mercedes-class bass boat. Powered by the new Mercury four-stroke Verado 250, the first supercharged outboard, it’s a formidable package in both performance and fuel economy. It may be a lot of money to spend to chase around bass, but you’ll be going in style._ (About $52,000, including matching trailer; www.tritonboats.com) _