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    Nitro’s Z19 pro package bass boat features a NITRO Vortex Technology hull that carries a 10-year warranty.

    Nitro Z19

    The Z19 is a latest offering from Nitro, a member of the White River Marine Group built in Clinton, Mo. Nitro specializes in high-performance freshwater fishing boats. At 19-foot-4, the Z19 is the smallest of their Z models available in the pro package for a package price that should be in the range of many budgets and exceed expectations.

    January 15 at 7:00am
    The Stratos 186 VLO is rated for up to a 135-horsepower outboard.

    Stratos 186 VLO

    The Stratos 186 VLO is one of the latest offerings from the Flippin, Ark.-based boat builder. They are packaged with features and options, plus accessories, requested by serious fishermen.

    January 15 at 7:00am
    The BlackJack 256 is a good-looking bay boat that can fish like a jumbo-sized flats boat.

    BlackJack 256

    The BlackJack 256 is the flagship of the BlackJack line of high-performance bay boats. Constructed by skilled craftsmen in Knoxville, Ark., the 256 is the largest of the BlackJack models and is made for the fisherman who wants to push the boundaries of the bay boat and explore bigger waters. 

    January 15 at 7:00am
    The Blue Wave 2400 Pure Bay has a tremendous amount of storage and great creature comforts for a bay boat.

    Blue Wave 2400 Pure Bay

    The Blue Wave 2400 Pure Bay is the flagship at Blue Wave and embodies the latest in modern bay-boat design and construction. The Seminole, Okla., boat-builder set out to design the ultimate 24-foot bay boat and followed that mandate well this time. 

    January 15 at 7:00am
    The Nautic Star 227 XTX has plenty of features for casual and tournament fishermen.

    Nautic Star 227 XTS

    Fishermen will find a lot to like about with the 227 Xtreme Tournament Series bay boat from Nautic Star in Amory, Miss. This is the newest addition to Nautic Star’s XTS series; it offers standard features like forward and aft fishing decks, 3-across jump seats aft, a deluxe leaning post, a dash big enough for 12-inch electronics, and an optional console large enough for a head.

    January 15 at 7:00am
    The Bay Ranger 2350 combines family friendly features in a serious saltwater-fishing vessel.

    Ranger 2350 Bay Ranger

    The 2350 Bay Ranger from Ranger Boats in Flippin, Ark., is a serious bay boat, yet also brings an innovative, family-friendly, do-it-all inshore/offshore design to all kinds of anglers. The 2350 packs a bunch of features, is rated for 300 horsepower and has impressive performance in terms of speed and economy. 

    January 15 at 7:00am
    The Shearwater 260 was two years in development before production began.

    Shearwater 260

    The Shearwater 260, the newest boat in Shearwater’s line, is a product of two years of development to establish a new standard in bay boats. Built by American Marine Sports in Groveland, Fla., the 260 includes more fishing-friendly and creature-comfort features than any other bay boat.

    January 15 at 7:00am
    The Tideline 235 Hybrid is a catamaran that is at home offshore or in skinny water.

    Tideline Boats 235 Hybrid

    As the only catamaran, the Tideline 235 Hybrid is the odd boat out in this review. Don’t take that to reflect anything negative; it may be a strong positive. The hybrid designation of the 235 is different, too. It was designed from the beginning to fish inshore and offshore equally well. Some boats make similar claims but are found to be lacking at one end of the spectrum; this one isn’t.  

    January 15 at 7:00am
    The Bulls Bay 2300 CC is a wonderful, no-frills center console that will fit a  lot of anglers’ budgets.

    Bulls Bay 230 CC

    Carolina Composites of Walterboro, S.C., make no bones about its Bulls Bay line. Several classic hull designs that have been popular for a while have been located, retooled and modernized to produce a line of affordable boats with the features needed for comfortable and successful fishing. The 230 Center Console is the latest addition to the line and continues the tradition well.

    January 15 at 7:00am
    The 36os is a bigger version of Cape Fear’s great line of <br />
center-console fishing machines.

    Cape Horn 36os

    The Cape Horn 36os is the excellent big brother of the company’s legendary 31-footers. One look is all it takes to realize mighty oaks grow from acorns and those acorns usually sprout right beside the family tree. The 36os is a boat for fishermen who have a passion for fishing big water and want to do it in comfort and style. And there is a lot of both, plus many built-in features.

    January 15 at 7:00am
    Lake Wylie often produces chunky white perch up to 2 pounds, but most are far smaller.

    A vote for white perch

    Plenty of fishermen in North Carolina and South Carolina haven’t been exactly excited about the proliferation of white perch, morone americana, in many reservoirs, Anglers targeting catfish love them for cut bait, but many bemoan the loss of white bass fisheries that are common where white perch have taken over.

    January 15 at 7:00am
    Cold weather forces guide Wendell Wilson to downsize his baits to get bites from Lake Russell stripers.

    When it’s tough, think small for huge fish

    During January, the water temperature at Lake Russell typically dips close to its lowest level of the year. When it does — and the big striper bite slows ­— guides Wendell Wilson and Jerry Kotal have found that thinking small can yield big results.

    January 15 at 7:00am
    Heavy tackle is required to battle the big stripers that swim in Lake Russell’s 26,650 acres.

    Beef up bass tackle for big stripers

    Guide Jerry Kotal ‘s affinity for black bass fishing bleeds over to his striper fishing, at times with excellent success.

    January 15 at 7:00am
    A 2-fish creel limit and restrictions on taking more than one big fish per day are regulations aimed at further developing Lake Russell as a trophy striper fishery.

    Russell: a true trophy fishery

    Guide Wendell Wilson said the potential to catch trophy stripers at Lake Russell exists year-round, although winter is prime time.

    “Plenty of huge stripers are also caught in the spring and summer below Hartwell Dam in the upper end of the lake,” he said. “The fact is, this is likely the best lake in South Carolina for trophy stripers.”

    January 15 at 7:00am
    Freddie Sinclair’s depth finder can show four different views at one time, which helps locate baitfish and crappie.

    New electronics are major aids for crappie fishermen

    Guide Freddie Sinclair has had the same fishing platform, an 18-foot bass boat, for years, but he recently purchased newer electronics because detecting crappies beneath the lake’s surface is a key to his success, especially during winter.

    January 15 at 7:00am
    A day’s limit of slot redfish for three fishermen goes a long way toward a full frying pan and tasty meal.

    A guide’s best recipes for red drum

    Guide Dale Collins likes to prepare fish for meals, especially redfish, and the one fish he can keep daily (between 18 and 27 inches) will do fine for his two favorite ways to cook them: blackened or grilled.

    January 15 at 7:00am