Talk to someone who enjoys the thrill of skipping across the water or lazily drifting along enjoying the views, and they will probably come up with all kinds of boat types they prefer. But ask someone who spends the majority of their time on the water chasing down the next big catch and there is a good chance they will tell you a center console boat is their favorite. The fact is, if you fish, either professionally or purely for enjoyment, a center console boat is probably one of the best choices. Here is a look at the three features of a center console boat that makes it ideal for use by fishing enthusiasts.
Center console boats give you more maneuverability around the perimeter of the vessel.
Standing all day and reeling in small fish can be a lot of fun, but usually can be accomplished by standing at one spot of the boat. However, when you land that big catch, you could easily need the ability to traverse around the perimeter of the boat to fight the fish until it tires so you can bring it in. Center console boats give easy access to every side of the boat when you are reeling them in. Fight the fish from the bow to the back of the vessel without having anything get in your way.
Center console boots often offer unmatched stability on the water.
If there is one thing a fisherman needs when they are in the process of bringing in their fish, it is absolute stability on the boat. You could lose a lot of fish on a typical boat simply because the boat shifts while you move and you lose your footing. A center console boat is known for offering a stable stance in the water, not shifting around so easily with changes in weight distribution of passengers.
Center console boats offer ample space for live wells.
Keeping the fish you catch alive or fresh until your day is done and you are ready to head ashore is an important thing. With a center console boat, there is enough space completely around the perimeter of the vessel to have more than one live well if you need. In fact, many center console boats are designed with matching spaces to be used for live wells along either side or even in the front and in the back of the boat.