Nothing will float your boat like a new bay-fishing sled
Nothing in the world will get you more excited about going fishing than a new boat will. This feeling is very familiar because my tournament fishing partner Tim Young and I both recently picked up brand-new Majek boats from Ron Hoover Marine in Galveston.
The folks at Ron Hoover did an excellent job of helping us work with Majek to have these boats built and rigged exactly the way we wanted them. To say these new sleds are awesome would be an understatement.
When they’re rigged right, bay boats are specifically designed, high-quality tools. They come in various hull styles, each with its purpose. In choosing, anglers have to decide exactly what they want from a boat to make a good decision.
For many reasons, we went with hulls made by Majek. It’s a Texas-based company with a history of building high-performing vessels designed for Texas anglers. Majek knows what anglers face navigating our coastal waters, and it manufactures boats tough enough to handle the environment.
Young wanted a fast boat that could make long runs across rough, open bay waters with ease. He chose a Majek 22 Xtreme, which is a V-hull a little more than 22 feet long.
I was interested in doing something a little different. With ambitions of exploring shallower waters of marshes and back lakes off the beaten path, I chose a Majek 25 Illusion. It’s a 25.5-foot tunnel hull that can float in mere inches of water.
These boats give us the best of both worlds. We can run shallow areas in my Illusion, which also handles choppy waters extremely well for a tunnel hull, or we can cover large areas of deeper, open water quickly in Young’s Xtreme. These options have opened up a lot of opportunities for us to catch more fish and explore new areas.
The motor and propeller are among the most important components on a bay boat. Choosing a prop that will allow you to achieve the highest motor performance is key. Both our boats are powered by Mercury 250 Pro XS outboard motors. These engines are impressive, reliable and fuel efficient. The performance we get from them on these boats is second to none.
On Young’s Majek Xtreme, the best performing prop has been a 25.5 pitch Mercury Bravo I FS. With this prop, his Mercury 250 Pro XS can hit 6,000-6,100 rpms and speeds up to 72 mph. I am using a Turbo OS1 17 pitch prop allowing 5,800 rpms and 52 mph.
Both boats also have trim tabs. They help keep the bows down when navigating rough water, and help the boats plane out quickly when jumping up in shallow depths.
Both our boats also are rigged with 36-volt trolling motor systems, as well as a Lowrance GPS and depth finders, and Power-Pole shallow-water anchors. I consider these three components to be “must haves” for any serious angler. They simply help you catch more fish in a variety of situations.
Overall, we are extremely pleased with our new rigs. The performance these boats exhibit is incredible, and they are, without a doubt, fish-catching machines. All the options and accessories we had rigged on these boats are components that I would suggest to anyone looking into purchasing and rigging a new vessel.