I pulled my Ranger 620 VS out of the garage the other day, I started to think
that many anglers don't realize that a boat is an extremely important part of
their fishing presentation. Hundreds of articles have been written about how
important your rod, line, and bait selection are, but few, if any have been
written concerning your boat and how it is a factor in helping you to catch
I know what you are thinking at this point. You probably think that a boat
gets a person to a specific spot that they can't reach from shore. That is
true, but your boat does more than that. Think about what you have in your
boat. Yes, it is true that it not only makes it easy for you to reach the
spot, but also your tackle, thermos and cooler. Again, your boat is more than
an object to carry items, it is part of how you present your bait so that fish
find it attractive enough to bite.
What then do you need to look for in a boat.? The answer of course will
describe what kind of fishing you prefer and what items in a boat, "creature
features" you can't live without. For example, how does this particular boat
drift? Will it drift faster from the stern or bow? What or how do you need
to compensate for an uneven drift? Do you need a bow mount trolling motor or
a stern mounted trolling motor? Does your boat give you a dry ride? Are
there places in the boat that are advertised as dry storage, but in a
torrential down pour you discover that your expensive camera is ruined? How
does the wind effect the boat? Does this boat have big enough side boards to
take rough water?
My answer to all of these questions have been addressed by Ranger Boats.
The Ranger Fisherman series boast an entire line of formidable fishing
machines. From walleye and musky to bass and crappie, these multi-species
rigs are among the most versatile anglers have to choose from. Whether it’s
the rigorous demands of professional walleye trails or simply a weekend get
away, this series is specifically geared to deliver superior performance
both on and off plane. The 620 VS sports a deeper, wider vee hull to crush
rough water. It’s bog 50” aerated livewell is positioned at the stern so
re-entry in rough water carries a softer; more stable feel. Fuel capacity
measures 50 gallons and is located on the center line of the hull for faster
hole shots, solid tracking and responsive boat control. The 620’s integrated
engine set back not only enhances acceleration, but virtually eliminates
backwash from sudden stops.
Inside there’s a world of lockable storage and a built in cooler sits
just in front of the passenger console. Gauges and electronics are
positioned on the upper portions of the instrumentation panel while an all
new digital switching system lines the lower panel. The 620 VS is a console
boat that is 19’10” in length. If you are a tiller person Ranger has also
included a the 620T. This is a beautiful boat that is 20’ 1/2” and is rated
for a 115 – 125 HP motor.
When a person spends as many days on the water a year as I do, it's
important that they fish in as much comfort as possible. The comfort level
also is important when it comes to selection of a motor. My choice are
Mercury’s newest form of motors incorporates an onboard computer system
called SmartCraft. SmartCraft operates in conjunction with the company’s
2001 OptiMax outboards to gather data from sensors all over the boat. It
then uses that data to monitor over 15 different systems, including speed
and fuel flow, then automatically adjusts each operation to peak efficiency.
Like your car, SmartCraft responds to operator input, so you can program
your engine and boat to perform exactly the way you want. Functions include
Troll Control, which sets rpm up to 1,000. This function alone is ideal
especially if I am pulling trolling boards or if I have multiple lines out
forward trolling. It allows me to sit at my console and monitor my
depthfinder and use the steering wheel to follow the active fish.
Although the backtrolling technique is still ideal for vertical jigging
and live-bait rigging in deep water, walleye professionals today favor
trolling forward with a small “kicker,” typically a 9.9 to 15 hp outboard.
Why? It allows them to fish large bodies of water such as reservoirs more
effectively at higher speeds than electric trolling motors can sustain.
Forward-trollers commonly use crankbaits, bottom bouncers or weighted
three-way rigs with crankbaits, spinners or spoons.
My Ranger 620 boat is equipped with a small four-stoke kicker motor from
Mercury. It allows me to fish all day without using much fuel. This small
engine is extremely quiet which makes for a more pleasant angling
Your boat is as critical as the rod you select or the bait that you tie
on. It delivers you to the spot to fish but it gives you the confidence to
arrive there safely and works with you so that you can get the most fishing
pleasure. It provides you with the tools you need to enable you to harvest a
days catch and gives other members of your family a relaxed enjoyable
experience. If you have selected the right boat you will notice that it
stays in the family for a long time, because it has become part of your
presentation. If you have selected the wrong boat you will see it in the
classified section, because it just didn't fit the bill for your
Whether you are in the states of Alaska,
Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Washington, Oregon, Idaho,
Montana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Iowa,
Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Kentucky, Colorado,
Indiana, Virginia, California, Nevada, or New Jersey, there are fish to
If you are in one of the Canadian provinces of Ontario, Yukon, Northwest
Territories, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, or Quebec,
there are fish to catch.
You might be trolling with cranks as your lure of choice. You might be
jigging with jigs. You’ll probably need rods, reels, some live bait
(crawlers, minnows, leeches), sinkers, leaders, and fishing line. More
often times than not, it takes a boat to get to those spots, as well.
Maybe you will be fishing from the bank or wading, however.
You may need fishing reports or maybe even a fishing guide.
This website will try to help you achieve the goal of catching bigger,
better, and more numerous fish.