Bass boats come in a wide range of sizes, styles, and can be made of different types of material. One of the more common, cost-efficient options for watercraft is the aluminum boat. These boats are often rated for lower horsepower engines which help to keep the overall cost down. Aluminum boats also have a variety of advantages compared to fiberglass boats, including accessibility to shallow water, and durability amongst heavy cover.
On this episode of the Bass Pro Shops Fisherman’s Handbook, host Wade Middleton walks us through the ins and outs of his Ranger Boats RT178. The RT178 is a 17 ft. 8 in. long aluminum boat that is rated for up to a 75 HP engine. Featuring many of the same comforts as the popular fiberglass models from Ranger, the RT178 is a great all-around boat for anglers of all skill levels and interests. Wade will also provide an in-depth look at numerous accessories he incorporated into this boat from the likes of T-H Marine, Yamaha, Garmin, and others.
Following the walkthrough of the RT178, we take a look at several different fishing adventures we’ve experienced in this boat. One of those trips that we highlight is from a small lake in Kentucky. We meet up with members of the Secret Lures Pro Staff to take an in-depth look at the Stupid Tube. This is a great soft plastic setup that has won thousands of dollars for anglers out on various major tournament trails. Tune in to find out about all of these great products and more!