35th Wffc Bih 2015

World Fly Fishing Championship 2019

Rick Clunn Speaks Out About Expensive Boats | Bass Fishing

Rick Clunn Speaks Out About Expensive Boats | Bass Fishing

Glenn: Tell me a little bit about your tin
boat that your using in the Classic. Rick Clunn: Well that’s a good one. The one
thing that I’m doing a little different at this year’s Classic, is I’m actually fishing
out of an 18 foot aluminum boat. It’s a Tournament V-18 that Tracker makes.
I like the V bottom, even though it won’t go quite as shallow as a flat bottom, but
I grew up fishing Toledo Bend and Rayburn when they were full of stumps, and a narrow
light V bottom of aluminum boats go through the stumps much easier. They’re so fishable, a lot more fishable than,
say, my big boat. Another thing that I like about these 18 foot boats, I’ve caught as
many fish if not more out of an 18 foot with a 150 horse engine on it than I have out of
these big 20, 21, 22 foot boats with 250 horse engines. I think one of the biggest mistakes, and I
think we’ve done it unintentionally in this sport, is over the years, the fishermen, the
tournament organizations, and the media have kinda given the public the impression you
can’t be a good fisherman unless you own a $50,000 boat. That’s just not true. Like I
said earlier, I’ve caught just as many out of this size boat I’m going to be fishing
in the Classic as I have in the big boats. I’m fishing it at the Classic, the Red River’s
perfect for an aluminum boat. I’m actually going to fish it at Toledo Bend in the Open,
and maybe even at Amistad. I’m trying to erase the wrong message that we’re sending to people.
So many young kids call me and say, “Hey, do I have to have a 20 foot boat with the
big engine on it?” And they think they do. And I think we’re to blame for that. We’ve
given them that message that you can’t be a good fisherman if you don’t have the big

56 thoughts on “Rick Clunn Speaks Out About Expensive Boats | Bass Fishing

  1. On many large lakes where the wind really whips up, a big boat with a 225 is a nice luxury to have but on some rivers here in the south, a 15 ft. Jon boat with a 30 hp and stick steering actually has an advantage over a 20 ft. Nitro! It can get into cuts and oxbows where a big bass boat can only dream of going!

  2. I like that he said that, I fish an a 14 and 16 foot boat I just bought an extremely cheap fish finder and a won bass tournaments anyway

  3. Boat size should be determined by the ammount of people fishing out of it!! Since I was young, my dad, younger brother and I fit into a 14 foot aluminum V hull tiller boat, but just barely anymore as we are all big guys. That being Said, Some of the lower cost boats like the new Triton 16 Storm should be very Popular, especially at the $8,000 price tag. I still can't believe they equiped it motor and everthing else for that price. Should be great for families.

  4. @TheFloridamichael Clunn fished the 2009 Classic from an aluminum Bass Tracker.
    He wears the Z-9 jersey because Nitro is his main sponsor!

  5. @MultiBaldEagle i know that but i couldnt help but to laugh at the irony and by chance have you seen t.a. mahoneys new skeeter? that thing is nice

  6. I'm fishing local tournaments right now out of the same Fisher GT-16 bass boat with a 90 HP Evinrude that I've used since 1988. Just recently spiced it up with 2 new Humminbirds. It's been through 2 trolling motors and it's never once let me down. At the time, it was the best boat buy on the market. And it dosent take a $ big diesel truck to pull it. I can haul it anywhere behind an S-10 or Colorado!

  7. @BigDTinyE It's all in how you store it. I know that when we went fishing we normally had 4 poles each, our tackle boxes, a folding net for anything really big, and sometimes, if perch fishing, a live bait bucket for minnows. Plus, It depends on the tackle box. I switched from a huge guide series box recently. I found a top opening hip box 2/3's the size. Where the big box was full, I sorted it out into the new box and still have some room.

  8. I love being out on the lake and catch fish after fish after fish in front of these guys with the 250 Nitros, skeeters and tritons and they just sit there and watch me on my 17.5 foot tracker PT 175. Yes a Big bass boat gets you from point A to B faster but you have to be able to find those fish and know how to make them bite.

  9. an 18.5" boat such as a Z7 is all you need, plenty of room, run 65mph, more econimical to run, tow ect…not to mention its easier to move it around docks, back into hotel parking spots. I know more and more fisherman looking to move back down to a smaller boat

  10. @TheFloridamichael thats just his sponsors he dosent have to fish out of them yea he probley has one but LISTEN TO WHAT HE SAYS in the VIDEO hes fishing an ALUMINUM BOAT in the CLASSIC he gets payed to wear shirts with brand names on them he can make his own choice on what boat he fishes if he wants too he can go fish with a 8ft jon boat with just a trolling motor (even though he probley wouldnt)

  11. I personally have both a 19 foot tracker pro team 190 along with a Nitro z-8, but to tell you the truth its not the boat thats catching the fish !!

  12. You tell'em Rick. Couldn't agree more.
    I would rather have my 16 foot "tin" boat with an Lowrance HDS-10
    with StructureScan than a 20 foot Ranger with a flasher ! Put your
    money where it will pay off.

  13. The only benefit to a hydroblaster bassboat is getting somewhere fast, and traveling long distances to fish….Or in the case of bad weather, getting back from long distances to the boatlaunch fast. But I find that bass anglers who have big bassboats do alot of runnin' and gunnin', with an alot more runnin' than gunnin'. I, myself have come to enjoy the simplicity of a small boat and the back to basics fishing we all grew up on. Stopping to smell the roses, comes to mind……

  14. Thanks Docorxing. I once owned a big bassboat. I now have a smaller 12' miniture bassboat. Have owned it 12 years and love it to death. And what a surprise!! I'm catching just as many bass as when I owned my hydroblaster…..

  15. there are benefits to both oats…the bigger boats not only get you tot he hole faster…but also smoother and usually dryer. BUT it also has more storage and better live wells…they are usually more stable at rest while fishing[except for damn stratos].now does all this translate into more fish in the boat? could but may not also.if your a decent fisherman doesn't matter what you are in..just life is a bit easier from a bigger boat.i have a 18 foot polar kraft…love it..but i also use a z-9

  16. as long as he keeps churning out those Luck E Strike square bill crankbaits, he can fish whatever size boat he wants

  17. You don't have to have a 21 foot boat but you have to understand that the big events happen in bad weather and heavy wind sometimes. If you think you can take a 12 foot jon boat out on a large lake in 30 m.p.h. winds and 4 foot waves and fish all day, then have at it.

  18. Rick could use a pedal boat and out fish most who comment, needs to update that jersey though. Fish… or die.

  19. 🤔 but he's wearing a nitro z-9 shirt…. I really like rick clunn but he's been sounding like a grumpy old man lately…. I've never felt from any boat company that I needed to purchase a 80k boat to be able to catch fish. However that being said, I know for a fact driving a Lamborghini around gets you more ass 😘

  20. The best way to say it is I never caught a fish going 65 mph Speed only counts with time management not catching fish!

  21. hes 100% right. me and my cousin fish tournaments quite a bit. and all we have is a custom built plane jane flat bottom one depth finder one pedestal seat and a ole evinrude trolling motor. we place ever time. guys run around us in 60k boats with light weigh ins.

  22. I'm glad to hear this because I just bought a 2017 pro170 tracker boat instead of a big money one. it's been suitable for me and catching a lot of fish on it . it does go a few places that the bigger boats can't.

  23. That's funny guys act like if they have a more expensive boat than the next guy their better, it's a joke.

  24. I have a 92 tracker nitro 190 TF and I fish tournaments and I joined the fishing team at my school and they wouldn't let me use my boat cause it's old and I left that shit quickly if I can't fish out of my boat that has tournament ready gear ( powerpole, front and console fish finders, hydrolic jack plate, and over 20 rods and reels,) and even more done to it that has better stuff than a brand new 2017 60,000 dollar bass boat and it pissed me off when they said that

  25. It's all about the Money! If you watch you favorite fisherman and he has a 50-75 thousand dollar rig, you need the same rig. I watched an Old man come to the boat ramp in a 12' aluminum boat with a 9.9 mercury, surrounded by big bass rigs talking about how tough the bite was that day. Old man had freeking boat load of bass and perch. Go Figure.

  26. Biggest tool your boat provides is good and well powered trolling motor. My old boat is 18ft. aluminum and plenty of room which provides stability and comfort. I bought it used 15 years ago for 2650 and still love fishing out of it. Well said Rick!

  27. Boat needs to be suitable for your needs.. he is 100% accurate you don't need something 50-90k to catch bass, but if you have the money and want that then get it.. my perfect set up for the places I bass fish is a gheenoe with a 40. My electronics cost about as much as my boat.. it is perfect for me. I would have 0 use for a ranger, nitro, ect.. they simply can't do what I need..

  28. Rick clunn truly a super good guy been watching him since I was 26 and I.m 62 now so hats off to Mr. CLUNN and thanks for all your bass,tips

  29. Just finished a tournament on a rough, rainy day and am whooped. Standing and fishing, focusing and balancing over a long day is hard on your body. Bet old Rick would choose a big boat to fish from on most days for the stability and comfort.

  30. Almost thought you were talking about saltwater fishermen in Texas lmao. 60-80k flats boat and throwing live bait on a popping cork gtf outta here lol.

  31. Had a Lund 21 foot ProV with. 200 Yahmaha 4 stroke! Only 50 miles an hour and the boat was a pig! Got tired of muscling it around!

  32. I like what Rick is saying. I'm a weekend type guy and I only fish if I'm lucky 5 days a year. A 50k rig in my situation makes no sense but at the same time, I like to fish in the best boat I can for me that makes sense. I have a paid for 1994 bass tracker I bought new for 12 grand. Looking at boat prices today compels me to keep my cheap boat as long as I can.

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