2011 Fishing Boats
By Monte Burch
The boating industry is a lot healthier than it was a year ago, though it has changed. Much of the fat has been trimmed, leaving lean-and-mean manufacturers and dealers. As always, there are a number of new boats at the top of the price scale, yet many manufacturers have introduced more affordable rigs that, in most instances, offer high quality and performance, but are smaller and cheaper to operate.
The TRACKER Pro Guide V-175 Combo and NITRO Z-6 are included in the selection of 2011 fishing rigs that will interest a great many anglers.
NITRO added a great “first buy” bass boat to its lineup, the Z-6 priced at just over $21,000. Coming in at 17½ feet, the ‘glass hull is economical to tow and operate. And the Mercury 115 OptiMax offers plenty of muscle.
Although priced to compete with other entry-level rigs, the Z-6 is packed with tournament-proven features. A Lowrance Mark 5X sonar is flush-mounted on the console, and on the bow, there’s a MotorGuide 54-pound thrust 12-volt trolling motor. There’s also lots of storage, including two 7-foot rod boxes.
Outboard trim is adjustable from the driver’s seat or front deck, and two-bank, four-amp charger comes standard. The 28-gallon livewell features a timer, recirculator and pump-out system.
The Z-6 might be smaller, lighter and more economical than others in its series, but as I mentioned in the beginning, the manufacturer did not skimp on things that matter to serious fisherman.