” This is the age of the super-sized center console. Based on big, beamy hulls and boasting plenty of power – usually in the form of multiple V-6 or V-8 outboards – these offshore fishing machines are suitable for a wide range of angling pursuits – from sailfish to swordfish, kingfish to cobia, tuna to tarpon and more.
What defines a big center-console fishing boat? We think 30-something-plus feet LOA (length overall) serves as the benchmark, though today you’ll certainly find multiple boats over 40 feet in this genre. And there are some spectacular models – not just because of their size, but also because of their great designs, features and style.
We’ve scoured the market to find today’s top models, great center-console boats that have earned the respect of serious offshore anglers. So if you are looking for a new blue-water boat, start your search here with 25 Great Center-Console Boats Over 30 Feet. (Listed alphabetically by manufacturer.)
Check out our other galleries on great saltwater fishing boats, including 25 of the Top Inshore Center Consoles, 25 of the Decade’s Top Boats, and 25 Dream Boats. “
” The EdgeWater 318CC continues to be a favorite among saltwater anglers. This center-console boat’s 10-foot, 2-inch beam offers plenty of fishing space for you and your crew without feeling crowded. The unsinkable design of EdgeWater’s SPI (Single Piece Infusion) all-composite construction enables a safer, stronger and well-performing hull.
The outboard-powered 318CC features a 28-gallon livewell and two fish lockers – one forward and one aft that can double as a livewell. It also offers tackle storage in the leaning post and rod holders aplenty. Rated for 700 hp and boasting 300-gallon fuel capacity, the 318CC has the power and range to fish far offshore and return you safely.”
See the others including entries from Contender , Hydra-Sports , Everglades , Intrepid and much more …
” Jennifer landed this 120-pound yellowfin tuna off Panama in May 2014. She caught the tuna on a Black Hole Cape Cod special 250g jigging rod and Avet MXL Raptor reel with 65-pound Fins braid. Panama yellowfins can amass so thick around bait schools that it’s possible to motor right into the school and watch tunas fly through the air next to the boat.”
” Cynthia landed this nice little tunny on a recent trip. The little tunny is often confused with similar species, mostly because it has different nicknames in different regions and looks like other tunalike fish. Find out the difference between a tuna and a bonito.”
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” A new record for blue marlin released in one year by a single boat has been established, according to Capt. Josh Temple, and within just five months.
Reporting from home port of Los Suenos, Costa Rica, Temple tells Sport Fishing that anglers aboard the 60-foot Carol Libby— a Spencer and American Custom Yachts hybrid — on June 26 released billfish number 430.
That breaks the record of 422 releases previously set by Capt. Bobby McGuinness on the Cazador out of Golfito in 2010. “
Enjoy this video of some of last year’s action aboard the Carol Libby …
” A 13-foot long female megamouth shark weighing nearly 1,500 pounds caught off the coast of Japan was dissected before thousands of onlookers at the Marine Science Museum in Shizuoka City Thursday. The creature was caught by fishermen from a depth of 2,600 feet.
The first specimen of a megamouth shark was caught off Oahu, Hawaii, in 1976, and megamouth sightings are extremely rare. According to the Japan Daily Press, this catch in Japan marks just the 58th occasion when a megamouth was actually seen by people.”
The Megamouth is the second rare shark caught recently , joining the Goblin shark caught off Key West last month .
” We know you’re out there, and we want to put you in our informative girls-only galleries. We hope you’ll discover something that you may not have known about a fish, a boat or a fishing destination. Send us your fishing photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy our latest edition presented by Pat Ford.
Amanda reeled in a permit off Bimini. Permit are widely considered the most elusive and wary trophy among flats anglers, permit range throughout tropical waters of the western Atlantic. Other species occur elsewhere, notably in tropical Australia.”
We can’t resist offering one more sample and positing the age old question; How do we get a job like this ?
” Jessica fishes out of Key West, Florida. Key West is known a wide variety of fish, inshore species include permit, bonefish and tarpon. Offshore species can include anything from dolphin to billfish.”
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” This is why you should never be out on the water during a thunderstorm if you can avoid it. Paul Ragsdale uploaded this video to YouTube of professional angler Tucker Owings’ close encounter with lightning. According to Owings’ Facebook page, he was fishing on Lake Athens in Texas on Saturday when lightning struck directly in front of his boat.”
See these articles for more information on fishing/boating and lightning strikes . Contrary to popular belief golfers are not the most likely to be struck by lightning . Boaters and fishermen take that “honor” .
SEWARD JACKPOT HALIBUT DERBY 2013
” Each year the month long, Seward tournament gets more competitive. This year the water was much cooler than normal and fishing in June was late to start. Business was a bit slow in the early part of the month but by the middle of the month it was full on and everyone was trying, hard to catch the big fish.
Both Crackerjack Sport fishing Charters and Profish in Sea Charters have both run out of the same office for the last fifteen years. Owners, Captain Andy Mezirow, and Captain Steve Zernia have worked together for the last 20 years pioneering some of the best fishing areas in Seward and over the last 15 years, have expanded their businesses to include Seward’s top producing captains. Captains Nik Ranta, Kevin Knight, and Woody Wedin all deserve mention, having worked on the boats for over a decade and all made huge contributions to our groups success, including winning some of these tournament places.
Crackerjack Voyager captured the largest halibut ever landed during the tournament, 337 pounds.”