The year is off to an exciting start for the marine industry, and a few manufacturers have already debuted some amazing new angler boats for 2024. Here’s a look at a few of them.
If a brand new model is a bit more expensive than you were looking for, be sure to check out the almost new angler boats that made our list in past years.
Nitro ZV21 Pro
For 2024 the Nitro ZV21 Pro gets a slew of upgrades. It now has a pair of Lowrance HDS Pro 12 MFDs with Structure Scan, one at the bow and another at the helm; there’s another fishing seat added to the cockpit; the livewell has a remote drain; center rod lockers now hold rods up to eight feet; the bow panel has been redesigned; a 12″ jack plate has been added at the transom; there’s a new accessory track mounting system; and stowage compartments are lighted with LEDs that turn on automatically when the compartment is opened. This is Nitro’s flagship offering, and it can handle a whopping 400 horsepower.
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Premier 230 Sunsation Angler
Premier has a new option for pontoon boat lovers who also like to fish, in the 230 Sunsation Angler. This model features dual fishing chairs in the stern plus a tackle and livewell station, bow couches, and an amidships L-shaped couch. The new Sunsation lineup has been revamped with a helm redesign including additional stowage and room for flush-mounting electronics, a powered Bimini top, in-floor lockers, and most importantly new PTX pontoons which the manufacturer says are 10-percent more efficient and 15-percent faster than older designs.
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Sportsman Open 232
For the new model year Sportsman has taken a fresh look at 23-foot center console fishing boats, and adds some cool perks. Our favorite: a 25-gallon aquarium-style livewell with a clear front for viewing your bait or your catch as it swims around. This is always a hit when kids are aboard, and from an angling perspective allows you to observe the health of your livies. The boat is also primed for “sandbar mode” when the bite is slow, with a filler that turns the bow seating into a sunpad, a Garmin Fusion audio system, and a fold-out transom seat. Most important, this model is equipped with the Seakeeper Ride vessel attitude control system to keep the ride as smooth and even as the most modern tech can make it.
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Almost New Angler Boats
You’re looking for an almost new boat that has modern features and construction? Here are some of the models that caught our eye in the past as we checked out new model year introductions.
Lund 1650 Angler SS (Side Steering)
With a 5-person capacity the new 1650 Angler from Lund is targeted at first-time boat buyers and those looking to get into angling. This boat comes standard with a 50 HP Mercury engine and a ShoreLand’r trailer. Lund has a rich tradition of building high-quality fishing boats that have always been on the forefront of fishing innovation and new product features.
The 1650 has a surprisingly wide 80″ beam for vessel of this seize, which allows space to be maximized for cockpit seating and rod lockers. The lockers can hold rods up to 8’9″ and the bow storage compartments can hold a ton of tackle and gear, along with a 16-gallon livewell up in the bow. The 1650 Angler comes in five different colors: red, blue, black, grey and white.
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NorthCoast 255 Cabin
NorthCoast has been paying attention to what its customers have been saying, and in 2020 came to the table with this model. The new 255 has comfortable accommodations for two along with a private head, sink and wide cockpit to fight big fish. There’s also a walk-through transom door for easy access when pulling in those fish, or boarding on and off at the dock
The top speed of the new 255 Cabin is 56 miles per hour, giving you plenty of available power to get out to the fishing grounds quickly! And she can handle the chop, designed for seaworthiness both inshore and offshore. The 255 has a capacity of 159 gallons, cruises at 25 MPH with 12.9 GPH and a conservative range of 268 nautical miles.
Also standard are two 139 quart macerated in-deck Fish boxes, self-draining deck, 26 gallon transom Blue lighted Live Well, 105 quart transom storage box, 2 tackle storage bins, and drawers, 113 quart insulated cooler under the portside seat, cubbies for wallets and 12volt USB adapters, and a helm with room for two 12” touch screens. Opening windshields, and side windows let fresh air abound with windshield wipers port and starboard.
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If you’re looking to fish both open water and the shallows the 26XO from Regulator fits the bill perfectly. This is the first model in the XO series from Regulator (they now have a 24 as well) and it is a spacious center console with ample storage and tons of fishing and lifestyle amenities. With a length of 26’9″, 9’3″ beam and a draft of only 1’2″ she is well-suited for inshore fishing and angling in shallow water one day, and heading offshore the next.
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For anglers looking to prowl shallows but who also want to have the ability to go offshore fishing occasionally when needed, the Caymas 28 HB hybrid bay boat is a great option. She is certainly capable of handling big seas should the need arise, and comes with some great inshore fishing features that every angler will appreciate. The 35 gallon livewell comes with LED lights and an 800 GPH pump plus it has a gasket and drained recess to prevent spilling over. The bow area is comfortable for lounging or casting and the the double-step hull design reduces the drag and increases efficiency in the water. With a 9-foot 4-inch beam she can easily cruise in some chop and has a top speed of 50 MPH at full throttle in good conditions; go for the Twin version, and you’re looking at speeds in the 70s.
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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in January of 2020 and was last updated in September of 2023.