New Boats and Boating Accessories for Fishing in Alaska in 2017
Clackacraft 18-foot Clackamax
The 18-foot Clackamax is a drift boat with a long-proven design. It’s got plenty of room for an oarsmen and three or four anglers, and is equally friendly to the gear or fly fisherman. This highly effective boat has recently received some improvements. The boat is 3½ inches higher in the back which provides for better motoring, especially good when motoring across Skilak Lake. It’s got higher oar locks and a new design with the option for a 360-degree rower’s bench (you can walk all the way around the rower’s seat). The boat also sports double, triple-rod-holders, so you can easily store six rods.
Hyde Aluminum Drift Boats
Aluminum is the preferred material for boats for many Northwest fishermen, and Hyde Aluminum Drift Boats offer unmatched adjustability, durability, and comfort. With features such as level floors, custom colors, UHMW bottom and a lifetime warranty, Hyde Aluminum Drift Boats are quickly becoming a popular choice among guides throughout the Northwest. As with all Hyde Drift Boats, their aluminum models are hand crafted from the finest material providing unparalleled beauty and performance. Hyde Aluminum Drift boats are tested tough in order to meet the demands of rugged coastal rivers. Hyde Aluminum Drift boats are now built with a round transom. This innovation decreases drag and improves tracking without sacrificing interior space.
Weldcraft 18-foot Angler Center Console
Offering a new angle on wide-open fishing spaces, this serious workboat is stable, quick to plane, open and easily stowed in your garage. Weldcraft engineers did their on-the-water homework to make this sporty boat perform equally well in big rivers, bays and reservoirs. A nimble blend of length, width and depth, the 10-degree bottom is stable and sure-handling, and the 29-inch sides provide plenty of freeboard when the weather turns and the water gets rough. To help clear the deck of clutter, the Angler comes standard with double side trays, rod racks and gunwale bow storage areas. The optional center-console includes a tilt-up windshield, pedestal seat and gauge package.
Sea Eagle FastTrack Angler 385fta
Drawing on 49 years of experience in the world of inflatables, Sea Eagle has taken the popular FastTrack 385ft inflatable kayak and designed the most practical inflatable fishing kayak on the market. A roomy but manageable 12 feet, 6 inches long x 36 inches wide, and with the ability to hold up to 635 pounds, this new FastTrack was designed with the angler in mind. The kayak features cutouts in the front and back spray skirts keep your most trusted lures, knives and tools close at hand, as well as two rods with rod-holder bases glued to the floor to keep your rods in place. The FastTrack has always been a great kayak for calm-water paddling, fishing and sailing, but now it’s also a true fishing machine. Anglers looking for a low-maintenance, easy-to-use, stable and durable fishing kayak that packs down small for easy transport and storage should definitely take a look at the new FastTrack Angler 385fta.
Scotty 1106B Depthpower Electric Downrigger
This downrigger has all the features anglers have come to love with Scotty’s Depthpower series and now has more available options than ever. It is equipped with 300 feet of 200-pound-test braided line. The marine grade stainless steel boom has a diameter of 1.25 inches and telescopes from 36- to 60 inches long. The unit includes a downrigger weight storage hook and sure-stop kit. It is capable of lifting 15-pound weights at 203 feet per minute.
LeeLock SP-01 ½-inch Side Pull Lock Unit
The SP-01 ½-inch Side Pull Lock Unit bolts onto the tray. This patented unit gives you a much easier and safer way to secure your anchor line and eliminates the need for a traditional jam cleat. Best of all it prevents accidental anchor release. It is constructed of ¼-inch aluminum and is anodized to prevent corrosion and keep it looking and functioning perfectly for years. This lock is designed to be used with most ⅜- to ½-inch anchor lines. It is supplied with two mounting hole patterns to ensure it will fit your boat. Use ¼-inch fasteners to mount; stainless steel recommended, not included.