Rick Clunn Speaks Out About Expensive Boats | Bass Fishing
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Rick Clunn Speaks Out About Expensive Boats | Bass Fishing

January 14, 2020

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


  • Reply Adam Jones February 25, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Won a small tournament and placed 11 out of 156 in a 16 ft boat with a forty horse.

  • Reply Marshall Lanier April 20, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    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!

  • Reply Foxbrosracing33 June 21, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    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

  • Reply TheFoundersWereRight July 13, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    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.

  • Reply Michael August 16, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    i like how he has nitro z-9 on his jersey beacause they only start at 45,000

  • Reply Marshall Lanier August 20, 2010 at 5:59 pm

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

  • Reply Michael August 21, 2010 at 7:05 am

    @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

  • Reply Marshall Lanier August 30, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    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!

  • Reply citalopram40mg October 29, 2010 at 4:25 am

    lund 1775 pro-v caught more bass and muskies than i can remember more bass not enough muskies

  • Reply Corey McGee November 24, 2010 at 6:17 am

    Look at what Dotty was caught from, lol.

  • Reply cott10r January 19, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    @TheFloridamichael ya my thoughts exactly, he's talking this crap while wearing his nitro sponsorship shirt..

  • Reply TheFoundersWereRight March 1, 2011 at 5:47 am

    @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.

  • Reply Noah King August 5, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    @TheFloridamichael Only……

  • Reply elisone September 28, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    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.

  • Reply jacob lynch October 19, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    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

  • Reply jkylex October 20, 2011 at 3:26 am

    @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)

  • Reply Mike T November 3, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    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 !!

  • Reply doctorxring December 27, 2011 at 4:54 am

    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.

  • Reply rickydbasser1 January 9, 2012 at 1:16 am

    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……

  • Reply rickydbasser1 January 9, 2012 at 1:22 am

    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…..

  • Reply bassiniowa April 28, 2012 at 2:04 am

    get the luck e strike version instead

  • Reply n4sir804 June 5, 2012 at 8:37 am

    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

  • Reply BassinBrooks1 August 6, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Rick is a great guy, real class act!

  • Reply Bill Brasky October 12, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Wow this is a great video!!!

  • Reply 552guitarpro October 24, 2012 at 1:44 am

    actually 40,000

  • Reply steppnwolf76109 February 18, 2013 at 3:27 am

    i have the 96 modle rick clunn signature edition nitro. still vry nice

  • Reply sendtorich May 7, 2013 at 3:02 am

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

  • Reply chris smith June 9, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Why does Tiger Woods need 14 clubs? If we have to explain it, then it would be a waste of time.

  • Reply chris smith June 9, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    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.

  • Reply Chesbay Windseeker July 9, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Crazy right, you don't need a 50000 dollar boat, as I advertise for one with my shirt.

  • Reply mybadvette July 15, 2013 at 3:12 am

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

  • Reply VentureTube February 25, 2015 at 4:02 am

    Well said Rick!

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  • Reply Bass slayer June 7, 2016 at 12:14 am

    Wonder how much he's getting paid to say this crapπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  • Reply Maximus Crawford June 18, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    My dad has the biggest at he used to own it's the nitro cdc 2001

  • Reply Cynical Guy August 22, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Thank you for the subtitles.

  • Reply Musk Beard March 30, 2017 at 1:02 am

    πŸ€” 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 😘

  • Reply Scotty Scott April 7, 2017 at 4:57 am

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

  • Reply Capt P April 11, 2017 at 6:19 am

    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.

  • Reply Greg Stacy April 30, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    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.

  • Reply Trace Bengttson May 22, 2017 at 6:05 pm

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

  • Reply Bassin in SC July 25, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    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

  • Reply Chuck Martin August 3, 2017 at 1:38 am

    Ya, but it's not near as cool!!πŸ˜€

  • Reply Raymond Chambers November 21, 2017 at 11:15 am

    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.

  • Reply lee syooj January 26, 2018 at 7:21 am

    Best part is I own the pink slip and not the bank πŸ‘πŸ€™

  • Reply arciefan February 10, 2018 at 3:05 am

    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!

  • Reply Frank Honey February 21, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    About time someone said this.I mean c'mon a 50.000 dollar boat are you kidding me, this has gotten way out of hand.

  • Reply J J March 17, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    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..

  • Reply Chris r April 15, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    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

  • Reply biodot88 April 15, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    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.

  • Reply Christopher andrew June 22, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    bass boat prices are out of control

  • Reply Steven Jarrell July 22, 2018 at 4:21 am

    I agree.

  • Reply Matthew DeMaet February 20, 2019 at 1:10 am

    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.

  • Reply Steve Abbott May 30, 2019 at 2:28 am

    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!

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  • Reply Midge Barker October 10, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    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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