With Summer rapidly approaching there’s not much time left to save more coin for your new boat. So if you managed to put by even a bit of money and don’t want another Summer to sneak past without your own fishing vessel, you’d better take a look at the AnglaPro range of aluminium boats.
The Anglapro Stealth 424 Pro is a great boat for all types of inshore fishing. Whether you’re into targeting bream and flathead on lures, fishing the snags in tropical rivers or wielding the long wand for fly targets in estuaries, bays and inland waters, this boat can do it. Priced to meet the demands of an increasingly competitive market, this boat, motor and trailer package is had to beat.
Like all good tinnies, there’s plenty of room to fish, and the 3mm marine alloy side and bottom sheets ensure it will stand and deliver for years to come.
There is storage under the forward and rear casting decks, as well as in the enclosed side pocket which doubles as a rod locker, so the deck can be kept clear of obstacles to catch line, clothing or toes on.
At the bow a mounting plate for an electric motor makes great sense for any angler wishing to fish lures or fly for wily predators. The large forward casting deck is covered in marine carpet and constructed from marine grade ply over a welded aluminium frame.
Storage below is ample and with the addition of plastic storage bins and dry bags, could easily be turned to dry storage for fishing tackle, safety gear and other items.
Aft of the storage a keeper tank can be plumbed to become a livewell.
Four sturdy pedestal fittings are mounted throughout the boat to provide seating options depending on the style of fishing and the trim of the boat under way.
The seats are strong and covered in a tough-wearing vinyl.
I really like the rod locker under and along the port gunwale. With the correct approach this space can double up storage those occasionally required necessities, like torches, first aid kits and spare parts.
Although reserved for the battery and fuel tank, the aft casting deck provides a small amount of space beside the battery box.
The boarding platform with grab rail to port will make beach launching and all access easy.
A removable all-round white light is located at the starboard corner just behind the driver; navigation lights are mounted on the outside of the hull so as not to impede night vision.
The wide gunwales house two flush-mounted rod holders aft, leaving a clean slate for the purchaser to decide where the rest of the rod holders should be mounted.
Upright rod racks would be worth considering, to allow two or three rods to be rigged and at the ready for each angler on board.
This boat is ideally suited for fishing two anglers, but could fish three in the right conditions.
On days when the conditions are right and with the correct safety gear aboard, I see owners of these boats chasing snapper on close reefs and slow trolling baits for mackerel or kingfish, depending on the geography.
A basic sounder is standard with the package, but it would be worth considering upgrading to a pedestal mounted chart plotter/sounder to improve your ability to locate fish and structure time and again.
Powered by a 40hp two-stroke electric start Suzuki, this lightweight package gets up and truly zips along.
The bow has a sharp, V-nosed entry, which enables the hull to handle harbour chop, boat wakes and calm offshore conditions, but the ride would be uncomfortable and slow in a deteriorating sea.
Stability at rest is great, delivered by the punt-like hull design.
Handling in calm waters is superb and the Suzuki gets the Stealth up on the plane almost instantly. Turns are easy and the tiller control is direct and easy. The only downside to tiller steer is that when travelling long distances can tire your arms so consider sharing the driving with a mate if you plan to run a ways to your favourite spot.
Included in the base package is everything you need to get on the water – boat and trailer regos, four lifejackets, a fire extinguisher, air horn, paddle and a plumbed bilge pump.
Priced at $14.990 as a base package with 30hp two-stroke Suzuki and a Dunbier single-axle trailer, getting on the water with your own fishing boat has never been so easy. The whole package can be towed behind almost any vehicle. – Dan Trotter