Gold Coast built Attack boats have gained a strong following among the dedicated bass and bream angling fraternity since they kicked off a few years ago.
With fibreglass construction and a slick, easily planed hull, the Attack 470 Tournament Pro continues the company’s tradition of top shelf finish, gleaming presentation and plenty of handy features for keen sporting anglers.
Scott Corby from Attack Boats and I recently put his personal 470 Tournament Pro through some on-water testing in the Jumpinpin area and I was pretty impressed with the package from start to finish.
Scott’s boat has a camouflage like appearance finish – all the better to sneak up on the fish – and the dappled pale blue and cream sections are beautifully contrasted by the jet-black outer surface of the moulded side console and the black Optimax astern. It’s not just eye catching, it’s eye grabbing!
Like the majority of bass/bream sport fishing craft the Attack sat low in the water at rest, yet skimmed readily across the surface once the outboard kicked it into life. The Mercury Optimax 115hp certainly did the job well, as the Attack skimmed over considerable surface chop with ease.
Ample storage is a requirement of these bass/bream style rigs and I found the Attack 470 Tournament Pro left nothing to be desired. There are storage compartments set up within the carpeted decks both forward and astern of the comfortable cockpit and helm area. The Attack also has ample room for rods, tackle, odds and ends and even wet gear if necessary.
At the front of the craft, aft of the Lowrance HDS7 (its transducer is strategically set up on the accompanying Minn Kota 80 mounted to port) was an anchor well cum general storage compartment. Directly aft was another carpet lined general storage compartment. A seat base was mounted on this compartment, which allows an angler to work the front guided by the Lowrance HDS7’s information. To starboard was a dedicated, unlined, wet locker to cater for wet items needing a temporary home.
The Tournament’s main rod locker, which was almost 3m long, was located to port. It’s fully lined and has specific holders for up to nine rods within the racks, which would allow a tournament angler to change rods whenever desired in no time. Aft of the rod holder was a carpet-covered ramp for day use rods, which are held in place with the standard rubber shock cord.
Within the Tournament Pro’s main self-draining carpeted cockpit there were three well-designed seats for the fishing team. I really liked the style of these seats, which were well padded, yet also designed to offer the best comfort when travelling. I also liked the strong grab rail and drink holder for the port passenger. Leg room was more than sufficient for driver and passengers and internal freeboard was 50cm, quite adequate for this style of craft.
The helm set up of the Tournament emphasized the sports nature of the craft. The sleek, windscreen-equipped, moulded console to starboard was decorated with a curved, carbon fibre finish, two tier dash layout. On the top tier were a pair of Smart Craft gauges to monitor the Optimax 115 outboard.
On the lower level a Lowrance HDS5 was located to the left; the craft’s three spoke sports style wheel linked to TeleFlex non-feedback steering was central; and there was a bank of switches to the right of the wheel.
The craft’s ignition key and marine radio were lower again with forward controls for the outboard set into the side next to the driver’s right arm.
Immediately below the forward controls were paired switches to control the aeration system of the paired live wells astern, located behind the cockpit seats. A small receptacle for odds and ends was located beside the driver’s right knee.
Aft of the cockpit seats the live wells were accompanied by a further pair of dry storage lockers with hatches. These, along with the live wells, combine to form an excellent rear-casting platform, complete with a pair of Cannon rod holders on each outer edge.
The stern also featured another seat spigot plus a pair of drink holders located ahead of the neat engine well. Tow hooks and pick up tubes for the live wells extended down along the transom, as did the craft’s rear transducer.
As Scott Corby says, he likes to get there quickly. The Attack’s shallow draft, shallow deadrise (12º Vee) hull with it’s planing plank and wide reversed chines aft responded very willingly to input from the maximum power 115 Optimax.
With really hard acceleration the craft hardly even lifted the bow, it just shot forward and onto the plane with great speed. Planing took place at 18km/h at 3,000 rpm, with 4000 rpm recording 46.4 km/h, 5,000rpm a sweet 60.3km/h and 5,500rpm a speed of 71.8km/h.
A very enjoyable cruising speed was 55.4km/h at 4,500rpm. At that speed the craft clipped along with virtually no wave impact, even as we purposely crossed our own wash, the ride was very smooth.
The concept behind driving these bass/bream sports crafts is to keep the rig on the plane at speed so it stays right on top of wash and chop in the estuary, impoundment and river conditions in which they are mainly used. The Attack did this with ease.
The Attack’s hull has an excellent design using a rather full bow to provide plenty of buoyancy, which enhances stability at rest and helps to make a smooth transition to planing. Once on the plane the wide sweep of the spray deflecting outer chine did a good job of keeping the ride as spray free as possible.
During our test runs heading into a strong southerly breeze was a non-event so far as impact was concerned; there was just a tiny vibration from the strongly built glass hull as we hit chop at good pace. The spray only kicked up in a 6 knot speed limit area when we were returning to the Jacobs Well ramp, but this was as much as I would expect from any open boat of a similar design in such conditions.
The Attack handled very well. With a reduced wetted surface under way, the beamy 2.1m wide hull, with it’s strong under hull strakes and large outer reversed chines, could be thrown into turns easily.
Stability was exceptional, as it must be in this style of craft where anglers stand to cast continually. Two of us walking around, even to one side or other, caused no change in attitude thanks to the hull’s design, which had plenty of grip at rest.
The Attack 470 Tournament Pro is a dedicated fishing craft and fulfils its role in every sense of the word. Every feature the tournament angler requires is there, in a classy, user-friendly package. The craft is designed for three anglers to work in comfort – I’d see all three working with ease.
This locally built boat has a lot going for it as far as a dedicated sports fishing rig for smoother waters is concerned. Finish is top shelf and attention to detail is obvious throughout the craft. Attack Boats offer a real alternative to the imported bass/bream style rigs on the market with some considerable cost savings in the package.
Attack Boats can be contacted on (07) 55407234 or on 0403488089. The rig as reviewed, including the paired Lowrance HDS units and 80lb thrust Minn Kota would cost $37,000. I also believe the craft would go well and lose little performance value with a 90hp outboard fitted in lieu of the 115 Optimax. With a 90hp the craft would then come home for around the $36,000 mark.
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