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Question re: Lund Pro-V Bass

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Had a couple questions for those that have been on the water in the Pro V Bass, since I've only seen one at a boat show so far...

Photos I have seen on the water appear that the front deck is quite high off the water compared to a traditional bass boat.  Maybe due in part that the hull is made from a slimmed down version of a deeper V boat (The original Pro-V). 

This could be a positive and a negative in different ways.  Now that some of you have been on the water with the boat:

1) Is the front casting deck far enough from the water to make it tougher for instance, low trajectory skipping or lipping bass at boat side?

2) The front may be higher off the water but indicates a front end that might be better equipped  to handle rougher water, and waves than the typical bass boat?

I hope to get a test ride this summer, but until then interested to get initial input from others.  Thank you -

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Here's a photo of what I'm referring to, guy up front is a long ways above the water.  But then again the advantage might be a more defined "V" to cut through rougher waves?

 

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I'll be on the water in one very soon.  I'll let you know what I think about your concerns.

Your mileage may vary.

Good luck on your test ride.

A-Jay

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25 minutes ago, A-Jay said:

I'll be on the what in one very soon.  I'll let you know what I think about your concerns.

Your mileage may vary.

Good luck on your test ride.

A-Jay

Your boat has to be about ready to go...when is "The Day"?

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Very Soon -  . . .

And yes the anticipating is KILLING ME . . .

:)

A-Jay

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It's by no means a traditional bass boat. If you are asking if it hampers presentation, I'm going to say no. My Predator is considerably larger than the ProV Bass, and my deck is raised but not to the gunwale. I'm guessing an 8" gap between the gunwale and the deck. Flipping/pitching is not a problem and my son is a pro at skipping under docks from the deck....me, not so much. As far as lipping bass, it's doable but in most instances we either flip them in or net them.

As far as handling rough water, the one thing you won't do in that boat is spear a wave. The hull is heavy for an aluminum boat and the fuel tank runs up the keel which will give you a 'glass type ride. The downside of the high freeboard is getting pushed around by the wind but, again, the hull is heavy. It will offset some of the blowing around like you would experience in a cookie cutter tin mod v hull.     

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Slonezp, when did you get your Pro-V Bass and any other significant learnings after being on the water?  

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None of my learnings are prov bass. I have a Predator 2010 which is essentially a 20ft version of the prov bass xs model. Its the same ips2 hull design on a larger scale.

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Interesting.  I see from the photo that the angler and front deck are noticeably higher off the water than a traditional bass boat.  I saw this boat at the mpls boat show in January and I could not see this from just looking at it on the showroom floor.

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My assumption is that this Pro V Bass is going to sit higher off the water than your traditional bass boat so your pitching and skipping angles will be altered.  I have talked to bass fishermen one with a traditional Pro V and another with the multispecies Tuffy X-190 who both stand higher in the bow and neither said the additional height was a problem.  The X-190 owner came out of a Ranger and he said he likes fishing the shallow stuff better in his multispecies than his old bass boat.  He pointed out a couple times how he liked standing higher when fishing for spawning smallies,  

If you are buying this boat it is not with the expectation of having the best shallow water boat.  The Pro V Bass is a big water, bass boat.  It will shine over traditional bass boats on big, open water especially if you are fighting 2-3 foot waves.  Obviously, you'll still be able to effectively fish the shallow stuff but a boat such as the Ranger RT188 would be a more effective boat for the shallow stuff.  

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On May 22, 2016 at 0:31 PM, A-Jay said:

Very Soon -  . . .

And yes the anticipating is KILLING ME . . .

:)

A-Jay

A-Jay just wondering how the new rig is and your impressions of everything including deck height, shallow water draft, big water wave handling, etc.. ?  Hope it's meeting your expectations :)

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47 minutes ago, FryDog62 said:

A-Jay just wondering how the new rig is and your impressions of everything including deck height, shallow water draft, big water wave handling, etc.. ?  Hope it's meeting your expectations :)

The new rig is Everything I'd hoped for and quite a bit more. 

I'm putting together a "one month review / walk-through" post that will include a short video.  Should be up by the end of this week.

But just to quickly answer your questions - although I have only been out in what I'd call Sloppy weather so far, this hull came as advertised -  completely capable.  As for the deck height - I like all aspects of it.  Good Visibility, great for long distant & target casting as well as keeping the humans on board dry while underway.  Glad I opted for the 62" TM shaft though.  Shallow water draft is fine for my needs & the waters I fish.  Double Talons are a game changer.

More to follow.

A-Jay 

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On ‎6‎/‎13‎/‎2016 at 8:44 AM, FryDog62 said:

A-Jay just wondering how the new rig is and your impressions of everything including deck height, shallow water draft, big water wave handling, etc.. ?  Hope it's meeting your expectations :)

A-Jay

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Been another month, just wondering any further impressions AJ or Slone re: height of front deck, and how well the hull handles rougher seas?  Sometimes it takes a month or two to really find out a new boat's tendencies...  Thank you!   -Fry

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A-Jay, what kind of speeds can you expect out of your setup? It is a very nice rig and has me considering tin again. 

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35 minutes ago, DelcoSol said:

A-Jay, what kind of speeds can you expect out of your setup? It is a very nice rig and has me considering tin again. 

Please know that this hull is not a race inspired design -  It's either rough water capable or flat water high speed -  but not both . . .

With the broke in 200 OptiMax and 21p Tempest Plus at WOT ~ I'm getting 58 mph

  That's with a full tanks of gas (36 gals) way too much gear & Four -  mod 31 batteries with twin talons offering all kinds of wind resistance. 

And that was all Down Hill . . .

:)

 

A-Jay

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45 minutes ago, A-Jay said:

Please know that this hull is not a race inspired design -  It's either rough water capable or flat water high speed -  but not both . . .

With the broke in 200 OptiMax and 21p Tempest Plus at WOT ~ I'm getting 58 mph

  That's with a full tanks of gas (36 gals) way too much gear & Four -  mod 31 batteries with twin talons offering all kinds of wind resistance. 

And that was all Down Hill . . .

:)

 

A-Jay

I know something else that rolls downhill :hahaha-024: 

I bet if you had the desire, you could prop that to be a mid 60's boat. Before I added the 112 TM and 4th battery, I was running 59. I lost 3mph adding the extra weight to the bow.  

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