Rick Clunn Speaks Out About Expensive Boats | Bass Fishing

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 atthis 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’tgo quite as shallow as a flat bottom, but
I grew up fishing Toledo Bend and Rayburnwhen they were full of stumps, and a narrow
light V bottom of aluminum boats go throughthe stumps much easier. They’re so fishable, a lot more fishable than,
say, my big boat. Another thing that I likeabout these 18 foot boats, I’ve caught as
many fish if not more out of an 18 foot witha 150 horse engine on it than I have out of
these big 20, 21, 22 foot boats with 250 horseengines. I think one of the biggest mistakes, and I
think we’ve done it unintentionally in thissport, is over the years, the fishermen, the
tournament organizations, and the media havekinda 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 outof 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 actuallygoing to fish it at Toledo Bend in the Open,
and maybe even at Amistad. I’m trying to erasethe 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 bea good fisherman if you don’t have the big
boat.

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