Even the pro fishermen need a little help. Having the best bait boats can attract fish, or drop lines if you can't cast, because of lack of space, or injury.
Some may think that using a bait boat is an unfair advantage, but this is not the case. There are many reasons to use a bait boat, not least its a way to keep the younger generation of up and coming fishermen engaged.
Most of the bait boats featured in this review are capable of carrying a Go-Pro camera or underwater fishing camera for added entertainment.
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This is a tough little boat, designed to withstand the harsh elements of the wind and waves.
With a sealed bait box this craft can recover from capsizing without losing its load.
With a built-in GPS and fishfinder, you can program the exact location the bait is deployed by GPS location, depth, or even fish proximity. Then when the boat has executed its maneuvers it will simply return back to shore.
The boat comes with navigation lights fitted so you can see its exact position on the water, even at night.
This is a low-priced bait boat that delivers the basic functionality you would expect to find in a RC bait boat.
The Flytech is capable of achieving a top speed of 5.5 km/h by means of its single prop water cooled motor and has a range of around 500 meters.
This boat is made of durable injection-molded ABS plastic. It is simple to operate and ready to go with minimal setup
It features 2 bait buckets and is designed to stay upright when traversing choppy water. If the boat does happen to capsize, the tech features a capsize recovery mode, which will put you back on track.
This vessel has 2 motors with rear chains that make the propulsion more efficient and lasts longer per change.
The screw propeller makes this bait boat capable of handling weeds, and floaters, that would snarl up most other bait boat propellers.
This RC bait boat is fitted with direction lights. This means that the boat can be used in the dark and gives the helmsman a clear indication of which direction the boat is facing.
The Meknic RC bait boat features 2 bait containers and 2 independent electric motors. With a strong and durable injected module design, the boat can support loads of up to 2 kg and travel a maximum distance of 400 to 500 meters in clear conditions.
The remote is simple to use with the basic functions you would expect on a RC boat control. The boat has a strong propeller with minimal noise that will scare away your quarry.
The Ladan features two motors for increased power and enabling the boat to reach speeds of nearly 5 km per hour.
The boat has a very simple to use the controller and comes equipped with lights to indicate left and right (port and starboard)
The Eyoyou may have a difficult name to pronounce, but it is far from difficult to use. It has a fairly short range of 200 meters making it more suited to lake finishing.
It has a 1.2 kg capacity bait container and with a good capacity battery, you will be able to make regular bait runs.
The Eyoyo comes in two models, the 5km per hour and the 3 km per hor version. One for getting to fishing spots more quickly and the other for approaching more stealthily.
Even the best anglers sometimes need a little help. Using a bait boat to summon fish from their hiding holes is a good way to improve your chances of landing the BIG ONE!
Like with most things in fishing, not every piece of equipment is suited for all occasions
There are some fundamental things to consider when choosing a bait boat.
If you are an angler that prefers lakes, rivers, and estuaries. There is no need to invest in a heavy-duty bait boat with all the bells and whistles you will find on bait boats suited for offshore fishing for example.
For calmer waters, choosing a bait boat with an open bait bucket is perfectly fine. Your craft is unlikely to roll or be capsized by a rogue wave, spilling your bait before you have reached your ideal spot.
Most bait boats have a range of about 200 meters, however if you are looking to fish beyond the breakers you need a boat that will have both the power and the range to push past those waves and deliver your payload.
You may think that having a GPS navigation system on your bait boat is OVERKILL! However seeing a boat on a flat lake is easier said than done, especially for those looking to fish at night. Being able to program exactly where you want your bait deployed may not seem so silly when you are straining your eyes or trying to judge the distance of the navigation lights in the dark.
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