Don Demott shows off his tournament driving form.

Man, I forgot how bass boats fly. Spending some time on the water yesterday with Don Demott, who is a tournament bass angler down in Florida, reminded me in a hurry what a bass boat can do.

They are designed to carry more than their weight and fly around on a keel pad the size of a postage stamp. At rest, their wide beams strive to give them the stability of a pontoon boat. Former colleague Eric Colby wrote an excellent article for Boating about bass boat design, and I’m trying to track down a digital version to share.

In the meantime, here’s a link to some bass boat history from BWB Magazine.

Here’s an older article from Dave Scroppo about bass boat racing.

And here’s a link to a tournament bass boat shootout I worked on with Boating a few years back.