From kayaks to motor yachts, pontoons to ski boats, the 2019 Progressive Cleveland Boat Show will also be loaded with new fishing boats, many getting their first showing in the Ohio market.

   While the bigger boats always garner publicity, new designs at this year’s show will be found in every size category. And, since surveys indicate 70 percent of all boats are used for fishing at least part of the time, the popularity of angling in Ohio means new fishing models at the show will surely draw lots of attention.

For example, Boston Whaler is a venerable name in fishing machines and there will be the largest display of new Whalers at 17 models in the history of the boat show. They’ll range from 13’ to 38’, including the premiere showing of new 130SS and 160SS models on up to the all-new Whaler Realm 35 footer and the 38-foot Outrage. In addition, 10 NauticStar angling models and the new Albemarle 27DC with sistership Albemarle 29 will all be found in a huge 30-boat display by Sandusky’s Clemons Boats.

But if you want to go bigger, how about the first public showing of the Mystic 42 Center Console displayed by Catawba Moorings (Port Clinton.) This fishing giant will be powered by four Mercury 350 h.p. white outboards. It also boasts a cabin that sleeps two, Garmin electronics and, like every Mystic a unique custom paint. Catawba Moorings will display top fishing models from Regulator, World Cat and Key West.  

The Pursuit brand is synonymous with fishing, too. South Shore Marine (Huron) might need crowd control when anglers spot the new Pursuit 408. This boat is slick but the power behind it slicker – triple new Yamaha XYO 425 V8 outboards that are being cited as a game changer in such power. Meanwhile, Scout brand center consoles fishing machines will be led by the Scout 355LXF, along with the 320LXF and 215XSF models and will be found in Skipper Bud’s (Port Clinton) exhibit. And, it doesn’t stop there.

Fishing models from Robalo and Alumacraft will be ready for boarding in the Boat Masters Marine (Akron) exhibit, while Starcraft’s latest will be displayed by Burroughs Marine (Clyde). Beaver Park Marina (Lorain) will be displaying the newest center consoles from the Sea Fox Commander lineup.

There will be plenty more. Notably, Parma Marine will show off a series of Alumacraft Fishing Boats, while Vic’s Sport Center (Kent) will present the full lineup of high performance bass and walleye fishing boats from Ranger, Starcraft and Starweld. More brands will include Sailfish models from MarineMax (Port Clinton) and Polar Krafts displayed by Portage Lake Marine (Akron).

Ravenna Marine (Ravenna) will display a fishing boat feast including Crestliner’s Fish Hawk side consoles, Commanders and Raptor models, along with the newest Thunder Jet fishing models including the Luxor and Explorer models.

The boat show also features daily fishing clinics by tournament-winning pros, along with demonstration from atop the Berkley Tank 5,000-gallon Aquarium stocked with bass.

The show will run for 5 days this year, January 17-21, in Cleveland’s I-X Center. For up-to-date schedules and advance tickets, go to: www.clevelandboatshow.com

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