As I became an adult I had small aluminum boats, from Bayliners to a Crestliner bass boat. But when daddy died in 2013, it was sad fishing without him, and I lost all interest. So I sold that boat and got rid of all my fishing gear. Then in the year 2020, after purchasing
a kayak, my love for fishing came back. And then somehow my kayak grew into a bigger boat. Imagine that.
Regarding my current vessel. The Tracker Targa V18 Combo was created with the “Great Lakes” and the Ocean in mind. Though it’s an excellent Bass boat (or for general fishing), it’s also a combination of comfort, pleasure, skying, and all with much torque and speed.
In February 2021 I created a new family oriented Facebook group called
. You are welcome to join. I am also a member of the Boat Owners Association of The United States ( Fishing in California with no profanity BoatUS).
A TARGA™ V-18 COMBO (A combo of performance, speed, torque & comfort geared for the Angler)
COMFORT, CONVENIENCE & PEACE OF MIND
A 40 gal. fuel tank Bow & stern eyes 6 flip-up cleats Bimini top (for the wifey) Power steering
Lighted 19-gal. (aft) & 30 gal. (bow) w/timers, recirculator & pump-out system Dual 750 GPH aerator/fill pumps w/timers & 500GPH pump-outs
Minn Kota® PowerDrive™ 24V, 70-lb. thrust (it was an eye sore & in the way, so removed it)
SONAR: Lowrance® HOOK REVEAL 7 Combo w/TripleShot™ & GPS (great for lakes and harbors, but not good for the depths of offshore) SeaStar™ hydraulic steering w/tilt Integrated tackle storage AM/FM Bluetooth® stereo Cobra MRF77B GPS Stationary Marine Radio (Coast Guard registered with MMSI & DSC) & a separate HT for others on shore (and Ham radio HT – K2PTL).
Elevated bow & aft fishing decks 5 pedestal seat base locations 2 movable 360° swivel angler seats Multiple storage compartments Bow, port & starboard rod lockers Aft deck w/split flip sections & jump seats VERSATRACK® accessory-mounting channels H6 Seat Pedestal Double Rod Holder and much more.
500 GPH bilge pump (need to upgrade) Bow, console & interior lights Bow panel w/12V outlet, bow aerator & trim switch 3-bank battery charger Interstate® batteries: 1 cranking, 1 trolling & 1 for back-up engine Charging ports for phones and more.
THE MAIN ENGINE
Mercury® 200HP V8 XL Pro XS® FourStroke 💪 Deep deadrise & reversed chines Set-back transom designed to deliver undisturbed water to the prop for faster, smoother takeoff & better performance Pressed-in strakes for optimal performance Stainless steel propeller
BACK-UP ENGINE / TROLL MOTOR
Mercury 9.9 EXLHP Command Thrust Pro Kicker, w/hydraulic steering, power tilt & electric start, all operated from the helm
CONSTRUCTION & EXTERIOR
Diamond Coat™ 2.0 finish, powdercoat & clearcoat All-welded, .125 aluminum Deep V hull, transom & stringer system & box-beam transom Reverse chine hull design for drier ride & better handling 8′ 6″ beam & 7′ 4″ bottom (more room & stability) Aft swim platform w/boarding ladder Removable ski tow pylon and much more.
Two axles, powdercoated w/GALVASHIELD® Hydraulic brakes w/ Inner frame-brake line system w/1-point bleed Chrome wheels & matching hubs Space-saving swing-away tongue Integrated boarding steps & safety handle Heavy-duty load guides.
RODS & REELS
Saltwater: For big game fish a Penn Ally Heavy Boat Rod, w/ a Penn 115L2 (9/0) Senator conventional reel Saltwater: A Penn BTLIII-02H 10′ heavy Rod, w/a Penn Battle III 8000 Spinning reel Saltwater: Offshore Angler X heavy jigging rod #OM66XXHT (w/above reel) Saltwater: A Penn Squall, 6’6” rod, w/ a Penn Squall 30-LW bait caster reel Freshwater: A Penn SpinFisher VI, 7’0” extra fast action rod, with a Penn SpinFisher VI 4500 spinning reel Freshwater: Penn Battalion II 7′ Inshore Spinning Rod (7′ light). With a Carbonlite 2.0, Model JCT2000 Spinning reel.
Enjoying God’s creation from a mariners perspective is a phenomenal experience (Gen. 1:26, Rom. 1:25). “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31).
Boating & Fishing tag.