Best Fishing Pontoons 

a pontoon fishing boat comparison -  by manufacturers

Pontoon fishing boats are great and becoming more and more popular for many reasons.  They offer a flat deck which makes it very easy to get around and more room for fishing accessories like live wells, bait and prep stations, storage units, sink areas and much much more. Today there's a lot of choices when  considering a fishing pontoon boat for you and your friends or family. 

Here we'll take a look at some of most popular pontoon fishing boats and give an in depth comparison at the functionality, level of features and amenities, performance and also ease of service or maintenance.

From a pontoon fishing standpoint you want to look at what options you have for seating, seat configuration and amenities for tackle, bait, fish wells and cleaning.

Bennington Sport Fish Series Fishing Pontoon 

First on the list is the Sport Fish Series by Bennington Pontoons. They offer versions in 20 foot length pontoon and also 22 foot.

 

Performance Options

  • Max HP - 150
  • Engine Options - Evinrude, Honda, Mercury, Suzuki and Yamaha

* HP rating and mfg. are dependent on style and size of pontoon

Sport Fish Key Features

  • Livewell and bait bucket
  • Front carpet
  • Rear vinyl floor
  • Fish Station
  • Fishing Rod Storage with security lock
  • deluxe bass seats

 

Bennington Sport Fish Options

  • In floor storage
  • large table
  • ottoman with cooler
  • porta potti
  • stern seat wash down for galley

 

 

  • 4 pole rod holder
  • Full vinyl flooring
  • snap in carpet
  • integrated Garmin color GPS
  • elevated helm console with floor storage
  • Deluxe Bass Seats

 

Sun Tracker Bass Buggy and Fishing Barge Pontoons

Two key models make up Sun Tracker Fishing pontoon boat offerings - the first a shorter pontoon the 18 foot bass buggy and there's also the full size fishing pontoon by Sun Tracker the Fishin' Barge 21.  Here we will explore both in terms of their features, functions and performance.

 

Fishing Barge Standard Features

  • Custom upholstered fishing chairs
  • Port bow 8 Gal livewell
  • Live well aerator pump
  • Under seat storage
  • Fishing Rod vertical storage unit
  • Aft livewell with rod holder
  • Aft sundeck with changing room 

Sun Tracker Fishing Barge Options   

  • Trolling motor and fish finder package

  • Sirius satellite radio

  • Corrosion resistant wiring

  • Pontoon cover

 

Performance Options 

  • 40 ELPT Mercury EFI
  • 60 ELPT Mercury EFI
  • 50 ELPTO Two Stroke
     

Sun Tracker Bass Buggy

The Bass Buggy by Sun Tracker is great for people who love fishing, but want to be able to tow and store a pontoon easier and in a smaller package.  The Sun Tracker Bass Buggy is about 3 feet shorter than it's full size big brother and is easier to manage and still has room for seven.

 

 

Sun Tracker Bass Buggy Standard Features

  • Custom upholstered fishing chairs
  • Port bow 8 Gal livewell
  • Live well aerator pump
  • Under seat storage
  • Fishing Rod vertical storage unit
  • Aft livewell with rod holder
  • Aft sundeck with changing room 

Sun Tracker Bass Buggy Options 

  • Fish finder with wireless trolling motor and livewell kit
  • BBQ Grill
  • Pontoon Cover 

Performance Options

  • 30 ELPT 4-Stroke EFI

 

So far we've taken a look at Bennington and Sun Tracker. Both offer quality fishing pontoons but yet are much different. Bennington pontoon fishing boats are full size well appointed with many standard features and optional features.  Then we've reviewed fishing pontoons by Sun Tracker and here two versions are offered - a full size 21 foot fishing pontoon and also a shorter version 18 foot bass buggy. Both come with the standard or basic fishing accessories like live well, fishing rod storage unit, fishing chairs and more.  However, it's clear that Bennington is a higher level fishing pontoon that's more expensive.  So, what is right for you depends on your fishing and pontoon boating needs as compared to what you want to spend.  The Sun Tracker Fishing Pontoons are well suited for fishing but are more economical. 

Next, well look at pontoon fishing boats by Crest.

Crest Fishing Pontoons

Let's get started on fishing pontoons by Crest Pontoon Mfg. Company. They offer 3 main versions or varieties of fishing pontoons.  First we have the their Premium Fishing Boats which are basically full size luxury level with amenities and features specifically for fishing.   Next they have the Pro Angler LE Series which are full up fishing pontoon for the serious pontoon fisherman.   Last they wisely offer a economical line of fishing pontoons the Pro Angler Regular Series.  In the sections will deep dive the what each has to offer in terms of fishing amenities, options and advantages for you. 

 

 

Crest Pro Angler LE Standard Features

  • Front Livewell with pump
  • Luxury Midsection Fishing Chairs
  • Cooler Table
  • Rear Entry Ladder

 

 

Crest Pro Angler LE Options 

  • Garmin 145 Fish Finder
  • Privacy Unit /Changing Room
  • Deluxe Bass Seats
  • Interior Courtesy Lights
  • Docking Lights

 

Performance Options

  • Max HP 75-115HP

 

Crest Family Fish R Standard Features  

  • Fishing Rear Platform
  • Large Livewell
  • Privacy Unit
  • Garmin Fish Finder
  • Clean up Sink

Crest Family Fish R Options 

  • Captains Console
  • Deluxe Bass Seats
  • Captains Buddy Seat
  • Sink Area with Bait Station
     

Performance Options 

  • 22 foot - 135HP
  • 25 foot - 150HP

 

 

Summary for Crest Fishing Pontoons

We can see by taking a look at the different styles , standard features and options offered by Crest that they have a lot to offer.  From luxury fishing pontoons in the Family Fisherman series to the more serious Pro Angler LE series and also a base version of full size fishing pontoons in the Pro Angler series.  You can see there's a lot to choose from when considering  a Crest Fishing Pontoon Boat.  Many fishing amenities are standard like Garmin Fish finders and changing stations the with a few things to consider as options like deluxe fishing seats and sinks.