Crestliner PT20 Fishability
Back in 2016 when I first began looking at the PT20 on the web I just wasn’t sure if I was ready to come out of a glass boat. Then I had a Ranger 461 with a 150 Mercury. I had no plans on purchasing any new glass boat for the simple reason its too darn expensive. I was looking at several used boats but then I decided if I was going to purchase a new boat prior to retiring in 5 or so years now was the time. So I attended the Cincinnati Boat show in January of 2017 and decided the Crestliner PT20 for it’s fishing platform would be my next boat.
My next steps was determining who I would make a purchase with. I priced out the boat I wanted with four dealers and settled on Unlimited Marine in Russell Springs Kentucky. I grew up in Kentucky and fished Lake Cumberland and Dale Hollow for years so driving 5 hours was not a issue. A dealer less than 40 miles from me told me he would order me a boat but he had no plans to ever carry inventory on Crestliners. My best deal came from Unlimited Marine who was great to work with and saved me more than anyone else on the out the door price.
I think I placed my order toward the end of January 2017 and was told I should have a build date in April. When I got back from Guntersville I sold my Ranger the follow week. Then found out my build date had been pushed to May time frame then early June. But it finally arrived the week before July 4th, I recall how busy Lake Cumberland was the week while I was doing my break in. Much easier to do it there than the little lakes we have here in Ohio.
So basically I still had a few months to get out on the water and do some fishing. Many of the 2017 tournaments I went as a co-angler since I was without a boat for well over half a year.
2018 Tournaments has been all on the boater side. The more I fish from this boat the more I really like it and enjoy the the space.
Above is my only keeper in first club tournament with Columbus Bassmasters of the year. Our club has about 36 members and on this tournament only seven of us brought in fish. Water was way up and it was a mud hole, but this fish finished 5th for the day.
Second tournament of the year was only 8 miles from the house which was nice. But tough day on the water and only managed 2 keepers for another 5th place finish.
Next stop was Mosquito Lake one day club tournament and we had a limit early and finished with 12.67 pounds for 2nd place finish. This was the week before our Ohio Bass Nation tournament which was a 2 day event the following weekend. Unfortunately I came up about 4 pounds short in that tournament for a 2 day weight of 16.75 pounds. Limit both days but no BIGUNS.
Of course in practice you can catch the BIGUNS.
Video below was taken by my co-angler second day of Bass Nation Federation tournament.
Check out his Youtube Channel Hooked on Bassin
Above was July 15th we had club tournament on Indian Lake and we had limit by 8am and finished with 12.03 pounds.
Overall this year like I said the more I fish from this Crestliner PT20 the better I like it. With the trolling motor down it fishes like any Big glass boat.
My likes so far:
- Big Front Deck
- Plenty of front storage (More than my Ranger 461)
- Handles big water very well. (Lake Erie)
- Can get shallower than my 461 Ranger
- Huge 42 gallon live well, so far no dead fish
- Affordability fuel both in boat and towing
- Half the cost of a glass boat with more room than some.
- Not many, but the switches on right side panel have had the screws work themselves out of the I call it dashboard like material I have now put some harder plastic in behind the dash so the screws has something to screw into.
- Boat cover doesn’t’ seem to have enough padding in spots. It is very fine material and I have a few holes starting to show.
Over all I am very pleased with my purchase and the performance I am seeing with this boat. If I were to have to purchase another boat it would in deed be a Crestliner PT20.
Give Unlimited Marine a call today ask for Jimmy Wilson to get a quote. Tell him Scott Gordon referred you. 270-858-6911