The 621cFS PRO might be the most technologically advanced freshwater fishing boat we’ve tested. Designed for walleye anglers, it is loaded with innovative technology such as Ranger’s RIDE (Ranger Intelligent Display Engine), a 9-inch, touchscreen switching system for controlling and monitoring all the functions of the boat.
The upholstered helm console is redesigned with a luxury-car look and accommodates a 16-inch sonar/chart plotter along with the RIDE display.
The all-new FS PRO Series hull delivers optimal performance when it steps up on pad, and it has the solid construction for which Ranger is known. With a Mercury 400 XL Verado engine, it shot from the hole in 5.1 seconds and accelerated to 30 miles per hour in 10.6 seconds. We cut sharp turns to create wakes, which this Deep-V model handled with ease.
Ranger delivered a larger cockpit by removing the rear tackle boxes and replaced storage by lengthening the bow deck 4 inches to enlarge the forward storage boxes. At the bow, a trolling-motor pedal storage box and a concealed drawer—tap it with your toe to deploy it—for storing pliers and other fishing tools were added.
Forward storage boxes are gelcoated and boast Ranger’s Power Ventilation Rod Storage system that removes moisture to inhibit corrosion and mildew. The bow center rod locker can handle 8-foot-6-inch-long rods. A cooler on the port side and a baitwell on the starboard side flank the center rod compartment. The front deck step has a net handle socket for stowing a landing net and a storage compartment below.
Our test boat was equipped with one Power-Pole, along with optional Zipwake interceptors. These compact modules replace trim tabs and won’t obstruct a kicker motor. Adding to the robotic-tech effect, Zipwakes automatically react to conditions and load balance to keep the boat on level pitch and roll and ideal trim.
Walleye pros might have set the style for this boat, but it will be coveted by anglers of muskie, pike, stripers and black bass throughout the U.S.A.