There is a new surge of interest in serious bass fishing, and as a consequence, a renewed emphasis on styling up new tournament-ready bass boats. The Jaguar is Bass Cat’s latest model and the finest extension of its performance DNA. On pad, the Jaguar can move out at 80 mph with a modest load of fuel, one angler and three deep-cycle trolling-motor batteries. That feat is easily accomplished by jumping it up on plane in a negative trim position to about 45 mph. When throttled up, feed in trim to let the rpm climb to wide-open throttle. Once on pad, the Jaguar is stable and steady. That steady ride comes from its rigid construction accomplished with a full-beam, compression-molded composite transom and a stringer grid vacuum-molded into the hull.
The combination of design and construction techniques was perfected over decades by the Pierce family, founders of Bass Cat boats. The full line of rigs are all about performance and stability, and details like triangular livewells to baffle water movement are meant to increase speed and stability when anglers need every second and every cast to make the top of the tournament scoreboard.
Another hallmark of this investment-quality boat is the ease of servicing them. All wiring and plumbing is performed after the hull and deck are mated, ensuring that future service is possible and all components are accessible. Even the fuel tank, nested under the seats, is accessible if ever needed.
While the Jag’s performance and ride are solid and rugged, the angler is pampered with many amenities: bucket seats for two; a center seat for a third angler; and lush, durable, washable 24-ounce marine carpet of the highest grade. Open the forward center hatch and a scissor storage system practically hands you tackle boxes, so you don’t have to get down on your knees to grab them.
Bass Cat is for dedicated anglers only and even includes a convenient locker aft of the seats to store a spare trolling motor and tons of additional gear.
Digital switching is water-resistant for long life and easy operation, plus Bass Cat rigs its boats with premium stereo equipment and leaves plenty of space on the dash and at the bow for the largest GPS/sonar displays.
Seriously built for serious anglers.
* Scissor-rack storage presents utility tackle boxes when the hatch is opened.
* A large storage compartment behind the cockpit seats can secure a spare trolling motor in a dedicated rack or any added gear for the tournament trail.
* All wiring and plumbing is accessible after the build, making extended-life maintenance easy and practical.
How We Tested
Engine: Mercury Verado 350
Drive/Prop: 14" x 26" Fury
Gear Ratio: 1.75:1
Fuel Load: 35 gal.
Crew Weight: 180 lb.
$97,597 (as tested)
Bass Cat Boats Mountain Home, Arkansas; 870-481-5135; basscat.com