Hauling Bass

Back from a decade-long hiatus, Bass Cat's Jaguar makes an impression.

JaguarVerado400_Running_Rear copyHold on to your hat, and pretty much everything else, because the reinvented Jaguar from Bass Cat is one fast kitty. With a Mercury Verado 400R on the transom — a new-for-2016 option — the Jaguar can reach the mid-80s for speed. That will get any angler to the next fishing hole in a hurry.

Bass Cat put the Jaguar line to rest a decade ago but resurrected it last year when design finally matched with power to create fishing-friendly function. The 21-foot, 5-inch-long bassin’ machine has a seven-inch deeper bow rise in the hull, to attack the water, and power options from 250 to 400 hp mean each buyer can customize the outboard to fit his needs.

A scissor storage system that utilizes slide-out trays holds up to 16 tackle boxes toward the stern. Up front, box trays can hold up to another dozen tackle boxes. A 34-quart cooler with a sandwich tray sits at the deck step, and a tackle shelf sits to port. There’s even a storage space for a spare trolling motor. The forward casting deck is a little more than six feet wide at its broadest, and the aft deck is even wider. For the runs between hotspots, the cockpit includes a café windscreen, twin rearview mirrors and a standard Humminbird multifunction display screen, in addition to all the necessary gauges and switches. A Sony stereo provides the soundtrack to a busy day, and it includes a USB port for a digital music player, so the tunes are exactly right.

Jaguar is back, and we don’t think this one is looking to sneak up on anything — except maybe the fish.

Bass Cat, basscat.com

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