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September 21, 2007

Hot Rod

Fish from skinny to blue water in this Bay boat.


DRIVER'S SEAT: The standard leaning post has a rocket launcher and 72-quart cooler. Or upgrade to the bolstered post-and-seat combo with backrest and larger cooler.
JACKED UP: The standard hydraulic jack plate enhances performance and extends rod time long after the tide has turned. This sleek 22-footer can be rigged with a single four-stroke outboard up to 250 horses.
NO WORRIES: The hull is covered by a ten-year transferable structural warranty, while steering, switches and LED lights are protected for three years. Add first-year coverage on the gelcoat and pumps, and you end up fishing more and stressing less.
STOW AND GO: Forward rod lockers provide secure overnight storage, and the tubes are long enough for nine-foot fly outfits.
NERVE CENTER: The console has room for big-screen electronics, grab-and-cast rod racks and a seat forward on top of a 46-quart insulated fishbox.

BOXED IN: A 40-gallon live well on the transom centerline and a companion 35-gallon bait well to port will keep shrimp and greenies content while the trophy winner hitches a ride back to the weigh scales.

Century has tweaked its bay boats recently, and now, with input from tourney anglers and guides, they've hit the mark. The 2202 Bay delivers blistering performance and is dialed in to fish hard. It has enough freeboard to slip offshore yet doesn't sacrifice nearshore versatility. Thoughtful fishing features and a hull for NASCAR will have many anglers amped to climb aboard.

Performance

Length 22' Beam 8' 6"
Draft 1' 1" Deadrise 14.5 ¿
Fuel 65 gals. Price $45,025
w/ 250-hp Yamaha F250 four-stroke outboard

Powered by a Yamaha F250 outboard, the 2202 snapped my head back out of the hole and wide-open throttle caused my eyes to water. With full fuel and a crew of three, the boat registered 39 miles per hour at 4,000 rpm on my GPS, pegging at 59 and holding turns like an Indy car.

How It Fished

Test Conditions
Sarasota Bay, Florida
Sunny 80 ¿
Winds: Light and variable
Seas: 1 to 2 feet
Target: Snook

The spacious layout gave us plenty of room to fan-cast soft-plastics, and we plucked schoolie snook off the docks. We worked shorelines and oyster bars easily, but couldn't entice larger fish to eat once the sun got high. Century Boats; (850) 769-0311; www.centuryboats.com