Maverick HPX-V Review: The Boat That Put Us On The Map
Have you ever seen Luke Simonds cruising along on the Maverick HPX-V to go out fishing?
This is the boat that helped put Salt Strong on the map and put us on a ton of fish!
Is it the ultimate fishing boat?
Check out this review here!!
Maverick HPX-V Review [VIDEO]
The Maverick is a 17-foot skiff that has been a Salt Strong staple.
Previously, this model was the HPX-V but is now called the Mirage.
Pros Of The Maverick
At the bow of the boat, the V slopes in at a vertical angle.
This means there is very little hull slap when you are fishing.
When you try to stealthily stalk on some fish up in the shallows, this will help keep the boat quiet.
You can get close to big fish without them knowing you are there.
On other boats without this design, the waves and chop can slap the hull and that will easily spook fish off.
Of course, no boat is ever going to be perfect, but the Maverick, in particular, does a great job of reducing the sound.
Another pro of the Maverick is that it is a shallow boat with a 8-9 inch draft.
It has a good balance of being able to creep up in the shallows and cross bays when needed.
Our boat does have a platform at the front of it, however, it is a used boat and the manufacturer of it is unknown.
A cooler can work just fine as a substitute platform as well.
Underneath the platform, there is a hatch for life jackets and gear as well as the gas tank.
There are also rod holders on the side of the center console.
Moreover, the Maverick is incredibly easy to launch off the trailer and the same when putting it back on the trailer.
Although it is a small boat, there is a ton of storage space.
Right before the engine, there is a big hatch for extra storage of gear or extra gas if needed.
Near the stern of the boat, there is a flow-through shrimp well.
On the other side of the shrimp well, there is a decently sized live-well.
If you plan on doing some fly fishing as well, there is a push-pull feature along the side of the boat.
MotorGuide Trolling Motor
If you plan on getting up into shallow water, it is essential to not hit seagrass and to not cavitate.
The smaller diameter of a trolling motor blade, the shallower you can get without causing harm to the grass or sand floor.
Minn Kota or other manufacturers of trolling motors often use a two-pronged blade whereas MotorGuide uses a 3-pronged blade for a more compact diameter.
Furthermore, this MotorGuide trolling motor has a tiller-steering design.
The trolling motors with remotes and buttons send a pulse out into the water when you hit them for the motor to move.
A tiller allows you to spend more time in the shallows with the 3-pronged blade.
The Maverick HPX-V is a fantastic boat for fishing bay areas close up in the shallows and along mangroves.
You can sneak up on fish holding in the seagrass and remain stealthy by minimizing the amount of noise you make.
There are pros and cons to every boat and it is all about finding what fits your style of fishing best!
If you have any questions about the Maverick or other boats, please let me know down in the comments!
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