Pro-Line: A Favorite Among Fishermen

Updated 3:54 PM ET, Sun February 22, 2015
Pro-Line: A Favorite Among Fishermen
Pro-Line boats have a long history of performing for great fishermen. In its earliest years, Pro-Line built a Pro 24, a charter boat with a rear-positioned console that allowed enough room for those fishing to set lawn chairs out while casting their line into the water.

That first boat was owned by Capt. Sam Pecorino, who chartered this boat in Florida for 30 years before trading it in for a Pro-Line 23 sport utility model in 1997. But the original Pro 24 gained even more fame as the boat used by Jacques Cousteau in "The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau: The Forgotten Mermaids," a documentary filmed in the early 1970s in Florida. Today, the completely refurbished boat is a museum piece.

Throughout the next few decades, Pro-Line perfected its design and shifted to all-fiberglass construction by the mid-1990s. In fact, Pro-Line's final boat with wood construction was built in 1994. During this time, the company also leaned toward new investors and leadership.

But the focused remained on satisfying some of the country's best fishing pros, such as Dan Abshire, who won the Southern Kingfish Association National Championship in a Pro-Line center console in 1999. Two years later, Capt. Chris Chase took the title of Southern Kingfish Association Angler of the Year in a 34-foot Pro-Line. In 2006, Capt. Steve Quinlan won his second consecutive Shark Hunters tournament, also in a Pro-Line center console.

Today, Pro-Line builds boats in its relatively new state-of-the-art facility in Washington, NC. Over the past 40-plus years, Pro-Line has clearly positioned itself as a favorite among fishing pros, but also as a great value, with boats priced in the $50,000 range. At POP Yachts, we list nearly 100 used Pro-Line boats, such as the newly listed 2006 Pro-Line Walkaround.

If you're serious about fishing and getting great value for your money, contact us today. Our team is standing by to get you into the right vessel for your needs.

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Nice article, getting the wood out of the design, lots of deck space and a sea worthy hull, Pro-Line makes the grade. Erin Pacific Northwest

Erin E. from Ferndale, WA, posted on MAR 22
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