WCF Competition Breeds New 200XP Triton (Updated WCF Schedule Included)
The latest tournament format to take the bass fishing world by storm is the World Championship Fishing (WCF) circuit. Sanctioned by the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.), WCF competitors fish against each other part of the day as in a traditional bass tournament, then drive their bass boats against the clock in both straight-line and slalom events which measure boat and outboard performance and driving skills.
Bismarck, Ark. bass pro Ron Shuffield won the boat handling division of the inaugural WCF event, held August 13-15, 1999 at Rend Lake, Ill. Driving his Johnson-powered Triton Tr-21 bass boat, Shuffield outmaneuvered his competition in the twisting slalom course and set a course record as well.
Triton Boats of Ashland City, Tenn., is America's premier manufacturer of fiberglass bass, walleye and saltwater fishing boats. Founder and company president Earl Bentz, a former world champion race driver and a legend in boat racing circles, recently pledged his continued support of the WCF competitive concept.
"Fiberglass bass fishing boats have come a long way since the advent of the tri-hull fishing platforms of the late Sixties," Bentz said. "Today's sleek fishing machines are light years ahead of their predecessors in terms of fishability, performance and riding comfort. Every Triton boat is manufactured with space-age composite materials instead of wood, further evidence of the continued evolution of bass boats."
Bentz believes the next plateau in bass boat evolution will be boats that are capable of safer, surer handling, and he feels WCF competition will be instrumental in their development. "Today, many bass boat manufacturers offer boats with comfortable fishing platforms, and most of these boats perform well in a straight line. But real-world experience tells us that simply testing a boats ability to run a straight line is not enough. Anglers must have equipment capable of negotiating twisting boat lanes and canals, while dodging obstacles in the water. Just as NASCAR competition has led to safer, better-handling automobiles." the WCF concept, which allows professional drivers to compete under controlled conditions, will lead to safer, better-handling bass boats.
Although the WCF format is less than a year old, Triton has already developed a bass boat model with enhanced handling capabilities, Bentz pointed out. Inspired by the first WCF event. "Our new 200XP is a 19 ft. 8 in. center console with the accent on superior handling and maneuverability without sacrificing fishability. With its extra-wide beam and modified Vortex hull design, the 200 XP turns like it's on rails and will set the standard for future product development. We feel that testing our equipment against the competition produces cutting-edge innovations in every aspect of a product's design and function, Bentz said. Triton may have won the first WCF event, but the real winner in this arena is the Triton Boat buyer. That is why Triton and other leaders in the marine industry, welcome the opportunity to "test their metal" against their competition in the WCF events. With the WCF as the proving ground, we will continue to be a leader in the development of new models with advanced handling capabilities -- not only for our WCF pro staff, but for discriminating anglers everywhere. The WCF will give the world's angler's an opportunity to judge for themselves, which bass boat delivers the level of performance they want, in the multifaceted sport of bass fishing.
The WCF plans 5 events in 2000, and Triton Boats will be a major player in all of them, Bentz emphasized. The dates and locations are as follows:
Aug. 4-6 Ouachita River - Monroe, LA
Aug. 11-13 Rend Lake - Mt. Vernon, IL
Sep. 1-3 James River - Richmond, VA
Sep. 29-Oct. 1 Mobile Delta - Mobile, AL
Oct. 27-29 Taylorsville Lake - Louisville, KY
"At least 6 of the 23 competitors in each WCF event will be fishing from and driving a Triton bass boat. We're proud of our role in this exciting competition, and feel the WCF will be a driving force behind the development of safer and better-handling boats for all bass fishermen."
For more information, contact Triton Boats, 15 Bluegrass Drive, Ashland City, TN 37015; (615)792-6767, or visit the company's website at www.tritonboats.com.