Undoubtedly one of the biggest launches of the year so far; The Rightmonkey bait boat (or the Ridgemonkey Hunter 750 Bait boat to be exact). But what’s it all about?
We have waited a very long time to see Ridgemonkey develop a bait boat thats for sure. Although they kept it under wraps very well, we all knew it was more of a matter of when rather than if they release one.
Ridgemonkey have been leading the way in carp fishing tech for years now, so we’re expecting this to be another great product built to last. Hopefully within this overview, we can give you more of a sense of what the Ridgmonkey bait boat is all about, and whether you should be adding it to your kit.
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Ridgemonkey Bait Boat Hunter 750 Review/Overview
Ridgemonkey Bait Boat – Hunter 750
“After pioneering in the carp tech scene for years with their fishing head torch range, it is no surprise to see a Ridgemonkey Bait Boat hit the shelves. And unexpectedly, it is very well priced too!”
Ridgemonkey Bait Boat Features
- Compact and lightweight aerodynamic design
- Industry-first top leader for rigs and bait (no more needing to feed your rig underneath!
- Ultra-quiet twin motors with dual weed guards
- Bright front and rear lights aid visibility
- Powered by two 5,000mAh 30W lithium polymer batteries which can be recharged via a USB (such as a Ridgemonkey Power Pack)
- Extremely lightweight at just 2.5kg
- Single hand remote control
Incredibly Lightweight Bait Boat
I think it’s only fair to start this article with the Ridgemonkey Hunter 750’s major advantage; the fact that it is very small and lightweight. Weighing in at only 2.5kg, The Ridgemonkey bait boat is incredibly compact, making it perfect for all anglers, whether you’re fishing the canals and looking to accurately place baits or fishing at range on the inland seas of France.
In our opinion, the size and weight is what sets it apart from the rest of the bait boats on the market. So much so that those who decide against bait boats due to their cumbersome size may well think differently when they see this boat.
Ridgemonkey have even thought about the size of the remote for this boat; making it one hand operation. (similar control to what you would find with a Nintendo Wii).
The small size means that it’s not only easy to transport, but it’s just generally less cumbersome to use. It’s an absolute doddle to drop the Hunter 750 in the water and deploy it to your spot. It’s also compact enough to store in the corner of your carp bivvy or under your carp bedchair whilst not in use.
The Bait Boat Hopper
The Hunter 750 is the first fully top-loading bait boat of it’s kind. No longer will you need to feed your rig underneath the boat before closing the hopper. A handy latch gate is all that you need to open and close whilst.
Not only does the top loading hopper generally make it easier to use, it allows you to get fishing much faster too. By not having to put the rig in first before closing the hopper, you can actually have the boat ready and full with all of your free offerings whilst you’re waiting for a bite!
That’s sure to cut down some time and help you get the rods back out faster.
In terms of capacity, the Ridge monkey Hunter 750 Bait Boat takes 1kg of bait. It’s nowhere near that of some of the other bait boats on the market, but there has been some compromise here to ensure that the Hunter 750 stays compact for ease of transport.
If you’re one for ‘filling it in’, then maybe this one isn’t for you!
Motor & Batteries
Ultra-quiet twin motors power the Ridgemonkey Bait Boat with more than enough force to get through the choppiest of waters. Twin weed guards at the back ensure that nothing gets amongst the motors to clog them up. – A necessity on them weedy estate lakes.
Equally as important are the batteries that power this bait boat. Supplied with two lithium polymer batteries, these have an average charging time of 2.5 hours from fully drained to fully charged. Another industry-first from the Ridgemonkey team is the ability to charge this boat via USB, so even if you’re bank side for a week with a few Power Packs, you’ve got the ability to keep it topped up. This is a major plus for us and something we expect to see on more bait boats following this leap by Ridgemonkey.
A built-in high-visibility power meter allows you to easily keep an eye on how much charge you’ve got left in the tank.
When Ridgemonkey launched the Hunter 750, we were pleased to see it come with a compact, single-handed remote rather than the bulky, cumbersome ones that you normally expect with bait boats.
This remote is more like those that you used to get with The Nintendo Wii, so it’s very small, durable and comfortable to use. With a directional thumb-stick and just three buttons, it’s simple to use even for the less tech savvy amongst us!
It’s also IP55 rated water and dust resistant, so you will have no problems using outside in the rain. Gone are the days of the bait boat remote control covers!
Like the main boat itself, the remote is charged via USB, so you can keep it topped up on the bank using your carp fishing power pack. It has an LED power meter to keep you in the loop with how much battery it’s got left.
You can expect to comfortably reach up to 200 meters (218 yards) with the remote control signal.
Charging the Ridge Monkey Bait Boat
Perhaps the most innovative feature of this boat, is it’s ability to be charged via USB. We’re sure most chargers will be capable of charging the boat, but you can guarantee that Ridgemonkey will have tried and tested it with their range of Vault Power Packs.
Ridgemonkey Hunter 750 Photos
Ridgemonkey Bait Boat Features
- Compact aerodynamic design
- Top-loading hopper for both rig and bait (industry first)
- Ultra-quiet twin motors
- Built-in propeller weed guards
- Front and rear lights
- Battery power meter
- Two 5,000mAh 30W lithium polymer batteries supplied
- Supplied with 30W type C PD plug and USB-C PD charging cable
- IP55 water and dust resistant
- Ergonomic design
- Rubberised grip
- Easy to manoeuvre thumbstick
- Tested range to 200m
- Internal battery
- LED power meter
- USB-C rechargeable
Like most of the eagerly anticipated products on the market, Ridgemonkey have launched their bait boat ahead of actual shipping date, allowing retailers to start taking pre-orders.
Judging by the carp groups on Facebook, it’s a popular product which many are choosing to pre-order, and limited quantities are expected in the initial few months.
If you’re looking to get your hands on one, you can pre-order from many of the leading angling retailers via eBay.
Update: The Ridge monkey bait boat is now in stock and being sold on eBay by the leading retailers.
Ridgemonkey Bait Boats on Finance
Bait boats aren’t the cheapest pieces of kit to add to your arsenal. Like many big purchases, it may be worth considering purchasing your bait boat on finance. We can personally vouch for PayPal credit as a reputable lender, offering 0% on up to 12 months. They also operate seamlessly through eBay too, where most of the UK retailers will be listing their Ridge Monkey Bait boats when they come into stock.