The BayCat will fish fine for bass, I considered purchasing one. I fish a Shearwater 23TE center console which is similar to the BayCat.. I had the same concerns as you coming from a 21' Champion bass boat. It has low slung gunnels, will hold 12 rods in the lockers, plenty of storage and runs 63 mph/gps with a 250 SHO. I use an ipilot trolling motor which sucks for bass fishing IMO, wish I'd done more research before that purchase. Good luck.