Wednesday, November 26, 2014

My New Beavertail Ambush


Beavertail took over production of this very cool micro-micro skiff a month ago and I picked one up for myself last weekend.  I haven't hung a motor on it yet but I plan on getting a 6hp 2-stroke, which should push it to about 15mph.  I also plan on adding a 25qt. Yeti cooler with a grab bar to double as a front seat.  The Ambush is ideally a solo skiff but it is rated for two passengers.  The base price for the hull only is $2900.  Mine has a few extras such as the teak Seadek pad, motor mount, and push pole holders.  These boats are a blast and if you want to check it out give me a call.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

At Least Someone Is Catching Fish

This osprey nests in a tree next to my parent's dock on Matlacha and occasionally drops half eaten mullet into my dad's boat.  Today he was showing off with a nice 20" trout just a few minutes after I cancelled my afternoon charter because of the crappy weather.  This bird can be a real a-hole sometimes.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Beavertail Skiffs Demo Day On Matlacha This Sunday

2015 BT Lightning
Stop by the Old Fish House at 4530 Pine Island Road this Sunday starting at 12 noon and test drive some of the latest BT skiffs, including their awesome 20' Lightning.  Company owners Will and Elizabeth Leslie will be there to about their custom builds and financing.  You can also hear some great live music and eat some fresh local seafood.  These demos are always a lot of fun so hope to see you there. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Weird Matlacha Sunrise

I shot this picture just after sunrise on Matlacha Pass.  I didn't realize it at the time but someone was looking right back at me.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Best Redfish Action Of The Fall Off Pine Island

Maybe it was the approaching cold front or just the perfect incoming tides, but the fish came out in force this morning.  I was out in Pine Island Sound with John and Bruce, two members of the Reel Anglers Fishing Club, who were looking to catch their first reds.  I knew it was going to be a good day when the guys managed to check those fish of their list with a double header on their first casts. 
These fish were just under the slot but they kept eating one after the other for the next hour.  After landing more than a dozen rats off a big oyster bar we looked for some keepers and John came through with this one that was just under 27 inches.
We ended the day with 22 reds and one keeper trout.  I wanted to try for a snook to complete the Slam but couldn't pull myself away from so many easy targets.  I actually love it when I can spend and entire charter on just one flat.  Excellent morning and an nice change from the day before when I couldn't catch anything but lizardfish.