Thursday, May 17, 2012

Some News From Beavertail Skiffs

I had a long chat with the owners at Aeon/Beavertail yesterday and got caught up on all the latest from their Palmetto headquarters.  Orders continue to come in for all their boats and they've actually expanded the staff in order keep production on schedule.  The Stu Apte edition, pictured about, is one of their best sellers.  Right now their delivery time is between 4 to 5 weeks after the initial order is placed.  New skiffs are heading to Key West, the Panhandle, and Louisiana this week.  My neighbor Claude Rivers will be getting his new BT3 at the end of next week.  This will be his fourth Beavertail.

The 1st annual Aeon/Beavertail owner's tournament is still on schedule for this November and the location has been set for Ruskin, FL.  We were originally going to have it here on Matlacha but moving it closer to the company's home base will make things a lot easier, especially for the charity that we'll be raising money for.  We're lining up some excellent silent auction prizes that will be available for anyone to bid on even if you're not fishing in the tournament.  I'll have full details on that in the next few days.

Finally, I just hit the 200 hour mark on my BT3's Yamaha F70.  I've only had the boat for five months and it has given me nothing but flawless all around performance.  The tarpon are here and I'm booked solid for the rest of the month.  This will be my 16th season poling anglers after these fish and I've never had such a capable boat.  Hope to see you out there.