two years ago today and the meter on my Yamaha F70 happened to read exactly 700 hours on this morning's charter. Both the skiff and the outboard have performed better than I expected on the hundreds of trips I've run in that time. Keep in mind that the average recreational angler only puts about 100 hours on their boat each year.
The hull of my BT3 is no longer flawless. There are more than a few nicks and scratches in the gelcoat and a couple of really good gouges here and there, all of which are my fault. Put any fishing boat in the water close to 500 times and you're going to get some war wounds, especially with all the oyster bars and worn out docks in this area. But one thing you won't find anywhere on my skiff are spider cracks in the gelcoat, which are a sign of weak points and flex in the hull. I've run my Beavertail across some really rough chop in Charlotte Harbor in the last two years and there's no sign of weak spots or flexing anywhere. I've seen (and owned) other high end skiffs that developed spider cracks after just a few months of use.
newest little Micro on up the offshore Aeon 23. Their 17 foot Strike is probably the best selling technical skiff on the market right now and the boat I would seriously love to own. Will and Elizabeth Leslie have done an amazing job with their lineup in a very short time. Beavertail's sales have gone through the roof this past year and are clearly giving their two bigger competitors a run for their money.
Friday, November 29, 2013
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Sight casting to these fish is best accomplished when the water is as low as possible and the tide is just starting to flood. If this happens in the mornings, starting about an hour after sunrise, then that's even better. We've had these conditions all week and the cloudless blue skies have helped out tremendously. Next week's tides aren't so hot in the mornings but the first week of December is going to be perfect. I've still got a few days open then so give me a call if you want a shot at a big tailing red.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
here and pick up a few for yourself. If your fly box looks like mine in the photo above, there isn't much you can't catch on the flats.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Sunday, November 10, 2013
I just spent a cloudy afternoon catching trout off Matlacha on my neighbor Bob's old Whipray. His boat is one of the very first skiffs built by Hell's Bay back in 1998. The fishing was great but the light was terrible so in honor of the old boat I thought I'd make the photos look old, too.