Feb 4th 2010
All this talk about mother ship lately has been quite interesting. I’ve always love the concept. All those hours studying google maps wanting to explore these remote places. Yet they are long runs and narrow creeks you can’t get into to. The mothership concept solves most of these issues.
Staying on tangent, I got an email from Mark at DragonFly boatworks about a pretty cool mother ship contraption for skiffs. It’s a pretty nice way to carry a kayak or a canoe with you. Places that even a skiff can not get through. You know, narrow mangrove tunnels, no motor zones. Mark devised a way to use the poling platform as the back support and a T mount on the bow for the the front support. Reenforcement I’m sure is used on the front, in case there are some rough weather crossings. They even have a couple of hammock mounts if you planning on taking a rest or wishes to camping out there. I will have to come out there and check it out one these days. Very cool Mark!
Speaking of boats:
Here are the specs on the $6900.00 skiff. John sent me these specs today so I can not varify them until I actually get to ride in one.(hopefully soon)
If you want to give him a call for more detailed questions his number is: 813.240.3756
Beam: 81″ ( I made a mistake and thought it was 71″ yesterday but it’s been corrected)
Daft: 6″ (depending on motor)
Fuel: 12 to 18 gal.
Max HP: 115
It looks like a pretty windy weekend so this is a good time to find something else to do besides the “honey do” list or cleaning the boat.
I will be attending the 3rd annual Lakeland fish and dive expo.Salty Shores has a booth and will be represented by myself, Dale Sneed and Richard Traugott. Richard will even be giving a seminar on photography at the event. Salty Shores Apparel will be available for sale as well. Get it while you can, it may not be around much longer.
The Lakeland Fish and Dive Expo is returning for its 3rd year to Off the Wall Adventures (2055 Shepherd Rd. Lakeland, FL 33811) on Saturday, February 6, 2010. This year we have an even bigger lineup than last year, as well as some different booth vendors. Like last year, we will be selling hamburgers, hot dogs and sodas, with ALL proceeds going to CCA (Coastal Conservation Association). We will also be selling chicken wings courtesy of Pinch-a-Penny Pools/Spas and their Big Green Egg Cookers, again with proceeds going to CCA. CCA-Polk will be on site to sign up any potential new members and also handle some of our raffles that will be going on, which will also benefit CCA. The 2009 Hell’s Bay Waterman that is being raffled off by CCA will be on display and raffle tickets for the skiff are $25 each. This is family friendly atmosphere designed to bring outdoor enthusiasts together and have a great time. Start time will be 8:30 am. The first seminar will begin at 9:00 am. Seminars will last approximately 50 minutes. The last seminar is scheduled to begin at 4:00 pm. The expo will last until 5:30 pm. We will be having seminars going on both in the classroom and on the pool deck. Here is this year’s OFFICIAL lineup…….
Carbon Marine Fabricators
Marine Supply of Winter Haven
Rolls Axle Trailers
East Cape Skiffs
Andy Thornal Co.
Awesome Fishing Radio
O’Brien’s Irish Pub
Skinny Water Culture
Inshore Power Boats
Breathe Like a Fish Shirts
USCG Auxiliary #74
Hell’s Bay Boatworks
The Rod Rack Shack
Mote Marine Laboratories
Coastal Angler Magazine
Lakeland Power Squadron
Classroom Seminar List
Capt. Lynn Zirkle – Kingfishing 9:00-9:50
Capt. Rob Salimbene – Tides and Solunars 10:00-10:50
Kevin Fenn, East Cape Skiffs – Skinny Water Poling 11:00-11:50
Richard Traugott – Fishing Photography 3:00-3:50
Phil Pope – Fly Tying 4:00-4:50
Pool Deck Seminar List
Jeff Harrell, Florida Youth Ranches – Take a Kid Fishing 10:00-10:50
Kids Casting Contest 11:00-11:50
Eric Bachnik and Guest – Mirr-O-Lure 12:00-12:50
Capt. Ray Markham – Fishing Tampa Bay With Artificials 1:00-1:50
Neil Taylor – Kayak Fishing 2:00-2:50
We will also have casting contests and demos throughout the day. There will also be a rock climbing wall courtesy of Off the Wall Adventures and many raffle prizes. The event and parking is free for everyone. Come out and make it a family day!!!!!! For more information call T.J. Konitzer (Off the Wall Adventures) at 863-709-9253 or Capt. Jon Bull at 863-860-7250.
Everglades Mother Ship Video, a very rough cut, Nautilus Backing and Simms Waders, more on the $6900.00 Skiff
Feb 4th 2009
Today was another overcast windy day so it was time to do more catching up. Then I get a call from my neighbor Hank wanting to go to Bill Jacksons to buy some waders and look at some Kayaks. Considering I needed to get backing on my Nautilus NV reels I got in a couple weeks ago anyways I said sure.
So now it’s Hank, Dell and I on a mini road trip. I packed my bags with my reels and my smart phone so I could do some emails in the truck. For one I am not driving, thank god! I did some emails and texting on the drive over and did some catching up.
It’s amazing what these smart phones can do these days. I am getting use to my Droid but I have to admit the Iphone still has an edge. Now if Apple will ever dump AT&T they will really we awesome.
We got to Bill Jacksons and walked around for about 15minutes. They were pretty busy in the fishing department. We walked out so Hank could look at another kayak to buy and no one was out there. We went over the waders that Hank wanted to buy but they had very limited selections and no one was there as well. For whatever reason they were super busy this Wednesday. We did buy a fish gripper before we left though.
I suggest we go to Tampa Anger Fly shop. I knew they would carry the Simms waders and I could get some backing on my reels. They didn’t open until 12 noon so we stopped and had some lunch. We ate Pho at the Vietnamese restaurant next door so it was perfect.
Gel Spun vs Dacron:
Me being pretty much a newbie fly fisherman had to asked the age old, what’s the difference and of course price. In interpretation basically, Dacron is larger in diameter, takes less to put the backing on, cost less. Gel Spun is basically the braided line you use in your spinning outfit, like PowerPro, TufLine, Master Braid, Suffix etc. It is much thinner so you can put more of it on but cost more.
One thing about fly line backing especially using the Gel Spun is that you should have it done at a shop. Since you are not putting in on a spinning rod which has guides that lay it on the spool evenly, reeling it in yourself on the fly reel can be an uneven mess not to mention taking forever.
I chosed the cheap Dacron except for the 12 wt for bigger fish that takes longer runs.
Ok back to the waders. Hank wanted some really good pair of waders. (yeah he tends to buy top of the line stuff). He wanted something with pockets to warm his hands. He wanted pouches to carry stuff. He wanted the Gortex model for breath ability. It is also a must to have a gravel guard for his boots. Simms has all kinds of custom sizes and a lifetime warranty. I hear stories of people owning them for 15 years, send them back because of a leak, they get new ones in the mail. Believe it or not they have waders in stock, made for people with 27″ inseams, waste of 36″+. Hank went with the G3, not cheap but it should last him a lifetime.
After stopping off at Tampa Fishing Outfitters to see the latest greatest in lures, rods and reels. (BTW: they are an Orvis dealers if you do not know it.) I had to get home to get things done.
One of which is to start working on the video for the mothership operation:
I didn’t have much time but I did get a chance to put something rough together.
The $6900 Skiff has been getting lots of attention since I posted it.
Here are a couple more photos of the “unfinished” boat.
The dimensions are 17′ foot long and beam of 81″ inches.(corrected 4pm feb 4th)) It’s looks to be very stable. It should be perfect little inexpensive no frills skiff, to fish the flats From Tampa all the ways to the Keys.