I had a chance today to go demo the Skull Island skiff made in the east coast of Florida. Though it is over 16′ the beam is only 60″. To me this qualifies it as “microskiff”.(a term people called super small super skinny floating poling skiffs in Florida) With a draft of 4″ and max HP of 30hp I do not think there will be any arguments there.
Now that we kind of categorized the boat next to ride in it right? First the fit and finished is excellent. You can tell the boat was well thought out and had many features a fisherman would want. We tested the center console model with a 30hp Honda motor today.
With 2 guys over 200lbs, the boat got up and go quite easily. There were trim tabs but none was needed. Almost no squat on the back end when we took off. The boat is very light weight, I believe I heard a number of 300lbs.
No sponsons on this boat so the turning and reverse was excellent. The boat had spray rails as well. I was a bit concern about hull slap(from the spray rails splash while poling) but I poled it with and against the 10-12mph winds today and none was noticeable as long as we were well balanced.
Speaking of balance being a microskiff and beam of only 60″, there is no such thing as walking on the gunnels on this boat. It is not the tippiest boat I have ever owned but you definitely need to pay attention.
The boat was dry indeed, head seas, following and quartering seas. Not that we were gong over much rough seas but the chop we were in today, we remained dry.
Poling the boat was also a pleasure. It glided well, spun nicely, and track excellent. Being super lightweight it was quite easy to maneuver around.
Beyond this first impression, I have not had much time on the skiff. As far as exact capacity I’m sure they will have it on the website: http://www.skullislandskiffs.com
Here’s a few photos I snapped while we had lunch at Little Harbor
Wish I could have made it to Tampa this weekend for the Salty Fly – looks like a good time was had by all. Congrats to all of the winners and to Sam for coordinating such an impressive tournament. Here in SC, we had another round of 30+ mph winds that made fly/sight fishing near impossible for the weekend. Instead of sitting on the couch, we piled in the boat with a bucket full of minnows and went fishing the old-fashioned way.
Winter is one of the best times for wildlife viewing here in the Low Country. I snapped a pic of this great egret and realized once I got home that it was sporting a radio transmitter. After talking to one of my buds at the wildlife refuge, it sounds like this bird may be one the gulf oil spill birds. Nice to know it is doing well. One of them has already been tracked as far north as Detroit.
Jay Nelson www.winyahguide.com
The Salty Fly 2012, Super Bowl of Fly fishing weekend has come to a closed. 65 teams competing the gold and support from some of the biggest players in the game of Fly fishing it was a blow out fly fishing event.
Despite the not so favorable weather forecast every single team showed up for the 6am check in that morning. The party and live broadcast ensued at 3pm at Momma Iguana for drinks and libations. The Hells bay title sponsorship took this 2nd annual event over the top this year. We had so many people there and the parking was so congested Winn Dixie for the fist time complained that they ran out of parking for the their customers.
The 3 day event was a huge success and hope many of you can join us next year.
We have many more photos and videos to share but right for now I will just give you the results because I have to get some sleep.
Read the full story and more details you can go to Ed’s Fla Fly Fishing.
Team “Flatz Slobz”
Capt. Nick Angelo (L)
Capt. Bryon Chamberlin
Team “Flats Hunter”
Alonzo Sotillo (L),
Team “20 Knots”
Leigh West (L)
Read the full story here:
G.Loomis Skiff Challenge results:
With 21 teams competing for the first ever title of the G.Loomis Skiff Casting Challenge Champion, the stage was set for a awesome day of competition.
Despite the nasty weather that was looking that day there had a great crowd!
The new Hell’s Bay Boatworks proving Biscayne and G.Loomis NRX 9wt was the weapon of choice. The ammo was the an Able custom reel, SA fly and the tool was the Carbon Marine push pole.
With 21 teams competing, the winds were whipping out there but the contestants pulled out some impressive times. The top 5 teams moved on the final round. When the dust settled the teams with most experience pulled it out to win the grand prize.
The Crystal trophies, two G.Looms NRX rods goes to the Champion:
Capt. Colby Hane and Capt. Dave Chouinard
2nd Place, took home the crystal trophy and 2 G.Loomis Pro4X rods were:
Capt. Bryon Chamberlin and Capt. Nick Angelo
2.25.2012 8:30pm Update
Another Salty Fly is done… we had 65 teams showed up and fish the tough conditions. Plenty of fish were caught however.
The only issues we had today was there wasn’t enough parking! Too many people showed up to join the party at he weigh in.
Congrats to Byron Chamberlain and Nick Angelo for taking home the gold. $2k in cash, original painting, original sculpture and the Nautilus gold medal.
Will have more detail write up,photos and video very soon.
Meanwhile tomorrow is the G.Loomis Skiff casting Challenge come out for free food, drinks and raffle even if you’re not competing.
If you are competing it’s free entry and goodies as well.
This is The Salty Fly 2012 live streaming broadcast.
Check us out. The broadcast starts at 3pm Eastern time.
Come join the chat and enter the free raffle for some goodies.
Imagine working your skiff down the beach sight fishing big redfish, ablies, and cobia in gin clear water. It’s a fishery that hasn’t really been exploited much by the media. I have yet to experience this but I have seen some videos of this type of fishing that really make me want to make the drive north.
Here’s another video from our buddies at Shallow Water Expeditions highlighting this great fishery… check it out.
G.Loomis Skiff Casting Challenge event, Maximo Park, Feb 26th 2012, Free entry, free food, free raffle
G.Loomis Skiff Casting challenge
Free Food & Drinks
Free G.Loomis gear and raffle
What to bring? Just your skills or come to watch.
Prizes for 1st: 2 G.Loomis NRX valued at $1600.00
Prizes for 2nd: 2 G.Loomis Pro 4 X valued at $700.00
Free raffle for Pro 4 X valued at $350.00 for everyone there.
Boat will be a Hell’s Bay Biscayne
Rods provided will be the new G.Loomis NRX
S.A. Fly lines
Carbron Marine Push Poles
Sunday February 26th 2012
6500 34th St. South
St. Petersburg Florida 33711
Lay out of the course event. Click to enlarge.
While I am not typically a fan of poky clichés, sometimes mother nature wipes the salt spray from your shades long enough to realize that this big blue marble is nothing but a circle of life…….and naturally where there is life, there is most certainly death. While not always accepted, it is a function of reality.
To say we have witnessed a mild winter in South Florida is quite misleading, we have only had 19 days with temperatures less than 60 degrees, by comparison to this time last year we had approximately 48 days. Old man winter has generally passed us by. Yet on a few occasions the weather has cooled enough that I had the urge to check out of my own reality for a bit…………nothing like a few days in the glades this time of year, not seeing another soul to cleanse the mind.
It has been a busy few months for me and escaping the more common morning commute was a welcomed relief…………..
The cooler weather brings about many changes in the glades, many welcomed, others not, but regardless it is a nice change of pace for many of us Floridians that spend the other 9 months of the year sweating.
An early morning purple sky deep in the everglades will make you forget about any trouble you had……………………….
As we pushed deeper into the mangrove labyrinth that is the Everglades, the sun began to break the horizon and gently warm the cool breeze on our faces. The monotonous right and left turns through narrowing creeks finally slowed and it was becoming more obvious that it finally was wintertime in the glades.
Pretty hard mistaking the curvy pink silhouettes in the backdrop of a Everglades sunrise.
It is sights like this that really remind me of how lucky we truly are. I hope to God that the habitat doesn’t go through more drastic changes, and that my kids get to see, touch, and experience some of the things I have. It had been some time since I had seen a natural Flamingo in the glades. Perhaps they just arrived from the Yucatan, Bahamas or were just stopping by for a bit. Unlike my previous encounters I have experienced, this one was different, there seemed to be 4 mature birds with 14 fledglings accompanying and they were spectacular………..and at 6:45AM my day could have ended right there and I would have been perfectly content.
By that afternoon, many fish had come to hand before we set up camp and watched the sun melt into the mangroves. Trips to the glades seem to have the ability to unwind the most complicated of lifestyles.
Catching a few fish on these is always good damn fun…………
As we pushed deeper some changes in the lineup were required………..
The soggy coastal prairie might seem desolate, but rest assured you are never alone as the Everglades is synonymous with insects, and where there are insects, there are spiders……by thousands I might add…….
Naturally we ate well. No such thing as camping with poor eats in my book. Glades Skiff kitchen made due……really love fishing this skiff during the winter
First class accommodations of course…………..
The short lived cold front a few days prior unfortunately left some looming evidence………….
I used to spend a good amount of time chasing these yellow finned bastards, and it pains me to see them so sensitive to the cold, particularly after the devastating cold front some years ago. While they seem to be making a respectable rebound, it is without hesitation that I would tell anyone that we are years before a true recovery can be claimed.
Lucky for us, we did happen to find a few survivors willing to reward our exploratory efforts………
Say, you seen my fly little buddy?
Not all fish were as hard to convince of our offerings…………….
Exploring new areas of the glades is not characteristically analogous with catching quality fish, but on some occasions things work out as one would have hoped…………regardless you can never be certain to what sights may be met around any hidden corner……..
What the hell was that?
“remain on the walkways” I think not………………….
In route back to reality knowing what’s ahead, and the landscape you just left behind, is serious motivation to return… …….that is the grasp of the glades in the winter
Adios river of grass…………..
Good luck to all the folks fishing the Saltyfly…………
Tampa, Florida – February 23rd 2012 – The Hard Core Kayak Anglers Club, one of the largest Clubs in West Central Florida, has announced the dates for the five events of their third annual tournament series which will take place in a variety of locations along the West Coast of Florida. The series aims at promoting the sport of kayak fishing and conservation through its catch, photo, and release format with 100% of the $20 entry fee paid out to the event and series winners.
Hobie Fishing, the series title sponsor, will award the Series Angler of the Year with the top prize: A Hobie Revolution 13. In addition to a kayak, the Series Angler of the Year will be awarded a trophy and cash prize. Second place Angler of the Year will walk away with a trophy, and a HOOK1 Slam Pack (Est. $500 value) a consisting of a variety of products carried by HOOK1 KayakFishingGear.com, the web’s one stop kayak fishing resource to kayak angler’s world-wide. Third place angler of the year will awarded a YakAttack Slam Pack (Est. $500 value) consisting of a variety of YakAttack’s industry leading accessories for the kayak fisherman in addition to a trophy.
Individual events will pay out cash prizes to first, second, and third place determined by the largest slam. Each event will pay out 100% of the entry fee’s collected with collected with 50% for first place, 30% for second place, and 20% for third place and sponsor donated contingency prizes will be awarded to the largest redfish, snook, and trout.
Other event sponsors prizes and gift-cards include: Wang Anchor, Aqua-Bound Paddles, O’brien’s Irish Pub, Aqua-Dream Living Spoons, Pro-Cure Scents, Aquateko, Crank-Bait-Coverups, Skinny Water Culture, Breathe like a Fish, Action Watersports, Economy Tackle, Canoe Country Outfitters, Masthead Enterprises, and Dogfish Bait and Tackle.
Event dates and locations:
Event #1 – March 24, 2012 – South Shore of Tampa Bay
Event #2 – April 28, 2012 – Weedon Island and Upper Tampa Bay
Event #3 – September 15, 2012 – South of the Skyway
Event #4 – October 13, 2012 – St. Joseph Sound and Northern Counties
Event #5 – November 10, 2012 South Shore of Tampa Bay
To sign up and for more information regarding the event, please visit http://hckac.freeforums.org/hckaclub-tournaments-f17.html