Journal Blog Entry
Wingmater boats is a boat company out of Lakeland Florida. You guys probably have not heard of them but they have been building skiffs/boats for other companies for over 10 years.
This year they decided to start building their own line of boats. Their first boat is a micros skiff named the Sandpiper 150. It is named after the shore birds and the dimensions is 14 feet 8 inches with the widest point of the boat to be 52″.
With 25 years in experience in composite including the 10 just in boats they wanted to make something special. They wanted to build a quality boat and decided to start off by building everything with Carbon Kevlar.
Quite impressive considering most other boat companies charge extra for Kevlar.
Thought it is not a tunnel hull and does not run any shallower than other boats of this size, it does floats really skinny. Depending on load its draft is 4 to 6 inches. With a 15hp package I got up to 24mph with me at 200lbs and my friend Josh who weighs in at 250lbs plus gear.
That boat has a poling platform and like the boat is also made out of carbon. The chine on the on the front was a little concern to me. I was thinking that it might made for some some hull slap. However with an angler up front, the chine goes under the water line and the boat is very quiet. I would think the same goes if you had a trolling motor up front and you are the only angler.
The package they are selling it with included the Carbon Kevlar boat, the 15 hp 4 stroke Tohatsu motor and custom built aluminum trailer for a $7995.00. Compare to everything else it sounds like a pretty good price point. If you don’t want the motor or already have one, they do sell the hull and trailer for $6195. They do not sell the boat with out the custom trailer at this time.
Besides running it to get some pics, I have not fished out of it yet. I am waiting for a trolling motor to be installed. After this I will be taking it on a fishing road trip to get even more media. Can’t wait to get some fish slime on it.
This is me running the Sandpiper 150 using the gopro hero 4 in slow motion mode at 120fps at 1080p
Aerial of the Sandpiper 150
South Carolina, commonly known to us sportsman as the “lowcountry”; is a part of the world rich in history, good food, great fishing, and that good ole’ southern hospitality of the true south. I had an opportunity to make my first visit to the lowcountry this early Fall. This was a great opportunity to live all the great things I had always read and heard about via old writings, bayside discussions, and social media. I spent a couple days in Beaufort and then in Charleston, taking part in some flood tide and lowtide fishing, cast and blasting, and without a doubt the best southern food this foodie has ever tasted.
The floodtide was a completely new experience itself. I witnessed the giant tides flush into the spartina marsh and fill in the once dry fields of spartina grass teaming with fiddler crabs and snails.
As the water rose, redfish began to snake their way into the grass, subtlety pushing over blades of grass like ninjas, sneaking into clearings and tailing on fiddler crabs.
And as the tide rose up and covered up the tails of redfish, it marked time to stow away the fly rods and replace it with a shotgun in hand. Shooting birds out of a flats skiff was a definite first and definitely won’t be the last. Rather then be stealthy, the name to this game is to make your presence known, flushing marsh hens (clapper rails for those curious about what they actually are) out of the grass, allowing us to take the shot. This is a practice rich in history to itself.
The cast and blast experience in the lowcountry was greatly complimented with some of the most beautiful coastal scenes I had ever witnessed.
Special thanks to my hosts for making my first visit really special:
Capt. Owen Plair (http://www.redfishbeaufort.com/)
Will Abbot (http://www.floodtideco.com/)
Andy and Connie Villacres
Len and Jeannie Villacres
The bottom of the camera mount is a thumb screw so you won’t have to scrounging around for a screw driver or key everything you want to mounting your camera. As long as the camera is not too heavy you can move the swivel based to whatever angle you like for the best angles.
In theory you can mount these things anywhere but for our purpose we will be talking about using them in fishing boats and kayaks.
One of the problems with kayak fishing or fishing alone (amongst other things) is when you get a good catch you want a good photo to share with friends and social media. If you’re like most people 90% of the photo is your crotch or ridiculously hunched over.
With the advent of Rail system they have a camera mount kit with a universal tripod screw of 1/4-20. This means pretty much any camera will work with it as log as it has a tripod mount. These kits are versatile as they get with rails, bar and flat surface mount kits.
The based is an 8 point star mount so it will not spin randomly on you. The lock mechanism allows for quick lock the unit as it will not fall out .
Bellow are some examples of the photos that I used the camera mount on a boat and kayak to get some selfies while fishing alone.
Above is a I have it mounted on my grab rail with the camera at eye level.
Bellow I have it mounting on the deck with the camera pointing down a little.
Besides the camera mounting kit they have a variety of options. Options like rod holders, gps, phone, lights, etc.
They come with stainless steel hardware to minimize rust so you wont have to run all over town looking at Home Depot, Lowes, Ace looking for them.
I will be using the other accessories as I get it mounted but for now very happy with the camera selfie system.
If you have any interest you can check it out at Yak Gear.com .
An Image Roundup of Recent Story Trips
Jan S. Maizler
Here are some images of trips that took place through the late Winter into early Spring and stretched from Florida’s Space Coast to the Keys.
Some of the guides involved were Justin Price, Butch Moser, Butch Constable, Hai Truong, Gus Montoya, Rob Munoz, David Accursio and Martin Carranza. Thanks to all !
Was fortunate enough to slip down to New Smyrna Beach last weekend to visit my bud Eddie and fish the Mosquito Lagoon for a couple of days. In between changing diapers and peeling shrimp at JB’s, Eddie operates New Smyrna Outfitters, a kick-ass fly shop on Canal St. Lucky for me, Eddie’s back was hurting from standing behind the counter in the shop and hanging fly tying materials all day, so he agreed to pole me around the Goon for a couple of sessions. I was reminded how challenging a pressured Mosquito Lagoon redfish can be…or how bad I suck at casting. We had plenty of shots…made some work…and tucked our tails after others. Won’t even go into the baby manatee of a trout that followed my fly briefly. Here’s a few pics from the trip. Thanks to Eddie for the hospitality. Make sure to check out New Smyrna Outfitters if you are in town to fish the Lagoon.
Today I participated in the Big Gun shoot out. The shoot out is an event put on annually by the Tampa Fly fishing club.
There is no entry fee and they even serve you food. Everyone is invited to honed their skills whether you are a member or not. You show your various skills and them up for the most for points.
There is an award for the Longest cast, best team with the most points, and an overall champion.
The Hoop: you cast into the hoop and once fly settles they measure the distance from the loop. You are timed.
Big Gun: You get 3 tries to cast your furthest. Winner this year had 120′ plus.
V-Fish: you cast and your leader must land on the V. You move back further to get more points. You are timed.
Hanson Cup: Toughest part of the event. 90% of the people never hits the cup in the allotted time.
Mangrove: you cast and your fly must go through and under the bar. You move back further to get more points. You are timed.
Accuracy: you cast in the the hoops. You get extra points if you land on the frisbee and extra points for back hand. You are timed.
The fly and leader everyone must use.
Big Gun Matt
If you every used a truck bed extender then you are familiar with scrapping up your driveway and hitting speed bumps. Due to the design of the extenders under load the metal is sure to hit the asphalt sooner or later.
The guys at BooneDox Saw a need for a better bed extender so they came up with the T-bone. Again I say to myself “why didn’t I think of this!?”.
The concept is quite simple. Instead of heaving it squared off it curves upwards leaving plenty of clearance. It’s lightweight, compact and looks much better than the run of the mill bed extender.
Here’s some pics from my recent redfish outings. Thought I’d post them in black and white. Seems like a lot of us (myself included) get caught up trying to enhance our photos with crazy amounts of color and generally over-editing them to death. There’s something a little more honest about a black and white photo, so here ya go. Thanks for checking them out.
As you guys might have known I had the pre production model of the Power Pole Micro a few months back before it was released. The original prototype was a quick production model so it was not made to be sturdy and since then I had to return the unit to Power Pole.
The debut at ICAST 2013 could not have gone better and the Power Pole Micro ended up winning best of show.
Last week I got my hands on the production model and have been fishing it almost daily. The improvements over the protype unit that I have noticed have been quite impressive.
It now has a full functioning power control allowing you to adjust power level so you can use on a Kayak to boats up to 1500lbs.
The battery meter tells you how much juice you have left. I used mine for 3 days straight and only lost one bar. It is very efficient.
The unit is waterproof, I have dunk mine several times launching it off the dock and each time the unit gets submerged(saltwater) for a few seconds and its working like a champ.
It now senses the end of the pole on the way up. This allows for it to click down to hold the stake out pole in a more stable manner.
The remote is now just like the Power Pole unit. 2 clicks down it deploys until you are stopped, 2 clicks up it comes up until it its fully stowed.
I now can fish my Hobie Pro Angler 14 just a small skiff. Pole the flats until I see a fish and stop or drift the flats until I hook up and stop the boat to fight the fish. I also can drift near a structure and can stop and fish it a lot longer than just drifting by.
The unit can be removed and stowed in your car, hotel room in under 2 minutes. With just a 12 volt source you can move the anchor system from boat to boat. One anchor system for you kayak, Gheenoe, Jon Boat, Small skiff is awesome.
It retails for $599.00 and they say it will be available in January 2014.
At $599 it does come with remote but not a stake out pole. However JL. Marine made the pole a popular size so many of the available manual anchors will work just fine in it like the Wanganchor. (yes I tested it)