My buddy Paul and I set out a couple of weekends ago to put the new 18 HPX out in it’s paces covering quite a bit of water in the SW portion of the Everglades from Shark Rivers to Snake Bight and a bit further East. We met up with my Dennis and Jason in their 17 HPX-V and set out on a 2 boat adventure into the unknown. We encountered windy creeks, big storm brewed chop, drastic changes in weather, and lots of redfish in muddy water and clean water. While fishing on each side of Flamingo, we saw tons of bait.. mainly finger mullet. But the redfish didn’t show much interest in the mullet… rather they followed the mullet around and pounced on every little shrimp or crab that the schools of mullet would spook up. It was pretty neat to watch aggressive redfish in the dirty water pounce our DOA Shrimp , then travel 50 miles back to the shallow clear flats of Snake Bight to watch schools of big redfish blow up on the same DOA Shrimp. By far the coolest sight though was sneaking right up on top of a tailing redfish rooting in the grass for a crab and seeing it dig out the crab and munch on it right under my feet (crab legs were still sticking out of the fish’s mouth and mud flaring out of gills). The ‘Glades always offers a spectacular show for it’s visitors. This is a very special place.
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Well, after much thought I finally decided to let go of my 17 HPX-V. This boat has brought me many memories and caught loads of fish. As of a couple of years ago, I went and did a complete makeover on the boat rigging it for tarpon and bonefishing on the ocean. This means it has been modified to run faster and drier then most other 17 HPX-Vs. This skiff is set up to handle big water, float shallow enough to conquer the demands of Flamingo, Biscayne Bay, and the Florida Keys, and display maximum agility while on the pole. Set up to run with maximum bow lift, this skiff can run on it’s pad trimmed high with the tabs all the way up. All service, installations, and modifications done by Shallow Water Customs and Erics Outboards.
2004 Maverick 17 HPX-V
-Tournament Console with 3 plumbed wells
-2009 Ameritrail Trailer (loaded and set for dry launch)
-Powerwinch RC30 for trailer
-Garmin 545 GPS
-Wang Anchor Bracket with 5′ Wang Anchor
-Custom Toe rails by Shallow Water Customs
-All pumps recently replaced by Shallow Water Customs
-All brand new wiring and switches rigged by Shallow Water Customs on March 2010.
-both brand new Lenco Trim Tab Actuators and trim tab switch
-Navman 2100 Fuel Scan meter
-Lowrance depth finder/water temp gauge (2.5 round gauge)
-Custom Sea Deck in cockpit, on front deck, and under rod gunnels
-New higher Capacity Aluminum Gas Tank installed by Maverick Boat Co.
-Powertech 3 blade 19 pitch PTR Prop
The entire hull is structurally perfect… no squeaks, no flex, no weak spots, nothing annoying to have to put up with. Motor purrs like a kitten and runs great. Trailer hubs never touched saltwater.