My Flats Boat
Months of research and years of fishing are what drove me to choose my customized 24 ft. Carolina Skiff, as my every day guiding vessel. A wide beam, large casting platform and 6 inch draft are just a few of the qualities which drove me to purchase this boat. My skiff’s 94-inch beam is wide enough to allow four anglers plenty of walking room while fishing. The high sides on my skiff are just another added bonus of this boat because they keep my clients feeling safe, while also keeping them dry. Speaking of safe Carolina Skiffs are advertised as unsinkable. Now being comfortable and staying dry are great if you are going on a sightseeing tour, but for extreme shallow water fishing in the Crystal River and Homosassa area, I needed a boat that could draft and plain off in at least 6 to 8 inches of water. And my Carolina Skiff can. The bottom line is I had high demands and high expectations when I was looking for a quality fishing vessel and my Carolina Skiff has surpassed all my expectations.
My Carolina Skiff is powered by the most dependable motor on the water a 150 hp Yamaha 4-stroke. Besides fuel economy and reliability this motor has enough power and speed to get us to the fishing spots before most other boats leave the dock. My Yamaha may be the quietest motor on the water, but it doesn’t allow me to stealthy approach a school of giant redfish, so that is where my Minn Kota 80lb thrust trolling motor comes in handy. It's quite enough to sneak up on tailing redfish and has enough power to troll 4 anglers all day around Crystal River or Homosassa. Once that big school of Redfish is found my PowerPole Blade Edition is priceless for quick and quite anchoring. This newest edition of Power Pole is “Stronger, Faster, Better,” which is exactly the addition that fits on this custom skiff.
What makes my guides boat truly unique is that it is the first and the only guide boat in the Crystal River area that has a tower built in it. The towers purpose is to allow me to see fish from a distance that other anglers would not have the ability to see. C Design Boatworks designed my custom tower to fit my demanding specifications. I wanted to see more and I didn’t want it to be a hassle getting in and out of it, and I also wanted my customers to be able to enjoy it with me. C Design did an excellent job as you can see. I use the tower to drive from, and even spot cast fish from it year round. The tower makes the Cobia, Tripletail and Redfishing a lot more easy and exciting. The decks of this boat are what make it stand apart from all other skiffs because of the spacious design that Young Boats put into this already expansive hull. The front casting deck is massive with enough room for customers to enjoy while giving both us a large vantage point to make that great cast to the school of fish just ahead.