Flats Skiffs and Fishing Gear
It makes perfect sense when you first start out as a fishing guide to try and get as many sponsorships, endorsements, pro staff deals, etc... it certainly helps the bottom line at the end of the year. Now, after years of guiding full time, I am only interested in one thing and that’s the satisfaction of my anglers. I choose to use the gear that has performed the best for me and my anglers over the years. My fishing clients are impressed by one thing that’s having a great experience on the water.
16' Hells Bay "Whipray" with Yamaha 70HP
This is the carbon fiber skiff that has set the shallow water angling standard for excellence and performance; the Whipray™ 16 continues as the benchmark against which all other 'extreme' skiffs are measured. The Whipray™ 16 poles easily while still maintaining the superior handling attributes necessary to stop, spin and control while poling in the toughest circumstances. The Whipray is my 'go to' skiff when poling in extremely shallow water or in the mangrove lined creeks deep in the Everglades.
18' Mirage HPX with Yamaha 150 HP VMAX SHO
As the largest of the HPX models the 18' Mirage HPX utilizes the same zero hull slap design as the smaller counterparts. Rich in features with the trademarked VARIS® (Vacuum Assisted Resin Infusion System) construction techniques, the 18' Mirage HPX is the ultimate larger skiff that still poles shallow and rides like great while getting me the fishing grounds fast.
Abel Fly Fishing reels and equipment are produced using the highest quality materials and craftsmanship.