• Boats and Gear

    18' Maverick Mirage HPX - 16' Hells Bay Whipray
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Boats and Gear - Tools of the Trade

There is no perfect skiff… the one that poles well in extremely shallow water may also be the one that gives you a rough ride on windy days travelling long distances while tarpon fishing. Having a choice of two skiffs gives me the flexibility to match the type of fishing and conditions.

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.

Hells Bay | Maverick Boats | Patagonia | Abel | Sage | GLoomis | Yamaha

  Hells Bay Boatworks

Hells Bay Boatworks - Geoff Colmes

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.

  Maverick Boat Company

Maverick Boats

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.



Patagonia’s Mission Statement - Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.

  Abel Quality Products

able reels - Geoff Colmes

Abel Fly Fishing reels and equipment are produced using the highest quality materials and craftsmanship.

  Sage Fly Rods

  GLoomis Rods

  Yamaha Outboard Motors

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