• 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 guide to try and get as many sponsorships, endorsements, pro staff deals, etc. and 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 clients. I choose to use the gear that has performed the best for me and my clients over the years. I think that’s the best endorsement any company can ask for. No stickers or logos for me on my boats, car or website and no obligations to promote or use anyone’s products but the ones I choose. My clients are impressed by one thing that’s having a great experience on the water.

Hells Bay Boatworks

  • 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 effortlessly into the wind and against the current 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' sfiff when poling in extremely shallow water or fishing in the mangroves deep in the Everglades.

Maverick Boat Company

  • 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 a dream while getting me the fishing grounds fast.

 Abel Quality Products

  • 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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