Florida Sportsman member: gettinwet We started in the backwaters focusing around mangrove points and cuts between islands as well as schools of large black mullet. After a lot of short strikes on topwater plugs we did manage to hook up a couple of nice reds.
Akios Reels and Cast Pro Rods paired up for max-cast distance. While researching for the new Sportsman’s Best: Surf Fishing book, written by Florida Sportsman contributor David Brown, I checked in with surf fishing pro Rich Vidulich on some casting technique and tackle questions.
An east coast skiff guide divulges his secrets for locating and catching beach-run tarpon. Good numbers of tarpon are off the beaches in east/central Florida from late-May through October, as they are along Florida’s Gulf of Mexico shores.
Double steps, in the hull’s running surface, lessen the wetted surface for better performance and fuel efficiency. The large bow casting deck has two deep rod storage boxes that are insulated and double as fish boxes, perfect for the over-sized kingfish or dolphin.
If your bay boat, set up for fishing, has to also conform to the needs of the family, this bow arrangement can be configured for U-shaped seating, a large flat sun lounge or a dinette area for picnics.