The family friendly, fishing serious Carolina Skiff 24 Ultra

 

The family friendly, fishing serious Carolina Skiff 24 Ultra

by Craig Lamb

All it takes is stepping aboard the Carolina Skiff 24 Ultra to erase any doubts the center console boat is anything but a family friendly. It’s set up nicely for saltwater angling too, making this Carolina Skiff the perfect coastal fishing boat for family adventures.

 

All of the evidence is at the bow. Plush cushions create a full U-shaped sun lounge; complete with forward-facing back rests at port and starboard. Remove the cushions and anglers have a large casting deck.

You need not go far to find more family friendly/fishing comforts. Long days on the water are given for both adventures. Forward of the console is a padded bench seat that lifts to reveal a head with a portable potty and privacy shade and clothes changing station.

Much of what you find at the bow is located aft. Three cushioned jump seats, each with flip-up backrests, provide safe, comfortable seating. Like the bow, the seating can be closed to create an aft casting deck.

Stow the bow cushions, close the aft seats and get serious about fishing. The standard twin-seat leaning post has four-rod holders. A removable cooler makes loading safe and convenient. Also, aft is a LED illuminated, aerated, insulated 20-gallon baitwell for keeping bait fresh and lively all day long.

The 24 Ultra has a length overall of 23’ 9” with a beam of 96.” Draft is 9” with a transom measuring 25.” Fuel capacity is 78 gallons with a maximum rating of 250 horsepower.

The 24 Ultra is the apex of quality, versatility, and performance in an all-in-one package. Like all Carolina Skiff boats, it features 100 percent composite construction and is built on a 30-years and growing legacy of the finest boats in class.

 

Find out more about the 24 Ultra and all Carolina Skiff models at carolinaskiff.com. You can find a dealer, learn more about the brand legacy, and build a boat on the website.  Join the community of Carolina Skiff followers at the Carolina Skiff Facebook Page.

 

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

 

By Plane Or Boat, The Ultimate Louisiana Fishing Adventure

 

By Plane Or Boat, The Ultimate Louisiana Fishing Adventure

By Craig Lamb

Drive just 19 miles south of the New Orleans French Quarter, and you arrive in the heart of the Louisiana Sportsman’s Paradise.

Fish endless banks of estuaries and miles of marsh await you. Ride and fish in style in Skeeter Boats.

Maybe even take a quick flight in a seaplane and wade the flats for trophy redfish.

You can do that and much more at Bourgeois Fishing Charters. World-class redfish and speckled trout are the prizes. Catch both amid the pure scenic beauty in the inshore marshes and out into the Gulf of Mexico.

Captain Theophile Bourgeois has more than 25 years of saltwater guiding experience. Bourgeois is a household name around Lafitte. He should be. Thousands of repeat clients over the years are treated like family by him, his guides and staff.  

You can catch speckled trout in the inshore marshes or venture out to Chandelier Island to wade the flats for giant bull redfish. You will get there by a quick flight in one of the five seaplanes that depart from the lodge and land on the fishing water. Click here for more info and to watch a video about the island adventure.

The demands of saltwater fishing require a tough, dependable boat that is loaded with features needed for a long day on the water. That is why Bourgeois chooses Skeeter for his fleet.

Skeeter is recognized for building the first bass boat in 1948. Since then, Skeeter has been setting the standard, raising the bar, and leaving the rest of the boating industry in the wake of its innovative design, quality construction, and satisfied customers.

Saltwater anglers looked on with envy as Skeeter built a loyal customer base around the best built, high-performance boats in class. Skeeter responded by carrying over the performance, versatility, handling and control of its legendary bass boats to a bay boat market.

The results are the SX Series run by Bourgeois and his guides. Quick hole shots for safety and performance, a shallow draft to fishing skinny water for speckled trout and redfish, and a smooth dry ride for running the bays and rivers.

The place where clients meet guides and their boats is called a fishing camp in these parts. At Bourgeois Fishing Charters that place is a destination. Luxury and hospitality defined, the likes of which you encounter when staying at a four-star resort. Skeeter owners get all that and more in the bay boat lineup.

The reason? Bourgeois restored an abandoned elementary school (which he attended) and turned it into a world-class fishing lodge. The accommodations are suitable for individuals, groups, corporate retreats or family reunions. No matter the size, you will be treated to the finest Cajun hospitality around.

The Cajun Vista accommodates up to 50 guests. A staff whose personal attention is second to none prepares excellent Cajun dishes. A private dock, game room, fully equipped conference room and wireless Internet is just a few amenities.

Ready to book a trip to paradise? Need more information? Click here for more or phone (504) 341-5614.

Visit Skeeter Boats Today.

 

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

 

Sunshine, Warm Weather and New Skeeter Boats, at the Miami Boat Show

 
Sunshine, Warm Weather and New Skeeter Boats, at the Miami Boat Show

By Craig Lamb

Getting to see shiny new boats at a boat show is a given. What’s not is getting to take a test ride, and do it in sunny, warm weather. You can do it all at the 2017 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show.

This year’s event, conveniently scheduled during President’s Day weekend, is Feb. 16-20. The show has a new home at the Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin on Biscayne Bay. The location on Virginia Key is easy to get to by land and water.

Shake the winter blues and head to Miami to get your boating season on at the show. Skeeter Boats will have six of its bay boat models on display at the show, with a bonus. The SX240 and SX2250 will be available for on-water demonstrations and test rides.

Dealer reps and factory experts will be on hand to meet, greet and help visitors turn their dream into reality of enjoying an ultimate day on the bay and elsewhere.

The inlets and shallow water connecting to Biscayne Bay make a perfect setting for taking a ride in the SX240, the ultimate coastal boat that is loaded with everything a discriminating angler needs.

The SX240 demo boat is rigged with the powerful and performance-driven Yamaha F300XCA, the next generation of V6 4.2L offshore outboards. Feel the power of leading time-to-plane, class-leading displacement and see for yourself how this class of outboards has groundbreaking fuel economy.

The SX240, 24’ 1” in length with a beam of 101,” comes loaded with these standard features. A Lowrance HDS-9 Gen3 Touch Graph, Seastar Tilt Hydraulic Steering, 17 vertical rod holders, a retractable boarding ladder and an aluminum frame trailer with swing out tongue make this the complete rig for inshore boating.

The demo waters also make the perfect place to experience the performance and fishability of the SX2250. This rig designed for making nimble, high speed turns in the backcountry to handling the chop out in the bay.

The SX2250 comes loaded will all of the standard features of the SX240, including the trailer, which on many bay boats is an option. With the SX250 you get the peace of mind that comes with the reliability of Skeeter, from the driveway to the water.

From stem to stern the SX240 and SX2250 are designed and built on the foundation of nearly seven decades of innovations to the business delivered by Skeeter.

There will be plenty of boats to see and much to do. More than 1,300 boats on land and docked within 550-plus slips, including a deep-water basin for yachts, will greet visitors. There’s a closed and open-air tented exhibit space for marine accessories, electronics, engines, and apparel.

The show address is 3501 Rickenbacker Causeway in Miami. Water taxis, shuttle buses and adequate parking for vehicles and boats will be available.

In the meantime, get your boat show fix at skeeterboats.com. You can download a catalog, build your dream rig, and get Skeeter Team merchandise to wear to the shows.  Got a question? They’ve got answers at the Skeeter factory in Kilgore, Texas. Call (903) 984-0541, or find the nearest dealer here.

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com 

Skeeter Boats Comes Up with Cure for Cabin Fever

 

Skeeter Boats Comes Up with Cure for Cabin Fever

By Craig Lamb

  If you are overdosing on TV fishing shows, mindlessly flipping through tackle catalogs, or feeling down and don’t know why, then you are not alone. Count yourself among most of the fishermen in the entire country. We have cabin fever. It’s common this time of year when hunting and football overtake wetting a line on the list of weekend priorities. Or, it’s just plain too chilly and the days too short to go fishing. Rest assured that a cure on the way. skeeter-boats_bass-fishing_bass-masters_ That cure comes from a boat and outdoor shows coincidentally held during the dead of winter, when you can’t go fishing. The tradeoff is you can see, feel and hear what is to come in spring, even though not on the water. You can also get great deals on the latest gear you need to catch more and bigger fish. Show season is also the best time of year to become a new boat owner. Boat dealers are eager to make deals, which is why they exhibit at shows. Manufacturers roll out new models. It’s a win-win all around. Skeeter Boats is introducing its newest model in the Solara. Read more about it here. The Solara will be introduced at the Chicago Boat, RV & Strictly Sail Show. Dates are Jan. 11-15 at McCormick Place. You can also see the new model introduced at the Minneapolis Boat Show, one of the nation’s largest. Dates are Jan. 19-22 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. 2017-bmt-fx21le The Solara joins a full lineup of custom-made models that are part of the Skeeter family. That includes quality built, performance driven and feature packed freshwater and saltwater models. Since the first Skeeter was built in 1948 the company has set the standard, raised the bar and led the industry in innovative design and construction of bass boats. Read more about Skeeter’s history and innovations here. Walleye and multi-species deep-V boats, high performance, center console bay boats made by Skeeter are also the top choice of serious anglers. That includes, of course, the legendary bass boats. Skeeter owners prove the point. This year, Skeeter was nominated the CSI award for the 14th consecutive year for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction for Fiberglass Outdoor Boats. The awards are the highest honor in the industry as recognized by the National Marine Manufacturers Association. Find your cure for cabin fever by attending a boat show, and be sure to come by the Skeeter booth. You can meet pro anglers and a dealer nearest you. Check out the new Solara and the rest of the Skeeter family at these shows worthy of a weekend road trip. Chicago Boat, RV & Strictly Sail Show Jan. 11-15 Atlanta Boat Show Jan. 12-15 Georgia World Congress Center Minneapolis Boat Show Jan. 19-22 Minneapolis Convention Center   In the meantime, get your boat show fix at skeeterboats.com. You can request a brochure or download a catalog, build your dream rig, and get Skeeter Team merchandise to wear to the shows.  Got a question? They’ve got answers at the Skeeter factory in Kilgore, Texas. Call (903) 984-0541, or find the nearest dealer here.   Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

New Tidewater 220 LXF Stands for Luxury, Functionality

 

New Tidewater 220 LXF Stands for Luxury, Functionality

By Craig Lamb

Luxury and functionality are unique in a center console fishing boat, and you get both with the Tidewater 220 LXF. A boat designed for fishing with ultra comfort features for cruising and family outings.

 

Find luxury from stem to stern in this boat with a centerline of 22’ 2” and a ultra-wide beam of 8′ 10.” With a transom height of 25” and 18-degree deadrise the 220 LXF is built for performance with a smooth, dry ride.

A fuel capacity of 71 gallons provides the perfect balance between weight and practicality for making long runs offshore without sacrificing performance. The 220 LXF has a draft of approximately 14 inches with an overall weight of 2,700 pounds, making it ideal for inshore and offshore angling.

 

Tidewater Boats engineers succeeded in a designing a boat with comfortable, spacious family seating, abundant storage and all the features serious anglers seek in an offshore center console rig. Best of all, the design is family friendly when it comes time to welcome aboard passengers for a cruise.  

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Fish or play, the 220 LXF is designed to please everyone. Passengers get ultimate comfort with full-length transom seating. Bolsters at port and starboard rails add comfort and stability when fighting fish. Boarding is safe and easy with a transom door, new for this year. Wrapped inside the bow is full-length seating with hinged backrests. Seating up front is comfortable and spacious without limiting storage space underneath. Unsnap the bow cushions and get a solid casting deck when it’s fishing time.

Luxury meets functionality at the helm. A newly designed console has catchall trays for small items, and a footrest provides solid footing and comfort on choppy runs. The console design allows flush mounting of large screen electronics with ease of reading gauges for safer handling.

LED lighting is the hot trend and in high demand for offshore boats, and the 220 LXF offers abundance for style, convenience, and safety. That includes bright red and green bow lights integrated into the rail at the bow. Optional underwater lights and illuminated overhead lighting is available with T-Tops.

Center console owners like variety in optional features to rig a boat that suits their needs. The 220 LXF delivers with a long list. T-Tops are fitted with spreader lights and have overhead storage for electronics. A Porta Potti can be added, along with a pump out head, raw water wash down and fresh water shower. Other popular options are leaning post with backrest, Garmin electronics, and 12/24 volt charging system.

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Tidewater Boats are designed with distinctive Carolina Flair, the most in class, that provides a softer transition between chop and big waves. That sets up the dry ride, to direct waves away from the hull using reverse chines. Tidewater likes to appropriately call that feature the Dry Chine Ride.

The smooth ride comes from the wave-shock absorbency of the Corrugated Grid Stringer Vertebra. Filled with foam to reduce noise and vibration, the stringer system works like a human skeleton to create a rigid, unified construction that tightly secures all of the internal parts. Those include fuel tanks, consoles, seating and storage compartments that are fastened to the stringer system. To ensure a solid, tight fit, every stringer system is customized for each Tidewater model.

 

Another defining Tidewater feature is the Spray Relief Point. That is the point of impact on the hull deflecting water away from the boat. Multiple SRP areas enhance the characteristic dry ride of the Tidewater.

By taking extra steps not found in most brands, Tidewater has the confidence in providing owners a 10-year, transferable warranty that covers the hull.

 

Tidewater stays close to it’s saltwater roots with the manufacturing facility located in Lexington, S.C. Find out more about the complete lineup of models, and find a Tidewater dealer at tidewaterboats.com. Visit the growing community of Tidewater owners on Facebook at Tidewater Boats LLC.

 

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com 

 

From New England to the Lone Star State Tidewater Dealers Serve You!

 

From New England to the Lone Star State Tidewater Dealers Serve You!

By Amy Lignor

Whether it be for fishing or a day of recreation with the family; whether you’re looking for versatility, durability, speed, or reliability out there on the water – Tidewater has the boat that will meet every single one of your needs and wishes.

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But it’s not just the stunning models Tidewater provides that customers truly crave, it’s also the type of invaluable service they receive from the dealer when they choose to add a Tidewater boat to their lives.

It’s a fact in this nation that customer service and satisfaction is a huge percentage of why companies thrive, and why customers go back to the same manufacturer every single time they want to update, upgrade, or simply buy more. Those who “jump in” with this particular company will quickly learn that the outstanding dealer network at Tidewater is literally the key when it comes to driving Tidewater to manufacture more boat models each and every year. The product is outstanding because the network of dealers is extraordinary. Those men and women who know the Tidewater lines, from bow to stern, aid every customer through the selection, purchase, and answer any and all questions you may have.

“Tidewater is blessed to have an outstanding dealer network that continues to drive us to manufacturer more boats than the previous year.  We build a great product but it is because of such an extraordinary dealer network that we continue to have over 20% increase in sales year to year.”  Jai Couture, Marketing Manager

As the product states, “You Can’t Buy Happiness.” Of course not. But you can get the happiness you desire from buying a boat from one of the supremely efficient and intelligent Tidewater dealers. 

 

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In the Tidewater catalog, you will see model after model – from the Bay Max to the LXF to the Adventure lines and more. You’ll see the mega-capabilities that come with a boat that’s paired with Yamaha fuel efficient 4-stroke outboards—creations that bring to you the most pleasure and the highest reliability. With the perfect recipe of Tidewater boats and Yamaha engines, the pleasure craft you choose will never let you down.

 

As a customer, however, you not only want 100% satisfaction in the product you purchase, but you also want that same high quality to come from your dealer. The Tidewater dealer network extending from the New England states all the way to Texas is made up of the exact category of people who believe a client’s needs come way above anything else. When thinking about that old saying, “Expect More,” you should know upfront that Tidewater dealers take that adage even further. If you expect more, they give you far more than just that!

 

So remember, as you head to the Tidewater website and check out all there is to know about the great models and to find one of their reliable dealers near you, that you will come away with not only confidence in your new craft, but also 100% confidence in the exceptional person you’ll be working with.

 

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

 

 

 

Tidewater 220 CC Adventure tops in the class of 22-footers

 

Tidewater 220 CC Adventure tops in the class of 22-footers

 

By Craig Lamb

 

A smooth, dry ride aboard a boat built on an innovative performance hull. Built with the best materials. Uncompromised quality construction. A 22-footer designed for coastal waters with more unique features than boats in the class.

 

You get all of that and more with the Tidewater 220 CC Adventure. Tidewater Boats is in the business of providing owners with boats packed with features, from stem to stern, and this rig delivers it all.

Step aboard the 220 CC Adventure to find everything a coastal angler needs for a day of fishing. Yet this boat is more than a fishing rig. The clever design combines fishing features with luxury and functionality for family-friendly recreational fun. From cruising to watersports, and of course, fishing, the boat has something for everyone.

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Within the 220 CC Adventure’s wide beam spanning 8’ 10” is a roomy cabin that gives anglers plenty of room to work, and families ample space to spread out. The boat has a transom height of 25 inches and draft of 14 inches.

Here are just two of the many unique features. Boaters will appreciate the Easy Pump Access for quick access to livewell and wash-down pumps. The compartment is located behind the optional leaning post for easy access to inspect and maintain the pumps. Ahead of the console is a large storage compartment for gear that can accept a Porta Potty.

Tidewater’s focus on ample, comfortable and quality seating in its boats is evident in the 220 CC Adventure. Snap in cushions on the port and starboard forward bench seats are surrounded by plush back rests for comfort and style. Remove the cushions for a smooth, solid casting platform. With attention to the details, there’s little chance of snagging lures on the deck, thanks to recessed handrails and cleats. You can stand on it for making pinpoint casts to visual targets. Also up front is an additional bench seat located forward of the console and storage compartment.

Anglers will like the 25-gallon blue gel-coated livewell to keep bait calm. High-speed aerator pumps maintain bait health by keeping fresh water circulating through the well. The well has a clear lid for instant inspection of the bait.

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On some coastal rigs rod storage is an afterthought. It’s a priority for Tidewater, which realizes today’s quality rods and reels are valuable investments to anglers. Combos are secure and ready for quick access using the exclusive Rod Protection System. You get six storage racks integrated solidly into the gunwale to keep rods firmly in place and out of harm’s way.

When it comes time for a dive, swim or wakeboard adventure the 220 CC Adventure delivers the features needed for safe, convenient fun. At the stern is a walk-through transom door and boarding ladder. Adequate gear storage helps keep deck space clean and safe.

What is appealing about customizing the 220 CC Adventure to fit individual needs is the list of optional equipment. Best of all, it will be factory installed by skilled riggers at the Tidewater factory in Lexington, S.C.

You can add a 70-quart K2 Cooler below the leaning post, a Bimini Top, ski pole, freshwater shower, fold-down rear seat and upgraded sound system. Popular options for anglers include an on-board charging system, Garmin electronics, integrated tackle box, Taco 270 outriggers, and underwater lights.

Tidewater Boats are designed with distinctive Carolina Flair, setting up the dry ride, to direct waves away from the hull using reverse chines. Tidewater likes to appropriately call that feature the Dry Chine Ride.

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The smooth ride comes from the wave-shock absorbency of the Corrugated Grid Stringer Vertebra. Filled with foam to reduce noise and vibration, the stringer system works like a human skeleton to create a rigid, unified construction that tightly secures all of the internal parts. Those include fuel tanks, consoles, seating and storage compartments that are fastened to the stringer system. To ensure a solid, tight fit every stringer system is customized for each Tidewater model.

Another defining Tidewater feature is the Spray Relief Point. That is the point of impact on the hull deflecting water away from the boat. Multiple SRP areas enhance the characteristic dry ride of the Tidewater.

Composite construction, foam filled hulls, cored decks and gunwales plus much more quality design, materials and construction are extras that come with the price of a Tidewater.

By taking extra steps not found in most brands, Tidewater has the confidence in providing owners a 10-year, transferable warranty that covers the hull.

 

Tidewater stays close to it’s saltwater roots with the manufacturing facility located in Lexington, S.C. Find out more about the complete lineup of models, view the brand catalog, watch product videos and find a Tidewater dealer at tidewaterboats.com. Visit the growing community of Tidewater owners on Facebook at Tidewater Boats LLC.

 

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Make a Float Plan for Worry-Free Boating

 

Make a Float Plan for Worry-Free Boating

By Craig Lamb

Going boating means escaping from the ties that bind us to schedules and obligations that require being places at specific times. The last thing you want to do when being on the water to get away from the hectic pass of life is be accountable for exactly what time you will return to port.

 

Carolina Skiff owners choose the brand for it reliability after 30 years in the business. Reliability is what a float plan provides. 

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Carolina Skiff offers a varity different models to choose from, the Ultra Series to the JVX SS Series.  A different model to meet every angler and recreational boat user’s needs.  

 

While you are out, loved ones care about your safety. That’s why filing a float plan is a must for your safety and the peace of mind for anyone else ashore. The plan might be a lifesaver or save a lot of headaches should you simply break down with a minor mechanical issue.

 

A sticky note pasted to the refrigerator saying you’ve gone boating and will be back by dark is not a sufficient float plan, although it’s a start. You need not get so detailed that it becomes overbearing to file your float plan. You must provide vital information to connect the dots should you break down or worse.

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Defined, a float plan is a list of identifiers that rescuers can use to find your whereabouts, notify concerned family members and generally use the information to provide aid. Here’s an example of what information is generally included in a float plan.

 

  • A detailed description of your boat for identification purposes
  • The itinerary, including planned departure and return times, or dates, and where you plan to overnight
  • A list of passengers, including their emergency contact numbers and any health conditions
  • What safety equipment you have on board, including electronics such as VHF radios
  • Home port or launch ramp details, such as a description of your tow vehicle
  • Your emergency contacts

 

All of the above seems like a lot of wasted time to spend when you’d rather get out the door and head for the water. The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary has a float plan you can complete and save on your computer. You can update it when you decide when and where to go. That cuts out a lot of time, and you can email the plan to choose as emergency contacts.

 

Here’s the link to the Official Site of the Float Plan.

 

Visit Carolina Skiff Today!

 

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com 

 

 

230 LXF from Tidewater Packs A Punch in a Small Package

 

230 LXF from Tidewater Packs A Punch in a Small Package

By Ted Lund

Are you looking for a family-friendly center console that’s got the luxury of a larger boat in a smaller package? Then look no further than the 230 LXF from Tidewater.

The 23-foot, center console has the same features as the rest its large LXF brothers, including comfortable full upholstery, stainless steel cup holders. And a newly-designed console with glove box and footrest includes catch-all trays in front and on top is sure to be a hit with families always looking to store things.

 

Enjoy your day at the lake or at the shore with 230 LXF’s new walkthrough transom door, with large rear and bow seating all combined in a diminutive, luxurious and refined center console.

The 230 LXF is rated for a single 300-horspower engine, but with a 200-horsepower Yamaha F200XB and 95 gallons of onboard capacity, will cruise at 221/2 MPH while burning 5 GPH. Bump it up to 6000 RPM and you have a top speed of  45.6 MPH while burning a little more than 19.7 GPH.

Some of the most popular standard options on the 230 LXF include 30 Gallon aerated live wells with through hull pickup, insulated fish box and livewells, transom door, several different stereo packages, as well as stainless steel thru hull, stainless steel rub rail, stainless steel steering wheel with speed knob, a captain’s chair and bolsters, bow bolsters and cushions.

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The 230 LXF is also complimented by LED navigational lighting, cockpit courtesy lights and in-deck anchor storage, a pull-up bow cleat, stern and spring-line cleats and fiberglass hatches.

The Tidewater 230 LXF is available in seven colors: white, carbon (gray), sky blue, bimini blue, fusion blue, island green and black.

And like every other member of the Tidewater family, the 230 LXF is backed by Tidewater’s commitment to, and pride in, quality construction and manufacturing.

Each member of the Tidewater family of boats also features all-composite, no-wood construction with fiberglass stringers and a hand-laid fiberglass hull. Each boat is rigged to AYBC standards and backed by a 10-year transferable hull warranty. For more information on the 230 LXF or the entire Tidewater line, or to find a dealer near you, visit tidewaterboats.com.

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

 

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Gaff like a pro with these five tips

 

Gaff like a pro with these five tips

 

To gaff or not to gaff? That is a question faced by many anglers and especially those aboard a Carolina Skiff.

 

A gaff is handy to have aboard when skiff anglers hook into a fish too big for a net, yet not small enough to bring aboard by hand, like many inshore species.

 

Gaffs can help eliminate injury by minimizing handling and the time it takes to return the fish to water. For larger fish, that can also mean less chance of angler injury.

 

A boat designed and built with all the features needed for landing gaff-sized fish is the Sea Chaser 24 HFC by Carolina Skiff. The HFC fittingly stands for Hybrid Fish and Cruise.

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What that means for boaters is a rig with the ultimate fit and finish for a family cruise or a serious fishing outing. You get all the features and more with this center console model built with 30 years of design and manufacturing excellence that only Carolina Skiff delivers.

 

Heavy duty, stainless steel fold-down cleats give an indication of the attention to detail, from bow to stern. That detail continues with an abundance of LED lighting below the gunwale. Cup holders, rod holders, and storage compartments and have LED lighting. LED blue underwater lights add to the style.

 

LED lighting beneath the gunwale and in cup holders adds style and functionality, while a stainless steel anchor chock proves the boat is sea ready.

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Spacious describes the interior that comes with abundant storage, from recessed anchor storage in the floor to fully insulated and lockable fish box at 32 gallons in size. Up front is a bow compartment with 52 gallons of storage space for keeping gear stowed and ready for anytime use. The rear storage compartment also sports 52 gallons of space.

 

Comfort abounds on the 24 HFC, with a Deluxe upholstery package that covers the rear bench and other seating.

 

The 24 HFC is 23′ 9″ with a beam spanning 101 inches. It comes with a 100-gallon fuel capacity and is rated for a maximum of 300 horsepower.

 

Check out all the details of this full-featured boat here

 

With so many standard fishing features all this rig needs is bait, tackle and of course, a gaff. Choose a short-handled or rope gaff for most fish, or a pole gaff for larger fish and those with teeth.

 

The short handled or rope gaff is simply a large barbless hook with a loop of rope for a handle. The rope functions like a hinge, should the fish thrash or jump and prevents injury to the angler and catch. For pole gaffs select a length long enough to grasp it by both hands, otherwise, you risk not having tight enough of a grip and can lose fish and gaff.

 

Improve your gaffing game with these five tips.

 

1 Wear gloves

Nothing can spoil a day like fighting a trophy fish or food for the table and have it get away at the boat. That can happen if the fish shakes free of the hook or worse. By worse, that means losing a pricey gaff after the fish thrashes at the surface and you loose the grip. Avoid that disaster by wearing fishing gloves so you get a tight, firm grip on the gaff.

 

2 Don’t be a loner

Never try to leader a fish with one hand and gaff it with the other. It’s a two-man job. Have someone else aboard the boat leader the fish while another lines up the gaff shot.

 

3 Size matters

Gaffs come in different sizes and so do fish. Keep at least two gaffs aboard to handle the jobs both large and small. A short gaff with a 3-inch gap hook and a 6-footer with a 5-inch gap hook provide a good balance for handling most any fish. Just remember that 8 feet are the maximum pole length for boating potential record fish by the International Game Fish Association.

 

4 Head shot

There is no shame in aiming for the head with a gaff shot when the intent is to put the fish on ice for the dinner table. The head shot is also best since it won’t spoil the prime steaks or fillets.

 

5 Cover up

Gaff hooks are sharp and dangerous, both to fish and crew. Use a safety spring, wine cork, tennis ball or other material to keep hooks covered up until ready for use.

 

Visit Carolina Skiff and Sea Chaser Today!

 

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com