Summertime the Right Time for Red Drum

 
Summertime the Right Time for Red Drum

By Craig Lamb

Some say redfish; others say red drum. No matter where you live this powerful freight train of a saltwater species is among the most prized of all game fish.

A late summer beach vacation coincides with the best time for catching trophy reds. Jetties are prime locations and are easy for anglers to find. Use a depth finder to locate nearby drop-offs with steep inclines, from 5 up to 30 feet. Reds use the deep holes to hide, and ambush mullet washed across the shallow sides of the bottom.

Use a big, splashy topwater plug when the reds herd mullet against the jetty rocks. When they disappear switch to a Mirro-O-Lure or lipless crankbait like a Rat-L-Trap.

Your family wants beach time. Oblige them and yourself by looking out for reds on the beach. Keep a big, splashy topwater rigged and ready whenever your boat is beached. Big redfish will herd baitfish, such as mullet, and push them toward the shore. The presence of diving birds is always a good sign of redfish action.

In the Carolinas, red drum, as they are called, are targeted by anglers during the flood tide. That is when high waters push red drum shallow to feed on mud and flats that normally are dry. The abundance of nutrients and food is the draw, and so is the cover of Spartina Grass.

The fish are easy to spot with the tips of their tails wagging across the surface. Finding the fish is the easy part. The challenge is making precise presentations. Keeping the bait within the path of vision is key. Cast ahead of the fish—far enough to adjust the path toward the fish—without landing it too close to spook.

An ideal boat for hunting down redfish (or red drum) is the 218 DLV by Carolina Skiff. The boat is a standout because this rig combines the best features of two boats into one. Those are a bay boat for handling the chop, with a shallow draft, skiff-style boat that can take you into the skinny water where inshore fish feed.

This design gives anglers the better of both worlds. The 21 DLV provides access up into coastal rivers and even into shallower tidal creeks without worry. The modified Tri-V hull, wide beam and extremely shallow draft keep the boat from sliding in tight turns or even running aground on shallow runs.

The 218 DLV has a length overall of 20’ 10.” A wide beam spanning 98” provides stability and plenty of room for fishing. The boat weighs 1,773 pounds with a maximum weight capacity of 2,700 pounds. Rated for 150 horsepower, the 218 DLV can be rigged for power and fuel economy with today’s performance designed four-stroke outboards.

Step aboard the 218 DLV and you discover how Carolina Skiff designed this serious fishing rig for saltwater anglers, fishing shallow and deep. A wide open deck and cockpit allows plenty of elbow room for multiple anglers to cast, troll and fight fish. The front and rear casting decks offer abundant room for taking the stealth approach when casting to tailing reds in skinny water.

Durability is a foundation of all Carolina Skiff models. Patented box-beam construction produces a solid, durable, no-flexing hull that is completely wood free. You get peace of mind and years of enjoyment knowing that quality construction is a priority at Carolina Skiff.

Get even more peace of mind from the foam floatation used in the hull that exceeds U.S. Coast Guard requirements. Foam flotation exceeds Coast Guard requirements, providing positive flotation for shallow draft and quick-planning characteristics. Using more flotation than necessary also creates sound-deadening properties that make the ride smoother and quieter.

Ready to build and customize a 218 DLV? Get started using the Build A Boat tool. Visit carolinaskiff.com today . Join the community of Carolina Skiff followers at the Carolina Skiff Facebook Page.

 

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

 

Summertime is Flounder Time

 

Summertime is Flounder Time

By Craig Lamb

Everyone likes a bargain, and you get a two-for-one deal when fishing for flounder. The mild, delicate taste of flounder is highly valued by seafood lovers. For sporting value, you can’t beat the fight put up by a doormat-sized flounder. Tasty and sporting, the flounder is a favorite of saltwater anglers.

Understanding the basics of flounder biology is essential to catching this unique species. Flounder are bottom feeders. So that aspect alone eliminates most of the water column, making it easier to begin your search.

By body design, flounder are not built for speed, something else to keep in mind when choosing baits and retrieves. Fishing bottom bouncing live bait rigs, slowly, is a proven tactic. Flounder feed by stealth under cover of their mottled camouflage skin that conceals them from being noticed by their prey.

During summer the rising water temperatures bring flounder into shallower water. Use that to your advantage on the low tide by exploring the exposed bottoms where flounder like to gather into schools. Remember that flounder are opportunistic feeders, not predators. Key areas are calm waters buffered from strong currents that provide refuge for baitfish.

Take advantage of low tide times to search for flounder areas. Deep holes surrounded by the exposed sandy flats on low tide are prime spots when the tide comes in. Bridges, edges of jetties or most any manmade structure that provides a current break are more ideal places to drop a live bait rig.

The “flicker rig,” a modified version of the standard fish-finder rig, is an all-around fish catcher for flounder. To make it, run the main line through an egg sinker. Tie one end of the line to a barrel swivel. Then make a leader on the opposite side of the swivel. Tie a two-foot section of line. Then add a spinner braced by a few red beads on each side. Complete the rig with a hook. You can add a float to the leader for shallow water fishing. By far, live bait is the best choice for attracting the slow moving, wary flounder. 

What else is fun about flounder fishing in the summer, and a hands-down benefit of a JV 20 CC, is the end of summer migration. Flounder move into extremely shallow water to feed at night. For even more sporting fun try the nocturnal approach. You’ll need a spotlight and flounder gig to make the most of the trip.

Getting into flounder territory takes a boat that can run in the skinniest of water while handling bay chop. Traversing ultra-shallow flats and maneuvering turns in tight channels sum up the demands of a boat for flounder fishing.

The 20 JVX CC by Carolina Skiff gets you there in style, safety, functionality, and performance. With a length overall of 20 feet and a beam of 78 inches, this boat provides a great balance of functional size and performance. Weight overall is 1,230 pounds, and with a draft of about 4 inches, the 20 JVX CC is made for cruising the flats without the worry of running aground. A maximum horsepower rating of 90 H.P. makes the perfect setup for matching fuel economy with performance.

A lightweight hull and modified V-hull design combine for a boat that will carry more, go further and faster with less horsepower. That sums up the performance and economy features so important in a skiff.

The JVX Series provides excellent maneuverability and handling with the positive tracking keels. Patented splash guards provide the smooth, dry ride that Carolina Skiff has been known for after 30 years and counting in the business.

Durability is a foundation of all Carolina Skiff models. Patented box-beam construction produces a solid, durable, no-flexing hull that is completely wood free. You get peace of mind and years of enjoyment knowing that quality construction is a priority at Carolina Skiff.

Get even more peace of mind from the foam floatation used in the hull that exceeds U.S. Coast Guard requirements. Foam flotation exceeds Coast Guard requirements, providing positive flotation for shallow draft and quick-planning characteristics. Using more flotation than necessary also creates sound-deadening properties that make the ride smoother and quieter.

Ready to build and customize a 20 JVX CC? Get started using the Build A Boat tool. Visit Carolina Skiff at carolinaskiff.com . Join the community of Carolina Skiff followers at the Carolina Skiff Facebook Page.

 

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

 

Living the ‘Skiff Life”

 

Living the ‘Skiff Life”

By Craig Lamb

Fishing hard. Playing harder. Cruising the skinniest of water, or heading out miles away from shore into the blue water. Doing the heavy lifting and transporting the goods for a job. Spending quality time with family and friends on a secluded beach. Watersports? Yep, you do that too. Scuba diving over a wreck in the bay. Snorkeling over a reef on the lookout for a lobster dinner.

All of the above describes the Skiff Life. Carolina Skiff owners have been doing it now for 30 years and counting. After three decades of building loyal customers, those owners define what fishing, playing and working mean in a skiff-designed boat.

Carolina Skiff continues responding to the needs of its loyal owners by designing and evolving with what it takes to live The Skiff Life. Need proof? Here you go.

For novices and skilled boaters, the J-Series is the perfect skiff for entry-level boaters or anyone looking for an affordable boat. The J-Series is the perfect skiff for just knocking around the marina or in the skinniest of sloughs, backwaters or mangroves. With 100 percent composite construction the J-Series doesn’t have an expiration date when it comes to rugged durability and a long lasting finish.

 

A pillar of the brand is the DLX Series, tracing its roots back to the first model built in 1983. Since then the DLX has built a loyal following as one of the most durable, versatile and stable boats on the water. Plain and simple, you just can’t beat it as a runabout, commercial workboat or for just about any activity on the water.

Could the DLX get even more versatile? Yep, and the proof is in the DLX Tunnel Series. The DLX is known for shallow draft, and that gets even more of a lift with the Tunnel Series.

What gives tunnel hulls an advantage is the higher outboard motor mount. Water is dispersed from the hull into a tunnel. Undisturbed water is then funneled to the prop for better bite and less cavitation. Throttle the outboard and the boat quickly gets on plan and stays there without porpoising. What else happens with a tunnel is better performance and even fuel economy. Less hull in the water means less drag, which also means less fuel consumed.

High payload capacity, extra wide body, tough and reliable. Reads like the advertising tag line for a pickup truck, right?

The reality is those words also describe the DLX Extra Wide Series. The DLX-EW draws very little water while remaining stable. You can carry more weight further and faster using less horsepower. Those unique qualities come from a patented hull design with bow splash guards to keep you dry from spray over the bow. And positive tracking keels on the running surface keep the boat tracking true while maneuvering without the typical flat-bottom slide when making turns. Go extra wide with three models with 103” beams with lengths overall from 23’ 2” to 27’ 1.”

A top choice for fishing in shallow water is the JVX Series. A lightweight hull and modified V-hull design combine for a boat that will carry more, go further and faster with less horsepower. You get excellent maneuverability and handling with the positive tracking keels. Patented splash-guards provide the smooth, dry ride. Choose from nine models in center console, side console or stick steering.  

Fishermen have plenty of options from which to choose. Nine different models are in the JVX Series lineup, and you can customize the rig to fit angling needs.

What’s in a name? When the boat is the Ultra Elite Series. The proof is in the name. Ultra means extreme. Superior defines elite. The Ultra Series delivers with three boats in one. Equally at home inshore lake or river, in the bays along the coastline, fishing the tidal creeks and offshore exploring. Whatever the adventure the Ultra Series can do it all. Choose between four models from 19’ to 24.’

Are you ready to live the Skiff Life? Get started using the the Build A Boat feature. On the website, you can find a dealer, request a catalog and more. Check out the loyal following of Carolina Skiff Life fans and owners on Facebook.

 

 

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com 

20 JVX Does it all for Saltwater Captain, TV Host

 

20 JVX Does it all for Saltwater Captain, TV Host

By Craig Lamb

Capt. Don Dingman has spent the past 30 years plying his trade in the coastal waters of Florida. About half of that time he’s fished from Alaska to Costa Rica and points in between, hosting his 15-season strong TV series.

Dingman, who guides clients and hosts Hook the Future TV on Sportsman Channel (and soon WFN and FOX Sports South), also knows a thing or two about boats.

His choice is the 20 JVX CC from Carolina Skiff. Dingman can fish from any boat he chooses and what follows is the top reason the 20 JVX is his choice.

“Versatility is what comes to mind over and over,” he said. “For one boat that can do it all in coastal waters, this is the one.”

Dingman has traversed oyster bars in 6 inches of water with a full load of tackle, anglers, and fuel. He’s enjoyed the Carolina-Skiff’s maneuverability and tight steering through mangroves to catch snook in the southwest Florida. He’s fished shallow inlets for big redfish along the Palm Coast, on the Atlantic side of the state. While fishing for spotted seatrout, the boat handled with ease the chop of Tampa Bay.

You just can’t beat it for an all around coastal boat,” he added. “The ride is just great and especially with a load.”

That load ranges from his fishing clients to the young guests of his show. The load also includes a cameraman and all of his gear when producing a TV show.

“With four people aboard, and all that gear, it still has the same top performance,” he said.

Dingman’s 20 JVX is rigged with a 75 h.p. Mercury FourStroke. Up front is a MotorGuide Great White 82 [owered by Odyssey Batteries. For anchoring in shallow water, he uses 8-foot Power-Pole Blades.

Dingman and discriminating coastal anglers and boaters choose the JVX Series for the same reasons. Those are dependability, reliability, performance and the tradition that goes with owning a Carolina Skiff.

A lightweight hull and modified V-hull design combine for a boat that will carry more, go further and faster with less horsepower.

You get excellent maneuverability and handling with the positive tracking keels. Patented splash guards provide the smooth, dry ride that Carolina Skiff has been known for after 30 years and counting in the business.

The biggest of the series is the 20 JVX. With a length overall of 20 feet and a beam of 78 inches, this boat can handle open water chop with tight maneuverability for running winding channels and backwaters. Weight overall is 1,230 pounds, and with a draft of about 4 inches, the 20 JVX is made for accessing shallow flats. A maximum horsepower rating of 90 H.P. makes the perfect setup for matching fuel economy with performance.

Contact Dingman at (904) 509-0026, or email captdon@hookthefuture.com.

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com 

Win a Carolina Skiff, support conservation

 

Win a Carolina Skiff, support conservation

By Craig Lamb

The CCA Florida STAR presented by Yamaha is a win-win proposition for saltwater anglers. For 101 days this summer they have the chance to win $500,000 in prizes, including three boats by Carolina Skiff, for catching tagged redfish. There are other prizes and categories too, making this a great excuse for going fishing in the coastal and offshore waters of Florida.

How you win the prizes is by entering STAR, which stands for State-wide Tournament Anglers Rodeo. It is a catch and photograph format tournament that begins on Memorial Day, May 27, and ends on Sept. 4. The tournament is open to members in good standing of the Coastal Conservation Association, or non-members can enter for $65. Entry fee for CCA members is $35. Click here to join CCA.

STAR was a huge success last year. The 157 tagged redfish release throughout Florida coastal waters, and the 13 additional divisions caught the attention of 5,000 registered anglers. The motivation was catching one of the first seven tagged redfish for the chance to win a new GMC Sierra, a boat, motor, and trailer package valued at over $40,000. 

Beyond that, the family-friendly tournament awarded a college scholarship and the chance to win other prizes. Those prizes can be won by entering catches in the additional divisions. Those are Open, Ladies, Fly, Kayak, Lionfish and Professional Guides division. Eligible species are Spotted Seatrout, Snook, Sheepshead, Non-tagged Redfish, Cobia, Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) & Kingfish.

The Tagged Redfish Division is by far one of the most popular for a huge reason. Click this link to find out the reasons why. Even more, reason to enter that division are the three Carolina Skiffs to be awarded.

Those are the all-new Carolina Skiff 21 Fish & Ski and two Carolina Skiff 16 JVX CC models.

The JVX Series is designed and rigged with fishing in mind. With the JVX, getting in the shallow creeks and rivers will not be an issue. The lightweight hull with the modified V-hull design gives you a boat that will carry more weight further and faster with less horsepower, while delivering outstanding performance.

The STAR Youth Scholarship Division presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors offers New Tide member’s free entry into STAR and the opportunity to win one of twelve scholarships totaling $100,000.

Another fun division for STAR anglers, unique to Florida is the Conservation Division. This division is designed to reward anglers that provide the most catch data on all fish caught and released while fishing the tournament, no matter what species or size.

Here’s the win-win proposition for anglers entering STAR. All entries provide a significant amount of catch data. The conservation community uses the information to make science-based decisions that benefit habitat management, stock assessment and more, to make fishing better all around for Florida anglers.

The newest addition to Florida STAR is the Trash Division. Participants who gather trash while on the water and submit a photo entry of at least a 5-gallon bucket full of trash with the 2017 official measuring device in their entry will be eligible for a random drawing at the end of the 101 days of STAR for 1st thru 3rd place.

Participants must use a digital camera or a digital camera phone to photograph their tournament fish. Catch entries will be made via the STAR Smart device application or the STAR website.  It is not necessary to have a smart phone in order to participate.  A digital camera and the ability to enter your catch via the website will work just as well. To find a dealer click the Find a Dealer link here.

Visit Carolina Skiff Today. 

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com 

Carolina Skiff believes Conservation is the Future of Boating, Fishing Fun

 

Carolina Skiff believes Conservation is the Future of Boating, Fishing Fun

By Craig Lamb

Viewing coastal wildlife and catching the bounty of species inhabiting inshore areas is what many Carolina Skiff owners enjoy the most. The folks at Carolina Skiff are doing good deeds to ensure everyone, they included, has those opportunities for generations to come.

A recent good deed was the donation by Carolina Skiff of a model 25DLX-EW with the Gator Door ( dive door ) for use in fisheries and coastal ecosystems research. The 25DLX-EW was provided to researchers at the University of Florida’s UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station. The Nature Coast is a very ecologically diverse region stretching from north of Tampa to the Suwannee River. At least 19 endangered species inhabit the big bend-area of the state.

The mission of the NCBS focuses on research, field-based academic courses, and hands-on training workshops. Teeming with fish and wildlife, the area offers a great opportunity for researchers to work in a real-time laboratory setting.

Students and faculty leave the classroom behind to conduct experiments and collect data, then return to home base to analyze the findings and lay groundwork for practices that will save or improve fish and wildlife.

Success stories include the Steinhatchee Fish Management Area. It provides students and faculty that real-time, real-life lab area to explore reef habitats and how those ecosystems support valuable recreational species, including grouper.

The 25DLX-EW will be put to good use around the waters of Cedar Key. That’s the new location for the research station. Rising from what once was a 1950s-era fish camp and motel will be a three-story facility. It will have a wet lab, aquarium and office space. Dorm rooms and meeting space for researchers will occupy the area.

Visit Carolina Skiff.com  Today to Learn More.

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Top Five Florida Resorts Catering to Do it Yourself Boaters

 

Top Five Florida Resorts Catering to Do it Yourself Boaters

By Ted Lund

Summertime is adventure time for families that want to boat and fish together, and there is no better way to do that than find a resort that caters to do it yourself boaters and anglers. And no place has options like Florida.

But before the family can set sail for adventure, you need to find the right boat. One of the best on the water is the Sea Chaser Hybrid Fish and Cruise (HFC) series from Carolina Skiff. One of the leading manufacturers of family-friendly boats for more than 30 years, Boating enthusiast know that a Carolina Skiff is the most durable, versatile, stable and economical boat on the planet. They’ve  maintained their reputation for fit and finish for nearly three decades, delivering the most in value, quality and style.

The Sea Chaser HFC is available in three sizes; 20-, 22- and 24 feet in length. All three are multi-functional boats loaded with more standard features than any other manufacturer, including heavy duty, stainless steel fold down cleats, under gunwale LED lighting, stainless steel anchor chocks, windless ready anchor storage, an in floor,fully-insulated lockable fish box, built in lifting eye, LED- illuminated stainless steel cup holders, a tilt steering wheel, digital CommandLink controls and much more. And that doesn’t even begin to take into account custom options like t-tops, upholstery, trolling motors and more.

And just the more than 60 models produced by Carolina Skiff, each HFC features 100% composite, wood-free construction, so your Carolina Skiff will be around to provide years of family enjoyment.

But now that you’ve made the right choice, let’s take a look at five of the top DIY boating and fishing resorts in Florida.

Weston Resort and Marina, Key West Florida

No place compares to the Florida Keys, and Key West is the crown jewel. Having produced more world records than any other fishing town, Key West is home to the Weston Resort and Marina, located right next to historical Mallory Square and features 37 slips for daily and overnight dockage. In addition to some of the best hotel suites on the island, other amenities include a pool, Jacuzzi, fitness center and several bars and restaurants. All the excitement and adventure Key West has to offer is yours the moment you step of your Carolina Skiff HFC. Enjoy a front row seat as Key West night life begins at the Westin pier, famous for its sunset celebration. Then hit Duval Street — just a few steps away —  to enjoy the popular bars, galleries, museums, and boutiques. www.westinkeywestresort.com

  1. Faro Blanco Resort and Marina, Marathon, Florida

Just a little further up the Keys, you’ll find the iconic Faro Blanco Resort and Marina with its world-famous lighthouse. Faro Blanco is a marina that is “off the charts,” featuring a newly rebuilt Gulfside facility with 74 state-of-the-art slips offering DIY boaters easy access to the Atlantic through the famous Seven Mile Bridge. Boaters will find everything they need to make this the trip of a lifetime, ranging from state-of-the-art docks,  fuel service, pump out, 24-hour security,  marine concierge services, wireless internet, marine store, pool & and fitness center and first-class room accommodations. It’s the perfect jumping off point for a family of DIY explorers. www.faroblancoresort.com

  1. Gilbert’s, Key Largo, Florida

At the top of the Florida Keys, just a short run from Biscayne Bay, you’ll find a hidden gem in Gilbert’s at Key Largo. It’s authentic Key’s charm makes it the perfect place to kick back, relax and do as much — or as little — as you like. Gilbert’s features newly renovated waterfront rooms featuring Flat-screen TVs, Refrigerators, microwaves, free wi-fi and a free continental breakfast for registered guests. The marina features more than 30 slips for daily, weekly and monthly dockage. And don’t forget about boat drinks at the Tiki Bar! http://www.gilbertsresort.com/index.php

  1. River Palm Cottages, Jensen Beach, Florida

Owned by world-record holder Rufus Wakeman, River Palm Cottages is the perfect place to settle down for several days of fun on the water — and fishing. This lush, tropical resort only features 7 in-water slips available for registered guests — but it’s the ultimate small boat DIY escape.

The pet-friendly grounds at River Palm Cottages & Fish Camp are planted with lush tropical palms and native plants. You’ll find hammocks hanging in the trees for your enjoyment and relaxation. There are exotic tropical plants such as the “Lobster Claw” Heliconia as well as the “white and orange bird of paradise.”

     Just a short drive or bicycle peddle from River Palm, historic Jensen Beach offers all types of vacation fun. Ocean beaches, golf, tennis, shopping, windsurfing, jet skiing, kayaking, and boat rentals. For fishermen needing tackle, there are several bait and tackle shops just around the corner. Guided tours are available that include bird watching, ecotours, river cruises and of course river and ocean fishing. http://www.riverpalmcottages.com/index.htm

  1. Sebastian Inlet State Park, Sebastian, Florida

Located on State Road A1A, 15 miles south of Melbourne Beach, Sebastian Inlet is one of the premier saltwater fishing spots on Florida’s east coast. This park is a favorite for anglers nationwide for catching snook, redfish, bluefish and Spanish mackerel in the inlet, between the jetties. Surfing is also a popular recreation, and several major competitions are held here every year. Two museums provide a history of the area. The McLarty Treasure Museum features the history of the 1715 Spanish treasure fleet; the Sebastian Fishing Museum tells the history of the area’s fishing industry. Three miles of beautiful beaches provide opportunities for swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, shelling, and sunbathing. Canoeing and kayaking in the Indian River Lagoon are also favorite pastimes. Visitors can relax with a stroll down the mile-long Hammock Trail. Waterfront pavilions and picnic areas are great for family outings. A campground for RV’s and tent campers is available along with a boat ramp.

So regardless of which Sea Chaser HFC you choose, there’s plenty of adventure waiting for you on the water. It just takes that first step to start enjoying the Skiff Life.

For more than 30 years, Carolina Skiff has been a world leader in manufacturing fun, family-friendly, dependable boats. The company manufacturers more than 60 models of boats under the Carolina Skiff, Sea Chaser, and Fun Chaser Brands. To learn more about the HFC series of skiffs or to find a dealer near you, visit www.carolinaskiff.com.

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com 

 

 

How to Build your own Carolina Skiff

 

How to Build your own Carolina Skiff

By Craig Lamb

The title might be misleading but it’s true. You can build your very own Carolina Skiff.

Here’s the best part. You don’t even need all the skills and materials necessary to build a boat with a legacy of 30 years and counting as the best in its class.

How you do that is using the Build A Boat online tool that is available for free at carolinaskiff.com.

Using the app to build the boat of your dreams is easy.

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First, choose a model. Carolina Skiff, the leader in the skiff category, has 60 models from which to choose. The best part is each model is easy to customize to suit the needs of the owner.

For this example, the boat of choice is the Carolina Skiff 24 Ultra. It’s a great model to test out using the Build A Boat app. The reason is the Ultra Series is like owning three boats in one. Offshore exploring, fishing inshore tidal creeks, and cruising a large river or lake is all possible in the 24 Ultra.

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With the 24 Ultra, you get even more in the same package. Hardcore coastal anglers can spend a morning offshore or inshore and enjoy a smooth, dry ride in a boat laid out for serious fishing. It’s easy to convert the 24 Ultra to a family boat for cruising or water sports playtime. Just store the tackle and snap in roomy, comfortable seat cushions.

Every convenience imaginable is at the fingertips, from the step-in console with Porta Potti to plentiful U-shape bow seating with drop-in table. The 24 Ultra can go anywhere or do anything.

Let the fun begin by taking steps to customize your boat. Here’s how to do it.

Start at the Build A Boat Page for the 24 Ultra. Choose one of the nine hull color options and then select a Hull Stripe Color Option. What’s cool about that step is you can see your color choices on the mockup boat model at the top of the page.

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Next, choose one of the three outboards available for the boat. Those are 200, 225 and 250 horsepower engines.

Do you like the DLX leaning post with backrest and tackle center? Or how about the leaning post with a 32-gallon live well and sink? Choose from either selection.

Now, here’s the fun part. Carolina Skiff owners like to customize a boat to suit their needs. With the 24 Ultra being a three-in-one boat there are plenty of options from which to choose.

After making the Options selections, you can choose from one of four tops and then add a boat trailer if needed.With your boat complete all it takes is completing the Get A Quote information. You can even print and email your choices to share with others.

If you need more information or help, that’s easy too. At the bottom of the Build A Boat page just click on Find A Dealer. You can find your nearest Carolina Skiff dealer and meet with the friendly experts. You can also request a catalog that will be delivered free to your door.

Then you can actually take pride in knowing you “built” your own Carolina Skiff, while the skilled craftsmen do the rest at the factory in Waycross, Ga.

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Chatlee Marine

 

Chatlee Marine

By Craig Lamb

Robbie and Jeff Yow had a vision for the one-acre farm pond going way beyond wetting a line for a lazy day of fishing.

The Yows, owners of Chatlee Marine in Sanford, N.C., expanded the pond to 10 acres, relocated the dealership to the property, and today the business is one of the South’s largest dealerships.

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The pond, now a lake, is where customers test drive boats after choosing a model from the showroom. There are six of those spanning 71,000 square feet, with over 250 boats in stock at any given time.

Carolina Skiff is well represented at Chatlee, located in central North Carolina, making it convenient to the coastal waters of the Carolinas and Virginia.

In 1967, Charles Yow started his business as a combination motorcycle and boat dealership, hoping the marine side would boom with the opening of nearby Jordan Lake, about 30 minutes away. Business suffered after court challenges delayed the filling of the 13,000-acre lake. By the late 1970s, the lake filled, opened and business took off for Yow, who headed the business until several years ago. Today, Robbie and Jeff carry on the family tradition.

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The tradition showcases a staff and dealership recognized for excellent service with a passion for building long-standing relationships with customers. Chatlee has a fiberglass repair shop, custom rigging department, and a fully stocked parts department. Seven factory-trained, certified service technicians, and seven professionally trained sales advisors are on staff. So are financial specialists and staff dedicated to managing and operating the test lake, which the dealership prides itself in using for other uses.

New boat owners get a walk-through of their new boat at the test lake, before even leaving the dealership. Sales advisors have the chance to follow-through with any questions and demonstrate features of the new boat, from stem to stern. Finally, safe boating procedures are shared with the new owner. It’s a win-win all around or the customer and the dealership.

 

Chatlee Marine is at 2615 S. Jefferson Davis Hwy., Sanford, N.C. Phone: (919) 775-7259. Web: chatleeboats.com.

See the full line of Carolina Skiff boats at carolinaskiff.com. With 60 different options and models, you can use the Build A Boat feature. On the website, you can find a dealer, request a catalog and more. Check out the loyal following of Carolina Skiff fans and owners on Facebook.

 

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

 

“Swamp People” Discuss the Best Boats on the Water Carolina Skiff

 

“Swamp People” Discuss the Best Boats on the Water Carolina Skiff

By Amy Lignor

“Made for play, work—whatever you want to do, this baby is for you!” Those were gator hunter and TV personality R.J. Molinere’s words when it came to discussing the ‘best of the best’ on the water today: Carolina Skiff.

For people who may be unaware of these hard working men, the History Channel is right where you can stop by and meet RJ / Jay Paul. “Swamp People” is an American TV series that took off a few years back, opening the door to viewers so they can witness the daily activities of Louisiana natives, as they live in the swamps of the Atchafalaya River Basin and hunt gators for a living.

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The King of the Swamp, Troy Landry, faces off with far more than just gators on the show – friends and family alike actually get some of his steam as he works hard to preserve that Cajun way of life. The show even sports a gator-dog named Tyler; while R.J. Molinere and his son, Jay Paul, make bold moves to gain dominance over those gator-filled swamps.

But the one thing RJ / Jay Paul and all “Swamp People” can agree upon is the fact that Carolina Skiff has the perfect equipment when it comes to filling their list of needs.

While sitting down on bayou, R.J. and Jay Paul focused on letting the world know the incredible features Carolina Skiff boats provide, especially when it comes to being the most solid, weight-bearing vessels imaginable.

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R.J. stated that holding a lot of weight is no problem for the Carolina Skiff. Whether it be oysters, crab cages, fish, or those legendary Gators, Carolina Skiff built their equipment to make sure if R.J and his son want to load up to 150 gators – big ones, mind you – they have no fear of their boat being weighed down.

“I can get to places other boats just can’t get me to in this,” R.J. remarked. “I can be in shallow, shallow water and I can still do my work just fine.”

Great for him…bad luck for those gators.

“Living on the swamp, you got to have the right equipment, and this is the most versatile boat possible.”

But let’s not forget the aspect of fun, here. Jay Paul chimed in to let the world know you can go out on the water and have a day of fun, as well, and not have to worry about overloading the boat with guests. “It’s an all-round boat.” From doubling up on your load while at work to setting up a barbecue on it when at play, “You can design this boat to work for you!”

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The “Swamp People” may be quirky, and a bit unorthodox at times, but they definitely know the type of craft needed to excel at their job, and Carolina Skiff’s DLX-EW (Extra-Wide) Series provides a high payload capacity and an extra wide beam. We’re talking the pick-up truck of boats. Drawing very little water while remaining stable in almost any circumstance, you don’t have to be on a TV show to carry more weight further and faster using less horsepower. That’s why the DLX-EW outshines other work boats: fuel efficiency, carrying more weight with less horsepower. Whether it be work time or play time, the DLX Extra-Wide Series is the best.

Every boating enthusiast knows that a Carolina Skiff is the most durable, versatile, stable and economical boat on the planet, and this company has maintained that stellar reputation for over 30 years. From fit to finish, a Carolina Skiff delivers the most features and the best functionality available on the market today, giving you the best value in both performance and comfort. With more than 60 models to choose from that meet your own personal, recreational or commercial needs, Carolina Skiff has the pleasure boat, fishing boat, runabout, or commercial/work boat that you can’t be without.

So take it from RJ / Jay Paul of the “Swamp People” who do the job and do it well: “There’s nothing more solid than a Carolina Skiff!”

Check out the DLX-EW Series at: http://www.carolinaskiff.com

 

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com