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 

Versatile, affordable Sea Skiff

 

Versatile, affordable Sea Skiff

By Craig Lamb

Carolina Skiff is known for making the pickup trucks of the skiff world. They can go anywhere, do anything and provide years of dependable, reliable boats at an affordable price.

What can be made better? Upgrades and improvements matter at Carolina Skiff. The Sea Skiff Series from Sea Chaser is a result of that mission for 30 years and growing.

Durability, versatility, affordability, combined with a 100% composite construction and quality materials all come together in the Sea Chaser 21 Sea Skiff.

Abundant storage is immediately noticeable in the 21 Sea Skiff. Stow, all that gear and there is a cockpit area free of clutter and open for fishing and fun.

Up front are two spacious bow hatches and anchor box with LED light. Entry is made safe and easy with LED-lit molded steps on the front deck. A 12/24-volt trolling motor plug is pre-wired for easy, clean rigging.

The cockpit features a newly designed console with plenty of space to flush-mount today’s wide-screen electronic units. A removable windshield creates more options for mounting electronics. Flush mount rod holders for six outfits keep them at the ready, and a console live well, and removable 70-quart cooler makes it convenient for storing drinks and fish.

 

In the back an 18-gallon baitwell with LED lighting for quick access to live bait. Rear jump seats with storage compartments and battery storage feature LED lighting for safety and convenience. For water sports fun the swim platform with stainless steel ladder makes boarding safe and easy.

Hulls are constructed with 100 percent composite materials, and a high-density fiberglass transom core. Patented Box Beam Construction forms each fiberglass stringer as with fiberglass, pre-cast foam logs laminated into the hull one by one. The process allows for an unsinkable wood free hull.

See the full line of Carolina Skiff and Sea Chaser 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 

 

Try These Tips for Snook

 

Try These Tips for Snook

By Craig Lamb

Acrobatic leaps. Long runs. Screaming drags. Beautiful scenery. Go fishing for snook, and you get all of the above in one package.

Light tackle inshore anglers consider the snook one of the most sporting species of all to catch. Snook generally range in size from 3 to 15 pounds and catching giants up to 30 pounds is common during summer when the fish spawn around inlets and passes.

Mangrove shorelines on Southwest Florida and passes and inlets on the opposite coast are classic areas to catch snook in the Sunshine State. On both coasts, you can count on finding snook around bridges and piers, grass flats and nearby deep holes.

The Homosassa River, on the Gulf of Mexico side, is considered their northern range. Find then on the Atlantic side from the Florida Keys to the mid-coast around Daytona.

Current, structure and bait. Remember those three key simple needs of a snook, and you will have eliminated a lot of water.

Snook, like a freshwater largemouth bass, are opportunistic predators. They chase after food that requires the least effort. Current makes that job easier.

Current and structure go together because the latter requirement feeds the predator instinct. Snook like to ambush bait, and current breaks make ideal casting targets.

Bait is the given portion of the three-sided equation for catching snook. Find the bait, add the current, an ambush point and you have the perfect setup for snook.

What makes snook fishing so easy, and appealing is live bait is not a requirement. In fact, big splashy topwater baits spark the predator instinct of a snook. So do popper-shaped topwater plugs, glider baits, and wake baits. Fish them slow or fast until determining the mood of the fish.

A top choice for fishing in shallow water is the JVX Series by 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.

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

Worth a strong look for snook fishing is the 18 JVX CC. This center console boat with a 78” beam and 17’ 9” overall is ideal for running the winding, shallow channels of the back country and mangroves where snook lurk.

The 18 JVX CC gives you an edge for accessing shallow creeks and rivers with it’s modified V-hull design. Carry more weight farther and faster with less horsepower. Add that together, and the sum is a boat that performs better than any other at a cost that can’t be beat.

See the full line of Carolina Skiff and Sea Chaser 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

Seatrout Secrets

 

Seatrout Secrets

By Capt. Gus Cane

Spotted seatrout or specks as they’re often called, are a favorite quarry for skiff anglers from the Chesapeake Bay to Laguna Madre. They can be fooled by a variety of baits and lures, they’re abundant and delicious prepared several ways. Smaller trout are not difficult to find. Trophy “gator” trout are very wary, however, and a challenging adversary. To catch big fish, try these techniques:

Start on top but stay flexible. Trout are ambush predators and big trout like big baits. Topwater stick lures are effective, especially with a “walk-the-dog” or a darting, sideways retrieve. If the lure has rattles or a cupped face to make noise or spit water, that’s added attraction. Make long casts and work the lure back with an erratic, wounded motion. The fish will often track the lure for a distance before striking.

If the trout strikes and misses, pause the lure for a moment before resuming the retrieve. Trout usually kill a bait first before swallowing it. If the short strikes continue without a hookup, switch rods and try a subsurface presentation such as a soft-plastic jerk bait, imitation shrimp or suspending plug. Live shrimp rigged on a leader under a clacker-style cork will fool big trout too. The noise of the cork’s rattles/beads mimic frantic shrimp and arouse attention. If a trout hits the cork instead, switch over to a topwater plug.

Trophy trout are also similar to realtors. It’s all about location, location, location. Ambush points like sandy pot holes in sea grass flats, oyster bars, creek mouths, and pilings are convenient places to hide before pouncing on a passing meal. Even color changes between muddy or dirty water and clear can hold big trout. Find those spots, and you’ll find the fish.

Big “gator” trout are mainly loners. They don’t get big by being stupid so hunt for them in less pressured areas. That typically means super-skinny flats or tidal creeks that don’t see a lot of boat traffic.

Big trout like freebies too. While drifting the flats actively casting, rig a live pinfish, finger mullet or pilchard on a circle hook and float and let it drag behind the boat. You’ll cover more water, and that struggling morsel often attracts some of the biggest trout in the area.

If you love to catch trout, redfish and other inshore species, the Carolina Skiff 18 JVX CC is perfect for you!

Designed with fishing in mind, the 18 JVX CC will provide you great access to shallow creeks and rivers where you need to fish.

The JVX 18 CC is a solid performer with a lightweight hull, Mod V Hull design and can carry more weight further and faster to yield more valuable fishing time on the water. With a length of 17 feet 9 inches and a beam of 78 inches, you will be able to reach all of your hot spots effectively and efficiently.

There are many standard options available including full instrumentational console, front deck 12-volt trolling motor plug, 12 gallon live well and a 70-quart removable cooler. Plus, there are many additional options available to meet your needs from a raw water wash-down to upgrades to a 24-volt trolling motor.

Check out the Carolina Skiff JVX 18 CC or better yet, you can Build Your Own Boat by adding all of the options that are important to you.

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Carolina Skiff at Miami’s Favorite Boat Show

 

Carolina Skiff at Miami’s Favorite Boat Show

By Craig Lamb

You might say “new” is a reoccurring theme of Miami’s favorite boat show coming up soon. A new location with hundreds of new boats, including never-before-seen models being debuted by Carolina Skiff, is a great way to kick off the season.

Few boat shows offer buyers the chance to see new boats where they ultimately belong—floating on the water in a real time setting. You can now do that and more 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.

Carolina Skiff will pull out some surprises at Booth B241. Several new models are set to debut at the show with a first-look and chances to take demo rides available. What’s to come is a closely guarded secret, so being there to see the models for the first time will be a treat.

Carolina Skiff, the originator of the durable, versatile stable and economical boat on the planet, will exhibit more than a dozen new and current models. Dealers and factory staff will be on hand to help shoppers find the perfect boat to suit their needs on the water, be it fishing, cruising, or any other water sport.

On display at the booth will be the Sea Chaser models made by Carolina Skiff. Combining the better of two worlds and proving it can be done in the same boat is the HFC, which means Hybrid Fish & Cruise. Devoted fishermen and active families will find plenty or room, and features, making the HFC a multi-functional boat.

The HFC comes with more standard features than most boats. You get a heavy duty, stainless steel fold down cleats, LED lighting beneath the gunwale, a stainless steel anchor chock, and wind-less ready anchor storage for safety and convenience. More standard features include an insulated and lockable fish box, built in lifting eye, illuminated, stainless steel cup holders, tilt steering wheel, and digital command link.

At the show, you can also check out the Ultra Series. It’s like owning three boats in one. Offshore exploring, fishing inshore tidal creeks, and cruising a large river or lake is all possible in the Ultra.

With the Ultra you get 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 Ultra to a family boat for cruising or water sports playtime. Just store the tackle and snap in roomy, comfortable seat cushions.

Families looking for a boat for fishing, cruising and water sports will find the DLV Series to their liking. The center console design makes it easy for anglers to move around the deck. With six models from which to choose, the DLV design enables anglers to navigate across shallow flats, up coastal rivers and even into tidal creeks, as well as make occasional offshore excursions.

The modified Tri-V hull design allow for a smooth, dry ride. Wide open deck space, large front and rear fishing decks, rear cushion jump seats and a choice of a Bimini Top or T-Top appeal to family-friendly anglers. For serious fishing, the console features and open face for flush-mounting electronics up to 10 inches.

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.

Check out the lineup of Carolina Skiff models at carolinaskiff.com. You can find a dealer, learn more about the brand legacy, and build a boat on the website. You can also contact Carolina Skiff and request a catalog. Join the community of Carolina Skiff followers at the Carolina Skiff Facebook Page.

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Center Console or Side Console: That is the Question

 

Center Console or Side Console: That is the Question

By Capt. Ted Lund

Boat owners have a lot of different decisions to make these days, but one of the options they generally don’t think about is whether you should have a center console- or side console-rigged boat. Fortunately, thanks to innovative boat builders like Carolina Skiff, prospective boat owners can have their choice which fits their style of boating, whether it’s fun with the family, working on the water or just using your boat as a runabout or dingy.

Center Console

Carolina Skiff offers a number of center console style boats throughout its namesake and Sea Chaser brands. The center console is a true favorite for the fisherman on a bay and offshore boats like Sea Chaser’s LX series, available in 21-, 23- and 26-foot lengths or Carolina Skiff’s JVX CC series, available in 16, 18 and 20-foot models. The center console location makes it easier for boaters to balance loads and also provides comfortable seating for passengers as well as integrated storage for and the possibility for additional life well capacity. Being at the center of the boat, forward of the transom, and away from the sides also provides a better ride boaters and lets savvy skippers better configure their boat for a more comfortable run through rough seas. On larger boats, anglers even have the option of adding a marine head for use out on the water.

Side Console

The side console is great if you are trying to balance a lot of weight while carrying equipment or if trying to pull equipment out of the water like when pulling crabs or lobster traps. But it is also the favorite of fishing guides. One reason? They don’t have clients on both sides speaking through them. But we’re a side console set up truly excels is with a large deck boat like the Fun Chaser Deck Boat and Pontoon Series. These serious social battle wagons can act as your family room on the water, and a convenient side console allows the family fun and entertainment to continue, while allowing to the skipper to safely operate the boat from the side console station. Carolina’s Fun Chaser Deck Boats are available in 20 and 22-foot lengths, in either a classic watersports layout or the popular fishing series equipped with bow mounted deck chairs and rod holders. It’s the perfect platform for chasing speckled perch and other popular, family friendly species. If you’re just looking for a little floating fun on the lake, then the 22 DS from Fun Chaser is a perfect fit. It’s almost like taking your living room with you out on the water.

Regardless of your preference, today’s modern boat builders like Carolina skiff are listening more and more to customers and allowing them to have more choice and say so in the layout of their new boats. To learn more about the more than 60 models of family, fish and fun-friendly boats from Carolina Skiff, Sea Chaser and Fun Chaser, to spec out your new dream boat or to locate a Carolina Skiff dealer near you, visit them online at www.carolinaskiff.com.

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 

 

 

Advance Planning Will Enhance Your Next Fishing Vacation

 

Advance Planning Will Enhance Your Next Fishing Vacation

By Capt. Gus Cane

Hot summer fishing and vacations go together like hot dogs and watermelon. The action is fast-paced, and it’ s the perfect opportunity to enjoy time on the water with family and friends. To maximize the enjoyment, though, plan ahead to take full advantage of your valuable leisure time.

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Long before you arrive, start by doing as much research as you can about the area you’ll be fishing. Even if you’ve been there previously, conditions change from season to season, and you’ ll want to be prepared. Sport-fishing magazines and the internet are two good sources of information. Pay special attention to trends, locations or conditions, techniques, and baits/lures. For example, an archival search of a magazine website (or hard copy back issues) might reveal a new tactic for catching trophy striped bass. Another might describe a wreck that’ s attracting flounder or flats that are especially productive for tailing redfish.

Local fishing forums and guide websites are more excellent sources of information with real-time updates. By surfing through those, you can learn what the best baits or lure patterns are for the current conditions. Check out the latest reports to see what tides have been producing, the best depths and the current water clarity. Be sure to check the state fisheries agency too. They’ll have the latest on bag and size limits, special license needs or any area closures.

Pick up the phone and make a few calls before you go. The marina where you’ll be keeping the boat or launching is a great source of local knowledge. So are the local tackle shops. They’ll also have all the tackle, bait and ice you’ll need for that specific area.

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Speaking of tackle, don’t wait until the night before your first outing to check over your gear. Give it a thorough inspection long before leaving the homestead. Check drags, guides and reel seats. Re-spool the reels with new line and make sure they are operating smoothly. If not, have them serviced or do it yourself. Don’t forget to pack the other necessary gear as well, like landing nets or gaffs, coolers, leader material, de-hookers and other tools, plus the tackle bag/box with all the terminal gear you might need including hooks, sinkers, crimps, and swivels.

Start a list and write out everything and check it off as each item is being packed so nothing is left behind. Redundancy is always a good policy, especially if the vacation spot is remote. Carry enough rods and reels for all contingencies. You may anticipate fishing offshore, but wind and weather may force a change of plans by the time the trip rolls around. An arsenal of light-tackle could easily save the week if you have it with you, though.

It’s always a good insurance policy to carry a full spare hub assembly and spare tire in case there’s a problem on the road.

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Vacations are the perfect chance to try out some new fishing and with the Carolina Skiff Ultra-Elite Series 23, you’ll have the versatility and features to make that happen. This model has plenty of room and the range to carry the entire family to that special spot and all the amenities for putting fish in the boat once you drop anchor. With a capacity for 16 rods, coaming pads, an insulated live well and three-tray tackle storage, you’ll be able to fish in style and maximize your well-deserved break from the daily grind.

Once the battles are over, cool off with a refreshing dip. The swim platform and transom shower on the 23 make it easy to re-board and rinse off afterwards. And then sit back and relax on the folding rear bench seat or the flip-back leaning post, enjoy a cold beverage using one of the cup-holders and take in the sunset for the perfect ending to another fun-filled summer vacation.

Visit Carolina Skiff.com Today!

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Don’t Overlook Fall Fishing Along the Coast

 

Don’t Overlook Fall Fishing Along the Coast

By Craig Lamb

Ah, Saturday weekends in the fall. Kicking back and watching a college football game on TV. Stacking firewood for cozy fires in the fireplace. Stowing fishing tackle and winterizing the boat.

Checking the latter topic off the fall to-do list is way too soon in many coastal climes. Some of the year’s best fishing awaits and a flip of the calendar into the fall months is no reason to stop fishing.

Such is the case this fall as October daytime high temperatures set records across coastal areas from Texas to the Carolinas. In many places inshore saltwater species are just now beginning to transition into fall behavior.

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Strong cold fronts that muddy water and send temperatures plunging are to come. Lighter cold fronts, the kind requiring a windbreaker instead of a parka, deliver some of the best fall fishing.

The first cold fronts of the year create a supply and demand effect between bait and game fish. Here’s the reason why.

From spring through summer, baitfish populations flourish in the shallow bays, coastal estuaries and backwaters. Then, a major transition occurs with the passage of the first cold fronts. Cooling water pushes baitfish out of the shallows and into more open, deeper water.

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Demand is created when outgoing tides flush baitfish into transition zones or current breaks serving as funnels between shallow and deep water. Look for myriad species to stage on outgoing tides at cuts, inlets, channels, passes and big lagoons emptying into deeper water.

Tarpon, shark, mackerel, bluefish, cobia, red drum, spotted sea trout and other predators stage in ambush for the incoming rush of baitfish. You should be there, too.

During this time of abundant food your location is more critical than lure choice. With so many types of bait fish the predator species eagerly will bite nearly anything swimming past them. Focus on passes, cuts, inlets and river mouths for the best action. Where there is current and a transition between shallow water you are likely to hook up.

With the fish in transition it’s ideal to fish from a boat capable of following the migration of bait and game fish. Red drum, the most prized inshore species along the Gulf Coast, from Texas to Florida, remain shallow during cooler months. In the Carolinas the fish sought by anglers move outside the bays and into open water.

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That makes a skiff the ideal boat for fishing shallow and deep, as dictated by fish movements and the weather.

The ideal boat for such fall adventures is made by Carolina Skiff, proven by 30 years as a leader in the category.

Skiff fishing means fishing in a variety of conditions, from shallow to deep. That makes rigging a skiff with the features needed for diverse conditions and many species a must.

With Carolina Skiff you can choose from 60 models with the most features available in any boat from the class.

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 from the foam flotation that exceeds U.S. Coast Guard requirements, providing positive flotation for shallow draft and quick planning. Using more flotation than necessary also creates sound-deadening properties that make the ride smoother and quieter.

Want to know more? Check out the lineup of 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

 

Carolina Skiff Christmas Wish List

 

Carolina Skiff Christmas Wish List

By Craig Lamb

When Santa Claus isn’t aboard a sleigh he’s fishing from a Carolina Skiff. Whether or not you believe in Santa Claus the versatile, dependable lineup of Carolina Skiff models should be on top of any coastal angler’s Christmas wish list.

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A top choice for fishing in shallow water is the JVX Series. A lightweight and modified V-hull design combine for a boat that will carry more, go further and faster with less horsepower.

The 18 JVX is a great choice for anglers whose fishing style takes them up coastal rivers, into shallow bays and across flats in skinny water. Choose from a center console CC, a side console SC, or a stick steering SS.

The CC and SC models weigh just 1,073 pounds, and the SS weighs in at 1,073 pounds. All 18 JVX models draft only 4 inches of water. The 18 JVX models run 17’ 9” with a beam of 78 inches.

With the 18 JVX 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.

 

Build your 18 JVX CC here.

Customize an 18 JVX SC here.

Create your 18 JVC SS here.

 

The unique hull design of the DLV Series appeals to anglers fishing shallow flats and offshore fishermen venturing out into deeper waters. Going both directions from the same boat is achieved by a modified Tri-V hull design that delivers a smooth, dry ride.

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Wide open deck space, large front and rear fishing decks, rear cushion jump seats and a choice of a Bimini Top or T-Top appeal to family-friendly anglers. For serious fishing, the console features and open face for flush-mounting electronics up to 10 inches.

The 218 DLV is an excellent choice in the lineup. A length overall of 20′ 10″ and beam of 96 inches provide plenty of room for fishing in shallow or deep waters. Overall weight is 2,700 pounds, and the boat is rated for a 150 horsepower outboard.

For a smaller package, a great choice is the 198 DLV. This top performer measures 19′ overall with a spacious beam of 96 inches. The 198 weighs 1,660 pounds.

Both DLV models draft just 6 inches of water for boats designed to access shallow water without sacrificing performance.

 

Build your 198 DLV here.

Customize your 218 DLV here.

 

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 from the foam flotation that exceeds U.S. Coast Guard requirements, providing positive flotation for shallow draft and quick planning. Using more flotation than necessary also creates sound-deadening properties that make the ride smoother and quieter.

Visit a Carolina Skiff dealership this holiday season for great deals on Carolina Skiff models, the most dependable and favorite of coastal anglers for 30 years and counting.

Check out the lineup of Carolina Skiff models at carolinaskiff.com. You can find a dealer, learn more about the brand legacy, and build a boat on the website. You can also contact Carolina Skiff and request a catalog. Join the community of Carolina Skiff followers at the Carolina Skiff Facebook Page.

 

Original Source; Sportsmans Lifestyle.com