Spring Fishing 2015 Beaufort and Hilton Head Fishing Charters

Well it was another incredible spring here in the Lowcountry of Beaufort South Carolina! After a long cold winter the anticipation was killing me as we move into fishing Cobia, Flood Tide Redfish, and other spring coming species. Spring has a lot to do with warming water, bait moving in, Cobia cruising the river, and most of all bringing out the shorts and flip flops again! Its amazing seeing the Lowcountry come back alive and always one of my favorite seasons of the year to fish.

Return guest Tyler from TN with an early morning crawler! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Return guest Tyler from TN with an early morning crawler! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Fly and Light tackle fishing was excellent bringing in 4-5 different species a trip and always keeping guests with a tight line whether it was redfish, trout, flounder, cobia, lady fish, blue fish, jacks, sharks, and triple tail. Some killer action during early morning low tides with fish crawling with there backs out, tailing, rolling around, and one of the best situations when sight fishing. Falling tides and rising tides were always productive with light tackle anglers. And of course the flood tides were filled with tailing fish feeding on fiddlers in the spartina after a long winter!

Return angler Chris from NC with a nice Cobia on Fly in the Broad River. Hilton Head Fly Fishing

Return angler Chris from NC with a nice Cobia on Fly in the Broad River. Hilton Head Fly Fishing

Return angler Jim from FL with a big ole redfish on light tackle! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Return angler Jim from FL with a big ole redfish on light tackle! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Return angler Bud from GA with a nice low tide redfish chasing mullet! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Return angler Bud from GA with a nice low tide redfish chasing mullet! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Return angler David from NC with a nice flood tide tailing redfish! Hilton Head Fly Fishing

Return angler David from NC with a nice flood tide tailing redfish! Hilton Head Fly Fishing

Bob from GA with a nice redfish on fly during the low tide! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Bob from GA with a nice redfish on fly during the low tide! Beaufort Fly Fishing

New client from GA with a nice redfish on light tackle! Hilton Head Fishing Charters

New client from GA with a nice redfish on light tackle! Hilton Head Fishing Charters

Return angler Mark from GA with a nice flood tide redfish on the fly! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Return angler Mark from GA with a nice flood tide redfish on the fly! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Return angler Michael from SC with a big ole redfish on fly! Hilton Head Fly Fishing

Return angler Michael from SC with a big ole redfish on fly! Hilton Head Fly Fishing

Tom from FL with a nice redfish sight fishing with soft plastic. Beaufort Fishing Charters

Tom from FL with a nice redfish sight fishing with soft plastic. Beaufort Fishing Charters

Long time local client with a great early morning redfish on fly! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Long time local client with a great early morning redfish on fly! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Long time local angler with a top water redfish! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Long time local angler with a top water redfish! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Lady angler from NC with a nice redfish on light tackle! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Lady angler from NC with a nice redfish on light tackle! Beaufort Fishing Charters

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Early Spring Report

Bill from VA with his first ever redfish on fly! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Bill from VA with his first ever redfish on fly! Beaufort Fishing Charters

The weather and fishing has been absolutely great the last few weeks! As spring rolls in so do a lot of spring species including Cobia which is one of my favorite ways to fish here in the Lowcountry! I have been doing a lot of family spring break trips in the 22 Pathfinder throwing light tackle which has been very productive fishing with mixed bag days of Redfish, Trout, Flounder, and Blue Fish, along with a few sharks here and there. Love watching kids learn about fishing and most of all love that smile when they catch there biggest fish of the day!

9 year old Tim with his first redfish and big one! Hilton Head Fishing Charters

9 year old Tim with his first redfish and big one! Hilton Head Fishing Charters

Also have been doing a lot of fly fishing in the Maverick HPX-S mostly fishing low tides the last few weeks. Always love early spring when sight fishing because you get to watch all the low tide flats come back to life after a cold winter. Will start fishing Flood Tides for tailing fish next week and super excited to get back into the grass again!

Cobia pushing on the surface in the Broad River

Cobia pushing on the surface in the Broad River

The Cobia are here!! Looked yesterday and clients had shots at 3 different fish cruising the service as we were sight fishing in the Broad River. Just couldn’t get the fly where it needed to be but thats part of learning for new salt water anglers! Now until the end of June I will spend time looking if the weather is right and very excited that the 2015 Cobia Season is finally here!! Stay tuned after the next 2 months for a spring fishing report.

Colby from DC with his first ever redfish on fly! Hilton Head Fly Fishing Guide

Colby from DC with his first ever redfish on fly! Hilton Head Fly Fishing Guide

Andy from TX with his first SC Redfish! Beaufort Fly Fishing Guide

Andy from TX with his first SC Redfish! Beaufort Fly Fishing Guide

Kurt from MN with his first SC redfish on fly! Hilton Head Fly fishing guide

Kurt from MN with his first SC redfish on fly! Hilton Head Fly fishing guide

8 year old Kenan showing his biggest redfish of the day on the Pathfinder! Beaufort Fishing Charters

8 year old Kenan showing his biggest redfish of the day on the Pathfinder! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Young angler Mark was a sight fishing machine on light tackle! Hilton Head Fishing Charters

Young angler Mark was a sight fishing machine on light tackle! Hilton Head Fishing Charters

The Walker family enjoying a gorgeous day together on my 22ft Pathfinder! Even catching fish while eating a Banana! Beaufort Fishing Charters

The Walker family enjoying a gorgeous day together on my 22ft Pathfinder! Even catching fish while eating a Banana! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Tight Lines,

Capt. Owen Plair

Orvis Endorsed Guide

843-812-3656

owen@baystreetoutfitters.com

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Maverick HPX-S One Year Review

Capt. Owen Plair Maverick HPX-S

Capt. Owen Plair Maverick HPX-S

Its hard to believe its been a full year now running the new Maverick HPX-S. As I look back on the year and think about all the days on the water as a full time guide, it makes me smile knowing that I’m in the best poling skiff possible for skinny water fishing here in the Lowcountry of Beaufort, SC. With 280 hours on the engine and 13 months of work under her belt, I can probably say that I’ve fished the HPX-S more than anybody in the world. What I’ve realized about this boat is that when it comes to poling and technical sight fishing, but still having the room, and comfort of a bigger skiff, there is absolutely no other skiff on the market that compares to the HPX-S. It brings a new meaning to technical skiff and has changed the flats boat market forever. No skiff is perfect so please read all the way through for the highs and lows about the S.

I switched over to the HPX-S from the 18HPX-V because my business had grown into more fly fishing customers than light tackle customers. So it was time to get a boat that was lighter, poled better, got shallower, but most of all still provided the best experience in comfort for my anglers. The main reason I decided on the HPX-S was because of how well it poled compared to other technical skiffs on the market. When saying that I don’t just mean poling a straight line because theres a lot more in the meaning of “poling” a skiff. The HPX-S not only tracks unbelievably well for a flat bottom hull design but also glides with complete ease, giving you that feather light feel when poling. What I love the most about poling the S is how nimble and responsive it is in situations where I need to get my angler in a better position to present a fly. There are no sponsons on the S which I feel has a huge impact on how well this skiff performs while poling. I’ve talked with numerous guides/friends who don’t own the boat but say the same thing about how awesome this skiff performs on the push pole.

Clients with a nice double on fly! Fly Fishing in Hilton Head and Beaufort, SC

Clients with a nice double on fly! Fly Fishing in Hilton Head and Beaufort, SC

Helping Jeff from NC hold up his 70lb Cobia! Beaufort and Hilton Fishing Charters

Helping Jeff from NC hold up his 70lb Cobia! Beaufort and Hilton Fishing Charters

The foot print of this boat is very small which I feel gives you the advantage in skinny water because it’s not only as quite as a hull can be, but pushes almost no water while poling a flat. With this small footprint it allows you to get a lot closer to fish than most skiffs which therefore allows for better fishing, and an easier cast. If you look at the skiff in person on the trailer you can see what I mean by how sharp the S is at the nose of the boat, almost like a knife. The other great thing about this hull design is riding in rough water. It has a fairly large flare to the bow which keeps you dryer than any other 17.8, 6inch draft boat on the market. I’ve had days running in a true 2ft chop with myself and 2 anglers aboard, and got home completely dry. The HPX-S is a little tippy compared to other skiffs but that is a sacrifice you take to stay dry, and have a better poling skiff. In the last 13 months I’ve had around 60-80 days with anglers over the age of 50, some as old as 75, and absolutely no complaints about the boat being tippy from people who need a stable platform to fish. That to me is very important as a guide and proves that the S is a comfortable boat to fish.

Newly weds from SD catching redfish on the fly during there honey moon! Beaufort and Hilton Head Fishing Charters

Newly weds from SD catching redfish on the fly during there honey moon! Beaufort and Hilton Head Fishing Charters

The way the HPX-S turns while running will absolutely blow your mind. Its like driving a Ferrari down an old winding mountain road. This boat has absolutely no rear end slide when turning and jumps up on rail at the snap of a finger. Maverick incorporated laminar flow technology from the airplane industry into the hull so that the boat rolls up on its edges when turning rather than staying flat and sliding. When it comes to running technical creeks and other winding water waters, it provides a safe, and responsive ride at high speeds. Pretty amazing how great this boat handles turns being that its essentially a flat bottom boat. I really got a great taste of how well the boat runs through mangroves in the Everglades with Capt. Billy Faulkner last week Tarpon fishing.

One thing Maverick has done great on all other boats is there storage, and easy access. The HPX-S has more storage than I would ever need and absolutely love how you can access the back 3 hatches with out having to move, or ask your angler to move, just so you can grab a fly box etc. The bow storage is also huge with the gas tank pushed back to the bulk head allowing enough room to store my Strip and Feed Research bucket, 3 life jackets, throw cushion, fire extinguisher, and still room for other stuff! The deck of the boat makes you feel like your in a bigger boat and gives you some sort of illusion that your not in a small technical skiff, and thats one thing I love because it makes my anglers feel more comfortable through out the day.

Client releasing another tailing redfish during a flood tide in the HPX-S. Beaufort and Hilton Head Fishing Charters

Client releasing another tailing redfish during a flood tide in the HPX-S. Beaufort and Hilton Head Fishing Charters

Return angler from TN with his biggest fish of the day! Fly Fishing in Beaufort, SC

Return angler from TN with his biggest fish of the day! Fly Fishing in Beaufort, SC

The trailer for the HPX-S is also another great thing about the boat. I went through a few designs and finally came up with the best trailer for this boat with the help of Scott Locke, Billy Faulkner, and Willy Le. With this unique hull design there had to be a unique trailer and the team at Ameratrail did an awesome job building the right trailer. Its dry launches with the touch of a finger, and loads with complete ease. What I like the most about the trailer is how low the boat sits on it which is about waist level, making it easy to clean, load, and access all the hatches with out having to get inside the skiff. Crazy looking bunk design but the design that works for the unique hull design.

Maverick HPX-S

Maverick HPX-S

Maverick HPX-S

Maverick HPX-S

Now I’am a very honest person when it comes to things I use professionally. I’m not the kind of person who chooses equipment based on the name, I choose my equipment based on being the best for what I do, because I want the best for my anglers. And after being in a lot of technical skiffs there is no other boat I’d fish professionally for what I do except the Maverick HPX-S. It’s truly one of the best skiffs on the market today and will change your view on a technical poling skiff for ever. With that being said there are a few things that I do not like about the skiff but these are issues that did not keep me from loving the HPX-S.

The number one thing I do not like about the HPX-S is how it can be a little bow heavy when running with trim tabs with myself, and 2 anglers on board. With that extra weight when trying to use trim tabs it can make the boat very touchy and seems to want to grab rail one side or the other. Causing the boat to lean to one side or the other. What I’ve done to correct this issue is only run the boat about 25-30mph when using tabs, trim up the engine to loosin the back end a bit, and take it slow. Very seldom do I have this issue while running but when I do it is very easy to fix. It took me about 2 or 3 times running the boat in that situation to learn how to adjust it when that issue occurs. Happens maybe 2 out of every 10 days I fish and has not been a major issue. The S likes to ride high on the water and I rarely have the need for trim tabs where I fish. Just taking it slow solves the issue and you’ll smile when you see how well this boat runs in serious chop.

The only other issue I have with the HPX-S is how deep the floor is. One good thing about having a deeper floor is more comfort when sitting down because it allows your knees to be where they should, and not bent up to your chest. That is something I really like because it feels like your sitting on the couch when running the boat or watching another angler fish. But the down side to this is that it creates a large step to get onto the bow or stepping off the bow. I havn’t had complaints about this from my older anglers but there are times when I have to help them step down from the bow, or step up from the boat. The other problem with the low floors is that when you go to walk to the front of the boat sometimes you tend to hit the side gunnel with your feet because of how flared out the bow is. Not a major issue and not something that keeps me from loving the boat, but just a small issue to shows that no boat is perfect.

Over all I love the HPX-S and will be running this skiff for a long time until something better is made. Gonna be hard to top how well this skiff poles and runs!! Congratulations to Maverick Boat Company for stepping up the game yet again in the Boating Industry.

How do you think our 30 year history as anglers has affected the products that we produce?

“I think that MBC’s history as anglers is very important. One thing that has always been true about the Maverick brand is that it’s innovative. Maverick changes and Maverick changes for the better. As fishing progresses, and equipment progresses, and guides progress, Maverick progresses as well. Maverick is always changing the game. They are always coming up with something new, something better, something innovative, and I love that.” -Capt. Owen Plair

Dan from upstate SC with a nice one! Broad River Cobia  on the Maverick HPX-S

Dan from upstate SC with a nice one! Broad River Cobia on the Maverick HPX-S

Griffon with one of her big redfish on light tackle! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Griffon with one of her big redfish on light tackle! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Poling in 15-20mph wind with ease in the Maverick HPX-S, making the difference on the flats!

Poling in 15-20mph wind with ease in the Maverick HPX-S, making the difference on the flats!

Sunrise Redfish on fly on the HPX-S Beaufort and Hilton Head Fly Fishing

Sunrise Redfish on fly on the HPX-S Beaufort and Hilton Head Fly Fishing

Another super skinny fish in the oysters out of the Maverick HPX-S

Another super skinny fish in the oysters out of the Maverick HPX-S

Lady angler from MI with her very first Redfish on fly! Hilton Head Fishing Charters

Lady angler from MI with her very first Redfish on fly! Hilton Head Fishing Charters

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Interview by Maverick Boat Company

Here is a short interview by Maverick Boat Company talking about where it all started and how Capt. Owen Plair got to where he is today. Click the link below and give it a read!

http://www.maverickboats.com/news/interview-with-captain-owen-plair/

 

Capt. Owen Plair running his Maverick HPX-S

Capt. Owen Plair running his Maverick HPX-S

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Winter season in here! Giant Schools and Clear water!

I may not be a big fan of colder weather during the winter time but I’am a huge fan of the winter fishing! During the months of January, February, and March we get colder water temperatures that produce some amazing fishing. This time of year provides GIANT schools of Redfish in skinny clear water during the low tides offering some of the best sight fishing of the year. These schools range anywhere from 15-150 fish at times and truly shows how special the Lowcountry is when it comes to population of fish. Its usually a cold run out this time of year but after seeing the first fish of the day eat your fly or artificial, it will warm you right up!

Winter School pushing around Hilton Head Fly Fishing

Winter School pushing around Hilton Head Fly Fishing

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Hooked up from a big school! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Hooked up from a big school! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Client from NC with one of many winter redfish! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Client from NC with one of many winter redfish! Beaufort Fly Fishing

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Some close up love! Hilton Head Fly Fishing

Some close up love! Hilton Head Fly Fishing

Beaufort Fly Fishing  Beaufort Fishing Charters

Beaufort Fly Fishing
Beaufort Fishing Charters

Local Client from Brays Island Hilton Head Fishing Charters

Local Client from Brays Island Hilton Head Fishing Charters

Buddy Harry with a nice one in the creek in Charleston, SC

Buddy Harry with a nice one in the creek in Charleston, SC

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Beaufort Fishing Charters

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Hilton Head Fishing Charters

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Beaufort Fishing Charters
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Fall 2014 Fishing In Beaufort, SC

Clients with a nice double on fly! Fly Fishing in Beaufort, SC

Clients with a nice double on fly! Fly Fishing in Beaufort, SC

Fall of 2014 was another one for the books here in Beaufort, SC! The months of September, October, and November not only bring some of the best weather of the year here in the Lowcountry but also some of the best fishing! My favorite part about fishing in the fall is watching Redfish gorge on the mass amount of shrimp that move onto the flats! Seeing theses fish tail, bust shrimp, and stick there heads out of the water to eat is simply amazing! Sight casting with Fly or light tackle in 6-8 inches of water is the name of the game this time of year whether your fishing low tide or the flood tide!

Here are just a few photos from this fall which can give you a small taste of just how incredible our fishery is in the Lowcountry. Now its time to bundle up and watch these huge schools of redfish swim during the clear water low tides of winter!

Return angler from TN with his biggest fish of the day! Fly Fishing in Beaufort, SC

Return angler from TN with his biggest fish of the day! Fly Fishing in Beaufort, SC

Newly weds from SD catching redfish on the fly during there honey moon! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Newly weds from SD catching redfish on the fly during there honey moon! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Honson Lau with a nice flood tide tailing redfish! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Honson Lau with a nice flood tide tailing redfish! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Lady angler from MI with her very first Redfish on fly! Hilton Head Fishing Charters

Lady angler from MI with her very first Redfish on fly! Hilton Head Fishing Charters

Angler from NY with a nice one on light tackle! Hilton Head Fishing Charters

Angler from NY with a nice one on light tackle! Hilton Head Fishing Charters

Writer Michael Steinburg with a nice tailing Redfish while fishing in Beaufort for his upcoming book! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Writer Michael Steinburg with a nice tailing Redfish while fishing in Beaufort for his upcoming book! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Angler from MI with his first Redfish on fly! Hilton Head Fishing Charters

Angler from MI with his first Redfish on fly! Hilton Head Fishing Charters

Local Anglers with a nice double! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Local Anglers with a nice double! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Local angler with one of many redfish on fly! Hilton Head Fishing Charters

Local angler with one of many redfish on fly! Hilton Head Fishing Charters

Nice sunrise redfish for an angler from WV! Hilton Head Fly Fishing

Nice sunrise redfish for an angler from WV! Hilton Head Fly Fishing

Close up shot of a nice redfish on fly! Hilton Head Fly Fishing

Close up shot of a nice redfish on fly! Hilton Head Fly Fishing

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Spring 2014 Fishing in Beaufort, SC

Well it was another great spring here in the Lowcountry of Beaufort, SC!! My favorite part of April, May, and June, is that we get the opportunity to fish for Cobia inshore! Absolutley cannot beat the feeling of sight casting to a 50lb fish cruising on top of the surface!! The Redfish bite was hot especially during the early morning low tides sight casting with fly clients. Light tackle fishing was also very good during the falling and dropping tides with artificial and live bait. Already looking forward to the next spring, here are a few photos from the action!

Helping Jeff from NC hold up his 65lb Cobia! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Helping Jeff from NC hold up his 65lb Cobia! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Dan from upstate SC with a nice one! Broad River Cobia

Dan from upstate SC with a nice one! Broad River Cobia

Trey the Orvis Fly Fishing Manager from Charlotte, NC with a nice redfish on fly! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Trey the Orvis Fly Fishing Manager from Charlotte, NC with a nice redfish on fly! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Tyler from TN with another Redfish on fly! Fly fishing Beaufort

Tyler from TN with another Redfish on fly! Fly fishing Beaufort

Griffon with one of her big redfish on light tackle! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Griffon with one of her big redfish on light tackle! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Local Fly client bringing a small cobia in!

Local Fly client bringing a small cobia in!

Richard with a baby Cobia on Fly! Fly fishing for cobia

Richard with a baby Cobia on Fly! Fly fishing for cobia

Ben from Charleston with a Fat Trout!!

Ben from Charleston with a Fat Trout!!

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Maverick HPX-S

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The type of boat you own has a huge role in the type of fishing you want to pursue. As many of you know when it comes to salt water fly fishing, a flats boat is the number one necessity for shallow water situations. There are many great flats boat companies out there that build incredible skiffs but there has always been that one company for me; Maverick Boat Company. Fish the legend is there moto and stands true with over 30 years of innovation to create some of the most technical skiffs ever built. As a full time guide and life time fisherman, Maverick Boat Company has always been on the top of my list because of there push to take the evolution of flats fishing to greater heights.

The new HPX-S is a perfect example of how Maverick has changed the game yet again, and revolutionizing the shallow water flats boat market for the better. This boat was designed by the most experienced team in the industry using the latest in CAD designed naval architecture, and advanced aeronautic technologies. A full Kevlar 17′ 8″ skiff that drafts less than 6″ of water, has limitless ability while poling, turns like a porsche, keeps you dry on the run, and many more attributes that proves the HPX-S to be one of the most technical shallow water skiffs on the market today. It was the perfect match for my waters here in the Lowcountry and a skiff that will take my fishery here to another level.

Maverick HPX-S getting my local client right up on the fish with there backs out!

Maverick HPX-S getting my local client right up on the fish with there backs out!

The main reason I decided to go from the 18 HPX to the HPX-S was the simple factor of having a better poling skiff, getting even shallower, and focusing my business towards the strong point; Fly Fishing. After coming home from a 5 month season guiding in Russia I found myself running almost all Fly charters, and spending tons of time on the tower poling. I loved my 18HPX for the extreme versatility to do everything but when the Fly side of my business started to take over the light tackle side, it was time to get a skiff that could meet my new needs. I needed a boat that could draft less than 6 inches, pole extremely well, ride good in chop, and most of all keep my anglers dry, and comfortable.

You might be wondering why this boat is a perfect fit for the lowcountry? Well let me tell you, there are a lot of reasons! Sight casting here is something that makes our fishery so unique because there are many different situations when targeting Redfish in skinny water based on our huge tides, which is why fly fishing is so popular in this area. Schools of fish on the shallow water mud flats, tailing fish on the flood tides, laid up fish in the grass, fish cruising tiny technical creeks with there backs out, and so many more situations that are in less than 8 inches of water. So of course the sub 6 inch draft of the HPX-S was a key factor in my decision. The way this boat poles is almost unreal being completely silent, very nimble, tracks extremely well, and holds position in the wind. Not to mention spinning on a dime, gliding with ease, having NO sponsons, and not giving off wake when poling in calm/rough conditions. It has made an incredible difference on multiple occasions in the last few months when it comes to clients getting close enough to present the fly to fish, and helping them catch more fish!

Another super skinny fish in the oysters out of the Maverick HPX-S

Another super skinny fish in the oysters out of the Maverick HPX-S

Poling and draft was a key part in my decision but as a guide, the ride, deck layout, and comfort of the boat was just as important. What I liked so much about the HPX-S was that I wasn’t making a GIANT compromise in comfort compared to my 18 HPX. My new S isn’t quite as stable as my 18hpx was but still stable enough to be comfortable while moving around, and feels just as roomy as my 18 did. The S has the same hatch setup and tons of storage room in the skiff, and of course plenty of room to walk around in the boat. The stern of the boat offers a big area for light tackle fishing and with the gas tanked pushed back into the bulk head of the bow, it offers a huge front storage area big enough to fit my strip and feed research line bucket, and also more deck space for fly anglers. The S has plenty of rod storage with 7 9ft rod tubes forward, and 4 9ft rod tubes aft. Also really like the 3 bank rod holder on the console for those light tackle days and being able to leave the rods out.

Poling in 15-20mph wind with ease in the Maverick HPX-S, making the difference on the flats!

Poling in 15-20mph wind with ease in the Maverick HPX-S, making the difference on the flats!

The HPX-S is a very dry boat in chop and will really surprise you how well it cuts through chop with the tabs down. This is not a V-Hull boat but does have a V-entry on the bow which comes into play when things get rough and keeps you from getting beat up on the ride home. The S does take some getting used to when running the skiff because of how sensitive the hull can react when using the tabs but after a few hours you get a really good feel for the skiff, just like a car. This boat seems to want to lean side to side sometimes because of the rails, so make sure you get a feel for that before buying the skiff. After running it through the Port Royal Sound multiple times in a foot of chop, all I could do is smile about how awesome this boat handles it. I did lose some speed going from the 18hpx but after 50 hours on the HPX-S, I’am already seeing 42mph, which is simply amazing for a 70hp engine!

The way this boat handles on turns will absolutely blow your mind. It has a pattern on both sides of the stern that Maverick calls the Vortex Generator. They release pressure in turns so it will get on the rail, and turn sharp with absolutely no rear end slide. This was also a key factor in my decision because I run a lot of technical creeks at full speed and have to have a boat that sticks hard on turns, which is rare for 6 inch draft skiff. I could talk for days about things I like about my new HPX-S and after the first 2 months on the water, all I can do is think about all the happy clients during this upcoming busy spring! Keep an eye out for the 6 month review and video on the skiff; you’ll see for yourself just how bright the new HPX-S shines here in the lowcountry.

Below are some photos and description of the Maverick HPX-S

Wheat Non-Skid with two tone Pastel Green

Wheat Non-Skid with two tone Pastel Green

Pastel Green matched hatches full finished. Center Livewell with bubbler system. Maverick HPX-S

Pastel Green matched hatches full finished. Center Livewell with bubbler system. Maverick HPX-S

Black Powder Coat 3 bank rod holder and Powder Coat Black package on console Maverick HPX-S

Black Powder Coat 3 bank rod holder and Powder Coat Black package on console Maverick HPX-S

Pastel Green console, white powder coat wheel, and Nautical Wrapped Steering Wheel. Garmin 547XS. Maverick HPX-S

Pastel Green console, white powder coat wheel, and Nautical Wrapped Steering Wheel. Garmin 547XS. Maverick HPX-S

Huge front hatch. Also store my Strip and Feed Research Bucket up here full time! Maverick HPX-S

Huge front hatch. Also store my Strip and Feed Research Bucket up here full time! Maverick HPX-S

Clean wiring. Optima Blue top for Minn Kota pilot 55lb, and Odyssey start battery.

Clean wiring. Optima Blue top for Minn Kota pilot 55lb, and Odyssey start battery.

Yamaha F-70, Altals Micro Jackplate, 6ft Signature Series Power Pole. Maverick HPX-S

Yamaha F-70, Altals Micro Jackplate, 6ft Signature Series Power Pole. Maverick HPX-S

Custom Welded Mount for Tibor Push Pole Caddy. Maverick HPX-S

Custom Welded Mount for Tibor Push Pole Caddy. Maverick HPX-S

Faux Teak over Black Sea Deck pad for Poling Platform from Castaway Customs

Faux Teak over Black Sea Deck pad for Poling Platform from Castaway Customs

Sanded Black Under Gunnel Sea Deck pads from Castaway Customs

Sanded Black Under Gunnel Sea Deck pads from Castaway Customs

Sanded Black Under Gunnel Sea Deck pads from Castaway Customs

Sanded Black Under Gunnel Sea Deck pads from Castaway Customs

Custom Casting Platform from Maverick. Faux Teak over Black Sea Deck from Castaway Customs. Flood Tide Logo

Custom Casting Platform from Maverick. Faux Teak over Black Sea Deck from Castaway Customs. Flood Tide Logo

2014 Maverick HPX-S

2014 Maverick HPX-S

 

-Maverick HPX-S

– Yamaha F70LA

-Jack Plate Upgrade

– Custom color upgrade “Pastel Green”

– Two tone deck and matching color counsel (Pastel Green)

-Powder Coat Package (Black)

-Console rod rack (3 bank Black powder coat, left side of counsel)

-Nautical Wrapped wheel upgrade

-Powder Coat White wheel

-Fiberglass removable console seat (Pastel Green color matched)

-Bow casting Platform (powder coat Black)

-Power Pole Signature Series (6ft, Black) Mounted LEFT side of engine

-Live Well bubbler (no Livewell Plumbing/ Small Drain Plug)

-Maverick Ameritail Trailer

-Trailer aluminum wheels upgrade

-TM wiring system complete with battery trays (12V)

-Battery Charger (2 bank)

-1 Oddeyssy Starter Battery (starter), 1 Optima Blue Top (trolling motor)

-Factory Push Pole Holders

-Push pole caddy weld mount (rear-right side of the tower, like photo attached)

-2 Welded Rod Holders, each on the lower back end of the poling platform facing outwards (best angle you think to put rods in and out)

-Garmin 740s

-Minn Kota Riptide ST 55 Bow-Mount Motor with i-pilot Wireless GPS trolling system

-Quick release mount

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Fall Fishing 2013

It was another great Fall full of fish here in the Lowcountry of Beaufort, SC! Cannot even start to explain how great it was to be back home from Russia and right back in the groove with my Redfish! This fall produced tons of high number days with redfish and trout, along with some very visual sight casting with Fly clients. Great to be back in the Low Country! Enjoy a few of these photos from recent trips

Lee with his 1st Redfish ever on Fly!

Lee with his 1st Redfish ever on Fly!

Rick from Indiana with a nice one on fly!

Rick from Indiana with a nice one on fly!

Buddy Ben from Savannah, GA with back creek Redfish
Buddy Ben from Savannah, GA with back creek Redfish

Close up love Hilton Head Fly fishing

Close up love Hilton Head Fly fishing

Tyler from TN with his first redfish on the fly! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Tyler from TN with his first redfish on the fly! Beaufort Fly Fishing

John from TN with his first Redfish on the Fly! Beaufort Fishing

John from TN with his first Redfish on the Fly! Beaufort Fishing

George from Maine with a big boy on the Fly! Hilton Head Fishing

George from Maine with a big boy on the Fly! Hilton Head Fishing

Jeramiah from GA with a fatty! Beaufort Fishing

Jeramiah from GA with a fatty! Beaufort Fishing

Chuck with a nice fall Redfish here in Beaufort, SC!

Chuck with a nice fall Redfish here in Beaufort, SC!

Local Rick with an early morning Redfish!

Local Rick with an early morning Redfish!

 

 

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