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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