Spring 2016 Beaufort and Hilton Head SC Fishing Charters

It was another action packed spring here in the Lowcountry of Beaufort, SC!! One thing I love about the months of April, May, and June is our unique inshore fishery for Cobia. Really hard to beat the feeling of throwing a fly in front of a cruising Cobia just a few hundred yards away from a Redfish flat! This was my 7th cobia season as a full time guide and one to remember! Of course the red fishing was great with light tackle and fly as well! Lots of action on the low tides and flood tides with return anglers. Below are just a few photos from another great Spring Season! Now we roll into very hot weather the next few months, early mornings, late evenings, and Tarpon!

Long time regular Leslin from TN with a nice one during a morning Flood Tide! Flood Tide Redfish

Long time regular Leslin from TN with a nice one during a morning Flood Tide! Flood Tide Redfish

Bridger from Charleston with one of his cobia on fly! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Bridger from Charleston with one of his cobia on fly! Beaufort Fly Fishing

They closed the Cobia season this year for the month of May which made it strictly catch and release! This closure made a very positive impact which proved from the numbers seen and caught this year.

New angler from TN with a nice Female Cobia we gave to SCDNR. Fly Fishing for Cobia

New angler from TN with a nice Female Cobia we gave to SCDNR. Fly Fishing for Cobia

Taylor from OK with her first ever Redfish on the Pathfinder! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Taylor from OK with her first ever Redfish on the Pathfinder! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Another first Cobia on fly for a new angler from Charleston! Fly Fishing for Cobia

Another first Cobia on fly for a new angler from Charleston! Fly Fishing for Cobia

Really sweet photo a friend took of us hooked up on another Cobia! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Really sweet photo a friend took of us hooked up on another Cobia! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Return angler from GA with a purdy low tide redfish! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Return angler from GA with a purdy low tide redfish! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Return angler Bud caught his pup Cobia off the back of a Leather Back Sea Turtle! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Return angler Bud caught his pup Cobia off the back of a Leather Back Sea Turtle! Beaufort Fly Fishing

5 Year Old learning what its all about with his father! Beaufort Fishing Charters

5 Year Old learning what its all about with his father! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Early Morning belly crawlers with a return angler! Hilton Head Fly Fishing

Early Morning belly crawlers with a return angler! Hilton Head Fly Fishing

Nice Sea Trout! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Nice Sea Trout! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Another nice Redfish on the Pathfinder! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Another nice Redfish on the Pathfinder! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Return angler from MI with one of his low tide Redfish on the fly! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Return angler from MI with one of his low tide Redfish on the fly! Beaufort Fly Fishing

New lady angler with a nice redfish on the Pathfinder! Beaufort Fishing Charters

New lady angler with a nice redfish on the Pathfinder! Beaufort Fishing Charters

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Beaufort and Hilton Head, South Carolina 2016 Winter Report

It was another awesome winter season here in the Lowcountry of South Carolina! What I love the most about the winter time is when the weather is right, the fishing can be incredible! Huge schools of 100-200 redfish swimming around in gin clear water makes sight fishing one of the best ways to target them during the winter months. Simply cannot beat watching a school of 100 Redfish fight over your fly or artificial in a mere 8 inches of water.

As much as I love the winter fishing the weather can be very tough. Usually end up canceling more days then actually fishing that time of year because of wind. Really excited about the upcoming Spring season and cannot wait have you all back on the boat in 2016! Looking forward to another Cobia season here in Beaufort, SC! Enjoy a few winter season photos below and looking forward to seeing you on the bow soon. Cheers to Spring!

Jay from Charleston with one of many durning a winter low tide session! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Jay from Charleston with one of many durning a winter low tide session! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Eustace Conway from the History Channel TV show Mountain Men! Showing one of his many Redfish Sight fishing with light tackle. Beaufort Fishing Charter

Eustace Conway from the History Channel TV show Mountain Men! Showing one of his many Redfish Sight fishing with light tackle. Beaufort Fishing Charter

Dan from WV with one of his redfish during a 3 day trip! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Dan from WV with one of his redfish during a 3 day trip! Beaufort Fly Fishing

George with a good one during a low tide session! Beaufort Fly Fishing

George with a good one during a low tide session! Beaufort Fly Fishing

President of South Carolina CCA Scott Whitaker enjoying a day with his 2 sons aboard the Pathfiner! Beaufort Fishing Charters

President of South Carolina CCA Scott Whitaker enjoying a day with his 2 sons aboard the Pathfiner! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Ian with a very cold Redfish! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Ian with a very cold Redfish! Beaufort Fishing Charters

New angler John with a good one on a windy day! Beaufort Fly Fishing

New angler John with a good one on a windy day! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Long time angler Art from WV with another good fish during low tide! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Long time angler Art from WV with another good fish during low tide! Beaufort Fly Fishing

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Beaufort, SC Fall Fishing Report 2015

It was another amazing Fall season here in the Low Country of Beaufort, SC! September, October, and November have always been 3 of my favorite months to fish. As the air and water temperature start to cool down, the fishing starts to heat up! With lots of fiddlers and shrimp roaming around the shallows the redfish, trout, and flounder turn on to a feeding mode getting ready for a long cold winter. Here is a short report with a few photos from this fall.

Local client Jim with his biggest Redfish to date on fly!

Local client Jim with his biggest Redfish to date on fly!

Sight fishing Low Tides and Flood Tides proved to be some of the most exciting fishing scenarios during the fall season with Fly and Light Tackle Anglers. Watching a school of 60 Redfish tailing, chasing shrimp, and cruising up and down the mud flats simply cannot be beat! The flood tide fishing for tailing reds in the grass was some of the best I’ve seen this year with many incredible days on the spartina flats. We even had flood tide tailers all the way till the beginning of december this year which is rare with colder temperatures. This fall did bring in a lot of bad weather for October and November with lots of high winds and rain. Having to cancel multiple fly charters is not fun but part of the game as a full time fishing guide.

Yearly angler Dusty with a purdy fish on the flood tide. Beaufort Fly Fishing

Yearly angler Dusty with a purdy fish on the flood tide. Beaufort Fly Fishing

Long time regular angler Scott with one of his nice tailing redfish on the flood tide. Beaufort Fly Fishing

Long time regular angler Scott with one of his nice tailing redfish on the flood tide. Beaufort Fly Fishing

Light tackle fishing was also on fire this fall with plenty of days full of redfish, trout, and flounder. Using artificial, top water, and live bait while fishing rising and falling tides provided plenty of high number days. The redfish bite was pretty regular this season but it was great to see the speckled sea trout make a come back after a slow season last year! Had quite a few days when we caught too many trout to count. My new 22ft Pathfinder Bay Boat has been a great addition to the fleet and a fun boat to take 4-5 anglers out. Not to mention still being able to fish a large area of water in rough conditions.

A few photos of various anglers on the pathfinder light tackle fishing. Beaufort Fishing Charters

A few photos of various anglers on the pathfinder light tackle fishing. Beaufort Fishing Charters

The cast n blast season this year was also another great one for the books! Absolutely incredible how healthy our Clapper Rail population is, tons of birds around! Such a fun trip being able to shoot birds then catch fish. My personal favorite is fly fishing for tailing redfish on the incoming tide then shooting birds, then fish tailing redfish on the falling tide. Simply cannot beat the Low Country Cast N Blast! Till next season!

Some new anglers from from upstate SC for there first cast n blast experience! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Some new anglers from from upstate SC for there first cast n blast experience! Beaufort Fishing Charters

New angler Dale from OK with one of his many tailing redfish on the flood during a cast n blast

New angler Dale from OK with one of his many tailing redfish on the flood during a cast n blast

Dale smoked the Capper Rails as well

Dale smoked the Capper Rails as well. Beaufort Cast N Blast 

Yearly regulars with there limit of Marsh hen during a cast n blast. marsh hen hunting

Yearly regulars with there limit of Marsh hen during a cast n blast. marsh hen hunting

Cindy with her first Low Country Redfish on the fly! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Cindy with her first Low Country Redfish on the fly! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Long time local angler George with one of his redfish during the low tide. Hilton Head Fly Fishing

Long time local angler George with one of his redfish during the low tide. Hilton Head Fly Fishing

Sara with her biggest redfish of the day! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Sara with her biggest redfish of the day! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Regular angler Art with a nice tailing redfish on the flood tide! Hilton Head Fly Fishing

Regular angler Art with a nice tailing redfish on the flood tide! Hilton Head Fly Fishing

Clark from MI with a big ole sight fished redfish during the low tide

Clark from MI with a big ole sight fished redfish during the low tide

Regular angler David with a nice redfish during the low tide on a very windy day! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Regular angler David with a nice redfish during the low tide on a very windy day! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Mary with her first redfish ever on the Pathfinder! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Mary with her first redfish ever on the Pathfinder! Beaufort Fishing Charters

John with his first tailing redfish on the flood tide! Beaufort Fly Fishing

John with his first tailing redfish on the flood tide! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Return angler with another  nice fish on the flood tide. Beaufort Fishing Charters

Return angler with another nice fish on the flood tide. Beaufort Fishing Charters

New angler with from FL with his first low country redfish on the fly. Hilton Head Fly Fishing

New angler with from FL with his first low country redfish on the fly. Hilton Head Fly Fishing

Another nice sigh fished red during low tide with new anglers from GA. Beaufort Fishing Charters

Another nice sigh fished red during low tide with new anglers from GA. Beaufort Fishing Charters

Andy with his first redfish on the fly! Hilton Head Fly fishing

Andy with his first redfish on the fly! Hilton Head Fly fishing

Long time regular John with a nice fish during the low tide! Beaufort Fly fishing

Long time regular John with a nice fish during the low tide! Beaufort Fly fishing

New angler from GA with his first redfish sight fishing during low tide. Beaufort Fishing Charters

New angler from GA with his first redfish sight fishing during low tide. Beaufort Fishing Charters

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Summer 2015 and Lowcountry Tarpon on Fly!

Haskins and Mary Anne from Charleston on a weekend getaway, smoked em on the flood tide! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Haskins and Mary Anne from Charleston on a weekend getaway, smoked em on the flood tide! Beaufort Fly Fishing

It was another incredible summer of fishing here in the Lowcountry of Beaufort, Hilton Head, and Fripp Island South Carolina! As fall starts to arrive it always makes me smile looking back on all the great memories during the warmer months of fishing. This summer was as hot as usual but the early mornings and late evening still proved to shine with plenty of excellent action on the low tides/flood tides with fly anglers. Simply hard to beat watching the sunrise or sunset while being hooked up to a redfish here in the Lowcountry! The action on light tackle was also great during the falling and rising tides with plenty of redfish, trout, flounder, lady fish, blue fish, sharks, Jacks, and other summer species. Here are a few photos from recent trips

Client Cameron from Savannah, GA with his first Tarpon on fly! Lowcountry Tarpon on Fly

Client Cameron from Savannah, GA with his first Tarpon on fly! Lowcountry Tarpon on Fly

Big girl coming up for air during the battle! Fly Fishing for Tarpon in South Carolina

Big girl coming up for air during the battle! Fly Fishing for Tarpon in South Carolina

One of my favorite memories from this summer and a personal life long goal was catching a Tarpon on Fly here in the Lowcountry! Well after a few years of research and great year of fishing for them in Florida, it was time to make it happen here. I took the tactics I learned in Florida and put them to use here in South Carolina. I cannot tell you enough how amazing it felt to pole my angler to multiple shots at Tarpon sight fishing in shallow water. Cameron Murray from Savannah, GA was my client that day and sealed the deal by putting the fly where it needed to be after a few good shots. Watching this beauty eat was incredible along with 4 really good jumps. After a 30 minute battle on the 11wt the fish broke off around 15ft from the boat, incredible day, not to mention he landed a bunch of tailers on the flood tide before that. Feels very good to be one of the very few guides to ever pole a client to a Tarpon on fly here in South Carolina!

Cameron from Savannah, GA showing of one of many tailers on the flood tide! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Cameron from Savannah, GA showing of one of many tailers on the flood tide! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Price from Augusta, GA with a stud sight fishing in inches of water during the low tide! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Price from Augusta, GA with a stud sight fishing in inches of water during the low tide! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Great two days with Gregg from Texas! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Great two days with Gregg from Texas! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Will from GA with one of many on the flood tide! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Will from GA with one of many on the flood tide! Flood Tide redfish

Will's wife from GA is a sight fishing machine! Flood Tide Redfish

Will’s wife from GA is a sight fishing machine! Flood Tide Redfish

Family fun from Michigan, really loving having the Pathfinder for light tackle trips! Hilton Head Fishing Charters

Family fun from Michigan, really loving having the Pathfinder for light tackle trips! Hilton Head Fishing Charters

This 7 year old from Ohio did work on em! Fripp Island Fishing Charters

This 7 year old from Ohio did work on em! Fripp Island Fishing Charters

Jamie from NY with his first ever redfish on the Fly! Hilton Head Fly Fishing

Jamie from NY with his first ever redfish on the Fly! Hilton Head Fly Fishing

Sam from Colorado with his first ever redfish on the fly! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Sam from Colorado with his first ever redfish on the fly! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Some more family fun in the Pathfinder with a group from NC! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Some more family fun in the Pathfinder with a group from NC! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Don from NY with his first ever redfish on the fly! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Don from NY with his first ever redfish on the fly! Beaufort Fly Fishing

Griffin from GA with a big one on light tackle! Hilton Head Fishing Charters

Griffin from GA with a big one on light tackle! Hilton Head Fishing Charters

9 year old Andrew with his first redfish ever and it was a big one! Fripp Island Fishing Charters

9 year old Andrew with his first redfish ever and it was a big one! Fripp Island Fishing Charters

Sarah from GA with a nice one on light tackle! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Sarah from GA with a nice one on light tackle! Beaufort Fishing Charters

Local Marine Will with his first ever redfish! Flood Tide Redfish

Local Marine Will with his first ever redfish! Flood Tide Redfish

Some more nice fish on the Pathfinder with some folks from GA! Hilton Head Fishing Charters

Some more nice fish on the Pathfinder with some folks from GA! Hilton Head Fishing Charters

 

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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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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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