Boat And Equipment

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Your fishing platform will be a 2018 18' Hewes Redfisher.  I really like balance this boat strikes in its size for the type of fishing I do here on the Emerald Coast. It is big enough when the weather is nice to fish offshore a few miles for snapper and grouper or run down the beach tarpon hunting and can handle the bay when it gets a bit sporty.  The boat is small enough to quietly and efficiently sight fish the shallows and can comfortably handle 3 adult anglers.  The 150 hp Yamaha is quiet and fuel efficient, and when the weather changes unexpectedly and it's time to haul ass, can top out at about 55 mph.


  • Length   18' 10"
  • Beam      7'  11"
  • Draft       10"
  • Fuel Capacity   31 Gallons  (means we can cover plenty of ground if necessary)
  • Capacity   4 Persons
  • Yamaha 150 HP SHO  (Hold on!)
  • Automatic Bilge Pump
  • 20 Gallon Livewell  (Handy whenever I might have to take a few livies (ugh!) out to fish with)
  • Release Livewell with recirculating pump  (Can keep a red alive if you're trying to upgrade!)
  • Helm Seat Backrest  (Makes that ride a bit more comfortable)
  • Hydraulic Jack Plate
  • Trim Tabs  (Gotta love these when running in a chop)
  • Windshield and Over The Console Grab Rail  (Helps break that chilly breeze on the early run out)


  • Power Pole  (really helps when you quickly want to stop when you find a school of 'em)
  • Minn Kota 80 lb Thrust i-Pilot Trolling Motor  (For someone who has fished 50 years, spot lock is one of the greatest inventions)
  • Garmin 7" Touchscreen GPS / Sonar
    Elevated Casting Platform With Tarpon Cage / Leaning Bar  (Really helps the angler see the action)
  • Fly Fishing Line Management Bucket
    Yeti Coolers  (Keeps those beverages cold)
  • Go Pro Cameras  (Multiple ways to capture the action)