Boats And Equipment

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The two boats I guide from are an 18' Hewes Redfisher and a 16' Hell's Bay Eldora.


I really like the balance this boat strikes for the type of fishing I do here on the Emerald Coast. It is big enough when the weather is nice to run down the beach looking for Tarpon or Redfish and can handle the bay when it gets a bit sporty.  The boat is small enough to quietly 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 hustle home, can top out at 50+ mph.


  • Length   18' 10"
  • Beam      7'  11"
  • Draft       10"
  • Fuel Capacity   31 Gallons
  • Capacity   4 Persons
  • Yamaha 150 HP SHO
  • Automatic Bilge Pump
  • 20 Gallon Livewell
  • Release Livewell with recirculating pump
  • Helm Seat Backrest
  • Hydraulic Jack Plate
  • Trim Tabs
  • Windshield and Over The Console Grab Rail


  • Power Pole
  • Minn Kota 80 lb Thrust i-Pilot Trolling Motor
  • Garmin and Humminbird GPS / Sonar
  • Elevated Casting Platform With Leaning Bar
  • Yeti Coolers

Hell's Bay Eldora

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The Eldora is my ultra light pure poling machine for shallow water sight fishing.  With Carbon Innegra construction the hull weight is only 350 pounds. This boat is extremely stealthy and works great for fly fishing.  I tend to use this boat more in the cooler months of the year when we have low and negative tides and the redfish tend to push up very shallow. The boat setup is really designed for one angler at a time but can accommodate two anglers in a pinch.  The 30 hp Tohatsu really scoots this boat along when necessary.


  • Length   16' 4"
  • Beam      5'  9"
  • Draft       3.5"
  • Fuel Capacity   10 Gallons
  • Capacity   3 Persons
  • Tohatsu 30 HP Tiller Steer Outboard
  • Automatic Bilge Pump
  • Trim Tabs


  • Elevated Casting Platform With Leaning Bar
  • Yeti Cooler