We use only quality equipment, lines, tackle, &
gear for all our charters!
Fly Fishing: I normally target big fish, and for them
I usually use 9wt Scott fly rods & Lamson 3.5
Litespeed reels, 9wt. WFF line, and 9ft to 10ft leaders.
I can provide all the flies you’ll need. You
can bring your own fly rods & reels if you’d
like, but nothing under an 8wt for big drum please.
They can be caught with them, although they tend to
frequently break, we want to protect our breeder-size
red and black drum, and prolonged fights with lightweight
gear can over-stress and sometimes kill them unnecessarily,
especially in Florida’s summer heat when our
water have a low dissolved oxygen content. Also, prolonged
battles can clear a shallow grassflat of other fish
Spin Fishing: I can spin anglers with all the lures
& tackle you’ll need. You can use your own
rods & reels, or we can provide you with quality
spinning reels on 7ft., 1-piece MH graphite rods,
spooled with 10 to 12lb-braided line. We will gladly
let you keep your legal catch, but we also encourage
anglers to practice catch & release while fishing
in this area.
*All our sportfishing charters are sightfishing with
artificials; we don’t use mono line, or bait.
To successfully and consistently sightfish shallow
grassflats you need a shallow-running, shallow poling
skiff, and a sturdy bow sightfishing platform can
be a great asset for a sightfishing angler. There
are many different brands to choose from, but Action
Craft’s flats skiffs best deliver what I need.
They’re extremely stable, and their patented
hull design makes them the driest running skiff I’ve
ever been in. Equipping a skiff with a smaller outboard
makes it easier to pole, helps keep the hull level,
and lets you get in shallower water.
Action Craft - 1600TE flats skiff w/60hp Mercury outboard
Equipped with a bow casting platform, below-gunnels
rod holders & more, a 48qt. Igloo cooler, and
a rear mounted 55lb Minn-Kota saltwater trolling motor
on a removable Birdsall mount, which can also be mounted
on the bow. True draft is 7” including anglers
My flats skiff is stable, white, simple, & clean,
and is kept in immaculate condition. I provide ice
and bottled drinking water. In a flats boat storage
space is limited, so please bring only what you really
For a personal, quiet, back-to-nature trip book a
charter in my custom canoe. It’s stealthy, slow-paced,
and has an extremely shallow draft. Because it’s
so quiet with minimum bow or hull-slap we can get
very close to the fish. It’s really a sightfishing
angler's dream, and many big fish have been caught
on fly in my canoe! All canoe trips are one-person,
shallow saltwater Old-Florida style sightfishing.
You can fish or just sit back and watch or photograph
birds & wildlife while I pole the canoe.
Stillwater fiberglass canoe 17ft. w/rear poling &
bow casting/fly line stripping decks
At around 120lbs. and 40” wide, my square-back,
flat-bottomed canoe is very safe & stable. It
is equipped with Spring Creek outriggers, 4 vertical
rod holders, 2 cup holders, and a seat up front. It
also has a casting/fly line stripping deck and an
aft poling deck. The bench seat and decks can hold
over 300 pounds. It’s big for a canoe, but storage
space is limited.
I planned the layout concept for three years before
finding the right new canoe to begin with, and then
I stripped it down and customized it. I designed it
for poling & sightfishing the pristine waters
of the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge’s
no-motor-zone, but we have an optional small horsepower
outboard to use in other areas. It’s not a high-speed
runner, but in my opinion it is the best all-around
two-person platform available today for inshore shallow
water no-motor-zone sightfishing, bar none. Anglers
are constantly offering to buy it, and quite a few
of them have never been in it! When the winds are
light it is sightfishing and nature watching at its
finest! We get very close to the fish; many times
we can actually see their eyes! You only have to fish
in it once to appreciate its sightfishing capabilities
and stealth potential.