Targeted specifically for flats anglers and guides who pursue tarpon and permit, Hell’s Bay Boatworks unveiled a new, redesigned 16-foot, 4-inch flats skiff at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show.
The new Biscayne is a versatile boat with many cool features. At just 595 pounds (dry) it not only floats in super skinny water with a 7-inch draft (and that’s with two anglers and a 70-hp engine!), it is also extremely quiet when poling so you can sneak up on your quarry. HB designers say the Biscayne provides a comfortable ride during rough-water crossings, and superior performance in ocean swells while sight casting to migrating tarpon or cobia.
“With features some of the finest Florida Keys guides asked for and who helped with the design, this could quite possibly be the best all-around flats skiff ever developed by Hell’s Bay,” said HB General Manager Capt. Todd Fuller. “It’s an extremely stealthy boat for the wide range of waters anglers and guides typically face in the Keys and in other regions.”
The 11-year old Titusville, Florida-based builder of eight custom shallow-water performance skiffs — from 16’4” to 18’8” — showcased a total of four flat’s boats at the show and had several well-known guides in the booth pointing out all of the cool features. The company also had it’s “Bud Light” Neptune, the largest skiff in the HB fleet, on display with a bunch of Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center — that got a few onlookers.
Hell’s Bay’s owners Chris and Wendi Peterson not only love to fish, they are also passionate conservationists and give back to numerous organizations that value the longevity of the sport. In 2010 the IGFA honored them with its Conservation Award for Industry Partners. Hell’s Bay also supports the Coastal Conservation Association, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, numerous Redbone tournaments for cystic fybrosis research, the retrieval of abandoned ghost crab traps from inshore waters and loans a huge aerated tank to many fishing events for the safe release of tournament fish.
For more on Hell’s Bay, visit hellsbayboatworks.com. Hell’s Bay Boatworks is located at 1520 Chaffee Drive in Titusville, Florida.