Saturday, April 9, 2011

Carla Noelle for Sale

Sad to see her go...She has been a phenomenal boat for us. I spent the last two days getting her ready to sell. She fired right up.....
For anyone interested,
1993 Speedcraft Hull
2007 Suzuki 300HP 4stroke...3 years left on warranty
Custom Hardtop and curtains
Custom rod racks
Garmin 4212 12inch chartplotter
Garmin 4kw HD Radar
Furuno 600 color sounder
She is bad to the bone....

$28,500 OBO

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Christmas in April

The past month has been a very productive month for me in regards to my fishing buisness. It has been incredible no less. The Pro Staff deal with SIMRAD is going to take my buisness to the next level.
UPS showed up today and dropped off a half dozen boxes of goodies with SIMRAD labels on them. I got them in the garage and started to methodically open each one and stood in amazement at the fit and finish of each piece that arrived. With the curtains being finished two days ago, I felt it was the perfect time to take the cover off the boat. She looks purdy with the new curtains installed and I stood there and envisioned her decked out with her SIMRAD goodies and day dreamed into June.....Ahh yes, it won't be long!!!
Many other Pro Staff deals have developed due to this association. In all relates to a better package for YOU the customer.
Stay tuned as I take pictures of the install of this new equipment!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

2011 Fishing Forecast......

Hi folks, Just a heads up on my predictions for the 2011 season. As many of you know, they are having one of their best years ever on bluefin tuna down off N.C. These are the fish we see up here in June-August. I predict we are going to have the same action they are having. I'm very excited to be fishing the new boat for tuna this year. There will be no shortcomings in any department. From the fully bolstered cockpit, tuna door, state of the art electronics and tackle, we will have all the bases covered. I am spending alot of time looking at tackle options for tuna right now and will have a full arsenal of high quality stuff that will put the hurt on these fish. I hope you can make the effort to get out with me this season. We have fought many battles to keep this fishery open. Whether your looking for jigging and popping big bluefin or thinking about setting a world record bluefin on the fly, this is the season to do it....;)


Monday, April 4, 2011


I had Chatham Canvas stitch the curtains for the new ride....Cliff showed up today and under cover in the rain we installed the new panels and drilled, punched and crimped the new snaps in where they were needed. I am pretty impressed with his workmanship and am glad I chose him to do the job. The boat will have gull wings that can zip on and off for those nasty trips in quartering seas. It will help keep us dry and block the cold late spring, fall air and make our runs much more enjoyable.
As I stated earlier, I am the newest member of the SIMRAD Pro Staff and products will shortly be arriving in the mail. I am anxious and exicited to start installing the equipment. The stuff is really going to set us apart from the normal trailerable center console!
What else, I have been researching rod blanks to build some new tuna sticks on. I have not finalized my choice yet but should shortly.
I have also decided to trade in my trailer and purchase a new one. There are some issues with the current trailer and I really cannot afford to be dealing with trailer issues this season with the new boat.
It's taking some serious $$ and effort to get this girl where she needs to be but I think my customers are really gonna lover her....;)


Saturday, April 2, 2011

Waaaaay Back........

8-9 years ago....Sometime when fishing for tuna wasn't so technical and specific we used to play around with new ideas to take these fish more consitently on fly equipment. Now nothing is better than rolling up on a frothing school of bft in the middle of nowhere with a heavy wt flyrod in hand....I have seen it make the most worldly traveled angler weak in the knees. So weak where I would always say..."just think of them as goldfish and reeeeeelaaaaax"
But the truth is, alot of fly guys who wanted a bluefin on the fly just did not have the expertise to seal the deal.
Trolling for bluefin was and is really popular and effective for bluefin. I can remember a certain day way way way east of Chatham where Riptide, Double Happiness and myself buddy boated out and all 3 boats landed and released over 30 bft per boat. Now these fish were small and even on 30 class gear were outmatched.
The idea of bait and switch for these fish had been on my mind for awhile...So what I did was take two 13" squid bars and take the stinger hook off and replace with a 3 ounce egg sinker....We deployed two of these bars *flatline* off the stern, one on each corner. The flyrod was rigged with either one of these green machine flies or a HUGE pink and white popper similar to what is used for sailfish. Sixty feet of flyline was stripped into a 6 gallon bucket and the rod was rested in the bucket and the fly hooked onto the lip....
We would troll around until a school came up behind the bars. When the fish were small, they would stay on a shell squid for awhile. Just long enough for the angler to grab the flyrod and lay out a quick cast behind the bar and strip the fly violently next to the stinger. It generally wasn't long until we got hooked up. We only reeled the bars in after we got hooked up...This was a great way to get bft on the fly when they were not crashing in big schools and staying up....I have not used this technique in many years but I was just down cleaning my man cave and came about these flies and started dreaming back of days gone by.....Just another chapter in the incredible bft fishery that we have here on the Cape. One I hope we continue to have down the road. It would be great if 10 years from now we are talking and writing about how *remember when we almost lost the right to fish for bluefin tuna*.......I hope so...

Friday, April 1, 2011

Whoa Nelly!

I am extremely pleased to announce that I am the newest member of the Navico SIMRAD Pro Staff. It was a month in the making but I was cleared today and will be sporting all new SIMRAD NSE model electronics on the new boat! We have some exciting new things to look forward to this year!!!