Posts Tagged ‘fishing’

Black Clouds and Major Tides

October 20, 2009

Black Clouds and Major tides.

First I would like to thank Angela at the Cystic Fibrois office in
Jacksonville for running a great tournament. I wasn’t available to
attend the captain’s meeting thursday night (Ryan and I were at the CCA banquet in Orlando) but Charlie took the Redbone Emerger to the Gun Club for the Captains meeting and had a great response.
I arrived at 1am and was at the docks by 6:15 were I met my Captain, James Dumas and my fishing partner Jim Sutton.
Captain Dumas is a very knowledgeable guide and energetic in his approach to fish the tidal waters around St. Augustine and Jim Sutton is an excellent fisherman who pens the area with his fishing articles and reviews.
After finding out we were all Florida “crackers” we headed off into
Friday constantly looking to the north as the black clouds inched there way toward us. Small trout and a couple of legal ones along with oysters, grouper, sea robins, needle fish, flounders, mangrove snappers and whatever else happened by gave us a fun filled day. 3rd week in a row where I have experienced major tides, this day it was a 5’…. amazing. You think I would have figured it out by now.
3 pm Black Clouds let loose and that was it for the day.
Saturday, with a good night sleep under me, I headed over to the marina to meet my team and try to inhale enough coffee to keep us warm with the 49 degree temperature and a strong North West wind making the wind chill factor freaking cold. Legal trout by 7 am, alright we are on a roll !, next legal fish 1:45 pm alright I feel like I was rolled over, but good times and great stories made the trip great. Captain James Dumas is a guide that will be written about in the future for his local knowledge and movements of the fish in their habitats, and I look forward to fishing with him again.
Jim is an encyclopedia of information from the fishing tackle world and has traveled to some interesting places and his articles reflect it. At the wrap up party met some more real cool people and I look forward to going back there to fish.

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Hectic but fun!!

October 15, 2009
Hectic but fun.

That pretty much describes the pace of things around here at Dragonfly 
Boats.  We started out in Key West to fish the Super Fly and then the 
S.L.A.M.  We were fortunate to have Capt. Jeff Johnson as our guide and 
had 3 days of slow but fun fishing.  Jeff was one of the originators of 
the 17 Grand Slam we are building and I wanted to get his input on the 
revised model we are designing.
Next Charlie and Goose (wonder dog) are off to a Duck hunting show in 
New Jersey showing off our Fly Fisher Kayak set up for hunting and the 
Emerger with the gun locker.  The crowds were really excited to see 
these new innovations and we see our products establishing themselves 
in that mecca of duck hunting.
Then off to Charleston to fish the Lowcountry Redfish/trout tournament. 
  Onboard to guide us was Capt Billy Glenn with his new 17 Dragonfly.  
Joining us Saturday was Sid Evans, editor from Garden and Gun magazine 
(the coolest mag. out there).  Billy pushed us into some incredible 
spots and we had shots of tailing reds in spartina grass, a different 
type of fishing for the boys from "down south".  We ended catching some 
small trout, but filming some great shots of the Dragonfly in the 
lowcountry (these webesodes will be posted on our site soon).  Speaking 
of that we have a new link on our website titled "News Reels" this is 
where we will posted short videos that we are making showing our skiffs 
in various locations.
 From there off to St Simons GA. home of the Golden Isles Red/Trout 
Tournament.  Southern hospitality and huge tides (6') greeted us as our 
guide Capt Billy Glenn tried to learn the area and find us fish.  Again 
small trout were the fish that we seemed to find and the preferred 
method was fly casting with an 8wt.  Great time, great location, great 
people I hope we get invited back next year.
Tonight we have the CCA Orlando Banquet showing the cool little 12 Fly 
Fisher the motorized stand up kayak that has really hit a "nerve". Then 
off to St. Augustine to fish the Oldest City Red/Trout Tournament. 
Update to follow.

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Reviews from ICAST

August 10, 2009

Thanks for a great article:

ICAST Product Review
By David Hall of Hall-Em-In-Lures

ICAST was a great show to attend and nice to have in our own backyard. The show was by far a success and the booths overall were outstanding. I am only reviewing the companies that really impressed me and have products that, I feel are by far, some of the best on the market.

1. DRAGONFLY BOATS
This skiff and boat builder, Mark Castlow, has taken things to the next level. Mark is a Florida native and grew up in Miami and the Keys. Living on the water only intensified Mark’s love for the blue water, and as a teen he leaned toward riding the water on Mother Nature’s waves. Surfing became a love of his and he started his own surf shop and a line of surfboards. His love for surfing and travel allowed him to discover lots of different bodies of water and wave conditions that further tuned him in to the knowledge of the sea.
Mark’s knowledge overall of water and fiberglass made him a valuable asset to the fiberglass industry to create, repair and tackle all sorts of problems that involved glassing. Eventually he ended up in the boat business as a co-owner of Maverick, Hewes, and Pathfinder boats. Mastering over the years of what it takes to manufacture and market a successful shallow water fishing machine. He has listened to guides and other people, of what they want out of an inshore skiff, and applied it to perfection.
Dragonfly Boatworks was founded in 2007 by Mark. They are a new company, with years of information and knowledge behind them. Mark has combined some of the old school look with the new school technologies, exceptional components, and purposeful design. Mix them all together with a master craftsman and out came a beautiful yet extremely functional line of boats.
The Emerger 16 was the one that I was lucky enough to discuss with Mark. It is a 16 ft skiff, 71” beam, 18 gallon, built in fuel cell averaging about 500 lbs. and drafts a true 5 inches. The fit and finish is truly incredible and it comes with a slew of options. This boat is solid, will not give you a rigid kidney jarring ride, but is super smooth and allows you to fish 1-3 anglers. It is a very different build with a unique bottom configuration that is ultra quiet putting you into the zone perfectly
All together, Mark has a nice selection of boats – Silver Shadow, Dragonfly, Grandslam, and the Emerger. I am a very picky person and these boats have turned my head and dropped my jaw. Having met Mark only once, he seems like a very down to earth person and still you can see the glimmer of excitement in his eyes when he talks about his boats. Please give his website a look: http://www.DragonflyBoatworksLLC.com.

Contact info – 4575 North US Highway 1
Suite 11
Vero Beach, FL 32967
Phone # 772-567-8835 ICAST Product Review
By David Hall of Hall-Em-In-Lures

Stormin Normin

July 28, 2009

This year Dragonfly Boatworks LLC was a sponsor of the Stormin Normin Inshore Challenge Fishing Tournament. The Stormin Norman Inshore Challenge is a not-for-profit organization forming in honor of Kent Norman. The inshore tournament is held annually in Fairhope, Alabama with the goal of raising funds to be donated in Kent’s name, to children who have lost a parent as well as local charities. The Challenge is open to anglers of all ages and skill levels. Every year the tournament draws nearly two hundred competing anglers, making it the largest inshore tournament in the state. The daylong weigh in event brings hundreds of spectators who enjoy the beach, live music, great food, cold drinks and good friends. The tournament is open to all Alabama waters. Prizes were awarded in the following categories: Speckled Trout, Rdfish, Flounder White Trout and Tripletail. The tournament is open to adult and junior anglers. With a optional Calcutta and an entry fee of only twenty dollars it makes it one of the most affordable fishing events of the year. This year’s first place and Lunker results:

Trout- Black Pearl 24.46 lbs (5 fish)
Lunker-Solo 7.2 lbs

Redfish-Split Tail 16.04 lbs
Lunker- 3 Blind Mice 5.6 lbs

Tripletail-Baby Gracie 19.56
Lunker-Baby Gracie 19.56

Flounder-One Eyed Jack 7.72
Lunker-3 Blind Mice 2.8

Hot Days, Cool Products

June 22, 2009

We would like to thank the crew at White’s Tackle for inviting us to show our complete line of shallow water fishing skiffs and accessories at their event Saturday June 20th, 2009.   It is always fun to talk to old and new friends and get their feedback on what we are doing and what they would like to see us doing.  This kind of face to face discussions make our products better.  Again Thanks to the crew at White’s Tackle, 1106 South US HWY 1, Fort Pierce, Florida Don’t forget to check out our other 16′ and 17′ fishing skiffs on our web site http://www.dragonflyboatworksllc.com

White’s Tackle has Dragonfly’s at Daiwa Days

June 18, 2009

You can see our complete line of fishing skiffs this weekend at White’s Tackle for the Daiwa Days. Learn what the pro’s know. Sat June 20th 2009 from 10:00-4:00 1106 S US Hwy 1 , Ft. Pierce Florida 772-461-6906

Dragonfly press

June 18, 2009

DSC_9908We’re new.. Founded in 2007 by Mark Castlow.  We’re old…having been mentally tumbled for years and years and years by Mark Castlow  And we’re unique…we combine purposeful design with exceptional components, and then we place them under master craftsmen’s hands.  Result?  A boat to bring you pleasure.  The way  boating ought to be…beautiful, worthy, trim.  You’re the Captain!