Posts Tagged ‘redfish’

Jimmy Buffett S.W.A.T Boat To Aid Oil-Soaked Wildlife in Gulf

June 10, 2010

Contact: Mark Castlow FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tel: 772-567-8835 Cell: 772-473-0479 Fax: 772-567-8836
Email: dragonflyboats@bellsouth.net

JIMMY BUFFETT S.W.A.T. BOAT TO AID OIL-SOAKED WILDLIFE IN GULF

The first of four specially designed Shallow Water Attention Terminal (S.W.A.T.) boats built and designed by Florida-based Dragonfly Boatworks,and funded by Jimmy Buffett heads to the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Southern Mississippi this week to begin a massive rescue effort.

Prompted by images of an ever-widening oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
which threatens Mississippi, Alabama and Florida’s coast, Vero Beach boat-builder, Mark Castlow, Jimbo Meador and Meador’s longtime friend, musician Jimmy Buffett, “had to do something.” All three men have long histories in, on, and around water earning their livings and loving the lifestyle. All three are concerned with short and long-term effects the spill will have on the Gulf and Atlantic Ocean, on visible marine life and the less-visible eggs and microorganisms that support the system.

“Instead of pointing fingers, we wanted to lend a hand,” Meador said. That led to the design of the S.W.A.T. boat. Using multiple resources, Buffett, Castlow and Meador designed the “life” boat for oil-injured wildlife. Unique features set the rescue boat apart: shallow draft with a bow-mounted trolling motor to avoid unnecessary noise, a tiller-steered Evinrude outboard motor, a worktable mounted mid-deck coated with a sanitary gel and a coarse surface to help animals grip without slippage, solar fans, a misting system to cool researchers and wildlife, plus a folding, collapsible canopy shading the entire boat.

Evinrude’s concern about the cleanup effort in the Gulf prompted the speedy contribution of boat power via four low-maintenance 40-HP ETECs.

Dragonfly Boatworks is located in Vero Beach on the east coast of Florida. The company’s focus is creating skiffs and kayaks. Their motto: “Building one of a kind, one at a time.”

Dragonfly Boatworks LLC – 4575 US Hwy#1 – Vero Beach, FL 32960 http://www.dragonflyboatworksllc.com

Jimbo Meador joins Dragonfly Boatworks

June 2, 2010

Contact: Mark Castlow                               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tel: 772-567-8835                                                          6/2/2010
Cell: 772-473-0479
Fax: 772-567-8836
Email: dragonflyboats@bellsouth.net

JIMBO MEADOR JOINS DRAGONFLY BOATWORKS
Now hear this! “Building one of a kind, one at a time,” is the Dragonfly
Boatworks motto. Continuing along that line, they’ve just added a “one of
a kind” sales manager, Jimbo Meador, to the staff of the Vero Beach, FL,
boat-building company.
“Jimbo is unique,” said Mark Castlow, Dragonfly Boatworks owner. “And I
challenge anyone to refute that,” he laughingly added. “Jimbo is multitalented:
skilled in hunting, birding, angling and boating.” Meador’s
extensive sales pedigree includes the successful marketing of products
from distinguished companies…Orvis, Beretta, Hell’s Bay, among others.
“Jimbo and I have worked on many ventures in our twenty-five year
friendship and having him join the company is like welcoming a brother
back home. A brother you really like, that is,” Castlow said. “He knows
the outdoors and the outdoors knows him. I can’t think of a better person
to represent our products.”
Dragonfly Boatworks is a young company with lots of “old” experience.
The company prides itself on skiffs and kayaks brought about from a
lifetime of boat building and designing combined with an individual
boat owner’s specifications. Result: a personalized, streamlined, shallow
water craft.
Dragonfly Boatworks LLC – 4575 US Hwy#1 – Vero Beach, 32967

Dragonfly 17 flies away!

May 5, 2010

This is so cool!  Watch how a Dragonfly gets “boomed” to higher ground.  Someone wanted to test her in the Bahamas (bonefish aplenty are waiting) so she made the trip in record time under first class conditions.  This particular model is in hot demand as a tender for the bigger boats…in fact, it’s put to use as a fun boat more than it is used to ferry to and from shore.  One owner uses  his to tow the grandkids on a tube.  Another catches live seashells from his boat while floating in very shallow water in out-of-the-way places.  Take a few minutes, if you can, and share one of your novel uses of the boat.  We’d love to hear from you.

Dreams of Balmy Breezes

February 19, 2010

Dreams of balmy breezes and tailing fish turned into just that when we arrived in Charleston, SC, last week to set up for the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition.  The first day of the show (Friday) opened with a west wind of 20 mph and a bracing 36 degrees.  Using the cold weather mantra (dress in layers) made us look like Michelin tire men or, as Ryan said, “we all look like Gumby, damn it”.
Thanks to Brian at Vero Marine Center in Vero Beach, we had a small Honda generator along with a propane heater from our shop.  These two pieces of equipment made our booth the “hot” place to be.  By late afternoon we had sleet.  By night time we had snow (Ryan and Matt were making snowmen in the parking lot of Best Western…you can see their cold, happy faces on the facebook page.)
On to Saturday…four inches of snow…hatches frozen shut.  A challenge but we got everything working.  Now, here’s the best part…as miserable as the weather was, nothing deterred the outdoorsmen and women who showed up by the thousands.  And, they brought their dogs!  It was like a walking camo or Barbour ad.
The sun came out Sunday and the crowds just got bigger and bigger.  We love Charleston…it’s a vibrant, happening place to be and we’re always looking for a way to come back.  Capt. Billy Glenn has a bunch of wet tests lined up post show so you know he’ll be busy.
Sooooooo…we’re already gearing up for the East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival in March (minus snowmen, of course) and a chance to visit with our Charleston friends again.

What a weekend!

November 24, 2009

What a weekend!  It’s always fun to visit with friends at a hometown show (the annual Vero Beach Boat Show at Riverside) especially when you really do have something to talk about.  And talk we did…about boating, fishing and how productive the Indian River is right now…snook, trout, reds.  Our local gallery “The Backcountry” put together an impressive display of Dragonfly Boatworks’ latest models.  Included were a 16′ Emerger with a 40 Evinrude Etec and a gorgeous 17′ Dragonfly (soon to be on its way to Capt. Billy Glenn in Charleston, SC).  The real show stoppers, however, were the “electric” fishing kayaks.  Locals got a chance to see Fly Fishers for the first time.  They’re one-man fishing kayaks innovatively designed.  So fun!  They were flying out the door.  You’ll be seeing them on the river soon.

Small craft should exercise caution!

November 11, 2009

Small Craft Should Exercise Caution.

Never a dull moment when fishing the keys!  All the way down, Charlie McLean and I kept seeing bands of rain showers coming off the ocean but we kept telling ourselves “maybe it’s just raining over the mainland.”  Not true.  Arrived at the Lorelei in Islamorada where our guide for the Redbone Tournament,  Capt. Jeff Johnson, was waiting for us with an older model Grand Slam skiff tied up at the dock. “Come on, Mark, wait till you see what she’ll do in this crap,” said Jeff.  Ever since I purchased the Grand Slam project I have wanted the opportunity to run the boat in real challenging conditions and here was the chance to see what she would do in this kind of slop.  The boat ride was actually dry (except for the rain) and my kidneys weren’t beaten out of me.  So even though the conditions were terrible for fishing they were great for what I needed to see and feel.

Post-ride, I was glad that I had made the decision to make the spray rail integral to the hull and brought it all the way back to the transom.  The rough seas and wind I had just experienced reinforced the “rightness” of the addition.

The boat was whisper-quiet in nasty conditions. It’s a bad sign when most of the anglers in a tournament are staring at the weather channel while watching bands of rain and wind constantly run across the screen.  However, it didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of these particular hard-core fly fishermen hence the name of the tournament,  “THE SUPERFLY”.  Well,  from my vantage point and Capt Johnson’s, it was hard sighting and hard presenting but we did get a couple of follows (no connections, though).  The boat was amazingly quiet in the worst of conditions.  Cal Collier, Jr. and his guide, Capt. Steve Thomas, put it all together and won “THE SUPERFLY”.   After experiencing those type of fishing conditions, I can only say,  “hats off to Cal”.  “This is Redbone weather,” Gary Ellis, founder of the well-known tournament, said.  Without having Jim Cantori of the Weather Channel there to confirm it, I believed him and the next day (Saturday) we again started out with rain followed by more rain with a touch of rain.  Our plan was to get the Redfish out-of-the-way, so with that we headed to Flamingo and tried our luck dredging the outflows at Snake Bight…a great idea but the fish didn’t get the memo…what did show up were small and under-sized.  One cool thing, my fishing teammate Charlie McLean was able to  film some white Pelicans feeding…an impressive sight as they used their bills to seine the water for tiny shrimp.  Then we turned the boat back towards Islamorada and headed back.  The dim light of the Lorelei was a welcome sight!

Being rested and relaxed from an early return Saturday, we thought Sunday was going to be the day to kick ass.  Not!   And again we got ours kicked instead. Hooked one bone but got broken off and the rest is history.  The winners were Jim Bokor, Jr. and Randy Frick.  All in all, it was great fun seeing old friends and making new ones.  Can’t help but be excited that the Grand Slam we’re getting ready  to launch down there will pick up where the old one left off. The improved Grand Slam is on the way!

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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.

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.

Tight Loop

Tight Loop