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Three Old Salts!

November 16, 2010

Gary Ellis, Mark Castlow and Jimbo Meador after a cold day fishing in NC

Finally! A chance to catch the Dragon’s breath.

Dragonfly Boatworks & crew have been running hard lately (and loving it, I might add).

A series of Redbone Tournaments and local promotions kept us busy:  We started out in Key West for the SLAM Tournament in mid-September, happily enjoying wonderful weather along with the thrill of the hunt. Jimbo Meador fly fished the entire tournament (guided by Captain Jeff Johnson). They had shots but no connects. The tournament base was Hurricane Hole Marina with an ending banquet at The Double Tree. We have nothing but compliments for our accommodations along with the convenience of having our boat docked at Hurricane Hole. Both places had friendly staff and did everything to make you feel right at home.

Mark and Charlie fished the BayBone Tournament in Key Largo at the first of October while  Jimbo attended a Garden and Gun promotion in Birmingham.

White’s Inshore Tournament in Ft. Pierce followed later in the month. Both events were a blast and if you live near Ft. Pierce or just want to fish it, I highly recommend noting your calendar for next year’s tournament. White’s Tackle knows how to stage an event!

This is our second year participating at the Polo-at-the-Point in Point Clear, AL. Whether it’s polo or boating, here live some of the most enthusiastic folks. Add their innate southern charm, green grass, ponies and moss-covered oaks and who wouldn’t love to be here. Monies raised assist Point Clear Charities which, in turn, assists an assortment of charitable causes. We are so lucky to be at this event again and owe a special thanks to Dragonfly Boatworks’ Charlie McLean who did a smashing job of presenting our new line of paddleboards.

Jimbo Meador went on to St. Simon’s in Georgia to fish new waters with the 17 Grand Slam. The Red Trout Celebrity Classic is now one of Jimbo’s favorite tournaments and he returned with lots of stories and happy memories.

Then on to Charleston, SC, the following weekend where Jimbo and Mark fished with Captain Billy Glenn at the Lowcountry Red Trout Celebrity Classic. Fishing for reds in the Spartina grass flats is a hoot! We just have to say it:  Contact Capt. Billy Glenn at Speckdrum Charters for a taste of this type of fishing (speckdrumchartersllc.com).

The next Tuesday, Mary, Mark, Jimbo and Charlie had the pleasure of attending the IGFA induction of Steve Huff into the Anglers Hall of Fame. If there’s ever a man who could be called the “guru” of fishing, Steve is the one. He’s responsible for boat design, fishing technique, tackle design and conservation efforts from way back when and he’s still a down-to-earth, easy going, nice guy. Steve Huff embodies what fishing is all about and it was our pleasure to honor him.

Next morning, Jimbo and Mark were up at 5 a.m. and off to Wilmington, NC, to fish the Cape Fear Red Trout Celebrity Classic. After an eleven-hour drive we couldn’t wait to hit the water. Captain Drew Arndt was our guide and he couldn’t have done a better job in the 25-30 mph northwest winds and 40 degree temperatures. A bit cool for us and we looked like Pillsbury Dough Boys bundled up to the top of our heads and mighty grateful for that (except when casting). Capt. Ardnt showed us some really cool areas which we’d love to fish at a warmer time. Jimbo was showing our 13.6 Dragonfly Fishing Paddleboard to a group when Mark Anders (a local writer) tried it out paddling down the Intercoastal. “Thumbs up!” was the consensus.

And, just recently we fished the granddaddy of them all, the Redbone in Islamorada. We entered the tournament just in time for the first major cold snap of the year. Do you think it’s our destiny to have strong (25-30 mph) gusts of cold wind blowing when we fish? If it is then we’ll have to say it’s worth it just to meet the other anglers who don’t mind it! As always, each event is loaded with stories which we think is part of what makes fishing so fun.

AND, we just brought Captain Jarid Malone into the Dragonfly Boatworks Family! He’ll be fishing the Baton Rouge area in a 16 Emerger Center Console designed to his specifications. Check Jarid’s website at maloneflyfishing.com.

More later!  We’re at the 27th annual Fall Boat Show in Vero Beach this weekend (Nov. 20 & 21, 10-5).  More info at 772-562-7922 or verobeachboatshow.com.

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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.

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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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

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