A spiffy new skiff brings fresh adventures

On Monday, I took delivery of my new skiff, a Salt Marsh Heron, in Fort Pierce, Florida. On Tuesday, Elliott and I launched the skiff for the first time. Our plan was to quietly pole the shallows and target Redfish on the fly. Conditions were perfect, sunny and warm with clear water and calm winds. After a short run up the Wando, we stopped at an expansive flat that was a foot or less deep. Elliott jumped up onto the poling platform and we began searching for a school of Redfish. After a bit of looking, we spotted a school milling around an oyster bar. The water was so shallow their backs were out of the water. One of the reasons I selected a Salt Marsh Heron is the carbon fiber and Kevlar construction. This makes for a strong but super light skiff that drafts very little water. Elliott poled the skiff into fly casting range. The water was incredibly shallow but the skiff never touched the bottom. I made a short cast to the lead fish and watched as the Red shot forward and ate the fly (a tan Clouser Minnow with bead chain eyes). We were elated. First trip. First cast. Redfish on the fly.

After a quick photo, we released the fish and just stood there savoring the moment. The odds of catching a fish (on the fly) on the first cast from a new skiff are highly improbable. It took a few seconds for Elliott and me to process what had just happened. After years of fishing together, we had just experienced something completely new. First trip. First Cast. Redfish on the fly.

We continued fishing with me poling the skiff and Elliott casting the flyrod. Standing on the platform with my son on the bow, it occurred to me that in fishing, the best catches are the memories.

Contact Captain Greg Peralta at captgregp@gmail.com or call (843) 224-0099.

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