Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Fishing With the Devil

It was a sight - or so I’ve been told. An odd duck family moving down the intercoastal. Gavit’s nineteen-foot Action Craft momma skiff followed by six Adios babys with a Chupacabra ugly duckling bringing up the rear. A daisy chain of bobbing boat birds. The Diablo brood was on the move.

Twenty–three miles, two-and-a-half hours. The same twenty-three miles we smoked in forty minutes the next day. Bless Thomas (Diablo Paddlesports' co-founder), Gavit and Brandon for their patience and care in keeping the watercraft from ending in a wad.

Two-and-a-half hours. Ugh.

But it was worth it.

The sturdy boats gave us the flexibility to come and go on the flats as we pleased – alone or in numbers. Take it out, stake it out, and walk the flats. Stable enough to scout or fish from - standing or sitting high, dry, and comfortable in the Larry chair.

Gavit suggested that such a thing has never been done before – a concerted assault on these waters by a group of kayakers. We certainly got some strange looks from the guided skiffs that occasionally wandered through our domain.

Where did you come from?

If Gavit's right, I don’t understand why no one else has done it. It was an absolutely perfect way to attack the far-flung flats.

Fishing with the devil.

I want one.

Note: A huge thanks to Thomas Flemons for towing the fleet out and turning us loose on the flats with his boats. It was a fine gesture. Better yet, it was great to have him around.


Chris said...

Great indeed... I hope it's not the last we see of him!

Steve Zakur said...

Those are beautiful rigs. This year begins my fishing adventure with kayaks. If it takes (I'm using a WS Tarpon at the moment) I may look for a devilish upgrade.

Gabe said...

Thomas is one of those guys a lot of people could take notes from, he's a great friend, plus he makes a pretty sweet boat

Fontinalis Rising said...

Dang, now I want one.

Mike Sepelak said...

I sure hope not, Chris.

Steve, you wouldn't be disappointed. If it takes...

You're right on both counts, Gabe. Great guy, great boat.

Infectious, Jason. Aren't they?

M.A. Hughes said...


Looks like I need to add this boat to my list of gear to buy. They're reminiscent of the boats JT Van Zandt makes. Not to say one has something on the other, but Van Zandt's boats are hand crafted works of art, and el diablo is nimble and ultra functional. For the price diff, I'm closer to a diablo....which in reality isn't that near. Thanks for the post.

Ken G said...

You've been driving me nuts with this series of posts. If I knew how to put up sputtering via words, that's all I've had.

Then I saw the kayak with an electric trolling motor. My kind of kayaking.

Hope you got sun burned.

Sincerely (not really),

Ken G

Mike Sepelak said...

Ken, Thomas' motorized 'yak was a hoot. You had to laugh to see its nose rise out of the water when he dug out. A kayak "on plane" is a sight to see.

Oh, and no sunburns. Saved by the Buffs.

David said...

What a great read this was! The pics add to the charm.

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