On March 23rd, Hurricane team members Barrett Jones and William Ragulsky both hit the water in search of the fish of a lifetime, and both faced tougher than normal conditions for over 8 hours in their Silver Skimmer 128’s. The only difference . . . Barrett was fishing PaddlePalooza 10 in Louisiana, while William was chasing Monster Smallmouth Bass on the James River in Virginia.
Barrett’s account of the day:
“Long day on the water yesterday. The tourney had 279 people fish this year. I ended up finding a spot with some of the best quality trout in years and easily caught 40 speckled trout and the smallest being 18-inches. All were caught on topwater.”
“The Skimmer performed great. This was my first trip in it with the rudder, and boy was I happy. Now I can drift banks and fish while steering. I also installed my Lowrance sounder and this was working beautifully and marking fish. The wind did not get as bad as predicted but picked up to about 15mph, and I stayed dry all day. I also launched next to 2 pro anglers, a ride 135, and 2 Outback’s. Guess who was to the fishing grounds first after a 2-mile trip? Me! The kayak takes no effort to keep moving at a steady pace and is fast for its size. There was plenty interest in the Skimmer back at the launch too when they saw me haul in and load it up by myself on the jeep”.
Team Member William Raglusky fish’in the James
William’s account of the day:
“With the desire to get my first float in the Skimmer under my belt and the allure of monster Smallmouth Bass, the draw became to great to resist any longer. The conditions were not ideal for this particular float. Flows were around 9,000 CFS, the water was turbid, overcast skies, and the launch was 2 miles below where we wanted to be. The day was not looking promising, but perseverance was the key. The paddle was the first challenge. At lower water levels, the river would have had a lot of exposed boulders, but with the flows the way they were, everything was submerged. This created some tricky currents and tough fishing conditions. I paddled with three other guys in three different models of kayaks. They were taking two strokes to my one, and they were in 14’ kayaks. When we were able to get to our spots, we found the fish, and my biggest was 19” and close to 4 lbs. We got to some pigs for sure!”
“With the Skimmer paddling like a 14’ kayak at more than a foot less, I got the performance with added maneuverability. Needless to say at the end of the day when we were carrying the kayaks back to the vehicle, I was envied by everyone in the group”.
As you can see, the Skimmer is an ideal boat for anything from chasing specks in the salt to running rivers looking for that bass of a lifetime! Don’t wait, check out your local shop and paddle a Skimmer 128 today.