Tides and Living the Skiff Life come hand in hand. Knowing the tides in your location can make or break your boating experience for that day. Knowing the tides allows safe passage in tight channels while also timing fishing trips to locate when maximum water is moving as that is when fish are feeding. Yes, fishing on outgoing or incoming tides vastly increases your chance of fishing!
Skiff Life has just released Volume 1 of an inshore fishing guide that provides valuable insight into choosing a fishing boat. The article is called Living the Skiff Life Volume 1. This fishing guide covers basic Carolina Skiff style flat bottom boats like the Sundance as well as more user specific flats boats like the technical poling skiff by Skimmer skiffs. Inshore fishing can range from ankle deep water to nearshore fishing in 30-60 foot depths depending on your location so it’s important to pay close attention to the fishing & boating you plan on doing and then choosing a fishing boat to match as best you can. You are not going to want to take out a Carolina Skiff type flat bottom boat out in 60 Feet of water in a weather advisory for example. Pictured here is a Sundance Carolina Skiff style boat with a flat bottom:
Skiff Life said their new Living The Skiff Life column will be a regular article series with goals to cover all manner of boats and their use to help educate fans in choosing a boat for sale. Skiff Life plans to use real world experience from fishing guides and fans of their social media sites like Skiff Life Twitter and the popular Google Plus Skiff Life account. Skiff Life features contacts and fans from all parts of the U.S.A. so they said they will focus on specific regions and fishing styles to help everyone. For example, those Living The Skiff Life in Alaska will run an aluminum style boat with an Outboard Jet Drive due to their running rocky rivers that no prop could ever stand up to. That same would be disastrous in South Florida where the seagrass would quickly clog the jet drive. If a person is more inclined to enjoy many people on their boat or an occasional trip offshore, the technical poling skiff may not be the best choice in that it’s meant to silently stalk fish in shallow water and can comfortably handle 2 people like you see in the photo below.
The secret to choosing a boat is that no boat does EVERYTHING well. Luckily, there are a tremendous amount of boat manufacturers to choose from. Skiff Life’s Living The Skiff Life series of articles aim to help navigate those waters to help decide what boat is right for you by weighing the pros and cons of every boat by analyzing their features and how to best use them. Once thing we know for certain is that when you stay inshore and nearshore the cost of gas decreases tremendously and the ability to experience the ocean’s bottom and all the wonder it has to offer. Here is a link to Skiff Life’s