Sometimes looks can be deceiving. In this case, Courtland Hunt took some 13-foot micro-skiffs down to Bimini, Bahamas to show the skeptics that these bad boys could hang in the open water.
Here’s what he had to say:
John Essick & I planned to run this Ambush Skiffs from Fort Lauderdale to Bimini if the weather was flat but it ended up blowing 15 to 20 and we didn’t make it out of the pass. So we had Captain Skipper Gentry with Team Salt Life set up as a chase boat and we ended up throwing this skiffs up onto the bow. We had plans to fish for Bonefish but the weather was brutal and we honestly had more fun running the Skiffs at high speeds through the back Waters exploring Bimini than chasing around the bones.
We also got to experience opening weekend of lobster season and Spearfish. The Bahamas allows you to spear Lobster but we didn’t take more than we could eat on the trip and we cooked them on Skippers boat the Carolina gentleman at Bimini big game club resort. We also had a chance to explore the famous sapona wreck which was beautiful but dangerous and I wouldn’t recommend anyone climb it as a hospital trip most likely means a flight to Miami. The 13-foot fiberglass Ambush Skiffs performed far beyond expectations and allowed us to run in channels alongside giant yachts and speedboats but when we got out of the channel we were all alone and didn’t see another boat all day in the backcountry. Top speed was about 25 miles an hour even loaded down with camera gear, fuel, coolers and poles. Skiffs are made in
Sarasota, FL but can be shipped.
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Designed with composite construction techniques utilized on much larger vessels, the Ambush features a self-bailing cockpit and dry storage hatch in the bow. While the Ambush appears bare bones, high-end hinges, latches and pop-up cleats tell a different story. Options are far and wide, with horizontal rod tube storage, poling platform, push pole holder, livewell and engine bracket with integrated rod holders only some of the available add-ons. Anglers across the country are learning that bigger isn’t necessarily better. In an effort to reduce their carbon footprint while scouting out the most remote and promising shallows, many anglers are crossing over to ultra-light poling platforms. It’s about time you made the switch.
Welcome to Ambush Skiffs
Are you the type that enjoys breaking away and relaxing in a world of stealth and solitude? Interested in launching way off the beaten path and investigating fertile shallows miles from the nearest boat ramp? Combining the benefits of a SUP, kayak, and poling skiff, we are proud to introduce the Ambush. In recent years the term micro skiff has been tossed around rather liberally, but if any platform deserves this title, it’s the impressively unique Ambush.
Unmatched in design and propulsion options, the Ambush can be paddled sitting down, standing up, or outfitted with a trolling motor or tiller engine. Quite possibly the perfect blend of functionality and form, this simple platform is a cost-conscious way to get on the water and explore places you never knew existed. The ultimate option for NMZ adventures, the Ambush has several key features and benefits over all other paddle-powered options. While portable like the rest, the skiff’s yacht-like fit and finish work shows the dedication of the master craftsmen.
LOA : 13′
Capacity: 1 person
Weight Capacity: 375lbs
Recommended Power: Trolling motor/outboard up to 6hp
100% composite with foam floatation
Good size step down cockpit w/ plentiful storage compartment
Easy clean nonskid throughout 316
Marine grade fittings and fasteners
Heavy duty rub rail – See more at: http://www.Ambush Skiffs.com