Our skiff, ‘Second Chance’ is a custom equipped Key West 1720. This boat is rigged and ready for shallow water fishing on the Vineyard. The beauty of the skiff is that it allows us to sight fish on the flats and inside the salt-ponds but also to venture to the rips and beyond when conditions are favorable to do so. The boat is compliant with all United States Coast Guard safety provisions.
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The Key West is the smallest boat in the local guide fleet. This allows us to do things that other guide services can’t, putting us at a distinct advantage in providing our clients with a unique and exciting shallow water fishing experience. If you’ve never sight-fished on the flats before you owe it to yourself to try it; it might just change your whole perspective on saltwater fishing. If you have sight cast before for bonefish, permit or tarpon then you’re going to love seeing stripers cruising along shallows of the MV flats.
Our specialty is poling the flats and sight casting for stripers, however we also do a great deal of sight fishing for leaping bonito, false albacore and bluefish along the island’s immaculate shorelines. The skiff is designed for inshore fishing, but that doesn’t mean that we hesitate to venture further offshore when conditions permit and fishing opportunities present themselves.While custom equipped for the shallow water envrionment, make no mistake, many a tuna has graced the deck of the skiff as well. See Photo Gallery.
The skiff stays on a trailer, and is launched every morning prior to the trip. The Vineyard is an extremely large island with 6 well maintained public boat ramps. Keeping the boat on a trailer allows me to utilize this to my advantage. I base the decision of where to leave from on a given morning on prevailing wind and tide conditions and current fishing trends. By doing this we minimize running time to the fishing grounds, stay on the hot bite, and spend less time driving, more time fishing.
Skiff trips are for 1 or 2 people. We offer a couple of different options, including 4 hour, 6 hour and 8 hour trips. Different length trips are recommended for different situations at different times of year.
See Equipment page for a list of what to bring.