My new 2014 167 Egret flats boat has been delivered and already proven itself as the perfect boat for charter fishing the backcountry around the islands of Sanibel and Captiva.
Egret finished the boat in March and I was knocking at the warehouse door ready to pick it up. It’s approx 2 feet shorter than my 189 but only 2 inches narrower in the beam. It drafts 3 inches shallower and is about 300 pounds lighter. All these ingredients put together is a great recipe for all the different types of fishing I specialize in, especially doing more lure and fly fishing.
The Egret boat is known for being the “Rolls Royce” of flats boats. It’s smooth and dry ride is second to no other flats boat. The stability and quality is tops in it’s class. I worked with Egret owner, Frank Afshari, to custom build the perfect boat for fishing the backcountry waters around Sanibel. The boat is built using Carbon/Kevlar which is lighter and stronger than other materials. Some new features include, Minn Kotas I Pilot trolling motor, Power Pole Blade series shallow water anchor, Raymarine Dragonfly GPS/Sonar with new CHIRP down vision technology, Custom built Boatmaster trailer, and a Yamaha 115 HP 4 stroke power plant. Egret has numerous other quality features that makes this boat the best of the best.
The next test is yours, so come on down and lets go fishing!
Get out on the water, take a kid fishing and always remember that “it’s great being us”!
About Blake Matherly
Captain Blake Matherly is a full time Spin and Fly Fishing guide. Captain Blake holds a United States Coast Guard 50 Ton Master Captain's License. Your Captain is fully insured and supplies a Florida Fishing License for all clients. He is a member of numerous Pro Guide programs including, Simms, Sage, Temple Fork, DOA Fishing Lures, Hatch Fly Reels, Power Pole, Penn, Calusa Cast Nets, Patagonia, and Columbia.