With over 20 years invested in fishing our local waters I have found that it takes a very special boat to handle the demanding situations that I put on a vessel day in and day out. After years of fishing out of small flats boats, flat bottom skiffs, and a variety of bay boats I have found that the only boat on the planet that could meet my high standards and still be versatile enough to fish both in the backcountry and offshore was a 24ft Pathfinder bay boat.
As incredible as the Pathfinder hull is it takes an extremely lightweight and reliable engine to change this boat from an ordinary bay boat into an extraordinary bay boat. The 250hp Yamaha SHO was specifically designed for mid range bay boats that were looking for added horse power without the added weight of a typical 4-stroke. The combination of speed and size make the pairing of the 24ft Pathfinder hull and the 250hp Yamaha SHO a match made in heaven.
Once the Pathfinder puts my anglers on a spot its very important to have a stealthy approach when targeting a wary school of giant redfish. That’s where the Minn Kota 101lb thrust trolling motor comes in handy. It’s quite enough to sneak up on tailing redfish and has enough power to troll 4 anglers around Crystal River or Homosassa all day. Once that big school of Redfish gets with in casting range a quick press of a button deploys the Power Pole off the stern making anchoring quick and easy.