Capt Billy's first skiff was a Gheenoe at 10 years of age. Since
then he has owned many boats, but once he became and avid sight
fisherman, he knew that their was only one choice of skiffs, Hell's
Bay Boatworks. On your trip expect to fish out of the fastest,
shallowest, and quietest skiffs on Mosquito Lagoon. Capt. Billy
primarily guides out of a Hells Bay 17.8 Professional. This boat
is rigged with a 90 HP Mercury motor which gives this skiff a
great deal of versatility. Speed allows you to get from spot to
another much quicker, which adds to your fishing time! It also
allows Capt. Billy to cover more ground during your trip and to
out run thunderstorms which are very common in summer. It has
one of the driest rides of any technical poling skiff, so even
if it gets choppy you can still cross open water in comfort, but
still be able to pole the shallowest flats once you get there!
The skiff drafts 6 inches with two anglers on board, allowing
you to get to some of the shallowest redfish Mosquito Lagoon has
to offer. It is also silent from all angles of hull slap so Capt.
Billy can get you closer to the fish, sometimes less than 5 feet.
You can always expect the boat will be extremely clean, well organized,
and with plenty of additional storage space for anything you may
For specialty trips, Capt. Billy also has a Hell's Bay Glades
Skiff to allow access to the most shallow and tight locations
imaginable. With a 2.5" draft, there is literally no back
country area that is out of this skiffs rage.
All fly gear will consist of Nautilus Reels paired with Sage fly
rods. For spinning tackle, we use G. Loomis Greenwater 7'6"
rods paired with Shimano Sustain 3000 class reels.
When you book a trip with Capt. Billy, expect only to use the
finest equipment and fish out the finest shallow water skiffs.
Using professional gear and fishing out of skiffs specially designed
to fish shallow water is important in Capt. Billy's opinion to
giving you the very best experience Mosquito Lagoon has to offer.
Make no compromises!