20 JVX Does it all for Saltwater Captain, TV Host

 

20 JVX Does it all for Saltwater Captain, TV Host

By Craig Lamb

Capt. Don Dingman has spent the past 30 years plying his trade in the coastal waters of Florida. About half of that time he’s fished from Alaska to Costa Rica and points in between, hosting his 15-season strong TV series.

Dingman, who guides clients and hosts Hook the Future TV on Sportsman Channel (and soon WFN and FOX Sports South), also knows a thing or two about boats.

His choice is the 20 JVX CC from Carolina Skiff. Dingman can fish from any boat he chooses and what follows is the top reason the 20 JVX is his choice.

“Versatility is what comes to mind over and over,” he said. “For one boat that can do it all in coastal waters, this is the one.”

Dingman has traversed oyster bars in 6 inches of water with a full load of tackle, anglers, and fuel. He’s enjoyed the Carolina-Skiff’s maneuverability and tight steering through mangroves to catch snook in the southwest Florida. He’s fished shallow inlets for big redfish along the Palm Coast, on the Atlantic side of the state. While fishing for spotted seatrout, the boat handled with ease the chop of Tampa Bay.

You just can’t beat it for an all around coastal boat,” he added. “The ride is just great and especially with a load.”

That load ranges from his fishing clients to the young guests of his show. The load also includes a cameraman and all of his gear when producing a TV show.

“With four people aboard, and all that gear, it still has the same top performance,” he said.

Dingman’s 20 JVX is rigged with a 75 h.p. Mercury FourStroke. Up front is a MotorGuide Great White 82 [owered by Odyssey Batteries. For anchoring in shallow water, he uses 8-foot Power-Pole Blades.

Dingman and discriminating coastal anglers and boaters choose the JVX Series for the same reasons. Those are dependability, reliability, performance and the tradition that goes with owning a Carolina Skiff.

A lightweight hull and modified V-hull design combine for a boat that will carry more, go further and faster with less horsepower.

You get excellent maneuverability and handling with the positive tracking keels. Patented splash guards provide the smooth, dry ride that Carolina Skiff has been known for after 30 years and counting in the business.

The biggest of the series is the 20 JVX. With a length overall of 20 feet and a beam of 78 inches, this boat can handle open water chop with tight maneuverability for running winding channels and backwaters. Weight overall is 1,230 pounds, and with a draft of about 4 inches, the 20 JVX is made for accessing shallow flats. A maximum horsepower rating of 90 H.P. makes the perfect setup for matching fuel economy with performance.

Contact Dingman at (904) 509-0026, or email captdon@hookthefuture.com.

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com 

Win a Carolina Skiff, support conservation

 

Win a Carolina Skiff, support conservation

By Craig Lamb

The CCA Florida STAR presented by Yamaha is a win-win proposition for saltwater anglers. For 101 days this summer they have the chance to win $500,000 in prizes, including three boats by Carolina Skiff, for catching tagged redfish. There are other prizes and categories too, making this a great excuse for going fishing in the coastal and offshore waters of Florida.

How you win the prizes is by entering STAR, which stands for State-wide Tournament Anglers Rodeo. It is a catch and photograph format tournament that begins on Memorial Day, May 27, and ends on Sept. 4. The tournament is open to members in good standing of the Coastal Conservation Association, or non-members can enter for $65. Entry fee for CCA members is $35. Click here to join CCA.

STAR was a huge success last year. The 157 tagged redfish release throughout Florida coastal waters, and the 13 additional divisions caught the attention of 5,000 registered anglers. The motivation was catching one of the first seven tagged redfish for the chance to win a new GMC Sierra, a boat, motor, and trailer package valued at over $40,000. 

Beyond that, the family-friendly tournament awarded a college scholarship and the chance to win other prizes. Those prizes can be won by entering catches in the additional divisions. Those are Open, Ladies, Fly, Kayak, Lionfish and Professional Guides division. Eligible species are Spotted Seatrout, Snook, Sheepshead, Non-tagged Redfish, Cobia, Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) & Kingfish.

The Tagged Redfish Division is by far one of the most popular for a huge reason. Click this link to find out the reasons why. Even more, reason to enter that division are the three Carolina Skiffs to be awarded.

Those are the all-new Carolina Skiff 21 Fish & Ski and two Carolina Skiff 16 JVX CC models.

The JVX Series is designed and rigged with fishing in mind. With the JVX, getting in the shallow creeks and rivers will not be an issue. The lightweight hull with the modified V-hull design gives you a boat that will carry more weight further and faster with less horsepower, while delivering outstanding performance.

The STAR Youth Scholarship Division presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors offers New Tide member’s free entry into STAR and the opportunity to win one of twelve scholarships totaling $100,000.

Another fun division for STAR anglers, unique to Florida is the Conservation Division. This division is designed to reward anglers that provide the most catch data on all fish caught and released while fishing the tournament, no matter what species or size.

Here’s the win-win proposition for anglers entering STAR. All entries provide a significant amount of catch data. The conservation community uses the information to make science-based decisions that benefit habitat management, stock assessment and more, to make fishing better all around for Florida anglers.

The newest addition to Florida STAR is the Trash Division. Participants who gather trash while on the water and submit a photo entry of at least a 5-gallon bucket full of trash with the 2017 official measuring device in their entry will be eligible for a random drawing at the end of the 101 days of STAR for 1st thru 3rd place.

Participants must use a digital camera or a digital camera phone to photograph their tournament fish. Catch entries will be made via the STAR Smart device application or the STAR website.  It is not necessary to have a smart phone in order to participate.  A digital camera and the ability to enter your catch via the website will work just as well. To find a dealer click the Find a Dealer link here.

Visit Carolina Skiff Today. 

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com 

Carolina Skiff believes Conservation is the Future of Boating, Fishing Fun

 

Carolina Skiff believes Conservation is the Future of Boating, Fishing Fun

By Craig Lamb

Viewing coastal wildlife and catching the bounty of species inhabiting inshore areas is what many Carolina Skiff owners enjoy the most. The folks at Carolina Skiff are doing good deeds to ensure everyone, they included, has those opportunities for generations to come.

A recent good deed was the donation by Carolina Skiff of a model 25DLX-EW with the Gator Door ( dive door ) for use in fisheries and coastal ecosystems research. The 25DLX-EW was provided to researchers at the University of Florida’s UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station. The Nature Coast is a very ecologically diverse region stretching from north of Tampa to the Suwannee River. At least 19 endangered species inhabit the big bend-area of the state.

The mission of the NCBS focuses on research, field-based academic courses, and hands-on training workshops. Teeming with fish and wildlife, the area offers a great opportunity for researchers to work in a real-time laboratory setting.

Students and faculty leave the classroom behind to conduct experiments and collect data, then return to home base to analyze the findings and lay groundwork for practices that will save or improve fish and wildlife.

Success stories include the Steinhatchee Fish Management Area. It provides students and faculty that real-time, real-life lab area to explore reef habitats and how those ecosystems support valuable recreational species, including grouper.

The 25DLX-EW will be put to good use around the waters of Cedar Key. That’s the new location for the research station. Rising from what once was a 1950s-era fish camp and motel will be a three-story facility. It will have a wet lab, aquarium and office space. Dorm rooms and meeting space for researchers will occupy the area.

Visit Carolina Skiff.com  Today to Learn More.

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com