It has completely spoiled both me and my anglers by eliminating all the limitations previous boats had that resulted in so many fishless days

While many skiff builders have hung their hats (and hopes) on boats coined after hallowed fishing grounds, no flats skiff has ever lived up to the name Islamorada — one of the most celebrated and certainly daunting sight fishing destinations in the world. Leave it to legendary guide, boat builder and entrepreneur Hal Chittum to go where no skiff builder has gone before, designing a flats skiff that eclipses everything that has come before it.

Our Guides

Capt. Chris Adams
Capt. Chris AdamsNew Smyrna Beach, FL
www.adamsflyco.com
Capt. Mike Adkins
Capt. Mike AdkinsNew Smyrna Beach, FL
“I owned a 2003 16’ Hells Bay Whipray and had fished it since it was new. If George and Hal had not taken skiffs to a new level of performance I would still own that Whipray. I was looking for two specific traits to improve on over my Hells Bay. To have shallower draft, particularly when having 2 anglers on the bow, which it does by drafting 2” less water. And to be more stable while polling, it checked that box also. It’s been a great experience building and owning my Snake Bight and the customer service has been terrific, always willing to take my phone calls. I think so highly of their skiffs I have ordered Hull #2 of the new 21’. My 18’ stays in New Smyrna Beach, Florida and the 21’ will live in the southern New Jersey area.”
Capt. Gregg Arnold
Capt. Gregg ArnoldNew Orleans, LA
“I began poling skiffs in 1975. At that time the skiffs I had available were un-usable for the flats because they were based on hulls which were designed for applications completely antithetical to the concept of a shallow-drafting, quiet and easy to pole flats boat. It was by main force only that my anglers ever got any shots. The Islamorada 18 is at the other end of that spectrum. It has enhanced my ability to provide my anglers with a much greater percentage of high-quality opportunities at our target species. It has completely spoiled both me and my anglers by eliminating all the limitations previous boats had that resulted in so many fishless days.”

www.giantreds.com

Capt. Jarad 'Dingo' Boshammer
Capt. Jarad 'Dingo' BoshammerJupiter, Florida
www.dingosfishingadventures.com
Capt. Bou Bosso
Capt. Bou BossoIslamorada, FL
www.captboucharters.com
Capt. Bob Branham
Capt. Bob BranhamKey Biscayne, FL
“I am coming up on my 1 year anniversary with the Islamorada-18 and the 60hp honda – I could not be happier. There are no stress cracks, no wiring issues, and the painted surfaces clean up much easier than gel-coat. I admit that I am not the fastest skiff in the fleet in calm water- I can hit 42 mph by myself and 38 to 40 with a passenger. I usually cruise between 30 and 35 mph and get 10 miles per gal. while I’m at it. When it gets windy I go by the HB 17.8s, Biscaynes, and Super Skiffs with their 90’s and stay completely dry I don’t even have to clean my sunglasses.”

www.southfloridaflatsfishing.com

Capt. Brandon Cyr
Capt. Brandon CyrKey West, FL
Capt. Jared Cyr
Capt. Jared CyrKey West, FL
Capt. Luis Cortez
Capt. Luis CortezIslamorada, FL
ww.fireflycharters.com
Capt. Mitch Dugger
Capt. Mitch DuggerKey West, FL
Capt. Guido Fugazi
Capt. Guido FugaziEatontown, NJ
I run a shallow water sportfishing guide service but I can make the run to very deepwater with advanced notice. I specialize in all shallow water species with most of my time spent fly fishing for Black Sea Bass, Rockfish, Sea Squab, Giant Porgy and Fluke. Guide for the Ladies IGFA World Record Tautog on fly 12# tippet, 3 lbs 8 ounces by Capretta Gallinella. Come enjoy a day aboard my Chittum Snake Bight 18 the “Tailing Tautog”. One hour aquatic burial services also available.

BR549@hotmale.com

Capt. Don Gable
Capt. Don GableKey West, FL
www.keywesttarponguides.com
Capt. Eric Glass
Capt. Eric GlassSouth Padre Island, TX
“I have been a full time flats guide in south Texas since 1995. I fish the Lower Laguna Madre and adjacent coastal waters for redfish, seatrout, snook and tarpon, with my primary focus being shallow water redfish and trout on fly. I have been fishing the Chttum Laguna Madre since March 2018 and consider it to be the ideal all-around poling skiff for our waters; I couldn’t be more pleased with mine!”

www.captainericglass.com

Capt. Brian Helms
Capt. Brian HelmsIslamorada, FL
Capt. Dustin Huff
Capt. Dustin HuffMarathon, FL
Capt. John Kipp
Capt. John Kipp Islamorada, FL
“I began poling skiffs in 1975. At that time the skiffs I had available were un-usable for the flats because they were based on hulls which were designed for applications completely antithetical to the concept of a shallow-drafting, quiet and easy to pole flats boat. It was by main force only that my anglers ever got any shots. The Islamorada 18 is at the other end of that spectrum. It has enhanced my ability to provide my anglers with a much greater percentage of high-quality opportunities at our target species. It has completely spoiled both me and my anglers by eliminating all the limitations previous boats had that resulted in so many fishless days.”
Capt. Eric Knipling
Capt. Eric KniplingRockport, TX
www.southtexasflyfishing.com
Capt. Tommy Locke
Capt. Tommy LockeBoca Grande, FL
Capt. Tommy Locke started guiding in the early 80’s for world-record tarpon on fly. He still specializes as a teaching guide in the ultimate challenge of taking big tarpon on IGFA-class tippet. Tommy has fished throughout the Keys and across the state of Florida, but he now primarily fishes year round off the island of Boca Grande. Tommy guides in The Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament in Islamorada as well as The Golden Fly and Don Hawley tournaments. He appears in fishing shows, conducts seminars, and serves as a product advisor.
Tommy is an advocate for Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, Captains for Clean Water, and other local organizations, working with marine biologists to preserve the fishery and ensure the health of our delicate ecosystem. BTT recently honored Tommy with the 2019 Flats Stewardship Award for his passion, enduring commitment, and tireless service in protecting and conserving our flats fishery.

Tommy continues to be impressed with the performance and capabilities of his 2019 Chittum Snake Bight.
“I’ve fished the top poling skiffs in the industry and this boat has surpassed my expectations. I’m still learning what it can do. Thanks, Hal. It takes a seasoned poler to design such an efficient technical skiff.”

www.tommylockeoutdoors.com

Capt. John Long
Capt. John LongKey West, FL
Capt. Austin Lowder
Capt. Austin LowderBoca Grande, FL
www.seaandstream.com
Capt. Greg Poland
Capt. Greg PolandDuck Key, FL
Greg left the FBI for the South Florida Flats. His office is now the Florida Keys and the backcountry of Everglades National Park. Now, in the early morning, you’ll find Greg poling the quiet waters chasing rolling Tarpon or tailing Bonefish for some of the Best fly-fishing in the World. Greg is a native of South Florida and has guided many anglers to championships in some of the most prestigious flats fishing tournaments in the world. Whether on a mother ship adventure out of Walker’s Cay in the Bahamas, Marlin fishing in the Caribbean, or teaching at the Island Fly Fishing School in the Florida Keys, Greg is at home with the beginner as well as the tournament angler.

www.gregpoland.com

Capt. Justin Rea
Capt. Justin ReaKey West, FL
www.stingreacharters.com
Capt. Joe Rodriguez
Capt. Joe RodriguezKey West, FL
Capt. Joe Skrumbello
Capt. Joe SkrumbelloKey West, FL
Capt. Larry Sydnor
Capt. Larry SydnorIslamorada, FL
Capt. Larry Sydnor is a United States Coast Guard Master Captain, an International Game Fish Association Certified Captain and an extremely popular flats and backcountry guide. His tournament wins include guide to Grand Champion Angler in the Florida Keys Outfitters IGFA Inshore World Championships; Guide to Top Angler in the Herman Lucerne Memorial Tournament, Guide to Celebrity Grand Champion in the Mercury Redbone Tournament and Top Guide in a recent AFLAC/NASCAR tournament. He is also excellent guiding junior anglers to tournament wins, often having placed at the top of the RedGhost Stalk.

He is an active and respected member of the Florida Guides Association and the Florida Keys Fishing Guides Association. He has special accommodations to offer a continued launch after originating in Islamorada to go on into the far backcountry of The Everglades National Park for protected and greater secluded fishing and a true experience with nature even offering weekend and two-day or longer overnight camping trips. He is sponsored by the Mercury Marine Saltwater Pro Staff Team and is an avid fly angler/guide and is often called upon to give fly demonstrations and ties most of his own flies. You may have seen Capt. Larry on local Florida Keys television, or many cable fishing shows such as REEL ADVENTURES or even a national segment on NBC Worldwide News Tonight.

www.yourfloridakeysfishingguide.com

Capt. Ryan EricksonKey West, FL
www.keywesttarponguides.com
Capt. Cole FairbanksBoca Grande, FL
www.sandflycharters.com
Capt. Tom HorbeyPort O'Connor, Texas
www.captaintomhorbey.com
Capt. JT Van ZandtAransas Pass, TX
www.jtvanzandt.com

On the Water

I have about 10 days on the water with my new Snake Bight so its time for a review. To start, it looks great! Colors came out just right. Performance is better than I had hoped for even though I new it would be good since I have been using an Islamorada 18 for the past year (Thanks Gregg!!). Just about zero hull rise when accelerating or stopping. Planes almost immediately. Poling is as easy as it gets and a true 7″ draft. I have access to truck scales and weighed both my old 2004 Marquesa and my new SB – the difference is 600 lbs! – a 40% reduction in overall weight. What surprises me the most, with the huge weight difference, is how stable this boat is and how well it rides in rough waters – even more so than the Marquesa.

You have, once again, revolutionized the skiff industry!

Jesse Trevathan

I’ve known Hal Chittum for 34 years. He has always been on the quest to build the best thing around weather that be a fly reel or a boat. It has been a pleasure to have been part of that quest in past skiffs. These new designs of his have raised the bar for everyone out there looking to have something that is very unique that really works. Well done to Hal Chittum and his crew.

Chris Morejohn
I am coming up on my 1 year anniversary with the Islamorada-18 and the 60hp honda – I could not be happier. There are no stress cracks, no wiring issues, and the painted surfaces clean up much easier than gel-coat. I admit that I am not the fastest skiff in the fleet in calm water- I can hit 42 mph by myself and 38 to 40 with a passenger. I usually cruise between 30 and 35 mph and get 10 miles per gal. while I’m at it. When it gets windy I go by the HB 17.8s, Biscaynes, and Super Skiffs with their 90’s and stay completely dry I don’t even have to clean my sunglasses.
Capt. Bob Branham, Miami & Biscayne Bay
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Nathaniel LinvilleKey West, FL
www.anglingcompany.com
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Thane MorganIslamorada