My friend Dave from Pilecast.net just picked up his new ride. Check it out…
A couple of years ago I started seeing talk about a boat that was made in Tennessee that could do it all. I started seeing guides using these boats and the water they were fishing looked like what I fish. Shallow and rocky Midwestern rivers. I started researching them and really liked what I saw. They went on the short list of boats I’d contemplate purchasing. I finally got to see one last year at the Southern Culture on the Fly Tie-One-On-Athon. That sealed the deal. If you can fish musky one day and salt inshore the next from the same skiff, sign me up. I kept tabs on Towee all year, keeping up with their new offerings and the cool things they were doing. Last summer I bought a house. Suddenly I had a lot of room to park a boat. Having a very understanding wife, she gave me the green light this winter to put in my order on a custom Towee Calusa. I got every option I could. I got the rowing frame, forward casting deck, electrical, pro trailer with tilt and swing tongue, and a bunch of other accessories.
My order went in and the wait began. I’m only patient when I fish. Waiting for my boat, well, that damn near drove me nuts. All I could do was think about it. Night and day I thought about it. This was going to be my first nice boat and I was like a kid on Christmas. Todd Gregory, the owner of Towee, kept me in the loop during the entire process. From our long talks about what I wanted in my Calusa, to giving me time to really mull over my decisions to make sure I was actually sure, he went above and beyond for me. I had planned on going crazy with some wild color but in the end I went with white. They just look so damned good in white.
This boat is going to do everything I need and more. The amount of water that it will open up to me locally is going to be incredible. My plans are to pick up a 25hp motor for it, a trolling motor, and a power pole at some point. When I went down this weekend to pick it up I got to hang out with some of my favorite Southerners, catch a musky on a popper, and bring a new boat home. You can’t beat that at all. I can’t wait to get back there in May for the Hardly, Strictly Musky – The Southern Classic.