Capt Brian’s Dorado 23

Capt. Brian's Dorado 23Capt Brian’s Dorado 23 is built in Ozona, Fl. It is the perfect boat for backwater and nearshore fishing that Clearwater and Tampa Bay have to offer. This boat is fast, stable, and can jump up in shallow water, cutting through the chop of moderately rough seas while keeping you safe and dry. It’s light enough to float close to the mangroves where Snook and Redfish hide, yet quietly float over the grass flats where we’ll see fish like Trout scooting across the sea floor. Many times, we need to quickly and safely reach areas off of Clearwater Beach and other Tampa Bay areas. This is where you’ll find Tarpon daisy chaining nearshore, while Grouper and Snapper are inhabiting the rockpiles within site of land, just a few miles offshore. There’s nothing more exciting than hooking into one of these exciting sportfish using light tackle from a properly rigged boat.

Accessories on Capt Brian’s Boat

Capt. Brian's Dorado 23Powered by a Suzuki 175 HP four stroke motor, there is plenty of power to get us to the fish. Also equipped with a Porta-Bracket used to raise and lower the motor, as well as Bennett trim tabs, allowing us easily plane off in shallow water. Great light tackle fishing is all about getting into skinny water. A Motor Guide Xi5 105lb thrust trolling motor allows us to sneak up to unsuspecting Redfish near the mangroves, or maneuver with ease along rock jetties in search of a big Snook. While on shallow flats, a Power Pole anchor can easily stop the boat, just before spooking our targeted species. For offshore fishing, a Garmin Fishfinder/GPS unit assures that you are on the fish every time. Comfortably seating the Captain and four anglers, there is plenty of deck space for light tackle fishing. Equipped with 10 rod holders for carrying several different rods, I’m always prepared for any species of fish. A 45 gallon baitwell holds hundreds of frisky baits, as well as gamefish caught throughout the day. The boat also offers lots of dry storage space for valuables, like cameras, cell phones and car keys.

Wadefishing from Capt Brian’s Dorado 23

If you don’t mind occasionally wading, the low sides allow easy access in and out of the boat. Sometimes getting out and wading is the only way to get those finicky Snook or Redfish to bite. Now that’s flats fishing at it’s best.