My 1999 Hells Bay Whipray

I have always dreamed of owning a classic whipray. Not the newer heavier versions that are produced now but one of the origional Whiprays built when Hal Chittum owned Hells Bay and the skiffs were designed by Chris Morejohn. I really wanted one of the Whiprays with the crustacean crevice crab drawing on the live well. They were only built like that for 3 or 4 years. Mine is a 1999 model and is the lightest skiff I could ever imagine poling. 


When I was in the Florida Keys guiding I really never had the opportunity to own one simply because it isn't made to handle a lot of open water. In the keys conditions are often rough and long runs are a necessity. Once I moved back to South Carolina I had the opportunity to own one. Where I fish in South Carolina the runs are short and I very rarely cross water with any chop on it. For the fishing I do shallow draft and maneuverability is extremely important. There has never been a skiff built that does all of that as well as the origional whipray. It is extremely lightweight and a dream to pole. This allows me to get my clients on fish and stay with the fish longer reguardless of the tide.