The fall is hard to beat here in the lowcountry. Along with tailing tides we have marsh hen hunting. On the highest of high tides these birds are forced onto the last remaining areas of grass that is still above water. Pushing thru these areas in the skiff will cause the hens to flush very much like a quail. This is a lot of fun and can be paired with a tailing tide trip. These are what we call cast and blast trips and are one of the greatest lowcountry experiences.
I recently redid the nonskid on my Hells Bay Whipray. The cockpit and the front deck were getting pretty slick so I decided it was time for a refit. I have never attempted to work on a boat myself like this and I have never touched awlgrip in my life but considering that I am happy the way it came out. I removed the fly line toe rails, the front cleat, and the nav lights (I have shark eyes on the hull side). I also removed the compass and put a cup holder in its place. Lastly I removed the old push pole holders and replaced them with the tried and true stiffy holders. Plugging the holes where the cleat and nav lights were was my biggest difficulty. They aren't perfect but I can get them better next time. I learned a lot on this go around and next time I will use fine awlgrip griptex instead of the coarse. The coarse is a bit much for this skiff.