Turning out Black Point Channel on south Biscayne Bay, our Yellowfin 17 was greeted by a blustery January day complete with the standard "fresh" 15-knot winter breeze. While not the kind of day most anglers would want to test a new flats boat, in my mind, these made perfect conditions for seeing just exactly what a shallow-water skiff can do. Sure, most boats fish well on nice days. But kick up the wind, and add a little chop and a judicious amount of spray, and you'll get a better idea of what a boat will do.
I liked what I found. Running and Fishing Wylie Nagler's Yellowfin Yachts has earned a reputation for building some of the most elegant, functional light-tackle center consoles on the market. With his larger boats dominating a number of blue-water tournaments, including the ever-competitive Southern Kingfish Association tour, Nagler decided to turn his focus to the world of shallow-water angling.