"High 'N Dry" - Bill Hemple's Challenger Bonefish - Plus others - Lots O' Pix

Discussion in 'Blast From the Past' started by iMacattack, Aug 17, 2009.

  1. lemaymiami

    lemaymiami Well-Known Member

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    When I first fishing in the backcountry the standard advise was to always go with another boat -never by yourself....
    You had to have a good compass and an up to date chart (old charts aren't accurate since things like small islands can disappear from year to year....).

    Above all you never left the ramp unless your gear was 100%... Every day you added a bit exploring and gradually, over time you learned the area.
     
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  2. FMH

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  3. FMH

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    Bob(Blue Zone),
    That skiff belonged to Jerry Goering who was a golf pro turned fishing guide. I fished out of it many times and it was a wonderful Challenger. I believe I took that photo at the ramp at Flamingo. The same guy that restored Bill Hempel's High and Dry did that skiff. Sorry but I forgot his name.
     
  4. Blue Zone

    Blue Zone I Love microskiff.com!

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    Many thanks for the information. There was a lady in the Keys who owned the boat from about 1995-2015; she must have bought the boat from Jerry.

    That's an interesting segue Jerry made from golf pro to guide...
     
  5. jonny

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    I used t do residential phone work in Titusville. One of the cool parts of the job was meeting all kinds of people. And seeing cool projects, cars and boat they had. One day I was working one a house. And next door in a fence was this cool looking skiff. I had never seen anything like it. A total classic but built like a modern skiff. It had a low side console. And appeared to cored construction. From what I could see over the chain link. It looked to be excellent condition. I was in the market for a bigger skiff. Since I just had my first son. So I had to inquire if it was for sale. I knocked on the door and a lady answered. She informed that her husband would not be interested in selling it. And she stated that it used to be Flip's boat. I wasn't sure if this was a Windriver or a Challenger. It seemed like the gunnels were lower. I wonder if it's still in that back yard?
     
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  6. Blue Zone

    Blue Zone I Love microskiff.com!

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    That was either Flip's "Last Flat" pictured in some of the photos that Bill posted earlier in this thread or a Wind River which he was involved with prior to HB.
     
  7. Blue Zone

    Blue Zone I Love microskiff.com!

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    Here is a photo of Chico Fernandez way back in the day on a Challenger with the original runabout cap before the guides started re-fitting them with the flats cap which we see today. I understand they could be rented in Marathon.

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  8. NDuncan

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    The first fiberglass push-pole was a reject pole vault blank that Dick Snyder made soon after he founded his Gator Glass factory in Hialeah. I got it from him and convinced him that there was a market for lighter weight blanks that could be made into push poles. N
     
  9. NDuncan

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    I took this pix. N
     
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  10. NDuncan

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    In 1969 Flip named his Challenger "Last Flat" because when I related the story about catching my 21 -2 permit record on fly in front of the Miami Sportfishing Club he asked where I caught the fish, I replied "the last flat", this phrase was used often thereafter to not disclose where you were fish'n. N
     
  11. Blue Zone

    Blue Zone I Love microskiff.com!

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    Well done. Got any more?
     
  12. NDuncan

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    Yes, however I am going out of town for a couple of months, when I come back I'll post some of interest. N
     
  13. kensfl

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    Love all this history. Please do post more when you get back.
     
  14. sjrobin

    sjrobin I Love microskiff.com!

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    Looks like that amberjack is headed for the dinner table. Looks like a long Shakespeare white glass rod. Bent double for sure with that tough jack. Nice old school pic. You should post more when you get a chance.
     
  15. billhempel

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    Norman,
    Can't wait until you're back posting. Will have to meet up sometime again.
    I'm now the Fishing Department Specialist up at West Marine's Ft. Lauderdale store. I'm there 8-4:30 Sat-Weds.
     
  16. billhempel

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    That would have been Karl Gloekner who now lives in Jensen /beach
     
  17. Action Johnson

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    Im currently reading this book, extremely fascinating! Im absolutely loving it right now!
     
  18. robwill54

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    Really nice old history here; really appreciate the cool boats and all the memories from you guys. Very much an evolution in progress.

    Bob
     
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