True datyou didn't state size or budget but no matter if it's 16, 18, or 21 feet... if your priority is the best skiff/flats boat to run open water 15 miles offshore, then there is only one "best" option and that is an Egret.
A real self-bailing cockpit, well made, and I don't think anyone with any integreity, maybe that's a little harsh so let me rephrase.. no one can seriosuly claim thier HB, ECC, Chitum, Beavertail, Maverick, whatever has a better ride or handles chop better than the same size Egret. Now, if you're looking to pole silently in 8" of water then there are better options.
Then get out your rubber ducky float and float yourself in or use a flats blaster rig. Which is a bank sinker at end of leader with bait of choice tied off where leader meets line. If you can see the fish you can reach the fishI have a 22’ bay boat but I’ve been limited to getting into ponds where I can see the redfish but can’t get to them. Frustrating when you see tailing reds
I would strongly recommend you look into an ActionCraft FlatsMaster in whatever length is best for you. The hulls have 17 degrees of deadrise at the transom, and they still float in less than a foot of water fully rigged and loaded. I have an 1820 and love it. Does it pole like a zero or two degree deadrise microskiff? No. Will it pole in five or six inches of water like a zero or two degree microskiff. No, but those will pound you silly in a serious chop. If you can find a boat that rides better than an ActionCraft in a chop which is still poleable, spinable and quiet, buy it. I encourage you to take a test ride in an ActionCraft. And no, in case you're wondering, I'm not in any way connected to the company other than as a very satisfied customer.Any recommendations? Looking for a skiff that can handle running chop in open water. We usually run about 15 miles in open water and want a skiff that you can handle some waves of the wind picks up while I’m out there
This isn’t true. Happy to show anyone interest in an Egret my boat to disprove this.From what I have heard the new egrets are a bad joke when it comes to craftsmanship. Not up to the standards of what the company was built on.