Finally got the Mud Buddy in the water and man am I impressed. We ran about 18-20mph with three guys, 90 dekes, guns, and all of the other crap we drag along. With nothing in the boat but two guys, we ran 22-24mph. What really got me was when we took it off the trail and were able to maintain 16-19 mph through lilly pads, hydrilla, stick grass, and even sparse bullrush. The only limitations we encountered were dense bullrush and the islands blocking up the Moore Haven canal. Even then, it wasn't a matter of the motor not pushing water but rather that the boat was high and dry. After getting 200yds deep in the bullrush, we turned it around, hopped on a plane, and shot right back out.
The hurricanes have dumped so much water that the Big O is flooded all over. There were some birds, but they were spread out. Since we missed out on scouting, the first few hunts were very slow. Finally tracked them down by Monday morning, just in time to head home and slide into class. Have heard many good reports from the Everglades, and look forward to finally being able to hunt that area properly with the new motor. Will make the decision between spending the weekend at the lake or in the glades after friday morning's hunt in the glades. Hope everyone else is dropping them fast up here.
Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.
- Publilius Syrus (~100 BC)