Stefan wants to catch a bucketmouth. A big fat sowbelly bass. One of those slobs from the Florida strain that looks like it could swallow a cat. There's only one problem. Mike's got his heart set on false albacore. Me? I want, more than anything, to hook a snook. Three fishing buddies, three different wish lists, one trip. How are we going to work this one out?
We look at a map of Florida. It has tremendous offshore fishing on the East Coast. Right in the middle of the map sits a giant freshwater lake replete with trophy largemouth bass. And then there's Southwest Florida, with all the backcountry opportunities an angler could want. We look a little closer. On the East Coast, the St. Lucie Canal connects the Atlantic Ocean to Lake Okeechobee. From the other shore, the Caloosahatchee River runs westward, dumping into the Gulf of Mexico in Ft. Myers, Florida-a stone's throw from the Ten Thousand Islands and inshore angling paradise. Hmm…
If we could find the right boat, we could do it all, complete the "Fishing Trifecta" of freshwater, inshore, and offshore angling all in one trip. We'd need a boat with the ability to get skinny and go deep, a boat equally at home in the sargassum offshore and the lily pads in the freshwater shallows. We'd need a bay boat. Specifically, a Polar 2110 Bay Boat with a 150-hp Yamaha four-stroke. Done.
We load the Polar 2110 with offshore tackle, light spinning gear, fly rods, and everything under the sun to complete our mission. We point the bow out the Lake Worth Inlet in Palm Beach, Florida, and head offshore ready to prove that, with the right boat and the right plan, we can win the Triple Crown. And make three different wishes come true.