News – Hewes Light Tackle Boats High quality backcountry fishing boats Fri, 19 May 2017 15:18:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 ABC 2017: Maverick Boats president receives leadership award Fri, 19 May 2017 15:18:54 +0000 Written by Reagan Haynes for Trade Only Today

WASHINGTON — The inaugural Hammond Marine Industry Leadership Award was given to Maverick Boats president Scott Deal on Tuesday at the American Boating Congress.

Deal received the award for tireless efforts in fishing and saltwater advocacy, said National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich, who announced the award during a lunch at the Renaissance Hotel.

“Get involved. You’ll get more out of it than you put into it,” Deal told industry members as he accepted the award.

Center for Sportfishing Policy president Jeff Angers gave the Eddie Smith Manufacturer of the Year Award, which is named for the chairman and CEO of Grady-White Boats.

“Eddie is a friend, a competitor and a partner with everyone in this room,” Angers said. “He is also a visionary leader who has impacted marine conservation in a way that few others have.”

2015 award winner and American Fish and Tackle Co. president Bill Shedd gave the award — an antique sextant — to Shimano American Corp. president and CEO Dave Pfeiffer.

“Like the man for whom this award is named, our honoree has wanted to share his passion for fishing with others and ensure recreational fishing exists for future generations,” Angers said. “His has been the leadership role in important battles for access to America’s public fishery resources.”

“The thing that was instilled in me was keep only what you need, respect the resources and take care of them,” Pfeiffer said as he accepted the award, saying that he was very humbled.

John Giglio, CEO of lunch sponsor Freedom Boat Club, addressed the group after the awards were presented.

“We are a very large contributor to the marine ecosystem, and it’s partnerships with customers like you that help make that happen,” Giglio said. “We specialize in several different groups of people that we introduce to boating or keep in boating.”

The boat club introduces lots of newcomers to boating, but also keeps lapsed and aging boaters in the recreation once they’ve decided against boat ownership, Giglio said.

The company, which continues to grow as the oldest boat club in the nation, also is placing a large focus on the Hispanic community, he said, adding: “We feel that’s a huge opportunity.”

Recreational Saltwater Fishing Coalition Lauds House Legislation Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:53:21 +0000 Recreational Saltwater Fishing Coalition Lauds House Legislation

Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization contains major provisions benefitting recreational fishing


Washington (June 2, 2015) – A coalition of organizations representing the saltwater recreational fishing and boating community congratulated the U.S. House of Representatives on its passage of H.R. 1335, a bill to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the primary statute governing the nation’s marine fisheries.


“The House action recognizes the increasing popularity of saltwater recreational fishing, which contributes $70 billion annually to the nation’s economy and supports 454,000 jobs in every type of business from marinas, tackle shops and boat dealerships to restaurants, motels and clothing stores,” said Jeff Angers, president of the Center for Coastal Conservation. “While H.R. 1335 isn’t perfect, it goes a long way toward addressing the priorities of the recreational fishing community.”


The House-passed measure, Angers said, reflects many of the recommendations of the Commission on Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Management, also known as the Morris-Deal Commission named after co-chairs Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops, and Scott Deal, president of Maverick Boats.


“The Morris-Deal Commission described six priorities for the future of saltwater recreational fisheries management,” said Whit Fosburgh, president of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. “The House action advances many of these priorities, and we look forward to continuing to advance the interests of the nation’s 11 million saltwater anglers as the Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization process continues moving forward in this Congress.”


Provisions in H.R. 1335 supported by the recreational fishing community include:


  • Promoting a more transparent and science-based review of fishery allocations;


  • Helping ensure that important fisheries aren’t closed unnecessarily by providing limited exceptions for annual catch limits;


  • Improving the accuracy of fish stock information through greater involvement by the states and incorporating data collected by anglers themselves.


In addition, during consideration on the House floor, an amendment by Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) was added that gives NOAA Fisheries the authority to implement management practices better tailored to the nature of recreational fishing.


“Rep. Wittman’s amendment addresses one of the key priorities of the Morris-Deal Commission – adopting a revised approach to saltwater recreational fisheries management,” said Mike Nussman, President and CEO of the American Sportfishing Association. “This provision will promote the consideration of management approaches that fit the interests of recreational anglers, as opposed to the current approach of applying a commercial fisheries management model onto the nation’s 11 million anglers.”


In addition, the recreational fishing community supports the inclusion of an amendment by the lead sponsor of H.R. 1335, Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), to better incorporate data collected by anglers into management.


“America’s saltwater anglers owe a special debt of gratitude to the leadership of House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and the legislation’s prime sponsor, Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska),” noted Jeff Crane, president of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation. “Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus Vice-Chair Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) must also be commended for his leadership in ensuring marine fisheries are fairly allocated to maximize the benefits provided to our nation.”


An amendment offered by Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.) to transfer management of Gulf of Mexico red snapper to the five Gulf States was not advanced. It was withdrawn by the amendment sponsor after Chairman Bishop agreed to full committee action to address the Graves legislation.


“The chief fisheries management officials in all five Gulf states have recognized what every red snapper angler in the Gulf already knows — that Gulf red snapper management is badly in need of an overhaul,” said Patrick Murray, president of Coastal Conservation Association. “We deeply appreciate Rep. Graves’ leadership in working to transfer Gulf red snapper management to the states, which are best suited to the job.”


“There are numerous positive provisions in H.R. 1335 that will ensure the nation’s anglers have access to healthy and sustainable fisheries,” said Jim D’Onofrio, executive director of the Recreational Fishing Alliance. “Recreational fishing is finally receiving long overdue recognition in the nation’s law governing saltwater fishing.”


“We applaud the House for recognizing that recreational fishing has cultural and economic needs that differ from that of the commercial fishing industry,” said Thom Dammrich, president of National Marine Manufacturers Association. “Passage of this legislation is a big step in the right direction for anglers, for boaters — and for the local businesses that depend on them.”



The Recreational Saltwater Fishing Coalition includes American Sportfishing Association, The Billfish Foundation, Coastal Conservation Association, Center for Coastal Conservation, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, International Game Fish Association, National Marine Manufacturers Association, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Recreational Fishing Alliance and Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.

Maverick Boat Company Has Record Miami Boat Show Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:46:07 +0000 Miami Beach, FL, February 16, 2015- Maverick Boat Company, Inc. (MBC) builders of the Maverick, Hewes, Pathfinder and Cobia brands reported record sales at this year’s Miami Boat Show. Celebrating its 30th anniversary as a company this year, MBC set new highs both in unit volume and total dollars.

Sales were buoyed by the debuts of the new Cobia 277CC and the new Pathfinder 2600 TRS, Pathfinder’s first offering laid out to focus on entertaining as much as fishing. The Cobia brand also saw brisk sales with the popular 296CC and 344CC, which debuted last year at Miami. The newly redesigned Maverick 18 HPX saw a strong response, as did the Maverick 17 HPX-S and 17 HPX-VII. Initially developed in Miami and still commonly considered a hometown brand, the Hewes brand continued a long history of success at the show. Sales for Pathfinders were equally spread across its six different models, with the 2600 HPS garnering a lot of attention.

This year marks the 29th straight year that MBC has participated in the show. The previous sales records were eclipsed by Sunday midday, leaving what turned out to be an unprecedented rest of the day and Monday that put the former records far in the distance.

“We all went into this show with great optimism but frankly the response to our products across the board exceeded our wildest expectations.  What a great way to kick off our 30th Anniversary year! said Scott Deal, Founder and CEO of MBC boats.

Located in Fort Pierce, FL, Maverick Boat Company is privately owned and operated and is the manufacturer of the best in breed boat brands Maverick, Hewes, Pathfinder and Cobia. For more information call Charlie Johnson at 772.465.0631 or visit

Interview With Captain Rick Murphy Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:21:20 +0000 Bio:

Through guiding, winning tournaments, and hosting his multiple TV shows. Rick Murphy has become one of the best known and most respected saltwater anglers in Florida and beyond. He has been a part of the MBC team almost from the start and has won tournaments in everything from the Hewes Bonefishers to the Pathfinder 2300 HPS’s, his current boat. He most recently won the 2014 IFA Redfish Championship and his show The Chevy Florida Insider Fishing Report was just nominated for an Emmy. Needless to say, Rick has figured out a way to leverage his life-long passion for fishing into an impressive career.

How did you first get started as a guide?

Well, I started “guiding” in Lake Okechobee when I was 14. I would take all of my dad’s buddies out on the boat during duck hunting season. I couldn’t drive at the time, so I would hook up the airboat to the truck and wait for them to get there. Then they’d drive me to the lake and I would back the boat off and we would spend the day on the water.

I couldn’t make a living duck hunting though, because it was only a 90 day season. So I started fishing flamingo in 1974. I would go out with some of the other guides who were in fishing clubs, and I would learn more about flamingo and guiding from them. When I first started as a guide I would only have clients 27 days a year, so I did a lot of part-time work to make a living. I waxed cars, and airplanes, and worked the midnight shift at my parent’s gas station. My parents always needed someone for the midnight shift, and I needed the money so I would sometimes work double shifts. Which meant that I would work all night, then leave in the early morning and meet my customers on the water. I did this for about 5 years. That’s when I finally had enough clients to guide full time.

Rick, when you first joined the MBC family you were a guide in the Florida Keys, now you have two very successfully shows, “Sportsman’s Adventures” and the “Insider Fishing Report”. How would you describe your journey from fishing guide to television personality?

Basically Maverick Boat Company inherited me. I was on the prostaff with Bob Hewes back before Maverick bought the Hewes Brand. The first boat that I had was a 1975 Hewes Bonefisher, I purchased it in 1984 and restored it. I ended up using it until 1987. Then I bought the first bonefisher stepped hull. I used that until around 1990. That’s when Scott Deal, the Maverick Boat Company CEO and President, started a deal with the Budweiser fishing team. He told them that he was going to sponsor the team, but that he wanted me to be in the boat. That meant that I had two boats. My 1987 boat that I named “Murphy’s Law” that I used for clients, and the Budweiser 18 Hewes Redfisher that I would take out for promotions.

Captain Rick Murphy in front of the Hewes Budweiser Fishing Team Boat, 1992

As far as my show is concerned, I was pretty lucky. Before I started the show I was guiding in the Everglades. I had niched out a market for myself in there, so when some people were looking to film some shows down there and needed a guide they called me. When the shows that featured me as the guide later aired on T.V., two guys happened to see them. Those two guys later became the guys that I started my show Sportsman’s Adventures with.  

The thing that helped us get the show going going though was that once we started was that we were completely different from everybody else. This was mostly because “Rick Murphy” as a brand had already been promoting products. I was working with Maverick, Yamaha, Scientific Angler Fly Lines, Motorguide Trolling Motors, etc. We had already established relationships with people in the industry. That made it pretty easy to transition our relationships with our sponsors from a relationship where we were given products to where we were given money to offset the production costs of the show.

Then, we were picked up by  Sunsports Network. Which is cool, because at the time they only had one other outdoor program. It was this guy named O’neil, but he and I were in completely different time blocks. After 1 season of my show, I got them to put our shows back to back. After that, the network received a ton of calls about putting more fishing shows on their network. There ended up being a waiting list. I was on the ground floor of that. 

How long have you been guiding and operating out of MBC Boats? How many different MBC Models have you had over the last 21 years?

 Well I’m going to have to list them for you. I’ve had the:

– 1975 Hewes Redfisher with a Yamaha 130. It was my first boat and I still have it, it’s at my house in the Bahamas.

                 -Hewes Bonefisher

                 -The remake of the Hewes Bonefisher. What I call the Bonefisher2

                 -The Hewes Redfisher

                 -The Maverick HPX Tunnel

                 -17 Maverick HPX

                 -18 Maverick HPX

                 -Hewes 21 Redfisher

                 -23 Pathfinder HPS which is what I have now

                 -21 Master Angler

That means that over the years I have had 9 different MBC models, but I’d be willing to bet that that equates to 25 different boats in the 25 years that I’ve been with MBC. There were also some years where I had 2 boats. For example, there was a time when I had a Hewes Redfisher and  a 17 Maverick HPX Tunnel. 

Murphy's Law

Captain Rick Murphy in his 1987 Hewes “Murphy’s Law” 

Rick, you’ve been fishing and guiding out of different MBC boats for nearly 30 years. Out of all of the MBC boats that you’ve fished out of, which one is your favorite?

Well that’s a hard hard question. What’s happened today is that fishing has become so specialized. We now are building boats for fishing situations. Before we used to build boats for fishing. Now if you want to be a guide who really wants to pole real shallow water you fish out of the new 17 Maverick HPXs. If you want to fish real shallow for redfish or bonefish that’s the boat you want. For me, going fast and fishing in tournaments is a huge part of what I do. So.. I would say that if I’m going to flyfish for tarpon, my favorite would be the 18 Maverick HPX with a 150 Yamaha. If I was only going to fish fairly shallow I would want the 17 Maverick HPXs, and then if I could only have one I would want the 23 Pathfinder HPS. That boat will float shallow, I can still go fish the wrecks and I can run hundreds of miles in a day no problem.

In My last tournament, I just won the National Championship Redfish Tournament, we ran 432 miles in 2 days in the Pathfinder to win. That’s 216 miles a day. You aren’t going to do that in a smaller boat.

You’ve fished with a lot of legendary guides and anglers over the years. Who has been your favorite person to fish with and why?

Well certainly Al Phfluger Jr. was a great mentor to me, and he taught me a lot A LOT about fishing flamingo, but then all the stuff that I really really learned about fly fishing for tarpon I learned from Stu Appe. Then I learned a tremendous amount about fishing the offshore species from Ralph Delph. All of those guys were great to fish with, but all for different things and for different reasons. I’ve had all three of them say to me over the years that, “I gave you the books but you were able to take what I gave you and expanded on it to where we never thought it could ever go to”, so when you have people like that give you a compliment it’s kind of pretty heartfelt, you know?


Captain Rick with Bonefish

If the conditions are right, where would you fish and what would you fish for? What tackle would you use?

Probably tarpon, I love tarpon fishing. Especially in Everglades National Park when it’s slick calm and warm and humid. Those are the conditions that really make that place get exciting.

As far as tackle goes I would want to fly fish with a 12-weight fly rod. Otherwise, I just love catching tarpon, and the reason why is because it’s a 6 foot fish that you catch in 6 feet of water, he jumps 6 feet high, and a lot of times you are doing it out of a 16 foot boat. That’s what makes tarpon fishing so special. It’s unlike anything else.

What’s your favorite fishing memory?

I would say winning the 2006 gold cup tarpon invitational. That is probably the top number 1, because when we won that we set the all time record. We broke the record for the most points in a 5 day period.

Number 2 was with Scott Deal and Mark Krowka when we were fishing the redbone series. The day that we caught 60 redfish 48 of them on fly, that’s pretty special because that record will never ever be broken.

To put it into context for you, we beat the 2nd place guy times 2. I’ll never forget, I pulled up with Mark and Scott and Mark was lying on the floor in total exhaustion, because from the second we got to the fishing grounds, until 3 o’clock, which was lines out of the water, he never stopped poling, and Scott never stopped casting, and I never stopped netting, taking pictures, and writing. We were out of pictures at 9:25 AM on the day. When we finished, we pulled up on our little Pathfinder tunnel skiff, and drove it up onto the beach. When we told people that we had caught 60 redfish, no one could believe it. At the end of the day our score was around 6800 points. The guys who won second only had about 3,400 and something. It was pretty crazy

You’ve won an exceptional number of tournaments over the years, as both an angler and as a guide. What would you say are the biggest differences between fishing from the front of the boat to poling off the back?

When you are in the front of the boat, your only job really is to focus on catching the fish. On the back of the boat you kind of see the whole picture. You see what your angler is doing, right or wrong, you see if his cast is either short or long, but at the same time there’s nothing you can do. You have all the pressure of having to literally coach this guy through every situation or scenario on your shoulders.

When you’re the angler, or when you’re on the front of the boat, you don’t have to go through all those processes. You are responsible for your own destiny. As a guide you aren’t responsible for your own destiny because you aren’t actually making the cast, you aren’t actually working the lure, or stripping the fly. As a guide you are only as good as your angler. This makes it more difficult as a guide because you can do all of the right things, and still not get the right results.

An example of this is one of the tarpon tournaments that I fished in a few years ago. We had 34 bites on fly on the first day of a 5 day tournament, but we only caught 8 fish. Could you imagine if we had caught…25? It would have been over. That’s the difference, as a guide you can only coach your guy through the fishing, you can only help him see the fish, but when you’re on the front you don’t have to go through all of that.

What 3 items can you not leave the dock without?

                 -My rod and reel

                 -My tackle box

                 -A gaff


What advice would you give to the fishing guides out there looking to make the transition into television?

Don’t sell yourself short. Know your value. A lot of guys out there in today’s world will give you the world because you gave them a sticker and a shirt. To put a TV show together and have it real quality, so that you have a product that you can sell, is expensive. You can’t start doing things for free. If you do, you aren’t going to be able to stay on the air for very long. 

You and our CEO and President Scott Deal have been fishing together for nearly 30 years. You’ve even fished on your show together several times. How do you think that our history as anglers has influenced our boats over the last 30 years?

Certainly the reason why MBC has always been the leader in the boat categories that they are in is because not only does the President fish, but Skip, the Head of Sales, fishes, Charlie. the Head of Marketing, fishes, and then they have had long looong relationships, like we are talking about here. Also like what they have with Mark Krowka and Mike Holliday. With that being said MBC also has  guys who are spending lots of days on the water, and  guys from different regions of the state and the country. That means that these guys are able to relay back to the designers and to the owners of MBC and express to them what they are doing with their boats today vs. what they were doing 5 years ago. This is what allows MBC to make changes and keep the fresh and inventive stuff coming down the line. This means that instead of following what everyone else is doing we are setting the bar that the other manufacturers are having to follow. This is also possible because MBC has a very loyal customer base, and an understanding that the needs of an angler today are totally different than they were 5 or 10 or even 20 years ago. MBC fishing has evolved, in my opinion, because of the prostaff who spend days and days on the water fishing out of the boats. They then have the type of relationships with the decision makers at MBC that means that they can have a dialogue and make suggestions. This ultimately means that we end up making better boats.


Scott Deal and Capt. Rick Winning the Don Hawley Invitational Tarpon Fly Release Tournament 

Anything else that you’d like to say before we end this interview?

What I would say to anyone who reads this piece is, whether you’ve been an MBC owner in the past or if you are one in the present, the key to having the right boat is understanding what best fits your needs. Your needs today could have changed from what they were 5 or 10 years ago. However, the one thing that I can assure anyone who is reading this is that at MBC we have a boat that will fit your needs, and it just comes down to knowing what you need. We have that.

MBC Open House and Oyster Mat Building Day, Nov 8th. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:12:16 +0000 Maverick Boat Company, Inc, (MBC) and the Coastal Conservation Association of Florida (CCA) will be hosting an open house and oyster mat building day at the MBC production facility from 10:00 – 4:00 on Nov 8. The address is 3207 Industrial 29th Street, Fort Pierce, FL 34946. Activities will include:

Tours of the facility showing how Maverick, Hewes, Pathfinder and Cobias are built.
Oyster mat building to aid in Indian River Lagoon oyster reef restoration.
Fishing seminars by MBC Pro Staff.
Displays by local environmental organizations.
Food trucks and giveaways.
2015 Maverick, Hewes, Pathfinder and Cobia boats on display.

For more information, contact Charlie Johnson at 772 465 0631, ext. 126 or

Hewes Launches Redesigned Redfishers Fri, 18 Oct 2013 14:30:38 +0000 For Immediate Release For More Information, contact:
Charlie Johnson – Director of Marketing
Maverick Boat Company, Inc.
772-465-0631: Ext. #126

Hewes Boats Launches New Redfisher 16 and Redfisher 18 Models

Fort Pierce, FL. March 5, 2012 –Maverick Boat Company, builders of the Hewes brand of flats boats, unveiled the newly redesigned Hewes Redfisher 16 and Redfisher 18 at the recent Miami Boat Show.

Keeping the same highly regarded hulls, the new Redfisher’s decks have been completely revamped to allow for more storage and a simpler and cleaner layout. Under seat storage at the helm has been expanded allowing for better access and more room. A new centerline livewell system with dual in-flow, bottom-to-top draining and a hidden standpipe enhances live bait carrying capability.

Shared by both models, a new console includes ample space for flush-mount electronics and an advanced fiber-optic switch panel with back- lighting and lighted switch tips that show when accessories are switched on. Low-light operation is further considered with standard blue LED interior cockpit lighting.

The boats’ forward decks have a single large lid that offers access to increased dry storage in the bow. The powder-coated fuel tanks, 21 gallon and 31 gallon respectively, are accessible from the bow storage lid and their new forward position offers better balance to offset the weight of today’s more common four-stroke outboards.

“The new 2013 Redfishers offer the classic layouts that have made flats boats so popular for so many different types of fishing. Large flush decks, voluminous dry storage, and state of the art construction and livewell designs offer the best marriage of experience and innovation,” commented Scott Deal, President of Maverick Boat Company.

Hewes boats are manufactured by Maverick Boat Company. Inc, builders of the legendary Maverick, Hewes, Pathfinder and Cobia boat brands. For more information, go to

26th Annual MBC Owners Tournament in Islamorada Another Big Success Fri, 18 Oct 2013 14:21:24 +0000 September 28, 2013 – Hewes, Maverick, Pathfinder and Cobia owners once again converged on the Florida Keys the last Thursday in September to fish the annual MBC Owners Tournament in Islamorada. Forty- two teams came from as far as Texas to catch everything from blackfin tuna to tailing redfish. Though full of seasoned anglers – some have been fishing the event for 18 years running- the weekend, like all MBC owners’ events, was as much about meeting new owners and catching up with friends as catching fish. Awards were handed out for high point Junior Champion, Ladies Champion and overall Master Angler. But the most coveted prize was raffle tickets. The tickets, earned in proportion to each anglers catch totals, were drawn for numerous prizes including Costa Del Mar Sunglasses, a Yamaha prop, a 8 foot Signature Series Power Pole and many other items.

Next year’s dates are already set for September 25 –September 28. In addition, plans are in place for a MBC Owners Tournament in Texas in April 2014 and a repeat of the June 2013 Beaufort, South Carolina event. Registration forms and more information can be found at Please contact Charlie Johnson, Director of Marketing, Maverick Boat Company, Inc, (772) 465 -0631 or with questions.

2014 Redfishers at a Show Near You Fri, 18 Oct 2013 14:11:26 +0000 Local Hewes dealers are scheduled to display new Redfishers at the following upcoming boat shows. Feel free to give us a call to confirm the models that will be available to be shown at the show you plan on visiting. (772) 465-0631 ext.126

Houston Boat Show Houston, TX 1/3 – 1/12
Atlanta Boat Show Atlanta, GA 1/9-1/12
Grand Strand Boat Show Myrtle Beach, SC 1/10 – 1/13
Jacksonville Boat Show Jacksonville, FL 1/23 – 1/26
Hartford Boat Show Hartford, CT 1/23 – 1/26
Charleston Boat Show Charleston, SC 1/24 – 1/26
Naples Boat Show Naples, FL 1/30 – 2/2
Raleigh Boat Show Raliegh, NC 2/6- 2/9
Mobile Boat Show Mobile , AL 2/7 – 2/9
Miami Intl Boat Show Miami Beach, FL 2/13 – 2/17
Springfield Sportsmans Show West Springfield, MA 2/20 – 2/23
New Orleans Boat Show New Orleans, LA 3/8 – 3/10
Orange Beach Boat Show Orange Beach, AL 3/27 – 3/30