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Behind the Scenes: Das Boat

We teamed up with MeatEater and Off the Grid Studios to spend our summer on the road documenting the adventures of Das Boat. In each episode, this questionable vessel is handed off to fabricators for modifications before fishing with world renowned anglers in a wide range of environments. From beginning to end, it was exiting to document the action as it unfolded in front of the lens. I'd like to give a special thanks to everyone who was a part of this project, and if you haven't seen the full series you can watch it here



Our Journey Begins in the Lone Star State. Steve Rinella joins us for Epoisode One along with fly fishing guide JT Van Zandt to chase redfish, after adding a new Honda 40 motor to the boat (below).



Next stop is in Austin, TX where guide Alvin DeDeaux and chef Jesse Griffiths fish the local Colorado River. Jesse adds a grill to Das Boat to cook up some delicious bass, and Alvin adds some oarlocks and oars (Below).



Our next stop wf at the "Big O" (otherwise known as Lake Okeechobee) to fish with influencial anglers Oliver Gny and April Volkey. They added a Minn-Kota trolling motor to Das Boat, proving to be very useful on all types of water. ater angling. Ed paints tarpon, snook, and redfish on the side (below).



Our next stop is at the "Big O" (otherwise known as Lake Okeechobee) to fish with influencial anglers Oliver Gny and April Volkey. They add a Minn-Kota trolling motor to Das Boat, proving to be very useful on all types of water.



Das Boat is now a pretty capable machine with its recent mods. What else can be done to make this thing more sea worthy? Frank Smethurst and Mustache Rob link up with the guys at Sutton Marine near the Savannah River to fix the "Dolphin" effect that has been ongoing since Streve and JT added the Honda 40 in Episode One- the boat essentially bobs up and down the entire time it's moving, even on perfectly flat water. Not anymore. The guys also fix up the old center console with a new wheel and throttle mechanism that controls the motor, while Frank plays with a cottonmouth (below).



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