Next, we moved to an adjacent flat, where I climbed atop the poling platform. The skiff glided with ease in less than a foot of water, with virtually no hull slap despite the windy conditions. Maverick President Scott Deal is an avid fly and light-tackle angler who has spent countless hours stalking fish on the flats, so that came as no surprise. The Mirage tracked well, requiring only minor adjustments with the push pole to keep the bow from turning when wind gusts hit us at a 45-degree angle. Turning the boat with the pole was a breeze. I turned us 90 degrees in a couple of seconds using only one arm, a virtue when a school of bones or reds approaches from abaft the beam. When Yergens walked the gunwales, I sensed only a moderate lean, not enough to disturb my balance.