|PICK-ME-UP: Jackplates are a common sight on shallow-running boats. Photo: Courtesy of Cook Manufacturing Corp.|
Conditions were perfect: dead low tide, clear water and not a breath of wind. I knew wads of redfish tails were wagging in Stony Bayou, a Florida Gulf estuary. Would I waste my window of opportunity poling through the rock-infested shallows to reach them? I mashed a console switch, raised my outboard seven inches straight up and idled within easy poling range of the tailers without dinging my prop or chewing up seagrass beds, thanks to my jackplate.