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The Lite Tackle (LT) Editions...

In the late 1980s and early 1990s most center console boats looked like a collaboration between boat builders and plumbers. High, wrap-around stainless steel bow rails and high grab rails around the console were the norm. Such rails were often made more for appearance than for utility. For light tackle anglers and the few saltwater fly rodders in North Carolina, high rails and large protruding stainless cleats were “line grabbers.” Furthermore, few, if any, V-hulled center console boats of the time had even the most basic rod storage for fly rods and other rods of nine feet or more.

It was during this time that Tom Earnhardt and a few other fly rodders were fly-fishing for false albacore and large drum in the waters around Cape Lookout, NC. For comfort, fishabilty, and safety a V-hull was often required in these unpredictable waters. Earnhardt was looking for a boat that would offer a fore and aft casting platform and storage to protect valuable fly rods.

Tom approached the Jones Brothers about manufacturing the “ultimate big water fly fishing/light tackle boat.” Throughout 1992, Tom worked with Donnie and Rob on a prototype for today’s Cape Fishermen line of boats.

The first Cape Fishermen was launched in 1993. That first boat had large pop-up cleats, strategically placed grab rails, fore and aft casting platforms, lots of dry storage, and the finest fly rod storage available on any boat of the time. It was the super clean interior that fly fishermen and other light tackle anglers wanted. A low console, large poling/sighting platform, and a unique rear platform bridge were also added. Furthermore, Rob and Donnie tweaked the 19’ 10’’ hull, complete with trim tabs, to perfection.

Soon some of the finest saltwater guides and anglers on the East Coast, including New Jersey’s Captain Dave Choinard and Outer Banks’ Captains Sarah Gardner and Brian Horsley, were offering changes. Their input has made the Jones Brothers’ Cape Fishermen Series the boats by which all other big water light tackle boats are measured.

The 1910LT Cape Fisherman was our first LT model. We've since released LT editions for several of the Bateau series.

Lite Tackle Models...

Cape Fisherman 1910 LT

Bateau 20 (std. configuration is an LT model)

Bateau 23 (std. configuration is an LT model)


Boats with an Optional LT Package...

Cape Fisherman 18 - LT option includes: Pop-Up Bow Light, Three Pull-Up Cleats, Cockpit Lights, Tackle Locker, and Console Rod Rack

Cape Fisherman 20 - LT option includes: Pop-Up Bow Light, Three Pull-Up Cleats, Cockpit Lights, Tackle Locker, and Console Rod Rack

Cape Fisherman 23 - LT option includes: Pop-Up Bow Light, Three Pull-Up Cleats, Cockpit Lights, Tackle Locker, and Console Rod Rack