For instance, captains who chase cobia and bonefish usually invest in a boat built with a poling platform or tower, or they buy a custom, aftermarket crow's nest or second station. Some add a bow platform for the casting angler.
"I fish two different kinds of boats," says Capt. Clif Jones, an Orange Beach, Alabama, guide (251-747-4702, www.shallowmindedoutfitters.com) who sight-fishes for cobia and redfish. "I have an East Cape skiff with a regular poling platform, and on the front I have a casting platform with a cage [rail] around it. On the right-hand side is a spinning-rod holder. The angler can grab it and go."