That's why those for whom nothing but the best in the world will do travel to see Sonny Hines at his shop on the river in Suffolk, Virginia. That group now includes Pat Thomas, the owner of the Bodacious, Hines' newest 63-footer, and Capt. Ron Locke, a former Hatteras factory skipper and mother-ship operator, acknowledged as one of the top fishing captains in the world.
I couldn't have asked for more perfect conditions to run a boat. Greeted by a gorgeous Florida winter's day sporting a northwest wind at about 15 knots, water near the beach just outside Lake Worth Inlet in Palm Beach was calm. In an accommodating fashion, seas picked up steadily as we headed out until we reached the Gulf Stream, where seas ran a good 6 feet and larger.