I am from Australia and fish a fair bit in the bay. Hence, currently I use a bay-type boat which crosses over to being a flats boat when chasing such flats species. However, in certain areas, chasing Golden Trevally on the flats, Aussie Permit, etc, a flats skiff would be ideal. Some of the guides are using the Hewes Redfisher which seems to perform well, however, I'm in my research phase and currently after looking at some forums, sites, reviews, etc, also, personal asthetic tastes, I've come down to a few choices:
Ranger Ghost 184
Hewes Redfisher 18
The Egret 189 has become top of my list.
I understand the differences between a technical poling skiff and a flats skiff so that is not exactly the issue. I also know, no matter what boat you are in, a cross wind, cross current spray is generally going to occur. I'm looking for you forumites who have extensive experience with these types of skiffs to provide the pros, cons, advantages and disadvantages, differences in the hull design and construction if possible to enable me to make a good informed choice.
To get to the areas where I fish, at times it can become choppy, especially during strong tidal surges. Most times, I am not going out to fish rough weather as the fish I chase do not respond to such, hence chasing pelagics such as mackerel and longtail tuna would not be a problem in a skiff.
I hope that information helps somewhat. And thank you for your responses