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Old 08-19-2015, 11:55 AM   #1
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Default best wind and tide conditions for a smooth pass?

I'm still pretty green as far as inshore fishing, and have owned a bay boat for a few months. I've strictly fished inshore, but would like to fish around and just outside the passes.

If I'm planning a trip, what tidal and wind conditions normally create a smooth pass or a rough pass?
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Old 08-19-2015, 12:07 PM   #2
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look for wind less than 10 and waves less than 2. ideal would be 1 ft or less and 7 or less wind. if coming from the north, going out will be easy, going back in harder. Assume if the winds do not change direction, one way will be easier than the other. Good idea to hook up with someone that has been there before. There is a learning curve. good luck ed
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Old 08-19-2015, 12:21 PM   #3
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I believe Pensacola is pretty wide and deep, unlike Destin, which can be a bear on any given hour of of the day.

Couple of thoughts to add to Submariner's that might be handy.

Easy rules are 1. opposing tides and wind is going to kick things up, so know what is going on before you head out. Look at forecasts and tide charts so you don't get a surprise. know the depth of the pass, and where the markers are BEFORE you get in the boat 2. when in doubt, have everyone wear their PFD going in or out. Not a bad thing all the time, but if you are concerned about the water, put on your PFD. 3. practice and get familiar with your boat. If you are out in the gulf and you have some good waves, practice going both upsea and downsea, as well as at angles. Broaching can flip you over and sink the boat, but know how it handles and what to expect, how to manage your power before you are in the pass and you will be a safer captain

main thing here is be safe. if it looks too scary or you aren't sure, simply turn around before you get too far into it and stay inside. if you are out and trying to come in, watch other boats, and pick one that is being safe and follow them in from a safe distance.

Just some thoughts
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Old 08-19-2015, 12:27 PM   #4
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Be careful

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Remember if your going to clear the pass, especially in Destin, you need to commit... dont go out there timid. Very dangerous and tricky to turn around in the pass once you are past the rocks.
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Thanks guys.
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No predicting Destin's Pass!
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Old 08-19-2015, 01:11 PM   #8
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Really just looking for Pass info in general. The most likely Passes that I'd use would be Pensacola, Perdido, Mobile Bay
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Pensacola, hang to the east bank, never try it in the middle, when the waves are rolling.
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Agree with hugging the east side of pensacola pass. And that you want the tide and the wind to be headed the same direction. This weekend is looking pretty decent.
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