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Old 07-03-2013, 11:09 PM   #1
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I fished inshore for years but started heading out last year. I found the Pensacola Pass can be an adventure! On Tuesday, there was a south wind with an outgoing tide. This was rough. I was wondering if i could manage better hugging the east side of the pass in the shallower water since my boat is fairly small. Advice would be appreciated.
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Old 07-04-2013, 12:47 AM   #2
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Gonna be even rougher where the waves are rolling up on the bar.
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Old 07-04-2013, 08:45 AM   #3
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If it's really rough, put on your life jacket and follow a charter boat in/out. They will take the best path and knock down the waves.
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My advice is if you don't feel confident going out, don't go. Just remember, you have to get back in... That's where most people get into trouble,
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If it's really rough, put on your life jacket and follow a charter boat in/out. They will take the best path and knock down the waves.
Please look closely to see if we're pulling trollers. I've lost a few lures and several hundred yards of line to boats who came too close. I cut one guys lines once.... long time ago.
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All good advice.....Not to derail but is it just me or is REALLY started to shoal up bad on the east side of the channel in the pass???.....It goes all the way south to the number 4 buoy now.....Doesn't seem like it used to go that far??
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Old 07-04-2013, 11:15 AM   #7
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My advice is if you don't feel confident going out, don't go. Just remember, you have to get back in... That's where most people get into trouble,
Best advice for sure! Do not, and I mean do not go to the west side of the pass! Those shallows with an incoming tide will kick your ass in a small (<24ft) boat. It's just not worth the ass whoopin! Fish the wrecks in the bay.
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Good question, I am interested as well. Is there a good resource for learning about use of throttle/tabs in rough water?
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If you are in a small boat you don't need to use the shipping channel to re enter the pass. It is always calmer along the east side. Like you said the rough water was the result of the southern ground swell and the strong outgoing tide. To opposing forces pushing together will make the waves really stand up. Use common since folks...It will save your life out there.
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East side for sure , west side can be dicey sometimes. I will come all the way across the markers coming from the west , to reach the east side . Between the markers is scary and dangerous , but the whole damn thing can be at times .
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