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Old 06-29-2011, 04:55 PM   #1
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I am visiting Destin 16-30 July. I would like to fish off shore 20 miles ?? I have GPS, kicker motor, EPIRP, VHF, ETC. and have experience in the past with my boat of the time 24' Beachcraft.

Is it reasonable (prudent) to plan that kind of fishing if I keep a good eye on the weather or should I fish inshore.

I appreciate any advice.

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Old 06-29-2011, 04:58 PM   #2
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Maybe not that far out, but go for it if the weather is ok. What kind of motor do you have on it?



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I have a rebuilt 87 70HP Mercury outboard with a rebuilt 8 HP johnson kicker..... 30MPH with Merc.... 8 MPH with kicker.
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Old 06-29-2011, 05:02 PM   #4
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I take a 17' cape out 15+ miles on a regular basis, but only when the 12 mile bouy out of OB reads 1.6' or less. It's not fun traveling that far when it gets over 2.0'
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I have a rebuilt 87 70HP Mercury outboard with a rebuilt 8 HP johnson kicker..... 30MPH with Merc.... 8 MPH with kicker.
Let this be thine inspiration:

http://youtu.be/MnHJufjSyAg

Keep an eye on the wave levels because it could turn unpleasant.



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Old 06-29-2011, 05:08 PM   #6
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good advice thanks ........ not fun when 69 hitting bumps
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Old 06-29-2011, 06:36 PM   #7
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If you are prepared and knowledgable you should have no problem. Just keep an eye on the seas and weather.
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Old 06-29-2011, 06:43 PM   #8
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Thanks Ocean Master (and all others)

I always "err on the side of caution" Got caught in a thunderstorm "Squall" once when I was young (40) that scared me so bad I gave up fishing forever! Good thing my "forgetter" works so good. Forever only lasted a week, but taught ne a valuable lesson. No one more cast, when the weather station hints of trouble, get home QUICK!! Dont mess with Mother Nature!
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Be careful of a SW wind and an outgoing tide at the Destin pass. Can stack up real quick on you and especially in that size boat. But that being said, I have had a 16' Starcraft with a 60hp mercruiser regularly 25-30 miles offshore. Of course that was in the dumber and dumb days!!!
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I have a 16ft bay boat and if the weather is right you shouldn't have a problem at all.
In my experience you won't really know until you hit the water, if you can keep going. I have used every weather and marine site possible and several days I have gone out thinking it wouldn't be a problem, then bang waves are breaking everywhere. But I have been off shore probably 8 times this month in my 16ft. Some days they call for wind and its slick.
Just go and turn around if rough!
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