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Old 05-20-2011, 11:46 PM   #1
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Hello everyone! First I would like to say that I am stationed in Cheyenne, Wyoming (F.E Warren AFB). so your information and reports are my only connection to saltwater fishing. I have gleened some valuable info from all of your experience however, I am need of some help if anyone is willing. I am going to be visiting Destin with my wife and brother (stationed at Fort Benning) June 17th. We wanted to do an offshore charter but it was a little out of our price range. So instead we are renting a 21 foot century for 8 hours (a little cheaper than a charter). We aren't looking for giant fish but more so numbers. We would like to be catching stuff all day. Now the issue is that we are a little unsure of where to go. I have looked at the list of coords that Half Hitch has but there are a lot to choose from. Does anyone have any suggestions in terms of locations. Like I said we have one day for 8 hours and we are obviously beginners. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-21-2011, 12:21 AM   #2
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Shoot me an e-mail, [email protected] and I will steer ya in the right direction. I'm stationed at Hurlburt Field here in Florida and fish out of Destin and P'cola a lot. Your coming at a great time of year and if the weather cooperates you will be able to hit some of the inshore wrecks and reefs (6-10 mile range)
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Old 05-21-2011, 12:31 AM   #3
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I would suggest you won't catch crap on your own. You can rent a boat, does it come with rods and reels? Tackle? Chartplotter? Fishfinder? GPS Numbers for fishing spots?

I suggest a walk on day long charter. I'd bet it's cheaper, and you are all but guaranteed to catch fish.

No worries about bait, ice, rods, reels, tackle, hooks, sinkers, etc.

You're on vacation... relax, show up on time(hungover is okay and entertaining), catch fish then tip the mate $10 each to clean your fish while you drink beer you stored in the rental car and trade fishing stories.

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Old 05-21-2011, 10:16 AM   #4
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You're gonna need tackle, gps, bottom machine, and the knowledge to use them... difficult for a one-day trip....... Plus, a knowledge of these seas, safety and weather conditions is imperative.

A head boat ...about $50 each will put you on fish....Sweet Jody and plenty others.....

A half day trip on a charter along with three others will also put you on fish for maybe $150 each......

Also try the 'Need a Ride' thread at the bottom of this site....Often locals will take visitors out and expect nothing but a fuel contribution....
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Old 05-21-2011, 10:28 AM   #5
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If you want to catch fish, a head boat is pretty hard to beat for the money. If you just want to enjoy a day on the water and catch a fish or two, go with the rental and just troll around. Either way, your not in Wyoming.
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