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Old 06-20-2013, 03:59 PM   #1
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Default How to know you're in State Waters

What's the easiest way to make sure I'm inside 9nm? Is there a certain longitude that I simply need to stay inside (north) of? I don't want to find myself in federal waters catching snapper after the fed waters are closed.

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Old 06-20-2013, 04:19 PM   #2
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There is no set North coordinate line you can stay inside of because the state lines are not parallel to a North coordinate line. Just like for the west end of Baldwin county you'd have to stay inside of approximately 30.20 N while on the east end/state line side with Florida you'd have to stay inside of 30.23 N for AL's 3nm limit. At the AL/FL state line 9nm is around 30.14 N but then over at Pensacola Beach and Navarre the mark is around 30.19 N and 30.24 N respectively.

Your GPS (depending on make, model, "quality") should show state water boundaries. If not and I were you, I'd make sure to purchase the maps to show it. $100 for a map is sure less expensive than a game and fish ticket...

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Old 06-20-2013, 06:43 PM   #3
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When does federal water close
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