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Old 08-08-2010, 06:18 PM   #1
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A friend of mine and myself are planning a small offshore trip maybe 5 to 15 miles out, but his boat does not have a fishfinder. We were thinking a handheld gps will work, has anybody ever tried this? We are both new to offshore fishing,and we want to target amberjack, grouper, and kings. Are there any good public reefs in the area that are easy to fish? Just wondering whats the best way to go about this.Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-08-2010, 06:30 PM   #2
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I wouldnt waste your time without a fishfinder, and remember federal waters are closed anyways.
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Old 08-08-2010, 08:18 PM   #3
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You're best choice... look for other boats, approach slowly and tell them what you are doing. Simply say, "We're new and dumb and don't have a fishfinder... can we anchor near you? Where should we drop? Thanks..."

Good luck...

Best choice is to anchor or troll live or dead baits near the number 1 bouy for kings. Keep a rod ready for a cobia wherever you go.

The handheld GPS will get you close enough to anchor up to a wreck and put out a couple baits for kings though... you might get lucky with a grouper too, but it would be pure luck.

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Old 08-13-2010, 03:38 AM   #4
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gps will get you in the general area of the structure but will not put you spot on. unless the numbers you have are from someone who had a bottom finder and marked the right numbers. even if you take numbers off a top spot map and plug em in the gps, there is no guarantee that you will actually be over anything. the two go hand in hand. without both it's kinda hard to find the fish.
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Old 08-13-2010, 10:28 PM   #5
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I would troll near the spots, bottomfishing will be nearly impossible. You could anchor up current and or up wind of a spot, chum and hope to get lucky. Most public spot #'s are off a little requiring a bottom machine to find the exact spot.
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Old 08-13-2010, 10:55 PM   #6
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Make sure that you have at least a hand held radio if you go out there.
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Old 08-31-2010, 09:04 AM   #7
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There have been a few instances when the bottom machine would konk out during the middle of a trip. The first time, I freaked and nearly canceled the trip. I just motored up to the number and told the customers to drop down... We caught fish everywhere we went and I never told my clients that we were without a bottom machine until the fish were cleaned.
You must have tight numbers though, a published # could be 50 or more yards off. Good Luck!
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So long as the GPS works and you know how to use it, go fishing! Yeah, a fishfinder is good to have but being out there is more fundamental to a good time. If you like and your buddy have a good time watch the forum for a used fishfinder to put on the boat.

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Old 08-31-2010, 02:23 PM   #9
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Eagle Cuda 128 portable Fish Finder $50. It is in excelent condition. Located in SW Pensacola Contact me at 850-776-0204.
Saw this it might help
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Old 08-31-2010, 07:56 PM   #10
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Default FYI A hand GPS is accurate...

I've testeed them side-by-side with installed GPS......same accuracy.....

Big advantage.......no connectors to corrode................
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