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Old 03-27-2017, 05:33 PM   #1
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Default Which Florida Port Is Best

...to fish the Bluewater from?

Shortest trip to tuna grounds?

Orange Beach...Pensacola...Destin?

I know Venice LA is most like the shortest boat ride, but not much for mommy and the kids to do there! LOL The Florida panhandle has by far the best beaches in the US!

I'm sure all three ports have plenty of near shore reefs, wrecks and live bottom to fish for the main offshore species...

Thinking to drag the SeaCraft over and do a little fishing this summer

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Old 03-27-2017, 05:49 PM   #2
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Orange Beach is closer but it's in Alabama, Pensacola is the next closest.
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For Tuna and deepwater rigs, Orange Beach, Petronis is about 65 miles. Petronis and Spur are about equal distance from OBA. Spur is SE, rigs SW.

For day trip small boat billfishing I prefer Destin. Decent fishing less than 40 miles out, when good/pretty water pushes in close.

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Old 04-03-2017, 04:19 PM   #4
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So how far are the tuna grounds out of Pensacola?

How far from Destin?

Figures billfish are in close...could careless about one of them...
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U can KM Bama A Tx! on billfish comment just trying to help. If u been at it since the 70's buy a chart and do your home work.

Now to be friendly add about 20 miles from Pensacola pass but check your distance from selected marina to pass.
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U can KM Bama A Tx! .
Not sure what that means...but ok...sorry to step on your toes about billfish too...

I guess I will call my buddy Hilton...been a few year since I last talked to him. I used to test numbers for him out of Sargent Texas when he did his first book. When I was running charters pretty heavy he was one of my sponsors...good excuse to give him a call!

Thanks for your help just the same! I like talking about offshore fishing...thought you guys might too.
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Called Tom today and he said he'd get me one of his books...said he had plenty still.

Boy has been busy though...him and partner have a patent on a new way of making reefs. He was telling me they can make one in about 20 minutes! He said they have a contract in the works with Alabama to make a bunch. He said they are going to bring their 105' landing craft over to deploy the reefs once the project gets kicked off!

He was headed to Biloxi Alabama today to meet one of his partners then headed over to shake his fist at the NMFS meeting. If you go to the meeting say hi to him...great down home kind of guy!
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Called Tom today and he said he'd get me one of his books...said he had plenty still.

Boy has been busy though...him and partner have a patent on a new way of making reefs. He was telling me they can make one in about 20 minutes! He said they have a contract in the works with Alabama to make a bunch. He said they are going to bring their 105' landing craft over to deploy the reefs once the project gets kicked off!

He was headed to Biloxi Alabama today to meet one of his partners then headed over to shake his fist at the NMFS meeting. If you go to the meeting say hi to him...great down home kind of guy!


Toms been an active member on here for years. Posts quite a bit.
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The meeting he is going to in the same neck of the woods "Majic236" lives. He need to stop in and give them some input on how bad a job they are doing with our fishery!

Tom didn't say which day he was going to be there, but knowing him he will be there everyday!
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