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Old 04-12-2013, 09:06 PM   #1
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I am looking into the rigs and hear about the Patronis, Ram Powell, Beer can and Marlin. They are all several miles beyond the range that I am confortable with. anyone know where the rigs start and where I can get a good set of #'s for the rigs to try and map out a run to some of the short ones? I hav eheard that there are rigs within 50 miles of Destin to the West?

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Old 04-12-2013, 09:37 PM   #2
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Out of Destin, unless you pack a lot of fuel and courage, "tuna" rigs are out of range in a 23' boat. Petronius is the closest deep water rig, and it is about 63 nm out of orange beach. Marlin is about 14 miles further, and ram Powell is about 10 more. (This is off memory, so don't blast me too hard if I'm off a few miles).

There are no rigs that I know of within 50 miles of Destin. The "50 mile rigs" are about 50 miles off of orange beach and dauphin island. There is the Tenneco rig out of p'cola, but there are just as many good spots closer to Destin.
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Off memory, Petronius is at a 29 14'/ 87 46'; beer can is at a 29 09'/ 87 59'; marlin is at a 29 07'/ 87 57'; and ram is at a 29 03'/ 88 05'.
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Old 04-15-2013, 02:52 PM   #4
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It may be worth trailering the boat west to Dauphin Island. Rigs are much closer there, but close-in rigs won't hold tuna. Plenty of other fish on them though. Petronius is 82miles from Sherman Cove, Marlin is about ten miles further and Ram Powell is 109 miles from Sherman Cove. Definitely a trip for a twin engine boat.
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Old 04-15-2013, 03:47 PM   #5
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Thank you SnapperSlapper and Mikvi! I am looking at getting Radar so that I can more safely go out. For sure you bothe have confirmed the distance is unresonable to go after tuna. What I am finding is that Venice is the best bet to consider.

You guys ever see any tuna out in the Desoto Canyon area? It has been suggested to get a Hiltons Chart for all that I need to consider. I have half hitches book of #'s for Bottom and trolling and it appears to give me a pretty borad opportunity. What time of year does the Dolphin and Wahoo bite heat up?
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:25 PM   #6
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I highly recommend hiltons chart to get a "global" view of the northern Gulf of Mexico. Speaking of Hiltons, there is a great color change showing on Hiltons Satalite service right along the SW Edge starting about 40 miles south of Pensacola and running all the way SW. I received some sparatic reports of fish catches but with this great water in tight Dolphin and Wahoo and White Marlin should turn on at any time. My first prediction of the year - the bite is about to be on big time!

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Old 04-15-2013, 10:17 PM   #7
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That is what I have been waiting to hear! A Hiltons chart is definitly on the short list! Thank you for the input! I have been told that the edge is a great place for Wahoo if you work on and off the depth change. Also trolling between bottom #'s.

Mixed bag here we come!
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Mattheboatman, do you prefer Hiltons reports VS roffs? I have two buddy boats and one uses Roffs and the ohter Hiltons. I am looking ot decide which to go with. Do you know if they provide the same general info?
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I like rip charts. It's cheaper.
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How much is rip charts
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