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Old 05-18-2013, 01:11 PM   #1
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I just had the oppotunity to buy a 2013 outback too good to turn down. I'm planning on lauching at shoreline tomorrow. Do I need to be concerned about anything or will it be fairly calm and safe? Of course I have a life vest but will there be heavy boat traffic? I'm just planning on fishing the docks or do I need to go deeper? Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 05-18-2013, 01:18 PM   #2
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Fish docks and I would always let somebody know where u r fishing.
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Old 05-18-2013, 01:24 PM   #3
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No more dangerous than driving down 98. Just do what you can to protect yourself with proper safety equipment and stay visible, and you should be good. Can't say accidents never happen, idiots all over the world no matter what you do, but I've never had a problem and I fish alone most of the time.
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There will be lots of boat traffic, treat them like a motorcyclist treats car / trucks. Keep an eye out for them, be prepared to react and let them know you're there. Get a whistle, wear the PFD and have your phone or radio handy...
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Just keep your head on a swivel!
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Old 05-18-2013, 04:47 PM   #6
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Maybe I'm just overthinking it. I've been twice now with my dad to grassy point, but there was nearly zero boat traffic. Now that I've got my own it will save me a thirty minute drive to go somewhere in pensacola. Is there anywhere else y'all would suggest? Anyone headed out tomorrow?
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Old 05-18-2013, 04:55 PM   #7
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Good rule of thumb, if you have to ask if it's safe then you don't need to do it, and you definitely don't need to do it without an experienced partner with some sort of formal training.

I know that's going to make me seem like an ass but I don't intend it that way.
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Old 05-18-2013, 04:58 PM   #8
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I've been in kayaks just about all my life, just never out of pensacola.
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Old 05-18-2013, 05:04 PM   #9
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The way I look at it is this-

Every boater is a jerk and they're all drunk and stupid. I know that's not true, but if I treat it that way I can't go wrong.
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Be careful and you might ask to fish with a couple of other yakers on here. Have you fished salt much either in the bay or the gulf?
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