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Old 03-06-2015, 10:42 PM   #1
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So what is the fares distance into the GOM you have been on your yak? Peddling or paddling? Just trying to get an idea on how far I need to venture out
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Old 03-06-2015, 11:07 PM   #2
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A friend and I once paddled to a rig that was just over 8 miles offshore.

I will never do that again even though it was awesome. We covered just over 22 miles through the course of the day and caught a ton of fish. I'd say a reasonable distance is inside 5 miles
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Old 03-06-2015, 11:11 PM   #3
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about 3 miles a time or two with my paddle and the trip in is LOOONG after a day of fishing i promise you that................i tend to stay within a mile anymore
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Old 03-06-2015, 11:14 PM   #4
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I rarely go more than two miles myself. The long hauls used to be fun, but not so much anymore and I don't have to go that far to catch fish.
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A friend and I once paddled to a rig that was just over 8 miles offshore.

I will never do that again even though it was awesome. We covered just over 22 miles through the course of the day and caught a ton of fish. I'd say a reasonable distance is inside 5 miles
The better question is, what distance are you prepared to paddle.

Anything over 2-3, I am not comfortable paddling just due to pure discomfort by the end of the day. I did a 4 mile one way trip one day and made it back to shore completely dehydrated and on the brink of heat exhaustion. Wind flipped on us and we kept getting pushed further out.

When I upgrade to the Outback, I will more than happily peddle those distances but a VHF will be in tow, as well as mass quantities of consumable H2O.

I wouldn't suggest making a long trip a lone either, just because if something were to happen you have a buddy to help with the situation.

When starting in the GOM, start with shorter trip so you can adjust to being on the open water, its a different animal than the inshore life. Seas pick up quick and wind can flip directions in a heart beat. Also, on your first couple of trips, identify land marks near your launch points. Primarily stuff large enough to see when the shoreline becomes hard to see.
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Old 03-06-2015, 11:20 PM   #6
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not much of a kayaker but the last thing position I would want to be in is more then a few miles offshore and in a bind.. things can change fast in the gulf.. currents, rogue waves, etc.. I sure as hell would be wearing a life preserve and have a life support device around my neck!!
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Old 03-07-2015, 12:01 AM   #7
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The best thing is to ease your way into the offshore jaunts. Always bring plenty of water, power bars or other high energy snacks and both your VHF radio and cell phone. It's best to go with a buddy too.

After re-reading the OP, I should've answered different at first. I'd never suggest going over a mile until you're familiar with your own limits.
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apparently you lose sight of land at 7 miles and I've been to the point I can just barely see the hotels along Pensacola.

you don't really need to go more than 800yrds out to catch fish. Cobia, kings, smacks, jacks, sharks etc. the only time you might want to venture further is when looking for snapper spots. it will take awhile to locate good, non public spots (not all are private either, there's some sand out there that holds snapper) but start at about 3/4 mile out from the pier and make your way to Portofino and back looking for structure while trolling a deep diver or two. gradually make your way out to 2 miles (50 yards at a time) all while looking for bottom spots.

you'll catch a ton of fish and you'll have a few spots to hit close to shore on opener morning.
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I go as far as I can while I can still see land.
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Old 03-07-2015, 09:19 AM   #10
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I rarelgbgo more then two miles. However, as a new yaker please stay close until you learn your yak, your abilities and until you can read the signs (weather, wind, waves).
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