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Old 06-13-2018, 02:59 PM   #1
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Ok, before I get too far in depth, my family will be at Miramar beach on the week of July 14th through the 21st. My son and I have spent many an hour in the kayak on swift rivers and rough lakes, but have never been in the Gulf before. Usually when we're on this trip we like to spend our early mornings fishing from the surf, but this year we are thinking about bringing our kayaks. Now keep in mind that these are the inexpensive WalMart brand yaks. The Lifetime Tamarack Angler 10' fishing kayak to be exact. They are sit-on-top yaks.

So, here are my questions (I'll put them in number form...maybe you experts and answer in the same)"

1. Can we safely launch from the beach even though we will not be around any piers or rock jetties?

2. Without getting 'too' far from shore, will we even be able to catch anything, fishing this way?

3. Is there any reason it wouldn't be safe for us to fish like this even though we will have life jackets on?

4. If all else is okay, what types of fish might we be able to catch?

5. What else am I forgetting to ask?

I apologize for asking all these questions, but I've looked all over the web and have found absolutely nothing on these topics. Please advise. Your help is greatly appreciated.
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There should be tons and tons of info about rigs and what to fish for etc.....but to answer your questions,

1. Yes. Obviously use common sense and don't head out in terrible seas.Early in the am is usually calmer and better fishing.

2. There will be plenty to catch. Spanish mackerel, Kingfish, bonita, etc etc...

3. It's fairly safe and currents aren't generally terrible. If you're going to go out a mile or two, buy you a handheld VHF radio and learn how to use it before you go.

4. See number 2.

5. You have lots and lots of time to read and formulate more questions. Get on youtube. Watch videos that are based in pensacola like 30milesout, etc.... There's plenty of resources out there to lead ya in the right direction.
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Old 06-13-2018, 03:38 PM   #3
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Ok, before I get too far in depth, my family will be at Miramar beach on the week of July 14th through the 21st. My son and I have spent many an hour in the kayak on swift rivers and rough lakes, but have never been in the Gulf before. Usually when we're on this trip we like to spend our early mornings fishing from the surf, but this year we are thinking about bringing our kayaks. Now keep in mind that these are the inexpensive WalMart brand yaks. The Lifetime Tamarack Angler 10' fishing kayak to be exact. They are sit-on-top yaks.

So, here are my questions (I'll put them in number form...maybe you experts and answer in the same)"

1. Can we safely launch from the beach even though we will not be around any piers or rock jetties?

2. Without getting 'too' far from shore, will we even be able to catch anything, fishing this way?

3. Is there any reason it wouldn't be safe for us to fish like this even though we will have life jackets on?

4. If all else is okay, what types of fish might we be able to catch?

5. What else am I forgetting to ask?

I apologize for asking all these questions, but I've looked all over the web and have found absolutely nothing on these topics. Please advise. Your help is greatly appreciated.
1. For launching from surf, depends on surf conditions. Yellow or red flag, I wouldn't advise.
2. Probably
3. Wave conditions. On a calm day, there should be little or no problems.
4. Pompano, spanish mackerel, ladyfish, hardhead catfish, whiting
5. Just have to remember that kayaking in the surf is harder than kayaking on a lake, and different than kayaking in a river. Make sure you have all your fishing gear secured (tied down).

I'm not an expert, but I have been kayaking in the Gulf since about 2001.
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Old 06-13-2018, 04:26 PM   #4
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Awesome guys. Thanks a lot. One other question, do we need to find a reef or some structure or is that not as important as I thought it was?


Also, why is it that one second I look at this post and there is a response from jeremyledford and the next time I look his post isn't there?

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Awesome guys. Thanks a lot. One other question, do we need to find a reef or some structure or is that not as important as I thought it was?


Also, why is that one second I look at this post and there is a response from jeremyledford and the next time I look his post isn't there?
IDK, my post is still above as far as I can tell. If you want to fish for spanish and kingfish and troll for bonita etc you won't need to find a reef.
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Yeah, its showing up now. IDK!

So, what if i want to catch something I can take home and feed the family with?
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Yeah, its showing up now. IDK!

So, what if i want to catch something I can take home and feed the family with?
You can eat alot of the things that you will catch while beach yakking.
Kings, Spanish, Bluefish (bleck, but some eat them), Pompano, Whiting, etc.

Dont eat the hardhead catfish, and most will tell you not to eat Bonita. But there are quite a few "catch and cook" vids on Youtube where people eat them and say that they are fine. I'm gonna give it a shot on the next one that I catch.
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Are pompano 'catchable' by kayak...in mid July?
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Are pompano 'catchable' by kayak...in mid July?
Occasionally. I've caught some in July, but never a keeper size.
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Well, from all of your help, it seems that Kings and Spanish may be my best bet. Do you guys have any tips on the best way to catch them? Live bait...artificials? Troll....jigging?
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