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Old 01-27-2016, 10:48 PM   #1
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I'm just wondering what distance is your limit when going offshore? Not just total distance, but distance from land as well. I'm thinking about heading to some structure that's about 3.5 miles out this weekend, but I've never gone offshore before in my kayak and I don't know if that will just be too far.
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Old 01-27-2016, 10:52 PM   #2
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Your first time that's probably too far. I'm in good shape and 3.5 out and back whipped me and that was during summer with perfect seas with light winds after a summer of kayak fishing the gulf often. Misread and thought you were talking about tomorrow. Saturday looks like it's going to be a pretty decent day to be out in the gulf but I would look at somewhere closer in for your first trip

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Thanks for the advice. I was thinking it was pretty far, but I just don't know what all I can do yet. I'm itching to get out there and catch something other than a red or speck!
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This time of year I wouldn't risk it. Especially if you haven't done it before. The Gulf is cold and an unforgiving bitch.

Under optimum conditions four miles is about as far as I am personally comfortable. Not to mention, there really isn't much I can't catch at a mile and a half that I can catch 4 miles out.
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Hey JD, I don't know if you remember or not but me and 2 of my friends went on a kayak charter with you in early may of 2014. I think you said it was the first time you took 3 people out.

If you say don't do it, then I damn sure won't.
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This time of year I wouldn't risk it. Especially if you haven't done it before. The Gulf is cold and an unforgiving bitch.

Under optimum conditions four miles is about as far as I am personally comfortable. Not to mention, there really isn't much I can't catch at a mile and a half that I can catch 4 miles out.
I don't kayak fish, but Jason's right. The weather this time of year is very unpredictable. If you've never been off the beach in one I wouldn't even entertain the thought of going a mile, much less 3. Whatever you do just be careful in the gulf. Already had a couple of people go missing in the gulf on kayaks in recent months.
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It also depends on the kayak. I owned a Ocean Kayak Prowler and I could paddle around all day and get somewhere fairly quickly. The PA14 I have right now is a lot heavier, and while it is leg powered, it still requires a lot more energy and effort to get from A to B.
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I've been offshore yakking for a long time and I wouldn't go more than a couple miles in the winter. I will agree with the above that certain models travel through chop and rough seas much better but that's only an advantage to a certain degree. I can eat through any sea conditions in my Trident 13 but I still wouldn't want to get caught by a hard blow out of the North.

I do a couple "long" trips every season (4+ miles) but I wait for perfect weather windows that pattern out for two or more days. This time of year, that kind of weather forecast doesn't exist.
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A lot of great advice from some VERY salty kayak fisherman.

I echo everything they have said thus far. Going offshore is a risk anytime, especially during the winter. The elements are much harsher this time of year than the summer. Shoot, i was out in the bay Monday, weather man predicted 63 degrees sunny and pleasurable. Around noon it turned to over cast, strong wind out of the north and COLD. It was like night and day the difference in the conditions.

Every now and then guys will plan for a group trip 3-4 miles off shore. Traveling in numbers that far is always a good idea.
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A lot of great advice from some VERY salty kayak fisherman.

I echo everything they have said thus far. Going offshore is a risk anytime, especially during the winter. The elements are much harsher this time of year than the summer. Shoot, i was out in the bay Monday, weather man predicted 63 degrees sunny and pleasurable. Around noon it turned to over cast, strong wind out of the north and COLD. It was like night and day the difference in the conditions.

Every now and then guys will plan for a group trip 3-4 miles off shore. Traveling in numbers that far is always a good idea.
This. Always. Nearshore is one thing, but a long haul out in a plastic boat by yourself is not a solo operation.
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