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Old 06-20-2016, 07:27 PM   #1
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Default First and last trip through the destin pass.

Been going out every Tuesday for the last month either launching from the beach or hanging out in the bay by the coast Guard station. This past week I got a late start but managed a few decent fish. At some point I decided it would make sense to head out through the pass and troll or hang out by the west jetty. Now I've been through the pass a ton on boats and should have known how quickly the conditions can change. From the bridge it looked calm but once I was past the finger jetty I realized I was in an outgoing tide. There were 4-5ft swells coming from all angles and this was compounded by the complete disregard all the boats seemed to have for me. I managed to get outside the west jetty and caught a big Jack as well as a bunch of hardtails. There was a large group of jetskis that were running laps nearby so I decided to head back in after 20-30 minutes. I honestly can't remember the last time I felt so nervous. Boats were throwing huge wake at me and the pass was churning huge swells from the outgoing tide. I almost got thrown into the jetty rock due to the fact I had large swells throwing me from behind. I had already accepted I was going to lose all my gear and was preparing to swim. Luckily I managed to eventually get inshore without taking a spill. I have no doubts that if I would have been on my old paddle yak I would have been swimming. Being able to peddle and use my rudder on my hobie revo kept my stupid decision from becoming a dangerous one. My biggest catch that day was a lesson in using common sense and respecting the water.
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Old 06-20-2016, 07:30 PM   #2
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Glad you made it back and thanks for giving others some input.
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Old 06-20-2016, 07:31 PM   #3
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With all due respect, that was stupid as hell and you're lucky to be alive. A kayak has no business in or near the pass, especially Destin pass.
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Old 06-20-2016, 07:34 PM   #4
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Wow. Just wow...
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Thanks for the post more than one kayaker will learn from it.
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Yeah, the pass is no place fer a yak.....really skinny and alot of traffic. Glad you made it back in w/ no issues.
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I've been puckered up in that pass before... and I was on a boat!!! Lots of currents doing weird things in there.
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I see you got it up for sell. It must of been tough.
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Glad you made it back safe.

Agreed with above, been through thousands of times on a 21 CC with some pretty crazy experiences
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@swc not selling that one, actually picked up a 2014 pa12 but had to buy all the other stuff including the sport.
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