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I do not own a kayak but figured you guys would be able to answer a few questions.

I have a Bote paddle board, 12' and I usually fish inshore. This year I would like to venture out into the gulf a little bit. Id like to catch some kings off the beach and maybe a cobia.. I have a yeti that i strap to my board that i can stand up and fish off.

How far out do you guys fish from the shore? Do you troll for the kings?

Is there any close enought structure one could paddle to on a board, and is a depth finder a must have to find it?

Thanks for any help provided.
 

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Depends where you go honestly. You should t have to go to far out 1-2 mile if that. What you'll have to be careful of is current in my opinion. In August you should be able to get a king in the bay. I'd say you could slow paddle troll or free line live cigs. That's my next purchase. How do you like the Botes?
 

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I have a 12' board and in the summer when the skip jack get thick I will paddle out there with an inshore set up and catch them until i get tired. But as far as targeting kings/cobia I haven't tried and don't plan on it. There isn't any structure that i know of close enough for me to paddle to and you would need a bottom machine. Im sure there are some videos on Youtube of people fishing/trolling off a paddle board you could reference and give it try! be safe
 

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I fish from a 12' Bote and a Hobie Kayak. Wreck fishing around Pensacola seam to be 2+ miles out which is a bit too far for me on the SUP. (Wrecks are closer in Destin) Last Summer I did some slow trolling with live Cigar Minnows just outside the 2nd sand bar with the SUP. Caught a few Mackerel. Its a blast. I'm definitely planning on taking the Bote out more often this summer. Make sure you have safety gear planed out before you go, winds push you around a lot more on a paddle board, so you have to pick your day!
 

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Ill be watching the News for , if the Coast Guard finds you body.. stay safe and stay inshore.. most 40' + sportfish boats would never see you till you washed out from under their Stern.
if someone cant spot a paddle boarder or kayaker they have no business operating a 40' boat or any powered boat for that matter :thumbdown:
 

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Ill be watching the News for , if the Coast Guard finds you body.. stay safe and stay inshore.. most 40' + sportfish boats would never see you till you washed out from under their Stern.

As stated, if you can't identify an object in the water off your bow, you have not business operating a vessel of that size. I'm sure you don't just bump over logs sitting at water level.

Comments like that make it seem like you are out to get the Yak/SUP community. :thumbdown:
 

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Has anyone ever trolled an artificial eel for cobia In a kayak?
I had one hit a trolled gulp eel once. It was just inside the sand bar. My buddy hooked up on one too, at the same time. We saw them both and he actually ALMOST landed his (lmao...so close). Mine spit the hook after only a few seconds. Both 30 pounders. We didn't catch them, but I know a ling will hit a gulp eel on the troll...
 

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Ive done a ton of fishing off it last year and its a blast. Ive been all around the bays and sound. Real easy to sneak up on reds in the back bays. Figured I try out a few kings this summer. I figured as much for the nearshore wrecks, a bottom finder would be a must. Over in Port St Joe you can see a bunch of the wrecks if the water is clear.

I want to catch a Cobia, King, and Tarpon off mine this year. Wouldve had the tarpon last year in St Joe but the seas were too rough the whole time I was there, I did catch a few off the jetties though.

Thanks for the help guys.. Tight Lines
 
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