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I fished solo almost the whole time I had both of my boats and enjoyed the heck out of it. I started out trying to fish with someone on my boat but it was nearly impossible to find someone who just wanted to fish and shut the heck up. I would run out about 20-25 miles, find a good grass line and drift it most of the morning until I was well rested and relaxed enough to call it a day. Caught fish, had some peace and quiet and didn't have to rely on anyone else who would always be late, not have fuel money, forget to pickup bait, have to leave right away without helping clean the boat, would only call when THEY wanted something.........you get the picture. My only advise is have plenty of safety gear, make sure all the maintenance is up on the boat and always let someone know an approximate area you'll fish for the day. I looked at it like this, if it's my time to go there's not a thing I can do about it whether I'm fishing solo 25 miles offshore or sitting by my pool drinking a cold beer. My time is my time......until my time is done I enjoy what I can on my dime!! Good luck fishing!!
The guy from whom I bought my boat (I won't say what size) would run out to the cobalt water alone without radar or any of that stuff. I can see the exhilarating feeling, but it's not for me. I actually enjoy fishing around other people because they are always friends and I like sometimes to watch other people fish. Calculated risk, I guess.
 

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Thanks for all of the advise everyone. Do captains and crew typically equally split fuel and fish? Also which is the more likely scenario:
1. Everyone has a boat but there's never enough buddies looking to fish.
2. Everyone wants to go offshore and there aren't enough guys with boats looking for a crew.
 

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I had a neighbor that walked over every time I hooked the boat up. He knew I fished solo a lot due to my work schedule. He never offered to pay for anything, never brought lunch or ice or anything - but I told him to load up, because I would rather have SOMEBODY with me if things went bad - and they can in a hurry out there. The way I looked at it was I would have had to pay for a deckhand if he wasn't there.
 

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301- there are definentley more people wanting to fish than guys with boats. Buy a boat and you will accumulate more "friends" than you will want. The hard part is finding friends with money, desire to help load and unload, and people who pull their own weight.
You are talking offshore which is a considerable amount of work. It may not seem like it at first because you are so excited about it. When the newness wears off, you will still love it (hopefully) but then you will really start to see "the work involved."
As for how to split fuel costs, you are the captain and that is up to you. I pay a little more than I ask of everyone else. I do this so that the others can afford to go as much as I want to go. Weather permitting I will go 2 days a week. I run about 50-60 miles round trip on average. It costs about $200 per trip. Most times with three guys. I charge them around $50 each on average. As you can see, this leaves me paying about 50%. If I charged more, most couldn't go as much as I want to.
 

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+2 to everything that has been said so far. As a retiree (military) I tend to favor the weekdays for the solitude. I have invested in most everything to include; coastal offshore life raft, portable VHF radio, PLB, VHF radio that is plugged into my GPS for distress coordinates, automatic inflatable life vests, Sirius XM weather overlay and Sea-Tow as well as an extra days worth of meds/food/water. My final purchases for 2014 will be a satellite phone, an auto kill device, and a body tether. Normal offshore range is 20-30 miles in a single engine (300hp) 24' CC. I watch the weather and never venture out in anything more than 2-3' seas. As mentioned earlier if it's your time to go then so be it, but having the above safety equipment should keep the odds in you favor. Tight Lines!
 

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I have done it for years. It may not be the safest, but it is my happy place. Nothing like being 30+ miles from problems, people and phones. I do enjoy fishing with others most of the time, but if no one is available it will not stop me from going.
 

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Going by yourself is the way to go!
Just you and the elements.
Second best is when my wife wants to come.

Caught my personal best, 72 pound wahoo, fishing solo

Very hard to beat
 

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this is a very interesting to me, since I go 95% of the time by myself. I bought a 2012 sea hunt gamefish 25 a year and a half ago, thinking that I would always have people to go with me. being from Georgia and being a retired fireman, I thought everyone would want to go. I only fish offshore 10 to 20 miles out. my wife won"t even go. I have been out about 60 times and had friends on bout 5 times. it is a pain to try and catch bait, I never anchor and end up spending a lot of time just getting back to my waypoint, time spent rerigging and cleaning the boat and equip., and a multitude of things that you have to do by yourself. tips to dock people, fuel (as said earlier, $200 a trip min., going 3 days a week). in the beginning I did not care if people went or not, I just wanted to fish. now I will beg anyone I know to go but they are not fishermen, they would rather go to crab island in destin. it gets old paying out the rear for everything. I have had ranger bass boats for the last 20 years before buying the center console, now I know what they mean about the hole in the water money thing. but I will keep on going till I sell this hole in the water cause I love to fish
 

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I do it when no one is available to go. When I go alone I tend to worry less about catching fish and use that time to do more exploring and looking for spots. Of course I still bring home a meal but I go to my more "speculative" spots and stay off the "lock" spots. When I have 6 people in the boat and I want to make sure they catch fish, we visit the locks.
 

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Inshore yes. Offshore no.
Too many things that could go wrong. Plus the more people on the boat offshore if it sinks, reduces the chance of you being eaten by a shark. You don't want to be the only bait in the water do you? Take "sacrificial friends", rub them down in Menhaden oil disguised as a newfangled Sun-Block and increase your survival odds.:yes:
I do enjoy the solitude of fishing inshore alone, but it can have it's drawbacks also. I pinched a nerve in my lower back one night netting a Bull Red. It took all I could do to navigate back to the ramp. I found it impossible to get out of the boat alone with no chance of getting it on the trailer. Thankfully one of my "non-sacrificial" friends answered the phone at 3.A.M. and came to my rescue and helped me get the boat loaded and back home.:thumbup::thumbup:
 

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Searched for this topic wondering how opinions may have changed with the current state of affairs. I want to go kill some trigger and mingo tomorrow but have never fished solo offshore. Debating it. I love the solitude of hunting. I figure fishing alone in a life vest with a clip on handheld vhf is safer than climbing a tree even with a harness, or battling corona from a friend.
 

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If you have zero experience in the gulf operating a boat, never go it alone. You need to know how to handle and maneuver a boat in rough seas. Take an experienced captain/operator to show you how to hit a wave and the do's and dont's before, during and after each wave or swell.
Otherwise, on flat days it's smooth sailing. But a storm can come up on you fast if you're not paying attention.
Not to contradict what I said, I solo all the time. I prefer the solitude. g/l
 

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Searched for this topic wondering how opinions may have changed with the current state of affairs. I want to go kill some trigger and mingo tomorrow but have never fished solo offshore. Debating it. I love the solitude of hunting. I figure fishing alone in a life vest with a clip on handheld vhf is safer than climbing a tree even with a harness, or battling corona from a friend.
What size boat? Kayak, sure paddle like hell. 19', probably fine tomorrow with the good forecast.

I go out 15 miles on my 19' when the seas are below 2' by myself.
 
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