So what is the fares distance into the GOM you have been on your yak? Peddling or paddling? Just trying to get an idea on how far I need to venture out
The better question is, what distance are you prepared to paddle.A friend and I once paddled to a rig that was just over 8 miles offshore.
I will never do that again even though it was awesome. We covered just over 22 miles through the course of the day and caught a ton of fish. I'd say a reasonable distance is inside 5 miles
You're right and I hate to sat it but from what I've been seeing on Facebook and here, I have a bad feeling we are going to lose at least one to the Gulf this year. Many people who have no experience in the Gulf or even in this area and our weather are buying yaks and expecting to jump in and do it all with out thinking first!You don't need to worry how far out these experienced seasoned yakers can go out.
For someone who has lost two friends to the sea in a yak in two summers, I recommend you not worry how far out you can go in a yak right this moment. The ocean is very mean, and can change at a moments notice. And the last thing you want to be sitting in is a yak when the seas turn and your a few miles offshore, with a STRONG out going tide. Just getting inside the jetties at that moment is gonna be extremely dangerous and crazy.
Flat seas can change quick, with just a little bit of wind and tidel change.
Don't be a statistic that we will read about several more people with in the next 6 months. It is not if or when it's gonna happen, it's how many times it will happen again this summer.
Sorry to be a party pooper, but its a fact.
Be careful in your new yak.
I cant agree with this statement. when we go out here on the boats and look for buoys (trap, long line and FADs) the large black FAD buoys and long line flags (size of ATV offroading flags) can be seen from over a mile away and the trap buoys are noticeable from almost 1/4 mile (10" round buoys") where as the orange and red buoys are much harder to spot and often aren't seen until within about 1/2 mile.Here's some things I give new yaker's as advice.
- camo yaks are 'cool' Bright colored ones will save your life
Best to you,