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Posted: Mar. 01 2004,07:24

How many of you folks are fishing or have fished "Off Shore"?

I'm thinking that "Off Shore" refers to more than a couple hundred yards from the suds. (which is the most I've ever done)

The only FLYC reports I can recall reading were from BadB down in the Keys. If I remember correctly, he's caught some nice fish too.

Is it that the fishing isn't so good or that the good fishing is just too far out?
Maybe it's not worth the hassle?

I'd like to start doing some paddles out to the great blue but I have no idea where to go or what type of fishing to expect.

What special considerations need to be given to safety?

What kind of yak-friendly gear should one consider?

I bet it's a whole lot different than pitching jigs towards mangroves but how?

I realize these are a bunch of questions but it's warming up and I'd like to give it a shot. :p

Any advice would be great.


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Tanner Offline
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Posted: Mar. 25 2004,16:17

There's like an ocean or something out there to the east, off the beach.

Hasn't anyone ventured out there to fish?

Does it just drop off the edge of the earth or what?

Any feed back would be great.
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PALADIN Offline
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Posted: Mar. 25 2004,17:07

It's a whole different ball game out there!!

Off shore requires a lot of prep and way more safety precautions than most of us practice now.

Everything and I mean everything must be teathered. You must wear your PFD in case a roller hits you, and getting thru the sets can be tricky.

But...... having said that it would be a kick to find an artificle reef not to far out and pull up some big ones.

I think the second reef might be a little far out but will look into the logistics


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Posted: Mar. 25 2004,17:43

I learned to yak in the ocean, and it was only later that I got into the flats.  After a time, I'd worked my way out to the second, then third reef and drop off.  I'll never forget my first big grouper, and especially my first King.  Awesome.  

As a friend said, it's hours of boredom followed by minutes of mayhem when you hook a king.  Sitting, drifting the 3rd edge and then your reel explodes and screams and it just won't stop.

Pal, you are right bout a nother world out there.  I learned to cope with lots of dangerous traffic.  Always wear a PFD and make sure it's hi vis.  No black paddles.  Carry a handheld VHF AND cell if you have one.  But a VHF for sure.  Fish with a buddy.  Never go with an onshore wind that can blow you out to sea.

The gear varies from lip hooked mullet or rigged ballyhoo run shallow, or at depths up to say 80 feet with a trolling sinker.  King rigs uses multiple hooks and/or stingers.  I got mine on a frozen sardine.  Some have successfully used big red and white jigs, or large feathered spoons.

It is a blast.  The father of our sport, Kayak Willie used to troll up to 20 miles down the edge of the Gulfstream from Boynton up to W. Palm, dragging 3 ballyhoo, shallow, medium and deep on 3 rods.  He has caught and released LOTS of sails, kings, wahoo, etc.

All major mindblowing large gamefish.  As far as I'm concerned this is as good as it gets.  

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Neptune4 Offline
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Posted: April 29 2005,17:48

How about 3M Hi-Vis Yellow or Orange Tape on my black paddles? Does it work? Have Solas Reflective Tape on the Back of my Mustang Inflatable Fishing Vest-But the vest only comes in khaki. I've noticed that the most visible part of the yakker, at a distance, is the paddle-even if it's black. It is always the first thing you spot-long before you have a visual on the PFD color. I'm getting all the accessories ready, Jim. Got the VHF handheld, cell,etc. Do you always carry raingear?
I have different sets of foul weather gear dependent on water temp. , when power boating. But, I'm talking about remaining in the yak, when it's pouring rain. Frog Togs seem OK in the summer. Also, they come in fairly visible light orange. Your thoughts?
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Posted: May 01 2005,15:43

My main concern of going offshore isn't the elements- it's primarily fear of getting hit by boaters. I would consider rigging up some type of flag like airboaters use, as in heavy swells a kayak will literally disappear behind the waves. My solution for the black paddles was to paint the ends yellow. The black/yellow contrast probably is more visible than a solid color. The Gulf Stream current also becomes an issue if you go out far enough, especially in Palm Beach where it is not that far offshore. I've never found it particularly difficult to launch into the surf as long as you understand you and your stuff may get soaked getting through the 1-2 rows of breakers we get here.

If you want to get an idea of extreme kayakfishing, check out the pictures and records section on kayakfishing.com

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Posted: May 08 2005,09:21

we always take the yaks out on my lobsterboat  then disperse from there. sorta cheating but who wants to paddle 7 miles to the reef?
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Posted: June 20 2005,17:41

Been in the surf riding waves but that it dont want to go into the wild blue yonder solo im going to try and see if a can have my buddy pull mother ship duty cause im not going out solo already ran into a shark inshore i think i saw a sawfish in the munyon island flats but he was 200 yards off would have liked to have gotten a better look if it was a sawfish his dorsal stuck about 8 inches out of the water
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