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Old 10-07-2011, 05:50 PM
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Default Best Place to Live and Fish in the Gulf Coast?

If you were retiring from work tomorrow and could pick a place to live and fish where in the gulf coast would it be. Here are my variables, the cost of living needs to be affordable, most of the stuff you and your wife might need must be close by, somewhat safe, and good access to fishing. Lets hear it......
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Venice, FL.
I live on Marco Island. Not cheap to buy a house but renting one is an option.
Naples has lots of rentals.
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Pensacola/Gulf Shores.
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How far of a run is it from Pensacola/Gulf Shores to get out to blue water?

No thanks on Miami, was born and raised there, its nice to visit but not my idea of a safe affordable place to retire.Oh and its not on the Gulf Coast!....grin
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How far of a run is it from Pensacola/Gulf Shores to get out to blue water?
sometimes 30 miles sometimes 100+ miles.
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Old 10-07-2011, 10:21 PM
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Tarpon Springs area--
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What is your preferred species? Inshore (trout and Redfish), bottom(snapper and jacks) or bluewater fishingPelagics ?
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Dauphin Island- Only 20 minutes to Mobile, has the bird santuary to explore, Sand Is. to explore, great inshore fishing, and even better offshore fishing. Alot smaller than most of our tourist towns like Orange Beach, and alot more laid back, plus the cost of living is way more affordable.
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Marco Island. There is still some deals but is a little higher then some other places. If you come to Marco you will see why. You have the Gulf, you can go to the Keys or you can go to the Atlantic. Hardly any crime and not as crowed as the East Coast. A drive to the East Coast is only less then two hours. Good luck in your search.
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Thanks for the insight fellas, I am mostly looking for Pelagic fish, inshore is something I would do when its too rough to go outside. Its very new to me understanding how far a guy has to go to get to good fish in the Gulf Coast, not like catching sails right off the beach in Miami.The green to blue line isnt very far out.
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Thanks for the insight fellas, I am mostly looking for Pelagic fish, inshore is something I would do when its too rough to go outside. Its very new to me understanding how far a guy has to go to get to good fish in the Gulf Coast, not like catching sails right off the beach in Miami.The green to blue line isnt very far out.
If by Pelagic you mean Tuna, Marlin, Wahoo, etc then your best bet would be the upper Gulf Coast(I hear people in my area refer to Kings, Spanish, Bonita, Cobia as the Pelagics). If you are looking for creature comforts, I would reiterate Pensacola or Gulf Shores. You can be at the rigs fishing for Yellowfin ~70 miles + offshore or head out to The Edge, Nipple, Spur, etc for open water fishing. Numerous artificial reefs in the area off of that stretch of coast makes for very good bottom fishing.

I live just north of Tampa and fish/boat in the Gulf off of St Pete. I enjoy living here, but the fishing here just can't compare to what I experienced fishing from Venice, La over to Destin, Fl. Also, a lot of the people here are pretty nice but most of the folks along the Northern Gulf Coast are the most sincere, genuine, friendly people that you will meet.
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It depends a lot on what you want, my advise, rent a RV and go see them all and see what you like best. I just made the same decision, not where to retire but where to settle down and set up, and I ended up in AL. I spent a year deciding and in the end the wife and I did a plus and minus list. Good luck. Anywhere you end up is good on the gulf coast.
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Gulf Shores (Ft Morgan) is paradise!!!! moved here 6 yrs ago... and still blown away by the fishing inshore/offshore... PARADISE!!!!!!
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Did you want a place on the water with your own boat dock that has inshore fishing and also access to the Gulf? If so, Myrtle Grove is 30 miles from New Orleans and 22 miles to the Gulf by water. The inshore fishing is in the marshes and bays between your house and the Gulf. You can access the same areas that the Venice, and Grand Isle, La boats fish. Plaquemines Parish has hardly any crime. There are a couple of places available for about $400,000. Expect to pay about $10,000 a year for wind damage insurance which is typical for most areas right on the coast, whether in Louisiana, Alabama, or Florida.
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Affordable is subjective. What price range house are you looking at?
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Pensacola with the close deeper water at the edge 20 some miles south.
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Thanks for the insight fellas, I am mostly looking for Pelagic fish, inshore is something I would do when its too rough to go outside. Its very new to me understanding how far a guy has to go to get to good fish in the Gulf Coast, not like catching sails right off the beach in Miami.The green to blue line isnt very far out.
Destin or SE Louisiana are the closest to blue water pelagics.
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By all means, try the areas. My wife and I asked this question 20+ years ago. We've considered from Marco Island to Grand Isle, LA. If you aren't in to RVs, You can "snowbird" on the coast off-season for very reasonable prices, and then explore other areas. Taxes are different, as are other expenses, so your homework can pay off, long-term. Since offshore is so very wind-dependent, you might want to consider in-shore and back-country options for the times you can't get out.
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