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Old 05-19-2019, 05:16 AM
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I have thousands of hours running offshore but zero hours staying overnight. As the captain I need to be loaded with knowledge. We will be running offshore 50 miles. At 40 miles water is 130 feet so we can come in some to anchor. Obviously we will look for an ideal weather window

For those that have done it, give me your knowledge!
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Old 05-19-2019, 05:54 AM
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overnight trips are the best. one thing to keep in mind is to manage your batteries. I leave an engine on or run the generator at all times. Bait pumps, lights, stereo all take their toll after sitting on the hook all night. Bean bags will be your best friend when the bite shuts off and it's time to sleep. Most important thing is chum, make lots of chum. We make two 5 gl pails and deploy a scoop every 5 minutes and the snapper will be boiling behind the boat
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Old 05-19-2019, 05:59 AM
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Get plenty of rest beforehand. Wait for a good weather window. Keep your dash and electronics dimmed so your night vision is not diminished. Stay vigilant for other traffic especially if near shipping lanes and be prepared to take evasive action. Enjoy!

Night fishing can be an awesome experience when everything is right, full moon, calm seas and more stars than you've ever seen. It can also be miserable beyond belief when things aren't.
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Get plenty of rest beforehand. Wait for a good weather window. Keep your dash and electronics dimmed so your night vision is not diminished. Stay vigilant for other traffic especially if near shipping lanes and be prepared to take evasive action. Enjoy!

Night fishing can be an awesome experience when everything is right, full moon, calm seas and more stars than you've ever seen. It can also be miserable beyond belief when things aren't.
Do you recommend a watch person or can everyone sleep? Obviously we would leave nav lights on and maybe the back speader
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Do you recommend a watch person or can everyone sleep? Obviously we would leave nav lights on and maybe the back speader
Absolutely, positively always have someone on watch. You are likely the smallest boat out there and freighters would suffer no damage whatsoever running over you. Unless they're very experienced and you trust them with your life (literally!), dont assign watch duty to inexperienced crew alone. Two at a time is better to keep each other alert.
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We always have someone awake - usually me, but I get a break around 11-1, then am good to go the rest of the night, and all the way in. Never tried two nights. My boat has a cabin with twin bunks, but bean bags are great! Sometimes, the fishing right at dawn is spectacular, and overnight is about the only way to experience it. Keeping hydrated can be a real challenge, along with being alert the long ride home. Nobody sitting in a bean bag can stay awake on the ride home.
You really need a good first aid kit, and knowledge to use it, when home is a long way away.
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Old 05-19-2019, 06:40 AM
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Yes,.... absolutely an alert lookout all night who knows how to operate the boat.
You write a bit of conflicting info there. You talked about dropping the hook, and of keeping your nav. lights on. It is one or the other, but not both.
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Old 05-19-2019, 06:52 AM
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I'm sure OP meant anchor light....
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Yes keep someone or 2 on watch, small shifts and rotate the sleeping. Bean bags are good but a single blow air mattress or pool lounge float is better for night time snoozing. 85% of our trips are overnite. You’ll enjoy it but just make sure to keep watch, like stated, a a freighter will never feel running your boat over. Keep nav lights on and if you can some spreader lights as well. Every little bit helps
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Originally Posted by Clarkspoon View Post
I'm sure OP meant anchor light....
Yes sir. It's what I get for typing to fast and not thinking 😁
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Set up your radar guard zone as a backup for the people on watch. Also invest in an ALS transmitter/receiver so the other ships know you are there and they know you are there.
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Not sure where you are but most who overnight fish all night. Sleep in shifts. Make sure your anchored is rigged so that you can drop it on a ball quickly if you need to move. Assume you have radar and know how to use it? Assume you will anchor outside of marked shipping lanes?
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Not sure where you are but most who overnight fish all night. Sleep in shifts. Make sure your anchored is rigged so that you can drop it on a ball quickly if you need to move. Assume you have radar and know how to use it? Assume you will anchor outside of marked shipping lanes?
I am proficient in radar and night sailing.
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Float plan filled with someone and stick to it
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Lets see I have made almost every mistake mentioned.
1. Manage your batteries, turn off the generator and ran batteries dead.
2. Anchored in 80’ feet of water, everyone fell asleep. Woke up a few times and the AF tower was on different sides of the boat, dragged the anchor. Keep a look out.
3. Commercial fishing boats with trawls have the right of way and will drive over you.
Look outs fall asleep.
We team fish 24 hours so 2 people are always up.
Great time, after 3 days everyone gets a bit grouchy.
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Night fishing can be an awesome experience when everything is right, full moon, calm seas and more stars than you've ever seen. It can also be miserable beyond belief when things aren't.
The most memorable fishing trips ever have been at night. Biggest fish have always been after dark. That said, see Bills post above.

Also, I don't run on plane at night which for me means I am setup near the spots I fish about 5p or so. Occasionally I will make a move after dark but not too far.
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I've done a few nights on a CC and dozens of nights on a bigger cabin boat (45-55ft).

We never kept a 24x7 watch. Not saying that you should or shouldn't, just saying that not everyone does. We had an anchor light and a radar reflector. We also didn't anchor right in the shipping channels.

It can be fun but I never slept worth a darn. Just a mild wind shift was enough that I was up.

I spent one night 60+ miles offshore in a 21 foot CC in 3-4ft seas. I couldn't sleep at all and spent the whole night sitting on the leaning post waiting for some light so we could fish again and I wasn't all that tired. I finally got tired on the way home with the boat in tow and woke up to my dad yanking the steering wheel of the truck out of my hands because I fell asleep driving home and was drifting into oncoming traffic...
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Auto-inflating PFDs for everyone at all times. Comes in handy when the only guy awake slips while pissing off the stern.
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Two very important things....
Don't run out of beer, ice or fuel.
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Old 05-19-2019, 11:50 AM
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A few common sense items that were stressed and a few I didn't think of. Excellent info so far.

We have a 32CC, is dew ever an issue in the spring and summer months?
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