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Old 12-07-2020, 10:38 AM
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Just curious. If youíre over 40, How old are you and do you still Go offshore fishing?

Im 47, I know several men who quit going offshore due to their age. Iím not talking 70 or 80 but in Their late 50ís they hung it up. I hope I donít or my body still lets me when I get older. Yíall have a great day.
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Originally Posted by doctor_ake View Post
just turned 40, in the best shape of my life and I go out whenever I can. I eat right and workout daily and plan on fishing into my 80's
Iím 44, in the WORST shape of my life. I eat Five Guys as often as I can and wash it down with Diet Coke. I donít workout ever, and plan on fishing into my 80ís.
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I'm 57 and we run 50-100 miles offshore out of the west coast of Florida on a regular basis. A lot depends on your physical condition, what type of boat you are in and how you pick your days. Most of my friends are my age and older and they run offshore on a regular basis as well.
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I'm 59.
My two mentors are 79 & 78.
One in the Everglades, has been airboating since he was 15, and still has a camp he maintains and goes to weekly. I learn something new every time I'm with him. I'm in the Glades a lot. No Sea Tow out there.
The other, a fishing Captain in Marathon over 50 years...and still doing it. Finest Kind. He just got back from Deer hunting and just left to Okeechobee towing his trailer, getting ready to kill some Ducks.

Your too old when you take your last breath.
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47, just getting started and I don't plan on quitting anytime soon. But I'm also active, mountain bike, work out, run and wakeboard. My handicap is that I like beer way too much.
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The proper boat solves all those age issues lol. A trip 100 mile off shore is as comfortable as my living room couch. Much more relaxing these days with the wife and daughter working from home!
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I'm 71 and would go tomorrow if I had a ride. My fishing partner passed 5 years ago and I haven't been offshore since.
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I'm 71 and would go tomorrow if I had a ride. My fishing partner passed 5 years ago and I haven't been offshore since.
Sorry for your loss. If and when youíre able to, get back out there. Thanks for sharing
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70, and I don't go far off shore, but regularly 5-40 miles by myself.
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65 and go every weekend weather permitting. Easy 25 miles off south Fla in the summer.
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Originally Posted by Neuner View Post
My handicap is that I like beer way too much.
Wait...is that even possible?
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Old 12-07-2020, 11:59 AM
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I'm 59 and just picked up a 28 CC last year and still making those 75 mile runs offshore, I just pick my days.
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Lots of variables provide many different answers to this question. I'm turning 65 next year, and still make about 12-15 runs to the Canyons (60-100 miles) every season here in the NE/Mid Atlantic. I've lived it, so I can give a pretty good answer, but again the variables are numerous, and everyone is different. The biggest variable is how far "offshore"? Running to the edge in Florida, is a lot different than running to the edge here in NJ. I'm blessed to be in excellent shape, and work out regularly to maintain my conditioning, but I know my days are numbered. I have seen friends hang it up that are younger than me, and also know guys that are in their late 70's and still making the run. My best friend, (and right hand man on all my offshore runs) is a year younger than me, but his body is beat up from years of heavy construction work, (while I've been at a desk all my life). As was mentioned, boat size will be a big determining factor on whether you can still run offshore at an advanced age. I can attest that if you think you will be running 60 miles off regularly in a center console, (and I don't care what size it is), as you get into your late 50's you are mistaken, (or blessed for a few more years). When I move out of my CC and into my current 36FT Express, it was like I went from a solid wood kitchen chair to a Lazy Boy lounger. Going from having all the weight hanging off the back of the transom to having 24,000LBs with all the weight under your helm was a game changer. If you are blessed enough to afford moving up in size as you age, then you will be able to extend the inevitable. No one has a crystal ball. Hopefully you are blessed with good health, and have the funds necessary, (or a good friend with the coin) to extend the time you are able to do what you love. Trust me, your body will tell you when.
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Mid 50's and I am the youngest of the boat most of the time. Boat owner is in 70's, Usually wants to stay out longer than the rest of the crew. It's all in what you make it out to be. For me it is a fun day, for the captain it is a way of life.
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64 and while I pick my days, go offshore pretty often.. sometimes with a guy who at 72 still jigs like a young man, and a 74 year old who is out 3 times a week. My oldest friend who goes offshore often is 80, but now he sits in the right seat and gives us all advice
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just turned 40, in the best shape of my life and I go out whenever I can. I eat right and workout daily and plan on fishing into my 80's
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I'm 75 and my wife 69 .... we still run our 21 ft DC Whaler offshore to fish. My first and only mate and I both want our ashes spread at the Knuckle Buoy (R4) that marks the end of Cape Lookout Shoals. We always kid each that we're going to die with our PFD's on go have some fun!

This was a 10 years ago ... we've had some wonderful adventures from the deck of our Whaler.

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Originally Posted by doctor_ake View Post
just turned 40, in the best shape of my life and I go out whenever I can. I eat right and workout daily and plan on fishing into my 80's
Iím 44, in the WORST shape of my life. I eat Five Guys as often as I can and wash it down with Diet Coke. I donít workout ever, and plan on fishing into my 80ís.
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78 and 80 miles in the gulf. You have to manage your own risk.
I don't want to run that far but I can't find any grouper in closer.
I just went out 55 miles last week and caught 5 or 6 peter size red grouper.

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If I could fish a place that didn't require really long runs in rough water I would do it forever.
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In most cases when we get older we can afford more comfortable boats. In my 50's I wouldn't want to put myself through the stuff I did in my 20's.

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