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Old 12-23-2008, 03:05 PM
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The terms inshore, near shore and off shore are often used, In the boating world, how far from land is considered "off shore"?? Is it the point where one looses the sight of land, or closer??
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Generally around my parts you fish inshore, off the beach or offshore.. anything 10 miles or so is offshore. Just my humble opinion..
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Everyone will have a differant opinion,but I would say 15miles out. If you cannot see land,you are offshore.
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Default RE: How far out is considered "off shore"??

Good question.
I don't know that there's a real hard and fast rule here. For me, I consider anything inside 5 miles or so "Nearshore", and "Offshore" beyond that.
Seeing land is relative. If it's a sandbar, you lose it at a few miles. There's a power plant on the coast where I boat, easily visible 12 miles out when the weather's clear.
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Depends on the boat

25+ miles

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Depends on how big your boat is, no land in sight would be offshore in a 13" skiff, 50 miles if your in a 62' Viking! I think the term is often used to "embellish" on a fishing story! LOL, JMHO
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Nearshore is close enough to swim to the beach...everything else is offshore; in other words, if you can't make it back without your boat, then you're offshore.
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I think you are offshore when you are outside the surf, or can no longer touch the bottom if you were in the water.

Just outside the surf is "nearshore" most certainly. Anything else just depends on how far "offshore" you wish to be. Inshore around Charleston is inside the Jetties, and in the harbor/ICW.
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Franco - 12/23/2008 5:14 PM Depends on how big your boat is, no land in sight would be offshore in a 13" skiff, 50 miles if your in a 62' Viking! I think the term is often used to "embellish" on a fishing story! LOL, JMHO


I don't need or wantto embellish,I envy those who have a short(10-20mi)ride to the grounds,as we routinely run between 30-95mi each way.
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near shore to me is 15 to 40 miles to the artificial reefs.......offshore is beyond 40 miles.......we have to go 65 miles to reach the ledge. This is my defintion based on the distance we have to travel and how fast we can get home.....anything less an hour trip seems close to me.
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The closer the pointy end of the boat is to the blunt end, the closer offshore is to being the inshore.
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Default Re: How far out is considered "off shore"??

This is just my own rule, and as such carries no reaL validity, but I consider international waters to be offshore, so that makes it 12 miles in my world.
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You cannot put a number on it. I consider "offshore" the gulf stream, chasing palegics. The continental shelf, or near the 100 fathom. Everything else is coastal or inshore.

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dssmith - 12/23/2008 5:16 PM

I think you are offshore when you are outside the surf, or can no longer touch the bottom if you were in the water.

Just outside the surf is "nearshore" most certainly. Anything else just depends on how far "offshore" you wish to be. Inshore around Charleston is inside the Jetties, and in the harbor/ICW.
I'd have to disagree about touching the bottom... ha ha... there's plenty if inshore places where you can't touch the bottom around Charleston . I'd say once you're a few miles out from land, that's "offshore", because it really doesn't get much different past that point in terms of water conditions no matter how far you go out. The only real difference is water depth, but even that's relative to those of us who live on a bigger/smaller shelf extending from the coast. Unless you're in the middle of a severe storm, water/waves "inshore" will typically not be more than 2-4', where conditions ranging from "smooth as glass" to 6-8' swells can happen only 2-3 miles out from land if you're in the ocean.
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I go with one of the previous posters, if you cant swim it, you are offshore.
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Florida Keys. Offshore to me is anything beyond the reef, i.e the 80 foot level or about 7 miles from land. Blue water, no see the bottom. Wow, description all over the place.
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Offshore is where you cannot see land anymore. Earth curvature says about ten miles, but you might can see water towers or high rise buildings farther.

Nearshore is inside that.

Inshore is on the beach or more likely inside inlets or on waterways or sounds connected to the ocean.

There are other legal definations regarding inshore waters regarding where salt and freshwater mingle. In NC these are coastal Waters, joint water and fresh water. Those boundaries are supposed to be clearly marked in NC, but I have never seen them clearly marked in NC. At best it will be a little 4 inch sign posted on a tree that no one would ever be able to see unless you were specifically looking for a sign. Guesss that's what you call clearly marked?

Others may think of offshore as water more than three miles off and viewed as conventional territorial waters of the US and their states. I think many states have increased this limit to ten miles out?

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Doug in Bermuda - 12/23/2008 5:34 PM

The closer the pointy end of the boat is to the blunt end, the closer offshore is to being the inshore.
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HeadHunt - 12/23/2008 5:35 PM

You cannot put a number on it. I consider "offshore" the gulf stream, chasing palegics. The continental shelf, or near the 100 fathom. Everything else is coastal or inshore.

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I think most people in NC would agree with HeadHunt's definition, or something close to it. If we're chasing wahoo, dolphin, tuna, billfish, we're "offshore", which is generally 25 fathoms or more in depth. Certainly, the edge of the shelf is "offshore" for the central NC coast such as Beaufort or Bogue Inlets.
If we're king mackerel fishing or bottom fishing in 110 ft. of water (25 miles from Beaufort Inlet), I would not say I was offshore.
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abfish - 12/23/2008 6:10 PM

HeadHunt - 12/23/2008 5:35 PM

You cannot put a number on it. I consider "offshore" the gulf stream, chasing palegics. The continental shelf, or near the 100 fathom. Everything else is coastal or inshore.

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I think most people in NC would agree with HeadHunt's definition, or something close to it. If we're chasing wahoo, dolphin, tuna, billfish, we're "offshore", which is generally 25 fathoms or more in depth. Certainly, the edge of the shelf is "offshore" for the central NC coast such as Beaufort or Bogue Inlets.
If we're king mackerel fishing or bottom fishing in 110 ft. of water (25 miles from Beaufort Inlet), I would not say I was offshore.
I grew up fishing out of Morehead.....we used to consider the Big Rock way offshore. Living in GA and fishing the stream, I long for those short trips to the Rock. Down here the distance you travel to the Rock means we are half way to the fishing grounds.

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