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Old 10-09-2015, 06:44 PM
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New to boating and fishing. Been going out lately with a buddy to fish. May go out tomorrow solo. Was curious....how many of you fish alone? Would imagine it's not too many.
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Old 10-09-2015, 06:47 PM
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Lots of us do
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i do. I always wear a type5 pfd and stay near shore
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Old 10-09-2015, 07:25 PM
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I do, but bring a blow up doll in case you get lonely . Works great as a PFD if needed also!! Nothing like it actually, some real quiet time.
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Old 10-09-2015, 07:27 PM
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I go out a lot by myself. I always wear a mustang self inflating life jacket and have an auto tether.
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Old 10-09-2015, 07:35 PM
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I'd rather have some people on the boat... most of the time. That said, fishing alone is AWESOME!!
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Old 10-09-2015, 07:39 PM
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I fish alone 30-40 times a year, about half of my trips. Usually inshore in salt or on large reservoirs in fresh, but will venture offshore (10-30 miles) if the wind is right and the bite is on, I do wear an inflatable PFD, have a PLB on the vest, and tie off if I go forward to anchor.
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fish all the time alone at night just started to wear a pfd all most went over in rough inlet one night
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Old 10-09-2015, 07:51 PM
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Originally Posted by weatherman View Post
I fish alone 30-40 times a year, about half of my trips. Usually inshore in salt or on large reservoirs in fresh, but will venture offshore (10-30 miles) if the wind is right and the bite is on, I do wear an inflatable PFD, have a PLB on the vest, and tie off if I go forward to anchor.
Have not seen having a float plan with someone and a radio if that plan is altered. Enjoy the trip.
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Old 10-09-2015, 08:20 PM
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I fish alone pretty often and take a few extra precautions. I always file a float plan, wear my Mustang inflatable PFD, keep a floating ditch bag easily accessible on deck(handheld VHF, a snack, and water), leave a rope tied off a stern cleat, and test my EPIRB. It's probably overkill, but I keep living to fish another day.
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Old 10-09-2015, 08:49 PM
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I certainly enjoy fishing with friends onboard but most of my forays are too spur of the moment to be able to quickly find an instantly available crew, so by far most of the trips are solo. That used to frequently include offshore trips to ~~60nm from nearest land but now it's more like 15 up to 60nm round trip. No problem with that & when solo I do not have responsibility for others onboard, have their time constraints, or have to clean up or repair after them. It's great out there with or without.
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Old 10-09-2015, 08:54 PM
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Went out today solo. Just needed to burn some fuel to calibrate the fuel flow sensor. I think I burned twice as much as I needed to simply because it helped me unwind. It was a very peaceful get away.
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I go out to the reefs and fish Solo which is about 3 miles offshore. I just tell my brother which reef and how long I will be gone for, he calls and checks in on my 2-3x just in case. After reading this post, I will start wearing my PFD while fishing solo. Make sure you have Seatow or BoatUS.
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Old 10-09-2015, 08:55 PM
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I have been solo offshore for decades, U/W photography, swimming open water, remote kelp forests, etc.. i recommend that you develop what i call "rituals and routines." They are the simple proven methods by which you have conducted a safe voyage, time after time. You do what works for you.. you know the current state of your equipment--you know your destination and what you might be up against--you are ready for any weather, forecast notwithstanding.. Take the same equipment, everything charged and inspected since the last trip. Never plan a trip--only go when the weather draws you out.. Understand that any deviation from your ritual is potentially dangerous--capture your every moment--say to yourself "it is happening now"

Solo requires a personal diligence that you either take to right away, or lose it in fairly short order..
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All the time, I don't have to talk and be good host. Just enjoying the wind on my face, fishing and the quiet.
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Old 10-09-2015, 09:08 PM
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Originally Posted by jomcool View Post
I fish alone pretty often and take a few extra precautions. I always file a float plan, wear my Mustang inflatable PFD, keep a floating ditch bag easily accessible on deck(handheld VHF, a snack, and water), leave a rope tied off a stern cleat, and test my EPIRB. It's probably overkill, but I keep living to fish another day.
Me too, and there is really nothing overkill about it.......at least to those of us who want to return and fish another day.
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Old 10-09-2015, 10:42 PM
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I'm going out alone Saturday morning since no1 is taking my offers to come for a ride. From the moment I leave the marina I fasten my lanyard and life vest. I keep the boat within 2 miles from shore and won't venture out of Barnegat Inlet if it's bigger than 3-4ft seas. Two kids, dog, cat, and wife need me home again.
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Old 10-10-2015, 12:40 AM
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I go alone sometimes. Typically I will stay closer in at around 10-15 miles but have been out to around 25. I don't ever see myself going to the stream (60 miles) alone.

It's peaceful and it recharges my batteries. Gives me a chance to find new bottom structure.

I enjoy fishing with my buddies but I enjoy getting out alone too.
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Old 10-10-2015, 01:44 AM
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I love to fish alone! Inshore only for me though.
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