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Old 10-04-2019, 10:49 AM
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Default If you could only pick one area to live between Outer Banks and the Fl Keys?

Which would it be?
I grew up in Tidewater and spent much of my time fishing the OB. In the 90's I moved to the Keys. Both are a fishermen's paradise but the difference is night and day when it comes to methods, boats, size of species, weather, etc...
So...if you had a genie in a bottle and had a wish that would allow you to live in one area or the other, which would it be and why? Remember...the rules are you could only live in one or the other areas and let's pretend you can't travel between the two areas....so no snowbird scenarios!!!
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Old 10-04-2019, 11:05 AM
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I'd live in the Keys, ............in a house I rented.
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My answer is probably obvious.
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where I lives now.......
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Keys on a liveaboard, but I'm snowbirding it and doing both in about 15 years.
Old 10-04-2019, 11:18 AM
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Key Largo for me
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Tavernier, FL 33070
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Old 10-04-2019, 11:55 AM
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I guess I would pick the Keys...And here is why:
As I get older I loath a 50-80 mile run in rough seas. I love the fact that I can wake up without an alarm, drink my coffee, look out the window and if the trees are not swaying I can decide then to load up and go fishing.......and still be back home by 5PM. You cannot do this when you have to run so damn far.
Another reason is the money you save when it comes to fishing. Less fuel, smaller boat, etc.. BUT this is offset by the much higher cost of housing in the Keys so this is not really a plus.
Also...the all year round weather that the Keys has makes it really nice. I never have to prep my boat for storage and winterize it.
Another plus is the diving that the Keys has. Really no comparison because we have the best damn dead reef in the world
Finally...the close proximity to the Bahamas makes it nice down here. Having said that...I haven't taken my boat to the Bahamas in probably 7 or more years. Why? The fishing regulations makes it hard to justify spending thousands of dollars to go over and catch much of the same fish that we get here. Also.....Bimini sucks now that resort world took over. I still loved the Abacos but that's not going to be an option for a long time now.

Having said that the Outer Banks is also great and IMO...these are the pluses:
MUCH larger pelagics. I mean....hard to beat the OB when it comes to large pelagics.
Much more quite. Once you get south of Nags Head it really gets nice.
Less traffic and tourist problems. THIS is a biggie and it goes with the one right above. Most of the OB doesn't have to deal with day trippers from the mainland coming down and ruining the quiet communities. I mean...damn.....the Keys are getting over run with people from Dade and Broward County and it's getting so bad the locals are taking legal action to try to fight it. It's absolutely destroying the Keys. Now....I realize that the northern OB also deals with this. I think traffic heading north on a Sunday is even WORSE than the Keys...which is saying something. But at least the OB residents get a break during the fall, winter and spring. Plus...those South of OI generally don't have much to complain about.

Anyway....that's my reasoning and I'm sure my opinions are not shared by many...and that's OK
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**edit** Read the question wrong, undoubtedly the Keys.

There are a few places that I would like to try out, ideally spend a little time at each and make my decision on where to be.
1. Somewhere up in the Fl panhandle, Destin, Ft. Walton Beach, OBA. Maybe have a little bit of acreage.
2. Upper Keys, vacationing is different than living. Somewhat limited in activities, if I were retired I'd tire of fishing eventually.
3. Coastal N.C. not sure I'd like the winter up there though.

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Bulls Bay Area.
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Originally Posted by Jughed View Post
Bulls Bay Area.
Is that in the Keys or Outer banks?
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Originally Posted by homeby51 View Post
Is that in the Keys or Outer banks?
sorry, I read the title as“between” geographically.
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Boca Grande, Palm Island or north Captiva, in SW FL.
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Keys.
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Given the current realities I would say neither.
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Coastal Carolina. I actually love the seasons. Winter I have fire pits on the dock,and the deck out front, have grill out there on both , we get one or two cold snaps a year temps might drop into the teens but anywhere around the Albemarle sound is awesome fishing, fresh and salt both I catch brim and bass off the dock flounder and set crab traps. , I moved up here for that. Your close to OBX and you can still buy waterfront in the 160 to 200. . I have 12 acres 600 foot and I"m gated. , taxes are around 4 grand a year Try your luck with that in the keys. LOL
From what I seen I don't like about the keys houses are so close together you leave the windows open have a good sexually night everyone in the neighbor hood is going to know about it. LOL Living is to close together for me. I have to have space.
New Bern area is nice. Wilmington and Myrtle I would forget. Georgetown is nice, Charleston to congested. same with Savanaha. Brunswick on the isle is nice but cost a lot, Fla on down you will have to ask these boys on here. Lived in NC most of my life and all of my adult life. You will pick up the slang around here pert near easy. LOL All depends if you want closer to the city or country living like I do. It is about the cheapest your going to find waterfront. SC and GA might be about the same but I'd bet Fla is way way higher to be able to even see water let along live on it. My take on it. !!!
Deck and dock fire pits. Have a fire place to. That one thing you can't do in the keys.





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Originally Posted by CruiseToFish View Post
Boca Grande, Palm Island or north Captiva, in SW FL.
This person is crazy. Everyone reading this please ignore the response and move somewhere else. Thx!
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Probably Savannah , or oddly enough, Boca Raton (well we lived there once east of 95 and loved it). Maybe FLL. We need some "culture" in our life in addition to boating. We love the Keys and spent a lot of time there on our boat, including a couple of winters, but I can't see it full time. North Carolina: been here, done this, wasn't bad, but about had enough.

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