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Old 11-22-2019, 10:06 AM
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Looking for suggestions for a vacation destination with access to decent boat rentals and inshore/near shore fishing. My saltwater experience is limited to the charters that I've taken on vacation (so essentially zero saltwater experience) but I've probably logged around 1,200-1,500 hours on the Great Lakes over the past 15 years or so and am very familiar with the potential issues with open water, weather, shoaling, wave patterns, etc. I also recently completed a 700 mile trip across Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, up the St. Mary's, and then end to end across Lake Superior running our Pursuit 3400 Offshore. Again, no saltwater experience but generally confident in my ability to read and predict conditions.

Anyone have any suggestions on family oriented vacation destinations which would have 24'-30' boats available for rent and decent fishing without having to get into the long offshore runs? With the years that I've spent fishing Salmon on the great lakes, I've lost interest in the charters where you sit around waiting for a fish to hit only to have a mate to hand you a rod..... I'd rather go out and do it myself even if it means limited success in terms of the catch.
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Old 11-22-2019, 11:38 AM
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I have no idea on your budget (this is as on the low end as it gets and most on THT will call it a dump), but I really like Shell Island Fish Camp. It is pretty fishy, actually really fishy, but some of our best times have been in this area and they started at Shell Island Fish Camp. Decent snorkeling/scalloping in the Gulf but it is pretty shallow as in <20'. Wife not happy until we took a cruise up Wakulla River and saw manatees, alligators on docks, bald eagles in the span of an hour, then we went out and the kids snorkeled in the Gulf and watched big tarpon eat fish scraps at the cleaning table back at the marina. The experience more than made up for the very basic accommodations. You can try looking around Mexico Beach/Port St. Joe area...lots of very public spots off of Mx Beach for deep sea reef fishing, but they got nailed last year. Short run to deep water (100') and usually with nice conditions. Have rented a house on Cape San Blas with private beach, pool and boat access from the same house (pretty rare). Leave the boat in for the week and fish mornings, snorkel afternoons. Coming from up North around the Great Lakes, the panhandle would save you a longer drive South and the headache of dealing with South Florida in general. Steinhatchee is really cool too a definite step above shell island fish camp, but shallow depth like st. marks so no deep sea fishing w/out long runs. Be warned, if you need internet access, shopping opportunities and lots of civilization, this is not the part of Florida for you. If you hate pale, fat yankee tourists, crowds and lots of people, this is the part of Florida for you. No real beach once you get East of Cape San Blas/St. Georges island though. The water in St. Josephs Bay in terms of clarity is probably the best on the upper Gulf Coast with really good family snorkeling opportunities. Tons of boat rentals in Steinhatchee just google it.

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Old 11-22-2019, 07:43 PM
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I have no idea on your budget (this is as on the low end as it gets and most on THT will call it a dump), but I really like Shell Island Fish Camp. It is pretty fishy, actually really fishy, but some of our best times have been in this area and they started at Shell Island Fish Camp. Decent snorkeling/scalloping in the Gulf but it is pretty shallow as in <20'. Wife not happy until we took a cruise up Wakulla River and saw manatees, alligators on docks, bald eagles in the span of an hour, then we went out and the kids snorkeled in the Gulf and watched big tarpon eat fish scraps at the cleaning table back at the marina. The experience more than made up for the very basic accommodations. You can try looking around Mexico Beach/Port St. Joe area...lots of very public spots off of Mx Beach for deep sea reef fishing, but they got nailed last year. Short run to deep water (100') and usually with nice conditions. Have rented a house on Cape San Blas with private beach, pool and boat access from the same house (pretty rare). Leave the boat in for the week and fish mornings, snorkel afternoons. Coming from up North around the Great Lakes, the panhandle would save you a longer drive South and the headache of dealing with South Florida in general. Steinhatchee is really cool too a definite step above shell island fish camp, but shallow depth like st. marks so no deep sea fishing w/out long runs. Be warned, if you need internet access, shopping opportunities and lots of civilization, this is not the part of Florida for you. If you hate pale, fat yankee tourists, crowds and lots of people, this is the part of Florida for you. No real beach once you get East of Cape San Blas/St. Georges island though. The water in St. Josephs Bay in terms of clarity is probably the best on the upper Gulf Coast with really good family snorkeling opportunities. Tons of boat rentals in Steinhatchee just google it.

Shell Island Fish Camp
https://www.mbara.org/

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San Diego/Oceanside has lots of options to rent boats.
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I have been to the Florida keys several times on my last trip I booked with aok charters out of marathon he gives a heavy discount to members here same price as renting a boat knows the waters and where the fish are. Beats renting a boat for the week and having it to windy to leave the dock

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