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Giving up on So Cal - can work from anywhere - where is the fishing best?

Old 06-11-2018, 09:28 AM
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Originally Posted by chrispnet View Post
Love hawaii...wouldn't want to live there. Expensive as hell for everything. Claustrophobic for me.
My uncle has lived there since visiting R&R in 67. Got stationed there after his tour, and has never left.
My uncle in law is pure blooded Hawaiian. He left when he joined the AF in 67 and has never gone back...except to visit my blood uncle.

Ironic to me.
I should have been more specific.... Alaska and Hawaii are out just because the travel time and time zones make working with lower 48 teammates really hard. I already did 2.5 years on "the Rock" in the 25th ID, so no big desire to go back other than on vacation.
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Old 06-11-2018, 09:31 AM
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Thanks. We'll do some scouting for sure. I feel kinda blessed that I actually have the opportunity to factor in my maritime addiction into our life choices...I'm aware not everyone can.
This might sound crazy, but consider AZ. It has a lot to offer, low taxes, decent schools, etc. It's still close enough to get to San Diego to fish, or in my case, Mexico -- 4 hour drive to be wrestling big grouper in the Sea of Cortez. Further south in San Carlos, great billfishing, tuna, etc. All depends on your comfort level with Mexico; I've been going for 35+ years with no issues. If you currently own a home in Cali, you'll be surprised how much home you can buy here for much less money.

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Old 06-11-2018, 11:17 AM
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LOL! Tell anyone you are leaving Komifornistan and they are worried about you bringing it with you... and rightfully so. Look at how Texas turned from red state to a dark purple...lots of relocating Californians who forgot to leave the baggage at home!
And it's driving us freaking nuts too. I keep hoping that the Governor puts up the CLOSED sign soon.
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Old 06-11-2018, 12:27 PM
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You mentioned raising kids, so I'd guess schools are important unless you are well off and plan on private. If you go the Florida route, I'd look at Martin County, the Stuart / Palm City area. Ocean close by. Schools are decent, it is very much a family-oriented part of Florida. Overall more fishable days offshore based on weather, the heat may be a bit of a shocker coming from SD.

Of course, I'm partial to NC. For Gulf Stream fishing, nothing beats the outer banks. Stream is less than 20 miles offshore from parts of the banks and the fishing is outstanding. Great Yellow Fin run every year with good numbers or large specimens depending on time of year. Weather off the banks tends to be rougher than the south part of the state. I don't know much about their public schools, but wouldn't expect a lot. You are also pretty isolated on the outer banks.

For bottom fishing, you really need to look from Morehead City south to Brunswick County (last county before crossing into SC). It is a pretty good run out to ledges, 15 - 50 miles (longer runs as you go south), and the run to the stream also gets longer the more you move south (can be 60+ miles in the winter out of Southport vs. the 15 out of outer banks.

If schools are important and you're looking at NC, then consider moving to Wake County (Raleigh area). Good public school system, and you'll find your SD housing dollars go incredibly far here. Driving times are 2:15 to Wrightsville Beach giving access to most southern waters, 3:00 to Morehead City which has bottom fishing and reasonable access to gulf stream, or 3:45 to Oregon Inlet on outer banks which has primo gulf stream access.
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If you're strictly talking offshore, then I would agree with La to FL panhandle, by buddy keeps his boat (lives in Atl) in Orange Beach AL and they KILL it out there. Tuna, wahoo, swords, marlin, dolphin, not to mention the excellent bottom fishing.

Keep in mind you'll be moving from IMO, the best weather in USA in SD, anywhere on Gulf coast be prepared for the heat and humidity.
It's hot as $#*@ here for about 5 months (LA). You won't be fishing every day so consider if you can deal with that. Every Californian I have ever met or known hates the weather here.
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Absolutely not WA. Our albacore fishing is spectacular for 2-3 months, on the days when the weather is decent enough to get out. Hopefully those donít conflict with work schedules. Other than that, the state is continually screwing out other seasons and limits. Most of our recreational fishers have little faith in our Dept of F&W
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Places to live are like boats. They are all a compromise. If you decode my screen name you'll notice I have lived boated and worked in a lot of them, and worked extensively in all of the US. Add Richmond VA, Boca Raton, Seattle and the Chicago burbs to that list (Calwavatexilnc just doesn't have a ring to it) Your family will go into shock with the summer weather in virtually everywhere mentioned, let alone the rest of the year. Ditto with the schools in virtually all of them, the tax advantage goes away pronto when you need to send your kid to private school to get them a decent education. My wife's a teacher and we had two school age kids in VA, FL and TX, she teaches here in New Bern NC now and did in all the aforementioned. Texas, Washington and FL don't have income tax, but property taxes in particular and business taxes tend to be higher. All in all I'd have to say SW FL may be the best shot at checking the boxes in the OP.

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Old 06-11-2018, 01:03 PM
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Does it make it better that I grew up in Idaho and only came to San Diego after leaving the Army?
It didn't make it any better for us that you could never assimilate into our culture. You have clearly overstayed your welcome.

Speaking for myself, I can say that I welcome transplants from Idaho and every other state or country. As a Navy town, San Diego has historically welcomed all armed service personnel who fell in love with the place and decided to make it their family home. I appreciate the diversity which has resulted from the Navy's presence and the Marine Corps as well. I can't tell you how proud I was that our neighbor, NAS Miramar (now MCAS Miramar) was home to Top Gun. It's gut-wrenching to walk through Fort Rosecrans National Cemetary, but it makes me proud to be a part of this town.

If you don't see it that way, a more graceful exit would've been nice.
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Interesting. I think if there is one place I would go besides here (wilmington/wrightsville beach) it would be somewhere between laguna beach and san diego. Tell me about the fishing there??? maybe we can switch places for a few years.
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Southeast Louisiana Covington, Mandeville, Slidell. Probably some of the better public schools, you should save enough money to send kids to private if desired. Very close access for inshore and reasonable for Offshore.
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Carrabelle Fl.
1 hr to Tallahassee Intl. Airport 1hr hop to Atl
Great inshore fishing
Lightly fished part of the gulf
Small town
half a mil you could have the king of Carrabelle's house on the water
Don't know about the schools
FSU 1 hr 20 min away
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Check out Belle Chasse, La. Nice area and close to fantastic inshore fishing and only an hour to Venice. Just across the river from New Orleans but a much nicer area.
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Possibly around the Pensacola area and a tad westward. You have Pcola airport, 70 miles west is Mobile, AL airport, and apx 90 mins west of Mobiles airport is Gulfport, MS airport. Thats 3 major airports within a160 mile stretch apx. And as mentioned Florida has no state tax. But is more costly than Alabama for a similar location, as is Alabama compared to the Mississippi gulf coast.
Plenty of decent areas throughout the region on the gulf coast. Good luck on finding a new home. Also you didnít mention type of job/work. Iím assuming you fly for/to go to work correct ?
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Not much love for GA?
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Old 06-12-2018, 08:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Pez Vela View Post



It didn't make it any better for us that you could never assimilate into our culture. You have clearly overstayed your welcome.

Speaking for myself, I can say that I welcome transplants from Idaho and every other state or country. As a Navy town, San Diego has historically welcomed all armed service personnel who fell in love with the place and decided to make it their family home. I appreciate the diversity which has resulted from the Navy's presence and the Marine Corps as well. I can't tell you how proud I was that our neighbor, NAS Miramar (now MCAS Miramar) was home to Top Gun. It's gut-wrenching to walk through Fort Rosecrans National Cemetary, but it makes me proud to be a part of this town.

If you don't see it that way, a more graceful exit would've been nice.
enjoy your 55g of water per day, and make sure to surrender or destroy your neutered AR-15s by the end of the month...
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Clearwater,fl
Agreed! I LOVE Clearwater....
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Interesting. I think if there is one place I would go besides here (wilmington/wrightsville beach) it would be somewhere between laguna beach and san diego. Tell me about the fishing there??? maybe we can switch places for a few years.
we have two seasons: offshore and rockfish/lobster. The offshore season is ramping up now with the big (but very finicky) pacific bluefin showing up about 80 miles down the line in Mexico and working up the line until they wind up out by San Clemente and the Channel Islands. About the same time you start to get California Yellowtail (similar to amber jack) on the floating clumps of kelp we call Patties. Since our water is hundreds to thousands of feet deep, kelp patties provide the fish aggregator function in an otherwise structureless environment. Yellow fin tuna and dorado (dolphin/mahi) show up as the water warms and we even get the rare wahoo from time to time... offshore action will go until Oct / Nov with recent years seeing BFT caught within 60 miles in January.

winter season is rockfish, lingcod and the ď home guardĒ yellowtail on the bottom, as well as hoop nets for lobster.
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Originally Posted by Pez Vela View Post



It didn't make it any better for us that you could never assimilate into our culture. You have clearly overstayed your welcome.

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I say the same thing about immigrants now living in the US. Assimilate or get out.
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Orange Beach Alabama. The fishing is great & not too far from Venice LA (best fishing in the world). Pensacola has a nice airport, although connecting flights will probably be the norm. You canít get much more conservative than AL either. Itís actually a pretty busy area though. If youíre looking for something a little less crowded try further north in Baldwin Co (same county Orange Beach is in) or just to the west Dauphin Island. Thatís where I live. Weíre pretty good at football, too, if youíre a fan.

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