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Old 06-07-2019, 10:51 AM
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Default North FL gulf stream inlets??

The wife and I are looking for a condo or house with dockage somewhere on the Atlantic coast of FL. We don't want the big city life and expense of Miami or Ft Lauderdale but we do want the quick access to the gulf stream. We like the northern coast better but don't want the long run to the gulf stream that we have in the Carolinas. What towns offer the best compromise?
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~65 from Mayport (can shave a little off running a bit SE) & ~55 from St Aug. Those numbers are to the roll down, Gulf Stream western edge may be less or more (usually more).

While N FL does have a longer run, it comes with many benefits in my opinion. Much more real estate for bottom fishing from 100’ to the ledge & less pressure than S FL where a 16’ flats boat can reach & fish blue water. IMO, the area has world class fishing for certain species.

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Originally Posted by Fractured but whole View Post
~65 from Mayport (can shave a little off running a bit SE) & ~55 from St Aug. Those numbers are to the roll down, Gulf Stream western edge may be less or more (usually more).

While N FL does have a longer run, it comes with many benefits in my opinion. Much more real estate for bottom fishing from 100’ to the ledge & less pressure than S FL where a 16’ flats boat can reach & fish blue water. IMO, the area has world class fishing for certain species.

Thanks Fractured - I'm running 50-70 now out of Southport, NC. Really hoping to land somewhere with no more than half that. I fished a couple days ago and ran 160+ for the day. That really stinks if the fishing is slow! I've looked at Ft Pierce and Jupiter, but it looks like both of those are still 50+. I should also say I primarily target the usual trolling species that keep my freezer stocked. I bottom fish occasionally but it's not my preference.
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Here are the current distances in central Florida for your reference.
37 nautical miles east of Ponce Inlet.
25 nautical miles east of Port Canaveral.
20 nautical miles east of Sebastian Inlet.
13 nautical miles east of Fort Pierce Inlet.
8 nautical miles east of Saint Lucie Inlet.
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Originally Posted by blake0723 View Post
Here are the current distances in central Florida for your reference.
37 nautical miles east of Ponce Inlet.
25 nautical miles east of Port Canaveral.
20 nautical miles east of Sebastian Inlet.
13 nautical miles east of Fort Pierce Inlet.
8 nautical miles east of Saint Lucie Inlet.

13mi from Ft Pierce to the stream?
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Originally Posted by bluwtrman View Post
13mi from Ft Pierce to the stream?
that is straight from today’s noaa report
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Originally Posted by bluwtrman View Post
13mi from Ft Pierce to the stream?
It's a little bit west from 'normal'. My general rule of thumb is: 15 miles from Ft Pierce, 30 miles from Port Canaveral, 45 miles from Ponce Inlet.

Keep in mind that Port Canaveral has the lock which adds 20min-1hour to traverse if your boat is not 'in' the port.
And Sebastian can be ugly on an outgoing tide and easterly wind.
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50+ from Jupiter and you are basically on the bank in the Bahamas. We fish Jupiter during the winter and our normal run is 4-10 miles with the biggest variant being north and south.

stuart may be a great place to look into.

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The approximate location of the west wall of the Gulf Stream as of Jun 06, 2019 at 1200 UTC...

6 nautical miles east northeast of Fowey Rocks. 9 nautical miles east northeast of Port Everglades. 8 nautical miles southeast of Lake Worth. 9 nautical miles northeast of Jupiter Inlet.
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Thanks guys for the input and advice! All these distances are really encouraging as I've been told it was a much longer run (50+) from anywhere north of west palm. I understand the west wall of the stream fluctuates but not that much - right? Stuart to Ft Pierce are right in my wheelhouse as far as city size and location.
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Here is the link to off shore forecast for that area from today, including west edge stream data.

Save the link and you can check it later to see it does fluctuate but usually not by more than 15-20%.

https://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/data/Forec...US52.KMLB.html
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Originally Posted by Grunts N Grits View Post
Here is the link to off shore forecast for that area from today, including west edge stream data.

Save the link and you can check it later to see it does fluctuate but usually not by more than 15-20%.

Thanks for that Grunts! Man I bout came outta my chair looking at the marine forecast on the link. 1-2' seas don't happen much where I'm from. Just went out this past Wednesday and fought 3-5's all day while turning 160mi round trip for a day in the stream.

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