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Old 08-11-2019, 07:10 AM
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I recently moved from the Northeast to Bonita Springs Fla
I have spent the last 30 years fishing offshore, and inshore out of Cape May , New Jersey.
I understand that fishing in SW Florida is a totally different game that I need to learn .

I am currently between boats and am looking for guys that may need an extra guy to fish.
I am looking to fish/learn inshore, offshore or backwater .

I can pay for fuel and bait , have my own tackle, know my way around a boat and have no problem getting things ready before fishing or helping cleaning the boat after fishing .
I am retired and able to fish any days or time.

Either PM, or email me Aquiferjm@aol.com

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Old 08-13-2019, 03:25 PM
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Thanks to the guys that PM ed me
Still looking for other opportunities
Old 08-13-2019, 09:10 PM
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I'm in Cape Coral and would like to get offshore a couple times a month once this weather breaks and starts cooling off a little. Punta Rassa ramp too far for you?
Old 08-14-2019, 04:41 AM
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Punta Rassa is not to far
I will send you a PM with my phone number
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Old 08-14-2019, 12:59 PM
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If you are looking at boats, you really have to figure out if you are going off shore or running around in Estero Bay. Other guys here can talk about offshore boats with you but the bay is a whole other thing. You need a shallow draft flats boat or, dare I say it, a pontoon. The bay is 2 miles wide and a foot deep. There are plenty of fishing opportunities in the bay or just off the beach, out to the artificial reefs that are reachable in 15 or 20 minutes but it is still shallow water.
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Greg
Thanks for the info
That is somewhat my situation, not knowing what I need. Im not sure if I want to get a flats boat and be limited to backwater and really inshore , or get a " hybrid " that drafts 18 inches and would be a little more versatile or get a deep v center console and fish nearshore and offshore.
Thats what I hope to determine by fishing with a few of the guys that have responded to my thread
I am also going to fish a charter for a few trips to try and get a better handle on which way to go
I sold my 31 express before moving down here. I have the means and intent to buy a boat, I just need to determine whats going to work best.
I know that one boat will not check all the boxes , but I want to be able to check as many as I can with one boat
Its always a compromise
One of the guys that PMed me suggested that I get 3 boats ....a flats boat, a fast center console for inshore/nearshore and an express for those long overnighters to the deep !
Thats not the way I want to go

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Old 08-14-2019, 08:56 PM
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One thing you should do is get a good collection of aerial photos. They can be more accurate than charts in the bay, once you learn to read them. The false color USGS are the best but I think the last series is 1999 and the bottom has moved around a bit in some places since then. If you resample them in 2 color you can see the deep spots pretty easy. (or print on a B/W printer)
This would be the one for the south bay where the Imperial River comes out and the bay up by Big Carlos. Truncate those links to see a bunch more aerials
http://gfretwell.com/aerials/bonita%20bch%2099.tif
http://gfretwell.com/aerials/estero99.tif
Old 08-15-2019, 06:56 AM
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The aerial shots along with the charts I have will be a great help.
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Old 08-15-2019, 09:28 AM
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All boxes for here. 27-30 center console with twins. 28 Whitewater or the like.
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Originally Posted by arctic_f250 View Post
All boxes for here. 27-30 center console with twins. 28 Whitewater or the like.
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Not familiar with the 28 Whitewater but I will look into them
Old 08-15-2019, 05:20 PM
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Originally Posted by arctic_f250 View Post
All boxes for here. 27-30 center console with twins. 28 Whitewater or the like.
That may be great in Naples with deep channels but you are not doing much in the Estero Bay with that boat There are times in the winter where you could even get in trouble in a marked channel. Trying to fish out of the channels is going to require local knowledge that will take years to develop and plenty of L/U damage. Even people who should know better get in trouble.

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Greg is spot on. Been fishing here 30 years, down South in Marco, Florida Bay and the Keys.
I cant take you fishing but offer the thought that I would want one of the new big Bay / hybrids with a single on a jack plate. And a friend with a multi engine offshore rig.
Dont forget the Seatow or Boat US membership.
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Originally Posted by baitkiller View Post
Greg is spot on. Been fishing here 30 years, down South in Marco, Florida Bay and the Keys.
I cant take you fishing but offer the thought that I would want one of the new big Bay / hybrids with a single on a jack plate. And a friend with a multi engine offshore rig.
Dont forget the Seatow or Boat US membership.
Thanks for the input
Regarding seatow ..... I have always had a seatow membership anytime that I have owned a boat
Best $179 $$ that you can spend on a boat
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Seatow (et al) is getting better about it but there used to be places where they would not come get you. Their Shamrocks drew too much water. Now I see them running around in a RIB.

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