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Old 07-17-2018, 02:11 PM
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Default Tarpon to Keys again

Heading down for mini season week on Saturday by boat. And the weather looks crappy again!

12-15 SW winds. Not fun.

So I might stay in the intracoastal for the beginning/morning leg of the trip to Sarasota or Ft Meyers. Then venture out as the seas should be smaller down south.

My my only concern is the long no-wake zone inside of St Pete, that took forever last year.

Iím starting from Anclote River. Where would you recommend I head offshore and back inshore to bypass the Madeira beach/St Pete no wake zones??

And is anyone else running down Saturday to Marathon??

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Old 07-17-2018, 02:24 PM
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Out of Clearwater Pass and into Tampa Bay East side of Egmont .
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Originally Posted by Pro69SS View Post
Out of Clearwater Pass and into Tampa Bay East side of Egmont .
^^^^^^Negative.

Do the inside and spend the night in Boca Grande.
Then, Run inside to Ft Myers and take your beating between there and Marco. SW winds = no bueno for that run and the storms in the morning will be numerous

We have had this discussion before.
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So we ran out of 3 Rookers at 6:50am into 3-5’ seas out of the west. We ran the troughs south and into Tampa Bay. We took the intracoastal south all the way to Captiva.
Then back into the gulf. Into 2-4’ seas. We beeline straight from Marco to Marathon. Seas were following right quarter. I had to turn off the autopilot and surf the waves a bit. It gradually calmed as we approached Marathon.

We arrived at Indigo Reef at 6pm. Roughly 11 hours.

The Worldcat 295cc did awesome. Got 1.5 mpg overall.

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Is your trailer for the Worldcat 295cc stored at Sherwood Forest RV Park in Ozona?
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How long did it take you from Marco to Marathon
Old 07-22-2018, 07:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Stix1 View Post
Is your trailer for the Worldcat 295cc stored at Sherwood Forest RV Park in Ozona?
no. Donít own a trailer.
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Originally Posted by Hasbeen View Post
How long did it take you from Marco to Marathon

I think around 3 1/2 hours. We stopped and dove a wreck in 15í.
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Originally Posted by cldomson1 View Post
So we ran out of 3 Rookers at 6:50am into 3-5í seas out of the west. We ran the troughs south and into Tampa Bay. We took the intracoastal south all the way to Captiva.
Then back into the gulf. Into 2-4í seas. We beeline straight from Marco to Marathon. Seas were following right quarter. I had to turn off the autopilot and surf the waves a bit. It gradually calmed as we approached Marathon.

We arrived at Indigo Reef at 6pm. Roughly 11 hours.

The Worldcat 295cc did awesome. Got 1.5 mpg overall.

C


Good on you and glad you made it safe.

I did the same ride many times only to get 20 knots on the nose in Florida bay to Marathon.

Great trip when nice but that 90 Miles to the 7 mile bridge from Marco leaves very few options. Glad it was semi on your tail.
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How did you do chasing bugs? I’ve always wanted to try mini season but always working and too far away. I’m moving to Sarasota next week so maybe it is in my future. I hope you found a bunch of them!
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Originally Posted by Endo007 View Post
How did you do chasing bugs? Iíve always wanted to try mini season but always working and too far away. Iím moving to Sarasota next week so maybe it is in my future. I hope you found a bunch of them!
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We did ok. Didnít limit but taught the kids a lot this trip.
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Just got back Sunday from a week at Marathon. Did not limit out. Current around 7 mile and Duck Key was really strong for the first 4 days. Many of my marks were producing shorts. Dragging was hard as the currents had the bottom stirred up. Still did pretty good and had a blast with the family.

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