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Old 01-24-2019, 11:33 PM
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Who here fishes out of Pascagoula?
Maybe thinking of going a little farther out than the Triple Rig this season but would feel better for a while knowing a friendly neighbor is out there too not far away....
Thoughts?
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Old 01-25-2019, 05:26 AM
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Lots of guys here roll out of Gautier from Mary Walker. Which means we have to go to Pascagoula to get out.

What kind of boat do you have?

im happy to help if the timing lines up.
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Old 01-26-2019, 12:10 AM
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I Have a 2017 CC Release 18ft V hull.
usually try to go out weekdays if we can.
We have went as far as Triple Rig and FH13 a bunch of times but would like to explore going on out 5-7 more miles to find a few more spots this year.
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Old 01-26-2019, 05:02 AM
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You are a brave man. I hope you are picking flat calm days with no chance of rain.
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Old 01-26-2019, 06:27 AM
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Originally Posted by keithelder View Post
You are a brave man. I hope you are picking flat calm days with no chance of rain.
you’d shit if you knew how far we run in the seapro. We might go out at 30knots and come in at 7 but with all the right equipment we make it back. Longest runs was 68 miles. Burnt 49 gallons and trolled
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Old 01-26-2019, 06:28 AM
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Anyways, launch at the point and be safe. Lots of Pascagoula peeps out there
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Old 01-26-2019, 12:26 PM
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Originally Posted by keithelder View Post
You are a brave man. I hope you are picking flat calm days with no chance of rain.
well I dont have a life boat strapped to the
T-Top.
I don't have a dingy in tow either.
I don't have a Global Sat Phone.
I don't have 5 Yamaha 400 outboards strapped to it.
I Don't have an emergency kicker motor.
I don't have a back-up emergency 2nd kicker that runs off of separate fuel source.
I dont have 4 batteries and 8 back-up batteries. Plus 8 more batteries for the small electric motor incase the 2 other kickers fail after the 5 main yamaha 400 outboards fail.
We only like to fish when the surf is like a negative or at least 20 minutes between
swells. BUT as a treat or for some spice added to our otherwise boring day we sometimes will only go fishing in waters that have 5-7 ft seas because after all if a rollercoaster is safe, a 7ft wave must be also. But now that I think about it, for some strange reason when we fish inshore or the bay I NEVER NEVER NEVER see 50foot boats anchored around fishing. When we go out to the Triple Rig one would think you would only see 100ft Hatterrasses and Vikings anchored all around that rig but for some reason they are not. Someone needs to tell THOSE guys too to come back toward shore and fish in safer waters with me.
I saved 15% by switching to Geico boat insurance though. As a gift for signing up with Geico they sent me a free VHF radio with a 30 foot long antenna and some expired flares. My buddy let me have his old SeaTow card from last year because SeaTow had sent him a new one after he renewed his membership so I think we'll be ok.

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Old 01-27-2019, 09:25 PM
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Not sure what the attitude is here but from what I've seen from Keith, he is usually a pretty nice fellow. He is only looking out for your best interest IMO. Winter swells can pop up out of nowhere in conjunction with this cold water temp could make this trip fatal. During the winter I would like to think there are not that many folks out there fishing during the week, however if we were in summer I would say go for it. I would at least buy a $200$ PLB and seatow subscription for 150$ a year.

As far as fishing goes plenty of reefs you can find on the DMR website that holds fish around the triple rigs, and there are a few other rigs 5-10 miles past the triple rigs that hold fish.

I don't live on the coast anymore nor do I fish anymore, but what kind of fish are you targeting at these rigs? With all the crazy regulations I don't even think it would be worth your time getting out there this time of the year. I would probably drag the boat to Gulfport and maybe head to Chandy instead.

FWIW I used to own a 21' Contender and we took it out 50+ miles all the time (in the summer.) We always carried safety gear, plus buddy boat, float plan etc. The weather can change in a snap out there be safe. If it picks up in a smaller boat smashing into waves you're more likely to break something too! Heck even in my 30' Contender we would break stuff time to time running in the rough.
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Old 01-28-2019, 01:46 AM
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Originally Posted by zash View Post
well I dont have a life boat strapped to the
T-Top.
I don't have a dingy in tow either.
I don't have a Global Sat Phone.
I don't have 5 Yamaha 400 outboards strapped to it.
I Don't have an emergency kicker motor.
I don't have a back-up emergency 2nd kicker that runs off of separate fuel source.
I dont have 4 batteries and 8 back-up batteries. Plus 8 more batteries for the small electric motor incase the 2 other kickers fail after the 5 main yamaha 400 outboards fail.
We only like to fish when the surf is like a negative or at least 20 minutes between
swells. BUT as a treat or for some spice added to our otherwise boring day we sometimes will only go fishing in waters that have 5-7 ft seas because after all if a rollercoaster is safe, a 7ft wave must be also. But now that I think about it, for some strange reason when we fish inshore or the bay I NEVER NEVER NEVER see 50foot boats anchored around fishing. When we go out to the Triple Rig one would think you would only see 100ft Hatterrasses and Vikings anchored all around that rig but for some reason they are not. Someone needs to tell THOSE guys too to come back toward shore and fish in safer waters with me.
I saved 15% by switching to Geico boat insurance though. As a gift for signing up with Geico they sent me a free VHF radio with a 30 foot long antenna and some expired flares. My buddy let me have his old SeaTow card from last year because SeaTow had sent him a new one after he renewed his membership so I think we'll be ok.
Sounds to me like you've got it all figured out!
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Old 01-28-2019, 04:50 AM
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Originally Posted by s1mplee View Post
Not sure what the attitude is here but from what I've seen from Keith, he is usually a pretty nice fellow. He is only looking out for your best interest IMO. Winter swells can pop up out of nowhere in conjunction with this cold water temp could make this trip fatal. During the winter I would like to think there are not that many folks out there fishing during the week, however if we were in summer I would say go for it. I would at least buy a $200$ PLB and seatow subscription for 150$ a year.

As far as fishing goes plenty of reefs you can find on the DMR website that holds fish around the triple rigs, and there are a few other rigs 5-10 miles past the triple rigs that hold fish.

I don't live on the coast anymore nor do I fish anymore, but what kind of fish are you targeting at these rigs? With all the crazy regulations I don't even think it would be worth your time getting out there this time of the year. I would probably drag the boat to Gulfport and maybe head to Chandy instead.

FWIW I used to own a 21' Contender and we took it out 50+ miles all the time (in the summer.) We always carried safety gear, plus buddy boat, float plan etc. The weather can change in a snap out there be safe. If it picks up in a smaller boat smashing into waves you're more likely to break something too! Heck even in my 30' Contender we would break stuff time to time running in the rough.
My 'attitude' was in being a lil sarcastic and having some fun a bit because I see everytime someone here that doesn't have at least a 36 ft boat that talks about going more than a mile offshore, they get blasted pretty quick for putting their life in danger and those doing the blasting so readily assume they are doing so with no safety equipment at all AND automatically assumes anyone with a boat less than 36 ft never watches the weather and only goes offshore in thunderstorms and high surf or predicted increasing surf during their trip.
As you can see above it only took a couple post on this thread and the thread was gonna head in that direction until my sarcastic post stopped it.
If you read my beginning statement that started this thread off with no assumptions that I go offshore with no emergency equipment at all or no assumptions that I only want to go offshore in 7 ft seas, you will see I made a pretty wise request. It also would appear in my begining statement that started this thread that I have already been going as far out as the Triple Rig and FH13 successfully.
I really don't have an attitude concerning this really. I think the above assumptions that I planned on putting my life in peril and have no safety equipment and never watch the weather and so forth is entertaining.
Not every boat smaller than 36 ft is built like a bass boat.
YES AREN'T WE ALL BRAVE!

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Old 01-28-2019, 08:48 AM
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Originally Posted by s1mplee View Post
Not sure what the attitude is here but from what I've seen from Keith, he is usually a pretty nice fellow. He is only looking out for your best interest IMO.
I appreciate that s1mplee . I'm not one to get on THT and post crazy things and get into flame wars and all of that. I do try to stay civil and respectful and honestly help other boaters out when I can. Thanks for recognizing that.

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My 'attitude' was in being a lil sarcastic and having some fun a bit because I see everytime someone here that doesn't have at least a 36 ft boat that talks about going more than a mile offshore, they get blasted pretty quick for putting their life in danger and those doing the blasting so readily assume they are doing so with no safety equipment at all AND automatically assumes anyone with a boat less than 36 ft never watches the weather and only goes offshore in thunderstorms and high surf or predicted increasing surf during their trip.
zash I was hoping your reply was going to be a little more civil as my next reply was going to be if you wanted to venture out further you could jump on with us sometime. Now I'm not sure I want to extend that invitation. I get what THT does to boat owners in your size range, I get that. But that's not why I said that I had a legitimate concern. I don't know you, so was just making sure. Sounds like you understand the risks vs reward. Tightlines and good luck out there.
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Old 01-28-2019, 09:12 AM
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Zash, you seem to have a bit of a chip on your shoulder. I fish out of Pascagoula almost exclusively unless I trailer to Venice. The Point is a very nice launch and well lit. I too was going to extend an invitation to you to ride with us some time but screw that, I have enough friends with short man syndrome. Word of advice, when looking to see if there's possibly other boaters out in an area you'd like to venture to in case you need assistance you should probably try not coming off as a smartass. Just my thoughts, take it or leave it.
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Old 01-28-2019, 12:08 PM
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Zash, you seem to have a bit of a chip on your shoulder. I fish out of Pascagoula almost exclusively unless I trailer to Venice. The Point is a very nice launch and well lit. I too was going to extend an invitation to you to ride with us some time but screw that, I have enough friends with short man syndrome. Word of advice, when looking to see if there's possibly other boaters out in an area you'd like to venture to in case you need assistance you should probably try not coming off as a smartass. Just my thoughts, take it or leave it.

Ditto!
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So be it....
You guys crack me up.
1. Ask your self why would a person post a thread like I did to begin with?
sounds like I was likely being sound, safe and wise for asking & about what I had planned to do)
2. Who boats offshore and doesn't check the weather and surf conditions first? So why go there so quickly with the smaller boat guys all the time?
3. Ask yourself why it is so easy to assume for yourself that a guy with a smaller boat likely doesn't monitor weather and surf conditions
4. If you guys have been a member here for much time you see the threads all the time that starts: HOW FAR OFFSHORE SHOULD I BE ABLE TO GO WITH XX SIZE BOAT.
5. If you guys have read those threads ( likely participated ) you know how brutal it gets so quickly with large boat guys telling the small boat guys how they are putting their life in peril by just thinking about it.
6. Funny how you guys with bigger boats didn't understand why someone like me with a smaller boat didn't want to let his thread run away and become unrailled with statements about how unsafe, perilous and uneducated I must be for even entertaining going farther offshore like the other smaller boat guys in the past have always done.
7. Remember, I didn't start the thread off saying ( "I have an 18 ft boat can I go 75 miles out?" ).
8. 😁 why do I suddenly feel sorry for tunnels?
9. Having a larger boat doesn't make you an adult or smarter just like having a smaller boat doesn't make you an idiot, dumb, or should warrant being made out to be so.
10. Ask your self why do we larger boat guys assume the smaller boat guys do not have SeaTow or emergency beacons?
11. Oh! I'm not upset or anything of the like.
No sir-REE ! Don't think that for a moment.
I seriously think this was funny how fast in the thread someone said I was brave😂
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Old 01-28-2019, 05:57 PM
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Mary Walker is a great place to launch. Good folks, fuel, bait, tackle, ice.

Pascagoula has 2 good ramps as well. And there’s the bait box in the ship yard.
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Originally Posted by Regulator_32 View Post
Mary Walker is a great place to launch. Good folks, fuel, bait, tackle, ice.

Pascagoula has 2 good ramps as well. And there’s the bait box in the ship yard.
I've never launched at Mary Walker but I have right down from it at the park.
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I think where Keith and others were going with their comments is, if you are asking the question about running further than the triple rig, you may be relatively new to offshore fishing so there may be things that you don't understand about some safety factors that may come into play. Like the fact that a vhf radio is only capable of reaching so many miles, and the further offshore you venture, the more spaced out boats are. Or the fact that your ride in may go from 30 minutes back in to 2 hours which is plenty enough time for a huge pop up storm to blow in. Fuel consumption is another factor.

I have been 60+ miles in my Mako 224, so I am not one of those "big boat guys telling you that you will die". Just speaking from experience and the other side of the spectrum. I haven't fished my mako in a couple of years because I have been fishing larger boats, and the common denominator is that most large boat owners that came from smaller boats have more safety gear and take more precautions because of their experiences in offshore boating. I think that is where most of these guys are coming from, just trying to give the "small boat" guys a head start on getting some of those things figured out without learning the hard way.
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I think where Keith and others were going with their comments is, if you are asking the question about running further than the triple rig, you may be relatively new to offshore fishing so there may be things that you don't understand about some safety factors that may come into play. Like the fact that a vhf radio is only capable of reaching so many miles, and the further offshore you venture, the more spaced out boats are. Or the fact that your ride in may go from 30 minutes back in to 2 hours which is plenty enough time for a huge pop up storm to blow in. Fuel consumption is another factor.

I have been 60+ miles in my Mako 224, so I am not one of those "big boat guys telling you that you will die". Just speaking from experience and the other side of the spectrum. I haven't fished my mako in a couple of years because I have been fishing larger boats, and the common denominator is that most large boat owners that came from smaller boats have more safety gear and take more precautions because of their experiences in offshore boating. I think that is where most of these guys are coming from, just trying to give the "small boat" guys a head start on getting some of those things figured out without learning the hard way.
Maybe so. Maybe so.
AND maybe I should have let a few more post be added about how dangerous my trip would be before I would feel the thread was gonna head in that predictable direction.
And to the point in the first couple of posts, I never said I had no safety equipment, I also didn't say even I only had a 10 gallon tank so to speak or was even interested in going out 30 more miles. But, I may have jumped to conclusions too soon, sure. just as I felt the further comments were jumping to conclusions so fast also that just because I had a smaller boat I must not have anything on board as far as fuel capacity or safety equipment etc. OR have any boating experience offshore. I was just interested in going 5 more miles or so.
I have GPS, VHF DCS, 45 gallons of fuel, plenty of life jackets, up to date flares, decent freeboard, and have been in rough surf enough times & storms to have "experience" to know what my small boat and myself is capable of and all so I felt my initial beginning post was a pretty intelligent request. I wasn't asking to be invited on someone else's boat.
I've also been offshore 150 miles. My family had a Bertram yacht years ago in Orange beach but I have recently moved to Pascagoula area and finding places from Horn Island is relatively new.
So the fact of my OP leans one to believe I am inexperienced. If this is the case It is unfounded, It instead was just being the opposite. I have not confirmed any spots south of FH13 yet and figured wisest, safest way to do so was in my first 2 post.
Thank you all for your input.

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What kind of fish are you trying to target? Are you trying to fish rigs or wrecks?
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on a decent day, venturing another 5-10 miles past the triple rig doesnt really mean anything from a safety standpoint. you arent swimming back to the islands from the triplerig anyway. Go as far as you feel comfortable given the conditions. during the summer there will almost always be boats within sight of you anywhere from the triplerig to the alabama alps. just have a plan in case shit goes wrong quickly. we used to go 50 miles offshore in a 18' whaler. its just fishing, there are plenty of good days ahead
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