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Old 01-05-2020, 06:08 AM
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Happy New Year everyone!!! Let's make this best fishing year yet.

Starting the thread to share info and help each other achieve success.

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09-01-2020, 08:44 AM
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We fished Monday out of OCMD. Cleared inlet at 430 and were greeted with calm seas and an easy cruise to our first spot. Started out getting 15 dolphin or so on gear and then switched over to deep dropping. Got a few nice goldens including a few hand cranked along with some hake and rosies. I wanted to spend most of the day fishing for wahoo so put out a small high speed spread and pushed back inshore. Got what we think was a bite on the short but the braid got stuck on the spool and pop, she gone. Put out a dedicated wahoo troll spread once shallow enough. Mostly ballyhoo baits on dark skirts, deep, way back or both. Plus a few plugs. Got one bite on the shot gun bait, positioned way back down the middle with a large in line sinker to get it deep. Purple and black flash ilander with ballyhoo. Boxed that decent wahoo and made a few more passes but that was it. Bite was in 30 fathoms inside the rockpile. Was more life in shore, call it 20-40 fathoms than offshore. Lots of bait early. Sounded like a pretty slow pick for the marlin boats so glad we had a few plans to work.






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How does the offshore crowd feel about buddy boats? I'm not looking to jump on anyone's numbers, just want to be in VHF shouting distance.

I have a 27ft World Cat, it's a capable offshore boat, but we all know how fast things can go south. With twin 130s, she's not fast, but I'll have to deal with that for a couple of years.
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Originally Posted by SaltyDawg86 View Post
How does the offshore crowd feel about buddy boats? I'm not looking to jump on anyone's numbers, just want to be in VHF shouting distance.

I have a 27ft World Cat, it's a capable offshore boat, but we all know how fast things can go south. With twin 130s, she's not fast, but I'll have to deal with that for a couple of years.
I am all for that we should further utilize this forum to coordinate trips so as to help each other out, especially finding fish. If we are 60 miles out it is nice to have recon on the water.
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I am all for that we should further utilize this forum to coordinate trips so as to help each other out, especially finding fish. If we are 60 miles out it is nice to have recon on the water.

am up to it this time time of year, have Buddy boated to Poormans with Stumpknocker late September and we got into Mahi and he got into Mahi and tuna. Other than us saw only 2 other boats all day.

Went couple weeks ago and met up with DDbrowski were thinking going to Poormans again but changed float plan and went to Washington DD swords, and we were only 2 boats out there. Fished several miles apart and each did our own thing while out there kept in touch on radio...

mid summer when fleets out there is not an issue IMO but this time of year is smart for us small boat guys..

I’m in a 23’ Mako single Motor with plenty of fuel and pick our days when know shouldn’t have weather issues, but am game if want to pm me will give contact info if planning on headed out check in with me, have done Baltimore, Poormans, Washington and all inshore in between. New to offshore but have redundant safety gear also...

normally run out of OCMD, looking at trying do Chincoteague this year...

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I am up for buddy boating too. I will probably go out of VA Beach this year instead of hatteras. Though, I probably won't be the one to leave at 3am. I don't feel comfortable driving that far at night yet.
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Originally Posted by SaltyDawg86 View Post
How does the offshore crowd feel about buddy boats? I'm not looking to jump on anyone's numbers, just want to be in VHF shouting distance.

I have a 27ft World Cat, it's a capable offshore boat, but we all know how fast things can go south. With twin 130s, she's not fast, but I'll have to deal with that for a couple of years.
I'm new to the offshore world. I have some guys here that will help me reduce my learning curve, but I'm definitely up for making a lot of contacts. I'll be out of Ocean City, MD.
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When I got my boat I said, “I’m only going if I have a buddy boat”... in 2019 I might have made one or two trips if that was the case. Instead, I went when I felt good about it and had an awesome time, sometimes out there all by my lonesome. I only pushed it once... over a 5 hr ride home at 18mph. I won’t make that mistake again!

I feel that there is enough shipping traffic, military traffic, etc that we are moderately safe off of VA Beach as long as you have good radios and a beacon. That being said, I work a crazy schedule and just go when I can.

I’m excited for 2020! Going to deep drop this year instead of only troll.
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I'm not saying I'll only go when I have a buddy, but I've been offshore long enough sailing commercially to know what can go wrong and how fast it happens. I have a new to me boat with older power that I'm trying to bring back to life. In the event something happens, its nice to know another boat is somewhat close to land a hand.
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In the last five years I only planned a buddy boat before we launched with Mak232 here on the board. That was last September. Finding a buddy boat ahead of time is tough for me, I work a weird schedule and go when I can any day of the week.

Usually when I get to the ramp at West OC, I stop and talk to anyone going out before we launch. If the a fellow boater is up to it, I exchange names and VHF numbers and try to keep in touch with them when we are on the water. I almost always meet someone at the ramp who is willing to keep in touch. Honestly during prime fishing days, you are never alone out there. If you need help, most people will respond.
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I was astonished at how cool charter captains are on weekdays versus weekends. I even had one give me extra bait (their offer) this year when we ran out.

On the busy weekends they won’t even acknowledge a rec boat on the radio.
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I'll be looking for buddy boats out of OI/Rudee/Hatteras come this spring, I think its a great idea especially for small boats.
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I run out of Indian river or ocean city depending. 26’ sailfish twin 150’s.
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Originally Posted by TabsUp View Post
I'll be looking for buddy boats out of OI/Rudee/Hatteras come this spring, I think its a great idea especially for small boats.
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I'd also like to do a couple buddy boat trips. I run a 23' Parker generally out of IRI.

The only buddy boat I had last year was in late November and it was a guy I met at the dock as we were pushing off. We were the only ones out there that day and were never in sight of each other but within radio range. Traffic out there drops off drastically after October.
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Agreed, I am out of lewes on a 34 Parker
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Im in! Running out of IRI as well. Sometimes solo, sometimes with a full crew. Its nice to be in contact with others especially before dawn on the way out.
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Originally Posted by SaltyDawg86 View Post
How does the offshore crowd feel about buddy boats? I'm not looking to jump on anyone's numbers, just want to be in VHF shouting distance.

I have a 27ft World Cat, it's a capable offshore boat, but we all know how fast things can go south. With twin 130s, she's not fast, but I'll have to deal with that for a couple of years.
I run OI and Rudee often. I always welcome buddy boats.
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A bunch of us from Frederick have places and run out of Chincoteague. Pretty good group of small boaters there an we even have a fun tournament Father’s Day weekend. Always happy to exchange info as we never get out the as much as we would like. I share fishing information freely as well. Rob
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I run OI and Rudee often. I always welcome buddy boats.
You can follow me out, I’ll just have to charge you when we get back to the dock

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