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Old 04-02-2019, 06:47 PM
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I live on the Patuxent River on the Chesapeake Bay near Solomon's Island. I am planning on purchasing a triple outboard offshore cabin boat that I would like to use for some offshore trips. It's about a 90 mile ride to the ocean by Virginia Beach, then out to an offshore location. Any thoughts if this is too far or not feasible?

Also, I would really like to chunk for tuna and mahi with live bait. I'll have a 50 gallon livewell and can get live bunker and spot. I know plenty of people chunk for tuna out of Ocean city Md, but not sure about those out of Virginia beach?
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Old 04-02-2019, 07:17 PM
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Adding an extra 90 miles each way is too much. Too much time, too much fuel, etc.. Not worth it to me, even if your boat has the range.
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I would run down the evenjng before and get a transient slip in VB, refuel gear up and go. With trips I am sure your boat can move.
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Also make a few days out of it go down Thursday evening fish Friday to Sunday head back.
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Yes, I would need to refuel in the Va Beach prior to going offshore. Thought about anchoring up or getting a transient slip before heading out. I realize its lots of fuel, but I have that allocated in my budget, and I probably would only do a few offshore trips a season.
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Did think about making it a long weekend too, as you mentioned. Also, thought about heading to Ocean City and getting a transient slip when the offshore fishing is hot...maybe for two weeks in mid July? Kind of like a vacation by boat.
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Did think about making it a long weekend too, as you mentioned. Also, thought about heading to Ocean City and getting a transient slip when the offshore fishing is hot...maybe for two weeks in mid July? Kind of like a vacation by boat.

That is what I’d do. Early-Mid July for tuna or Late August/early Sept. for the good white marlin bite and overnight tuna chunking in the canyons.
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the only way I'd consider what your suggesting would be to overnight offshore leave sat morning refuel @ cape charles & head offshore spend the night out there & head home by lunchtime Sunday bring enough bait & gear to handle whatever may arise chunking trolling deep dropping swordfishing whatever. sounds like a good time to me weather permitting
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Old 04-03-2019, 04:16 AM
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Have done it before from Baltimore through the CnD its a long boring run the worst part is the ride home we would stop in cape may to re fuel. But defiantly doable get a nice weather window and go for it.
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Its alwasy a time / money balance. Sure its feasible but you're talking 120miles each way (Pax to CBBT + 30). Thats a lot of water and a lot of other fish to drive past.

I run Point Lookout to the CBBT frequently in the summer. I leave home in SoMD (I'm off the Patuxent also) and come back to bed each night. Its just a lot of time burning gas for 4 hours of fishing (if the fishing isnt hot). The bay has very different areas of wind and current and then offshore is a different animal.

Personally, i would prefer to plan the 2-3+ day trips and make it an event that could be planned with the crew. Save your spontaneous runs for whatever you're after in the bay when the weather is too nice not to fish. There are plenty of nice places around the CBBT to stay and things to do that you don't get here at Solomons. If I had the time and budget I'd spend more time being coastal and then going fishing. But either way you look at it, SoMD to the ocean is not quick or easy with the 50 bridge traffic to OC or the mess around Norfolk to get to VB or the long boat ride.
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It does sound like a two to three day adventure makes the most sense. The boat could comfortably sleep four people. Cruising local areas would be a great idea too.
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What boat are you planning to get?
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when I had my 35' Contender we would leave on a thurs afternoon and head to Rudee. 101 miles dock to dock from house on lower Potomac. fish friday and sat. Head home sunday.
doable, fun, if not tiring.

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Planning to buy a 385 pursuit offshore boat...
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that sounds like a lot of work..
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I saw a guy leaving from Rippons, on Hoopers Island one day with triples to go offshore. Had 30's and 50's in the rod holders so I asked him what he was doing/fishing for. Said he got fed up with traffic on Route 50, filled boat in Cambridge and was launching on Hoopers Island and rolling east for an overnighter instead of going to OC.

I guess that would be a similar run. Maybe a little shorter than the Patuxent river, but not much.
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It's good to know that I wouldn't be the only boat doing the long trek to the ocean from the mid bay area. Kind of like a sanity check.
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New to the area and fishing up here (actually from Florida), so what is best 20-30 miles out of ocean city? Bottom fishing? Wrecks?
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I wish that I could answer that. I'm hoping someone will chime in with as the "best times of year" to chunk/liveline for tuna and mahi out of Virginia beach. Also, what are the productive areas/distance?
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Read the Offshore 2019 thread. Good info there.

Best productive area/distance should be from around 35 miles to 75 miles depending on where the water is. Late summer when everything heats up the fish are more scattered out but Mahi will come in much closer.
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