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Old 02-18-2013, 02:52 PM   #1
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Default Smallest boat you've seen at The Hooter

What's the smallest boat you guys have seen south of the Vineyard out at the Hooter?
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17' Whaler. On the right day it can be flat out there just depends upon how beat up you want to get when the afternoon winds pick up...
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Are you asking because you are interested in going in your Mako? I've been in my 17' whaler and have seen 17' Lunds, Key Wests, etc. Right day early start and pull the plug by 11am. Muskegat channel can be a little intimidating in a small boat, even in otherwise calm conditions(wind against tide).

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Saw about a 16' skiff out there last August and did a double-take. Was not the flatest of days and he would disappear in the swells. Saw the same guy another time running the cut at Katama, so I assume he is out of Edgartown.

On nicer days, there are often a couple fly fishing 17' - 20' cc's to the east that run out of Madaket and also MV.

I have been there on many glorious days, but know that there are often swells, breakers (especially along Muskeget and on Wasque) and fog that can come out of nowhere. Be careful out there.
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Thanks. I was thinking about the trip from Falmouth. I'm figuring from Green Pond in East Falmouth, it's around a 20 nautical mile run. So I'm figuring it's an hour long trip granted the seas are calm and you average 20 kts.

fair to say?
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Thanks. I was thinking about the trip from Falmouth. I'm figuring from Green Pond in East Falmouth, it's around a 20 nautical mile run. So I'm figuring it's an hour long trip granted the seas are calm and you average 20 kts.

fair to say?
Yes. About 10nm Falmouth to Cape Pogue and about 10.5 nm Cape Pogue to the bar just north of the Hooter.
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Yes, perhaps a few minutes over. On a calm day from Woods Hole to the area around the Hooter takes about 1hr 10-20min at 25-29 mph.
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Two summers ago I saw a 17' Mako out at the Chicken Canyon when the bluefin bite was hot. I know its a completely different area, but thats a 50 NM run from Barnegat Light. Definitely doable on those days it says light and variable just be sure to call it a day by noon at the latest, have a buddy boat you can trail behind if it gets snotty, and be ready for the weather to change at the drop of a dime.
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I've made that run many times out of Great pond in my old 19' MFG. Usually I wasn't the smallest boat out there. A 22' Mako is more than capable, that being said it's more about the person's ability to operate the vessel than the size of it. I'm not questioning your ability just stating an often over looked fact.

It doesn't hurt to shadow others for your first couple of trips until you get confident. Shoot me a PM when the time comes I'm always up for a trip to the hooter if there are fish around.
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I had a BAD experience at the Hooter in a 22 ft center console. Should never have gone. Smallest boat out there. Pain and suffering.
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I had a BAD experience at the Hooter in a 22 ft center console. Should never have gone. Smallest boat out there. Pain and suffering.
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We fish the Hooter often and as mentioned it can be a challenge fishing there some days and on the trip home a real rough run. We run a 29' Strike and it takes a beating some days. We made about 30 trips there last season and caught our share of Bonita and Albies.
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I've seen 16' Lunds and plenty of 17' Whalers out there on decent days. I used to take my 18' Edgewater to the Hooter every chance I got on decent days. That being said, I've also had some interesting return trips and gotten beaten up really good in my 26' Regulator on nasty days. It all depends on the conditions and some knowledge of the sand bars/shoals at the Hooter really helps because its not uncommon for large rollers to break out there over the shallow spots.
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Been there many times in my 22 proline and also in my friends 23 ken craft. Both out of Falmouth harbor. On the right day if you know the area and the changing weather, you could do it in a 16' flats boat.. Watch the weather, know how it can change, and never be afaid to pull the plug if the weather beguins to turn sour..
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.... and never be afaid to pull the plug if the weather beguins to turn sour..
Except that is a long way to go in a small boat once the weather turns, especially if the weather change starts to the north.
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That is amazing...
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That is amazing...
I'm sure these guys are accomplished mariners and fisherman but I'm thinking something other than amazing. More like, extra mustard on a single sandwich could be the straw that breaks the Mako's back!
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Just one quote comes to mind: "That's Ben Gardner's boat."
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LOL! can you imagine what would happen if both those svelte gentlemen got on the same side of the boat or in the corner near the transom and tried to heave in a big fish? Good thing those two are carrying all that built-in flotation, since the PFDs would be inaccessible up in the bow... That gin pole is killing me - I assume that's how they get each other back in the boat if one wants to take a swim. LOL - I needed a laugh today.
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