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Old 08-03-2020, 02:26 AM
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I fly privately and two days ago was called by a buddy who had some clients cancel on a fishing charter. Figured I could make it work. Today, actually yesterday, I started in white planes, NY. Flew NY-Chicago-Wyoming-Aspen-Houston for about 8hrs of flight time and a 12hr duty day. Had uber pick me up and get me to my suv then drove 6.5hrs from Houston to Venice. Been a solid 21hr day only to find the house locked so crashed in the Discovery lol. Worn out as can be but still excited to head offshore tomorrow. What’s been your “rain, hail, sleet or storm” scenario to make it happen?
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I fly privately and two days ago was called by a buddy who had some clients cancel on a fishing charter. Figured I could make it work. Today, actually yesterday, I started in white planes, NY. Flew NY-Chicago-Wyoming-Aspen-Houston for about 8hrs of flight time and a 12hr duty day. Had uber pick me up and get me to my suv then drove 6.5hrs from Houston to Venice. Been a solid 21hr day only to find the house locked so crashed in the Discovery lol. Worn out as can be but still excited to head offshore tomorrow. What’s been your “rain, hail, sleet or storm” scenario to make it happen?
I use to haul seafood from MD to Boston. Leave Crisfield MD 11:00 pm drive all night get to Boston 6:00 am have 5-6 stops in Boston then to stop & shop warehouse in Assonet mass then to New Bedford mass delivery & pickups there then back to Boston usually by 1:00 - 2:00 pm get to rest till 6:00 pm load at slade Gorton std & peninsula sfd then leave Boston around 9:00 pm go to Philly fish market make delivery then back to Crisfield by 5:00 - 6:00 am get home by 7:00. So that's 30+ hours on 4-5 hours rest then get in boat & head offshore. I did that for 6 years until a heart attack at age 49 put an end to it. I sure miss the $$$$ but glad to be alive.
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If I remove the word charter can this go back to other forum? This wasn’t about charters.
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how about some pics of your venice, LA trip? I have fished in Venice twice , 2 years apart: both trips were epic:
Rented a transit van, left on Wednesday morning 6a.m. from Jacksonville, Florida: Drove I10 west for what seemed like 426 hours, got to New Orleans ( nasty disgusting town) and then drove two hours south to Venice. Got in around 8pm, slept, boat picked us up at 530a.m.: fished hard all day, then came home and processed 300 pounds of tuna and snapper filets with a commercial vacuum sealer. We loaded the coolers in the van. Slept and left Venice at 6a.m the next day for the 426 hour drive East on I10 back to Jacksonville, Florida;

Like you, the Venice fishing trip was the longest drive and shortest fishing window but certainly WELL WORTH the effort: tons of fun!
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Flew to the frontier of Colombia near the Venezuelan border 2 years ago. We were fishing a remote lagoon with my wife's family (she's Colombian). Flew into Bogota, took a car down through the Andes into Villavicencio. From Villavicencio we drove to Puerto Lopez. From Puerto Lopez we took a dirt road for 5 hours into a native tribal area. Lagoon was a little cut in the middle of a farm where the workers had no contact with the outside world. We were literally in the middle of nowhere. It was not the jungle but extremely vast grasslands. Lots of FARC in the area. Caught a bunch of peacock bass, payara, wolfish, etc. One of the best experiences of my life. We slept in tents on the front porch of a farmhouse with no running water or electricity.
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Timex I knew you were crazy now see the magnitude of it.
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I’ve skipped school, quit jobs and stood up dates to go fishing!
Its all about priorities.
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Next month, gonna drive 4 hours to the FL panhandle. Spend the night in my camper I keep at a campground. My son is an RN. He gets off work Thursday at 7am. Drives an hour to meet me at my camper. Then we jump in my ram 2500. Drive from the panhandle to islamorada. Enjoy the next day hitting tackle stores and goofing off. Fish the next day with a guide for 8 hours. Relax the next day, then drive all the way back the following day.
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I use to haul seafood from MD to Boston. Leave Crisfield MD 11:00 pm drive all night get to Boston 6:00 am have 5-6 stops in Boston then to stop & shop warehouse in Assonet mass then to New Bedford mass delivery & pickups there then back to Boston usually by 1:00 - 2:00 pm get to rest till 6:00 pm load at slade Gorton std & peninsula sfd then leave Boston around 9:00 pm go to Philly fish market make delivery then back to Crisfield by 5:00 - 6:00 am get home by 7:00. So that's 30+ hours on 4-5 hours rest then get in boat & head offshore. I did that for 6 years until a heart attack at age 49 put an end to it. I sure miss the $$$$ but glad to be alive.
Did stuff a lot like that in my 20's and early 30's. I definitely paid for it.

I had a couple trips of 36-48 hours with no sleep, with a a 2 hour car ride home on the backside of it. You're definitely not right for a few days.
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Left Myrtle Beach one night at 10:00pm -> drove into West Palm Beach at 8:00am to the sun rising -> Picked up a new skiff that I bought -> Fished in Jupiter until 4:00pm -> drove back to Myrtle Beach and got back in at 2:30am and crashed.
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Flew in to San Juan, caught a shuttle to Humacao, all back roads, the highway was closed, next 2 days spent offshore trolling with my son, a great friend, Captain Bill and his mates catching huge wahoo, flew home the next day. Not as crazy as some! My son was working down there and invited me to go fishing, it was a great time!
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Left Mercer Pennsylvania 8am December 26th, drove straight through to Big Pine Key, climbed out of my truck and walked under buddy's house into the already running boat 7am Dec 27th.
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Left NC at noon, trailered my boat all the way to venice (18hour drive) then fished all day, then crashed.

Also drove to jupiter FL from NC to pickup some new motors, unrigged and unbolted, loaded onto trailer and drove all the way back, i think it was 23 hours nonstop
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I did Donna B..
Care to elaborate on that?
I suspect a good story here!
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When I was going to school in Southern California I would drive home to Alaska for the summers. My best time was 60 hours Pasadena to Anchorage solo. 60mph average including stops, which were limited to fuel and peeing. That may or may not be on topic, but I did fish while I was up there.

The first day was always the worst. I remember being very angry hitting Seattle during morning rush hour.
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probably pretty average by THT standards, but many times up at 6 and work all day, get home and prep the boat and leave the house about midnight to tow to Oregon Inlet and put the boat in the water by 430 am. Fish offshore all day, load up and get back to house about 10pm the second day.. then it was time to clean fish. Washing the boat normally waited till the next day... about 40-44 hours no sleep.
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Flew from Germany to FL, fished a tournament with my dad that we have fished for the last 30 years, got stuck with a 2 week quarantine on the return trip to Germany.

We won 2 Yeti buckets.

Totally worth it
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What an awesome thread! I thought I’ve had some long days on the water but it doesn’t even compare to some of you
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Rig trip for us is leave Atlanta area at 9am, drive to dauphin island, put in and run to rigs. Tuna fish all night until a hour or so after daylight. Fish our way back in depending on what season is open. Drive back and arrive between 5-9pm.

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