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Old 03-01-2011, 03:58 AM
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i live in the sarasota fl area ...and im trying to get some gps #"s for 20 miles or less offshore ...but everyone act's like im wanting to sleep with there wife...LOL HOW did everyone get started ??????? i want to fish from eggmont to boc grande ...any advise ????
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Old 03-01-2011, 04:42 AM
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i don't know about sarasota, florida in particular. But you should check to see if there are any artificial reefs or shipwrecks or live bottoms in the area. these should be marked on all charts. try fishing them.
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Old 03-01-2011, 04:45 AM
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I would be willing to bet that the state of Florida wildlife and fisheries division maintains a database of GPS #'s online.

EDIT: I used an internet search engine called Google. I typed in "Florida fishing reef locations." I opened a few links. I found this one: http://myfwc.com/RECREATION/Saltwater_index.htm
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Old 03-01-2011, 05:02 AM
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Originally Posted by timscreteserv View Post
i live in the sarasota fl area ...and im trying to get some gps #"s for 20 miles or less offshore ...but everyone act's like im wanting to sleep with there wife...LOL HOW did everyone get started ??????? i want to fish from eggmont to boc grande ...any advise ????
Wifes are easier to find than Good Fishing #'s !! Lol
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Old 03-01-2011, 05:14 AM
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I really just started last November myself; a friend that fishes offshore in his own boat gave me quite a few. Then I've added 300 plus just from resources available online. I think most, if not all FL coastal counties sink artificial reefs for the economic benefit. Paul Barnard provided one link; I wouldn't be surprised that there aren't a few more local business related chapters that have done similar deployments.

If you really want better numbers, invite local boat-less guys that have been in the area for a long time. They may not reveal all but they'll reveal enough to put blood on the deck! Then it's just a matter of keeping your eyes on the plotter while out. I found a hump myself a month ago where I can pretty much guarantee sore muscles and worn equipment after a 30 minute visit.
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:24 AM
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Buy a Topspot chart for your area. I count about 40 published numbers due west of Egmont down to Boca Grande. Pull back on your throttles .25 miles from your destination and look around for ledges and other structure.
Drop some money in a local tackle shop and talk to them about what you're after and maybe they'll give you a spot or 2. Pay attention to the local forums and make friends and take them with you.
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Captain Seagull's Charts

http://www.captainsegullcharts.com/pages/Florida.htm
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x2. Start there.
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Old 03-01-2011, 06:17 PM
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Here's what I got when I googled manatee county reefs - 13 Artificial Reefs
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Originally Posted by Soulstice View Post
X3 - These are great charts and there are a handful of other good charts out there as well. As others said above, do a Google search for local artificial reels and talk with your local tackle stores (spending money in the tackle store really helps!). More than likely these won't be extremely good spots as most are over fished however it will give you a good start.

Accumulating a large collection of really good numbers takes years and lots of searching. A lot of them you will stumble across by accident on days when the bite is slow and you are trolling around. Make sure you have good electronics and pay attention to the bottom and you will build a good collection over time.

Most people are very secretive with their numbers as you will be too once you get some good ones but it definitely doesn't hurt to have friends that fish. Take them fishing with you often and you will get some good numbers that way as well.

I live in Manatee County and do a lot of fishing, diving, and spearfishing in Manatee and Sarasota Counties and I can tell you there are a lot of good numbers within 20 miles. Start off with public artificial reefs and areas marked on local charts. Troll the areas around these numbers and watch your bottom machine and you will build a great collection over time.
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X3, spend time and money in the local tackle shops.
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Old 03-02-2011, 02:46 PM
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Tim,

It's tough to get folks to give up numbers for successful spots -- just too much competition here in W.Central FL.

Some good advice already given:

1. Buy the Top Spots Chart at your local tackle shop for the Gulf of Mexico. It'll have a lot of areas marked with GPS numbers.

2. Learn how to use your sonar/FF/Bottom-machine. If you run it on "Auto", you'll never find anything. Auto's fine for running out of the marina and the pass, but once you get to open gulf, switch over to "Manual"; BUT, you have to "tune" it first.

3. Attend the Tampa Trib Outdoor Expo this weekend at the Florida State Fairgrounds here in Tampa (intersection of I-4 and US 301). Lots of good seminars from good guides/captains.

4. Invest time and gas $$$ for exploring on your own. Get in the area of good structure, slow down to 4mph. Put out 1 or 2 deep diving plugs (Rapala CD-18 or 22, Mann Stretch 30s...) and 1 or 2 shallow plugs and WATCH YOUR BOTTOM MACHINE. That's more than a hint....

5. If you're short on time to learn (or impatient), hire a guide to go out on your boat. It'll cost less and you'll learn more fishing with your equipment.

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Old 03-04-2011, 06:16 PM
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http://www.florida-offshore.com/

alot of info on supermap and reefcast
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Old 03-04-2011, 07:32 PM
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You may want to consider this: http://geosciencesoftwareinc.web.off...m/default.aspx

I'm out of Sarasota and more than happy to talk about the offshore game. Contact me if interested.
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