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Old 12-27-2017, 05:43 PM
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Im leaving the Panama City Beach June 1st headed for the Keys then Dry Tortugas for a bit. Then on to Miami and finally to Bimini. Looking for anyone that may be interested in any legs of the trip to follow and/or flotilla style some parts - especially the Bimini crossing. I have never done that before and long trips are usually more fun with more boats and adventurous boaters. Viking Sportfish.
Any advice is welcome. I have made a few Keys trip and enjoyed it so I want to extend the trip and include Bimini. I am an avid diver and carry a 6cfm on board compressor for unlimited refills of tanks at sea. I also want to get in as much Tuna fishing as possible. I know there are sometimes folks with smaller boats that would like to make the dry tortugas trip for more than a day and thats where a group could be mutually beneficial.
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Old 12-28-2017, 06:52 AM
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Sounds like a nice trip you have planned. I'm also in Panama City. I went and dove the Tortugas a couple times this year spearfishing on a live aboard vessel, and had a blast there. It's been 30 years since I've been to Bimini by boat ( I was only 12 at that time anyway) so I can't help you with that except that there will be a Bimini Crossing thread in the Florida/Georgia regional section and there is a calendar to see who is crossing when so people can meet up like you are wanting to do. Have fun on your trip and post pictures. Everyone loves cool pictures.

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Old 12-28-2017, 07:41 AM
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Thanks Stephen I’ll check out those other threads. I bet the live aboard was a good time! Can’t wait for this trip! Hopefully I can post plenty of hogfish and tuna pics! Also had to buy the new dji mavic drone for this one. Should be good footage
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Old 12-28-2017, 01:31 PM
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Old 01-02-2018, 08:26 AM
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Sub'ed. FL to Bimini on my own boat is on my bucket list. Not to ignore the Dry Tortugas, lobsters and general fun and games in the Keys!
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Old 01-02-2018, 03:35 PM
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sub'ed as well. A buddy of mine and I are looking to do a similar trip (minus the tortugas but might make it an option now) in late may early June.

I'm down here in Miami
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Old 01-05-2018, 12:54 PM
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I'm not 100% on the Tortugas just yet. The more I research the more closely regulated it is meaning all my spearfishing gear must be broken down etc. My entire boat is rigged primarily for diving and spearfishing so we may pass it up and hang more around Marathon for a few days while waiting for the weather to be just right to cross. Or we could work our way up to the Miami area and cross with others if it works out. If anyone is looking to cross maybe in a smaller CC and looking to tag along on some Tuna fishing trips over there that might work out well - just thinking of options. I'm a 6pac capt and used to run charters - although I dont do that anymore I wouldnt mind trying to run down a few yellowfin if anyone out there might be interested. I've never been to Bimini before so that leg of the trip would all be new and I'm open to any experienced folks out there.
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When we went inside the Tortugas National park area the crew put all spearfishing, fishing, netting, and lobstering tools below deck locked in a storage closet. We anchored behind the fort 2 nights to get out of the weather. We had no issues, but I was on a vessel that is usually there once or twice a week.

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I've got to get this on my list of things to do.
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What is your proposed itinerary? The Tortugas is on my list of places to visit. We are currently planning a 2-3 week cruise from Florida to the Bahamas. We just picked up a 28' walkaround. Depending on your pace, we may be very interested.

Our plan is to leave Florida mid - late May. Mainly trying to avoid as much of the boat crowd as we can. But nothing is set in stone.

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Old 02-07-2018, 08:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Jcbenson01 View Post
What is your proposed itinerary? The Tortugas is on my list of places to visit. We are currently planning a 2-3 week cruise from Florida to the Bahamas. We just picked up a 28' walkaround. Depending on your pace, we may be very interested.

Our plan is to leave Florida mid - late May. Mainly trying to avoid as much of the boat crowd as we can. But nothing is set in stone.

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We are looking to leave Panama City area on June 1. We will stop by Tampa for a day or two then head to Key West and look for the best window of weather for tortugas for a few days. I’m pretty wide open actually. My main plan is to not have a strict plan. No set time on how long for anything except we gotta be back in Pcb by mid July. I’m completely flexible during those 6 weeks.
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When you make the trip to Bimini and you trailer your boat make dam sure you leave your vehicle and trailer at a safe marina in Miami, otherwise it won't be there when you get back. Had my boat and vehicle stolen in Hialeah the night before we were to cross over. Got the boat back, minus motor, electronics, batteries, scuba gear, ect. Crossed over to Bimini many times in my Mako 21 CC. It is really fun, except when your boat gets stolen. Lots of logistics involved in planning a trip, hotel, dockage, customs, permits. If you go in a group a decision needs to be made as to what happens if someone breaks down in the middle of the Gulf Stream. Who tows you to Bimini or back to the states? (Trip ruined for both) Very limited repair facilities in Bimini. Sea Tow will come get you under certain circumstance if you are a member. (call)
Be prepared to spend a lot of money. Nothing cheap over there!
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I appreciate the tip on the trailer - I'll keep that in mind if I trailer a boat there. This trip is actually on a 48' Viking Sportfish so no trailer - we will be staying on the boat each night.
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I know we talked a while back. Not sure how your plans were affected with this weather but we're gonna try to head for Bimini around May 31/June 1.
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We are down in the Keys right now riding out tropical storm Alberto. Been here a month and have been out in the boat only 7 times because of high winds. Disappointed but still having a great time. When we were able to get out we caught grouper, yellow tail snapper, mangos, mackerel, dolphin, and a ton of moray eels. Weather doesn't look good for a few more days.
Sounds like a great time. Hopefully by Thursday/Friday the stream will look good again.
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