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#11878473 - 10/13/16 08:35 AM Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat
Mark's Fence Repair Offline
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I can get 8-10 miles to a gallon I'm thinking if I was out there in that thing I could drive right under the rigs. 24 gallons of gas and a 40 hp motor. 1 battery. 1 solar panel and a good bilge with a 2 inch pipe going to the outside. And a paddle
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#11878740 - 10/13/16 11:09 AM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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Hopefully only a few hundred yards..........
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#11878851 - 10/13/16 12:23 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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call the boat death wish
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#11878905 - 10/13/16 12:55 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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I'm waiting for the thread about taking an 8' bass buggy offshore.
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#11879369 - 10/13/16 04:57 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Uncle Zeek]
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Originally Posted By: Uncle Zeek
I'm waiting for the thread about taking an 8' bass buggy offshore.


I wouldn't try it without a 24v trolling motor. An spare battery wouldn't be a bad idea, either.

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#11879431 - 10/13/16 05:42 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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Here's the first question...
Have you EVER been offshore to a rig?
Have you ever rolled in 5' seas fighting a pop up storm between you and land?
When that oil tanker rolls past throwing a ten foot wake, what's your plan?

I think getting to the end of the jetties might just change your whole outlook on offshore boating.
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#11879634 - 10/13/16 08:34 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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Good one Mark !!

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#11880075 - 10/14/16 07:10 AM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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call a lawyer before you go to get your will in order

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#11880076 - 10/14/16 07:11 AM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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not saying it hasn't been done on an icecream morning, get out there get a cobia and haul a$$ back

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#11880154 - 10/14/16 08:03 AM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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Just because your thinking it...

Doesn't mean it should happen.
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#11884752 - 10/17/16 09:47 AM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: BODA]
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Originally Posted By: BODA
call a lawyer before you go to get your will in order


Better yet, hire a STUNTMAN !

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#11887581 - 10/18/16 04:09 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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I knew a girl who paddled off High Island to the short rigs (6 miles out) and back in a kayak.
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#11887601 - 10/18/16 04:17 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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I caught a 55# Wahoo 12 miles offshore of West Palm Beach Fla. in a 11' Del Quay Dory with a 25 Johnson.... I was 15 years old. Not saying it was a wise decision ... but I did it.

Not the boat but that's a 11' Del Quay Dory



Edited by Huckleberry (10/18/16 04:23 PM)

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#11888177 - 10/18/16 09:50 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
PMB Offline
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Nah not worth the risk or the reward for that matter. Find a buddy with a boat or get a guide.

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#11900258 - 10/26/16 02:38 AM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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You could do it long as your huge b@lls sit low in the boat for ballast.
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#11900332 - 10/26/16 06:43 AM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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always entertaining, your threads.........

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last week in Gibraltar I met and shared drinks with offshore sailing legend, Alan Priddy.
this guy should be your idol.
look him up, might get some real facts to back up your bravado.
good luck, buddy! grin
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#11900334 - 10/26/16 06:44 AM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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#11900346 - 10/26/16 06:52 AM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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Just head out the jetties in your little boat. You'll know pretty quick how wise your decision is.
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#11922542 - 11/07/16 10:27 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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I think I can go safely to 30 miles out if I go all that way I can get into some good fish... maybe hit the lump
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#11935590 - 11/15/16 02:43 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
Kanan lures Offline
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Hey Mark

I would say it's doable, but it all depends on how experienced you are.

I had a 15ft Aluminum john boat myself, and although I only took it out on fresh water, there were plenty times where the wind got so strong, it felt like I was boating in 2 foot off-shore saltwater waves.

Still, that's nothing compared to catching strong winds when you are offshore. It goes without saying that conditions would have to be ideal.

But, if you're familiar with boating, especially on saltwater, you should know when to turn back - before conditions get out of control.

This guy heads out 20 miles on his john boat, perhaps you should shoot him a message!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-JHQsdvj2E

Anyhow, I'm new to this forum, hope my post was somewhat beneficial! cheers
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#11946522 - 11/22/16 12:27 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
psycho0819 Offline
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Was offshore in my dad's 20' boat many years ago on a rig about 9-10miles offhore and three guys pulled up in a 14' flatbottom boat with a 20hp tiller on it. They said they did it all the time. But back then we weren't looked at as crazy for being out there in a 20' boat either, and we'd taken that boat out as far as 65 miles, 35 miles pretty regularly. People here and elsewhere would call is crazy now days for doing that.

As mentioned above, I wouldn't want to brave getting past the jetties much less going that far in a 14' jon, but I have seriously considered it in my 18 footer (mod-v),just haven't caught the right day yet to do it.
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#11955570 - 11/28/16 05:43 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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#11965102 - 12/04/16 12:12 AM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
Mark's Fence Repair Offline
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I might be going for the wahoo in a few weeks we gonna troll some stretch 30s. If I can hook up on a Marlin with the little boat we can let her pull us and drag 2 rods out the back till we get a double ... save on gas
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#11970827 - 12/07/16 08:17 AM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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here's a little something:

http://www.nola.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2..._river_home_pop

just make sure to get pics when you go..............
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#11971092 - 12/07/16 10:13 AM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: lite-liner]
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Originally Posted By: lite-liner
here's a little something:

http://www.nola.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2..._river_home_pop

just make sure to get pics when you go..............


Very cool link. Was interested in the description of 'dewatering' a submerged/sunken vessel.
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#11972789 - 12/08/16 06:39 AM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
fray Offline
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Interesting thread

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#11973843 - 12/08/16 03:42 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
Waco28 Crappie Offline
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SO what size/model boat would you recommend to someone that wants both a freshwater boat and a boat capable of going 5-10 miles out? I'm looking for a new boat but have no idea what I should look for in regards to saltwater boats and I can't afford the 150K boats I have found.
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#11973974 - 12/08/16 04:56 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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Something like a 22' pathfinder type will get you out on nice days. When it's rough, it's rough on an aircraft carrier.
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#11975911 - 12/09/16 07:02 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Waco28 Crappie]
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Originally Posted By: Waco28 Crappie
SO what size/model boat would you recommend to someone that wants both a freshwater boat and a boat capable of going 5-10 miles out? I'm looking for a new boat but have no idea what I should look for in regards to saltwater boats and I can't afford the 150K boats I have found.


I've got a real nice 22' Hydra-Sports I'm fixin to put up for sale.
pm if interested
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#11975955 - 12/09/16 07:30 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
Jev Offline
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Ive been 30 miles off the coast of Delaware in my 20' bass boat on a glass day with coast guard radio and multiple gps....but for a ill John boat ballsy....stupid but ballsy
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#11979026 - 12/11/16 09:41 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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go get on livingston or choke canyon on a 40 mph wind day and you won't want to go offshore anymore. flat bottom boats are badass for what they are made to do.
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#12006077 - 12/27/16 01:21 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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Way to go, guys, you all got successfully trolled.
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#12015102 - 01/01/17 08:15 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Bob Landry]
dk2429 Offline
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Originally Posted By: Bob Landry
Way to go, guys, you all got successfully trolled.


I don't know...

My brother went offshore in a 14ft flatbottom with a 20hp Johnny and a compass. Came back in one piece and caught some king...
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#12015293 - 01/01/17 09:46 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Bob Landry]
Uncle Zeek Offline
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Originally Posted By: Bob Landry
Way to go, guys, you all got successfully trolled.


We're used to it. No big deal.
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#12016348 - 01/02/17 03:23 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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Yeah let it get a little warmer I'm gonna pick up a 600 lb bluefin tuna bicatch fishing for Marlin I'm going for bluefin tuna gulf of mexico no bull
Maybe a 300 lb yellowfin too
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#12016350 - 01/02/17 03:24 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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If you think I'm trolling just be sure to like the video I post of the whole thing gopro
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#12018926 - 01/03/17 08:15 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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oh no, I'm all in....!
bring the video!
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#12020122 - 01/04/17 02:22 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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All you need:
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New copper wire fuses switches
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5 gallons Yama lube from sun and fun
15 sabiki rig packs
100 pounds ice
1 more battery
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#12020722 - 01/04/17 06:54 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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Ive got a 15 foot deep v tracker--how would that operate in the bay areas such as Tabbs Bay/ The Hartman bridge area ----What are the water depths in that area of the bay? Best place to launch?
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#12025355 - 01/06/17 09:32 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
Rayzor Offline
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Originally Posted By: Mark's Fence Repair
All you need:
fuel filters
New anodes
Fresh gas
New lower unit fluid ( royal purple)
New spark plugs
New bilge pumps (4)
New copper wire fuses switches
New navigation lights
5 gallons Yama lube from sun and fun
15 sabiki rig packs
100 pounds ice
1 more battery


If you are being serious, then you seem to have yourself talked into it. I personally wouldn't do it. Yes, if you catch a (long) dead calm day, you probably won't have a problem. Good luck. Most trips offshore change from the start to the end. I have a 21' Triton Intracoastal that I wouldn't chance taking to the jetties.
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#12042628 - 01/16/17 12:01 AM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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The jetties are the worst of it u got bad washing machine effect undertow cross tow and if tide is outgoing or in coming on a good day out past them is pretty easy going even coming if its a little ruff u got the waves in ur favor.Used to do it with my dad back in the 60`s in a 17t glastron 75hp evinrude 20 miles out to whistling bouy..

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#12053582 - 01/22/17 08:53 AM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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Yes you see there the reason they sank? Probably too much expensive [censored] and that boat that was just worthless like power poles and anchors and batteries and a bunch of junk if they would have been a little bit lighter on that boat they wouldn't had a problem and also that rig they were stopped at that's just a satellite it does not even have anybody living on it the worst thing you can catch underneath that sucker is maybe a blue fish or something that was a waste right there if they would have went a little bit farther they could have been on the good grouper fishing grounds. I hope you hear me talking here Uncle Zeke because I want to tell you right now if that would have happened to me I would have bailed that damn boat out with a 5 gallon bucket. And paddled it in. Amateurs.
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#12066702 - 01/30/17 07:05 AM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Fritz423]
tbone 2374 Offline
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Originally Posted By: Fritz423
You could do it long as your huge b@lls sit low in the boat for ballast.
I almost spit a mouthful of coffee!!!
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#12071302 - 02/01/17 01:24 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
RedneckGravy Offline
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Loc: Midland, Texas
Just because you can doesn't mean you should. And no you should not.

That boat is not meant to be in a sudden squall or, as someone else said, if a much larger ship passes you and throws up a 10 ft wake.

We don't want to read about the search for you later, please don't do it.

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#12074589 - 02/03/17 09:01 AM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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Did you know??? hold on a second I want to make sure that every Texas fisherman knows the truth about this little-known secret that I'm about to divulge right here on the Texas Fishing Forum did you know that if you have a 15 foot boat you pay less taxes to get that some of a pitch registered every year that's right if you have a 15 foot boat you pay less in your registration fees and if you would had a 16 foot boat or something bigger that's going to be one of the deal breakers for me and the reason I'm keeping the 15 foot boat and I'm taking it off shore.
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#12074595 - 02/03/17 09:04 AM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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I guess since yall is so worried about this stupid boat I'm going to go ahead and do everybody a favor and I'm going to replace the impeller because it does overheat a little bit and we don't want to have no accident so that's what I'm doing in the next few weeks I'm ordering the impeller and I'm going to take the lower unit off and stick it in there and be done with it
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#12077251 - 02/04/17 08:48 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: hornedfrog]
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Originally Posted By: hornedfrog
Ive got a 15 foot deep v tracker--how would that operate in the bay areas such as Tabbs Bay/ The Hartman bridge area ----What are the water depths in that area of the bay? Best place to launch?

I had a tracker V-14 with a 40hp and I used that thing up and down Galveston San Luis pass, Christmas bay, lower laguna madre and South Bay

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#12079238 - 02/05/17 10:13 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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In my younger days, we did it 3 - 4 times a summer in my 15ft center console, which I still have. Generally tried to go with another boat, but when the weather was right we went with or without a buddy boat. Great, great fishing. We fished a lot in Tarpon Alley before it was ever named or known about. Some days jumped as many as 30 to 40 Tarpon.

But bragging about going to do something on the internet is easy...doing it is another matter entirely. Let me know when you actually do something, rather than just thinking about it.

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#12079543 - 02/06/17 07:33 AM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Meadowlark]
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Originally Posted By: Meadowlark
bragging about going to do something on the internet is easy...doing it is another matter entirely. Let me know when you actually do something, rather than just thinking about it.


LoL.....
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#12100457 - 02/18/17 10:43 AM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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Tarpon will bite anything im talking about marlin and tuna
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#12106723 - 02/22/17 11:03 AM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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