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#12146165 - 03/17/17 07:52 PM Who kayaks out to the oil rigs to fish?
Longliner Offline
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Registered: 03/17/17
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Loc: Texas
I've never done it but it sure sounds like fun too me. Just wondering what kayak you use, and what kind of fish you are catching out there. I would like to try it this April, May, or June. Tell me what to expect when I'm out there and essential items to bring along.

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#12146505 - 03/18/17 05:17 AM Re: Who kayaks out to the oil rigs to fish? [Re: Longliner]
christian myrick Offline
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Registered: 08/03/11
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Loc: little elm
My match and me go out to the rigs several times a year. April and may is doable but spring is also the windy season. The hotter the water the better. As far as species,,,well you just never know. Kings, Spanish makeral, cobia, shark, jacks, snapper, spade fish...a couple years ago i hooked a sailfish even. I paddle a viking profish reload and my match has a viking profish 400 lite. A typical day for us offshore is around 20 miles. The currents are another thing to consider. If the current is moving 2 mph then you have to paddle 2 mph just to stay still. We always troll. Water is super important. The big fish offshore can pull you around a long ways. We have been tied together, anchor dropped and still got towed 5.5 miles away from the spot we actually hooked the fish. Most people "get in paddling shape" before the offshore season because fighting fish and long range paddling can definitely wear you out. Go out with someone else, never go solo,,,especially since your new to it. Bad things can happen real fast out there and with no help the water is a very unforgiving place.
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#12146654 - 03/18/17 08:45 AM Re: Who kayaks out to the oil rigs to fish? [Re: christian myrick]
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Originally Posted By: christian myrick
My match and me go out to the rigs several times a year. April and may is doable but spring is also the windy season. The hotter the water the better. As far as species,,,well you just never know. Kings, Spanish makeral, cobia, shark, jacks, snapper, spade fish...a couple years ago i hooked a sailfish even. I paddle a viking profish reload and my match has a viking profish 400 lite. A typical day for us offshore is around 20 miles. The currents are another thing to consider. If the current is moving 2 mph then you have to paddle 2 mph just to stay still. We always troll. Water is super important. The big fish offshore can pull you around a long ways. We have been tied together, anchor dropped and still got towed 5.5 miles away from the spot we actually hooked the fish. Most people "get in paddling shape" before the offshore season because fighting fish and long range paddling can definitely wear you out. Go out with someone else, never go solo,,,especially since your new to it. Bad things can happen real fast out there and with no help the water is a very unforgiving place.


Thanks for the reply. Those are nice seaworthy kayaks you have, mine probably wouldn't be your first pick for this type of fishing but I think it will do fine I'm a strong paddler. What are some of the other essential items you and your match bring along. Do you bring more than #50 of gear with you?

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#12146831 - 03/18/17 01:06 PM Re: Who kayaks out to the oil rigs to fish? [Re: Longliner]
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Not usually. We keep the load ligbt typically. Pfd, gaff, rods(i like 3, 1 shark and 2 trolling rods), water, drift sock, fish bag, ice and tackle.
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#12147024 - 03/18/17 05:00 PM Re: Who kayaks out to the oil rigs to fish? [Re: christian myrick]
Longliner Offline
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Originally Posted By: christian myrick
Not usually. We keep the load ligbt typically. Pfd, gaff, rods(i like 3, 1 shark and 2 trolling rods), water, drift sock, fish bag, ice and tackle.

I like that, just keeping it simple.

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#12148744 - 03/20/17 05:43 AM Re: Who kayaks out to the oil rigs to fish? [Re: Longliner]
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One more important thing to take and one to consider.
Take a very sharp knife. It's better to cut the line than get towed 10-15 miles by a big ole toothy fish.
Consider some type of GPS. If you get towed by a monster you can become disoriented as to your location.

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#12149200 - 03/20/17 11:13 AM Re: Who kayaks out to the oil rigs to fish? [Re: Longliner]
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Loc: McKinney, TX
Become a member on the Texas Kayak Fisherman site and post this question in Beyond the Breakers (BTB) thread. There are a lot of guys in there that fish weekly by the rigs. They often let newbies tag along. They are extremely nice and helpful.

http://www.texaskayakfisherman.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=58&sid=28755db3602c8c70f843b08a8ec01e18

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#12149302 - 03/20/17 12:12 PM Re: Who kayaks out to the oil rigs to fish? [Re: Longliner]
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I once went to Galveston on vacation with the intent to fish one of the oil rigs.





The wind never let up for 4 days.
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#12149442 - 03/20/17 01:29 PM Re: Who kayaks out to the oil rigs to fish? [Re: lconn4]
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Originally Posted By: lconn4
I once went to Galveston on vacation with the intent to fish one of the oil rigs.





The wind never let up for 4 days.
great advice thx

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#12150895 - 03/21/17 09:56 AM Re: Who kayaks out to the oil rigs to fish? [Re: Longliner]
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Originally Posted By: Longliner
Originally Posted By: lconn4
I once went to Galveston on vacation with the intent to fish one of the oil rigs.





The wind never let up for 4 days.
great advice thx

Very good advise in simple pictures. The days the weather is good are very few down on the Texas coast. Wind is usually bad. Check out the youtube channel "30 miles out". Ty and Theresa used to live on the coast and have tons of videos on fishing the Texas coast from kayaks. Lots of info in their shows.
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#12151122 - 03/21/17 12:07 PM Re: Who kayaks out to the oil rigs to fish? [Re: Todd™]
christian myrick Offline
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Originally Posted By: Todd™
Originally Posted By: Longliner
Originally Posted By: lconn4
I once went to Galveston on vacation with the intent to fish one of the oil rigs.





The wind never let up for 4 days.
great advice thx

Very good advise in simple pictures. The days the weather is good are very few down on the Texas coast. Wind is usually bad. Check out the youtube channel "30 miles out". Ty and Theresa used to live on the coast and have tons of videos on fishing the Texas coast from kayaks. Lots of info in their shows.


They dont go offshore much. They stay inshore. Yotube professor salt, he is the one who really goes.
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#12151378 - 03/21/17 02:20 PM Re: Who kayaks out to the oil rigs to fish? [Re: Longliner]
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great thread

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#12151464 - 03/21/17 03:08 PM Re: Who kayaks out to the oil rigs to fish? [Re: Muckraker]
Longliner Offline
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Registered: 03/17/17
Posts: 102
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: Muckraker
One more important thing to take and one to consider.
Take a very sharp knife. It's better to cut the line than get towed 10-15 miles by a big ole toothy fish.
Consider some type of GPS. If you get towed by a monster you can become disoriented as to your location.

That makes a lot of sense. What GPS do you recommend?

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#12151484 - 03/21/17 03:23 PM Re: Who kayaks out to the oil rigs to fish? [Re: Longliner]
christian myrick Offline
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Navionics on the phone isnt bad also any gps fishfinder will work fine. The important thing is to mark the location you start.
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#12151846 - 03/21/17 07:03 PM Re: Who kayaks out to the oil rigs to fish? [Re: christian myrick]
Longliner Offline
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Registered: 03/17/17
Posts: 102
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: christian myrick
Navionics on the phone isnt bad also any gps fishfinder will work fine. The important thing is to mark the location you start.

What do you use?

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