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Bass boat in the Gulf #13258444 08/24/19 08:12 PM
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Is it OK- not dumb - safe,,, to take a 21ft Triton bass boat out into the Gulf ???
I know the bay and backwater channels would be fine —-
But I am wondering about just past the jetty/breakers in the Surfside area ????

Re: Bass boat in the Gulf [Re: flukeman83] #13258448 08/24/19 08:30 PM
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no


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Re: Bass boat in the Gulf [Re: flukeman83] #13258481 08/24/19 09:15 PM
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I love a short - direct - to the point answer
Thank You

Re: Bass boat in the Gulf [Re: flukeman83] #13258600 08/24/19 11:37 PM
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I work offshore and I have never seen corrosion like in a marine environment. Same item on a land rig will last 50 years compared to 7 years offshore. If your selling the boat in a few years, I wouldn't care. If its a forever, I wouldn't travel south of I-10
Far as safe.....As long as winds are down I would. Guys do it in Kayaks. Honestly though, Its like taking a deep hull center console bass fishing in shallow grassy stumpy areas. Theres a better tool for the job.

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Re: Bass boat in the Gulf [Re: flukeman83] #13258708 08/25/19 01:34 AM
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You can do a ton of work to your boat to protect it from the brine. But your painted trailer is dead after the first dunking.

Don’t do it.


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Re: Bass boat in the Gulf [Re: flukeman83] #13258774 08/25/19 02:22 AM
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You will save money by hiring a guide than fixing everything on your boat and trailer that is going to melt and corrode.

Re: Bass boat in the Gulf [Re: flukeman83] #13258844 08/25/19 03:19 AM
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Don't do it!

Re: Bass boat in the Gulf [Re: smooth move] #13259043 08/25/19 02:32 PM
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Originally Posted by smooth move
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Re: Bass boat in the Gulf [Re: flukeman83] #13259055 08/25/19 02:54 PM
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IF......... you know what you are doing (meaning experienced and knowledgeable) and are sensible about the conditions, it's very safe. But as stated above, the corrosion that results from the saltwater environment will be a huge price to pay. I wouldn't do it with mine.

Re: Bass boat in the Gulf [Re: flukeman83] #13259083 08/25/19 03:27 PM
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I went offshore once out of Perdido Pass Florida with the borderline crazy Brett Graham in one his many worn the eff out bass boats he's had over the years. It was scary going through that inlet, the currents and rips are insane. We fished some reefs within site of land. If you don't pay attn the currents will take you to Cuba.


I said that day , I am not ever going off shore without a proper radio and if it was my own craft.....2 motors.


If we'd have broke down out there in that junker its scary to think where we'd end up.

Re: Bass boat in the Gulf [Re: flukeman83] #13259123 08/25/19 04:25 PM
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Safe, sure on low wind days. But I’ve seen a blowup boat half a mile past the jetties. I wouldn’t, and I have a center console bay boat. Different people have different tolerance for risks.


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Re: Bass boat in the Gulf [Re: flukeman83] #13259184 08/25/19 05:47 PM
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One good 8 foot wake from a oil tanker will quickly make you reconsider your life choices.
Can you? Sure You see idiots out past the jetties in john boats.
Like mentioned, you're way ahead hiring a guide.


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Re: Bass boat in the Gulf [Re: flukeman83] #13259410 08/25/19 10:36 PM
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...OK ,,,, got the picture
Have put my 21 foot Triton bass boat up for sale and am looking for a good boat for the Gulf

*** next question -- ??? GOOD boat for the gulf / oil rigs ????

Re: Bass boat in the Gulf [Re: flukeman83] #13259412 08/25/19 10:37 PM
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It is probably a little dumb not the best way to fish the gulf
i would not do it in my boat but I might be more conservative than you. you know the risk and possible problems from doing it the real question is are you going to or not ?
if you do get some video just in case something funny happens.

Re: Bass boat in the Gulf [Re: flukeman83] #13259788 08/26/19 11:04 AM
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Originally Posted by flukeman83
...OK ,,,, got the picture
Have put my 21 foot Triton bass boat up for sale and am looking for a good boat for the Gulf

*** next question -- ??? GOOD boat for the gulf / oil rigs ????


If you're looking for a boat for both inshore and offshore most center console bay boats over 21 feet are going to be ok to run to the rigs in state waters (within 9 nautical miles). You just have to wait for 2 foot seas or less. If you're wanting a boat that can go offshore in 3 foot seas that boat will not be good for bay fishing.

I recommend at least a 22' and preferably a 24' boat for fishing both inshore and offshore. I used to have a 24' Pathfinder that was a great all around boat but wouldn't run in shallow water worth a darn. If you are looking at fiberglass look at Shallow Sport or something similar that will run in shallow water.


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