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Old 24 June 2013, 16:24   #51
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Greetings. I found this thread cross-posted on one of my favorite fishing sites and I felt I had to comment.

I live and fish in the same area as the OP. Thousands of people fish in the manner described, it's called "BTB" or "Beyond The Breakers". The majority use kayaks, the older busted up folks like me use inflatables or jet-skis. I've been doing this for almost 25 years now. Cannot kayak anymore so I use a 13' inflatable with a 15hp Mercury. A jet ski is a little out of budget. Sold the big boat years ago once the kids moved out, too expensive and a hassle.

The risk is minimal. The fishing is VERY good. A typical trip, going from rig to rig, is about 20-25 miles. Communications are not an issue, there are both cell phone and VHF repeaters on the rigs. Any rig inside of 10 miles is visible from the beach and 2' to 3' swells is about as bad as it gets.

To be honest, your biggest threat is heat stroke and sunburn.
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Old 24 June 2013, 17:52   #52
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Breakers 10 miles offshore?
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Old 24 June 2013, 21:56   #53
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I am a fellow kayak fisherman, and the post causes a bit of curiosity. A 20 -25 mile paddle would be quite a day. How far from shore are those rigs you fish? Do kayakers venture 10 miles off the beach?

I have read of those beyond the breakers trips on TKF and not heard of extended trips that far.

If it is unusual to run into afternoon thunder showers, you live in a very calm area. A good sea breeze can effect paddling effort though, and maintaining 3 MPH for an extended period of time would be brutal in flat water. That would eat up roughly 3 hours in each direction.

As long as you can count on calm seas long enough to make it to shore with a weather change, you could go quite a distance in an inflatable. The downside is that you only have to miscalculate once. Thus the caution flags the folks have raised.
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Old 25 June 2013, 11:08   #54
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I am a fellow kayak fisherman, and the post causes a bit of curiosity. A 20 -25 mile paddle would be quite a day. How far from shore are those rigs you fish? Do kayakers venture 10 miles off the beach?

I have read of those beyond the breakers trips on TKF and not heard of extended trips that far.

If it is unusual to run into afternoon thunder showers, you live in a very calm area. A good sea breeze can effect paddling effort though, and maintaining 3 MPH for an extended period of time would be brutal in flat water. That would eat up roughly 3 hours in each direction.

As long as you can count on calm seas long enough to make it to shore with a weather change, you could go quite a distance in an inflatable. The downside is that you only have to miscalculate once. Thus the caution flags the folks have raised.
20-25 in an inflatable. Kayak trips are usually in the 7-10 mile range.
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