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Question for the Florida boaters/fishermen

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by geofri, Apr 28, 2012.

  1. geofri

    geofri Poikilotherm™ Lifetime Member

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    Going fishin' down around Destin FL in 2 weeks,

    First off, anyone fish around there?


    ..but my main question, What are the rules for shooting guns out on the ocean?
    Do you have to be out so far? Out of sight of other boats?
    Since I've got reciprocity with Florida, I'm legal as long as I stay in Florida waters, correct?
     
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    geofri Poikilotherm™ Lifetime Member

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    Bump for the evening crew.

    I posted in GNG thinking there would be more Florida folks hangin' in here than in Carry Issues!
     

  3. Jonesee

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    I'm in Florida and I've fished that area quite a bit.

    Shooting a shark is not unusual out in the gulf. I've been on boats when they have done it. I really don't see the point, cut the line and let it go is a lot safer and easier. I've never been with anyone that just goes out and shoots for the helluvit. I wouldn't do anything until I was out in the open water with no other boats around.

    I can't imagine shooting across the water just to shoot. No telling where the bullet might end up, especially if it gets a bounce off the surface or a wave.

    I wouldn't take a gun out on a charter boat without telling the captain. If he took issue, you would likely find your trip ended and your money not refunded.

    Why, what are you planning to do?
     
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    geofri Poikilotherm™ Lifetime Member

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    Well.. all these pirate hunting videos in GNG lately.. :whistling:


    Na, just wondered, really.

    I like sharks too much to kill them. We'll just be out on my friends 17'er, and I know sometimes big fish get dispatched that way. I was pondering bringing an extra mag of FMJ just in case.


    Any good fishing spots you're willing to divulge? You ever hear of any rattlesnake/gator hot-spots either?
     
  5. Jonesee

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    On a 17' boat I don't see you getting far out enough to use a gun. Maybe on a real flat day, but keep a weather eye and be ready to head in fast.

    Search the net for GPS coordinates. Here is a start:
    http://fishingdestinguide.com/gpsSTATEWATERSEAST.html

    Use live pinfish for bait on a circle hook and you will catch fish.


    The most common rattlesnake you will see up there are pigmy rattlers in the pine forests and you definitely don't need a gun for those. You will have to look to find one. If you get into the backwater areas you may find a cottonmouth, but it is still early for them, and why go looking for one just to shoot it?

    Gators are protected and there is a season on them.
     
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    I'm pretty certain he's not wanting to shoot them.
     
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    geofri Poikilotherm™ Lifetime Member

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    No no, I must not have differentiated enough between the two activities. I'm a reptile nut, everywhere I go I look for, photograph, and observe them.

    I just want to catch some rattle snakes to play with them, not hurt them. :cool:

    Not killing anything except for some good eatin' fish.
     
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    geofri Poikilotherm™ Lifetime Member

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    :wavey:


    Boy would I love to find a pygmy though!

    Don't have the guts or skills to wrangle one of those nippy ankle biters, but something fresh from the boring ol' PA herps.
     
  9. Jonesee

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    They are plentiful. I've seen more of them than any other snake. Usually under something including leaves, old pieces of plywood that has been laying on the ground, places like that. I see them most often deer hunting when I am sitting for a long time on the ground.
     
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    geofri Poikilotherm™ Lifetime Member

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    Awesome! I've started searching google maps for good looking locations to start my search.


    I caught your edit. Thanks for the link, That's nice to know there is some structure underwater!
     
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    geofri Poikilotherm™ Lifetime Member

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    Jonesee ,
    Did some research, and it appears Eglin Air Force base allows vistors to tramp around the woods with a $15 pass.

    Any chance you've been on base before?
     
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    You'd want to be 3 miles offshore, in an area where there weren't other boats) and especially no bored Coasties).

    It's not all that common off the Ft Lauderdale/West Palm Beach/Miami coast or in the Keys simply because there are almost always other boats in the vicinity.

    Shooting a shark is an exception, and not something you'd run into all that often.

    Richocets or tattletales can ruin your day, so it's not that great an idea.
     
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