What to expect when tuna fishing at Gulf of Mexico

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  1. tongix

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    I was invited this time to join in a tuna fishing 80 miles in the Gulf of Mexico. Theres four of us and will share in the cost of baits, fuel, etc. It be sometime in May. So again, are there oil rigs out that far ? how about bringing along a shotgun or a mosin carbine for boat defense(just in case badguys show up)?
     
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    take beer and sunscreen
     

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    Been on the same trip. Its awesome. Take a .38 jframe if you must.

    Beer and sunscreen are more important.
     
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    Triptone. Even if you have never been sea sick before. 80 miles out is a hell of a place to have your first bout of it.
     
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    Lots of good advice here. Yes, there are rigs that far out. Take sunscreen, Advil, and lots of alcohol. Take a hat, GOOD sunglasses, long sleeve shirt, long pants for sun protection. Wear sunscreen. Also make sure you have plenty of water to drink because you will get dehydrated and alcohol doesn't help that. Gatorade helps too.

    Also, take something for seasickness. Being seasick is one of most miserable things you can experience. There are OTC medications that are good. It would also help to take ginger ale (if it is made from real ginger, not the fake stuff) and/or candied ginger. Both really help.

    If you feel you need to take a gun, a handgun is best. There is not really much of a chance of problems in the Gulf off the US coast.
     
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    Oh, I forgot to add.

    If you do take a gun, make sure the captain of the boat knows BEFORE you leave shore. The captain may not allow you to take a gun. As the captain, it is his boat, his rules. At the very least, he needs to know you have a gun and where it is. If you are stopped by the Coast Guard, they will ask about guns on board. They don't like surprises and your captain won't either if that is the first he learns that you have a gun on board.

    The Coast Guard can be rather touchy about you having guns on board but they are in a tough position and they are the law. They know guns are legal to have aboard but you must report them if the CG asks. If they find a gun that was not reported to them, expect long delays. While at sea, your rights are not the same as they are on land.

    I'll add to this, DO NOT TAKE ILLEGAL DRUGS with you. If the CG finds illegal drugs, your fishing trip is over.
     
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    OP, in case you haven't noticed - the 4th Amendment doesn't apply at sea. :steamed: It really should, but you know...that trading liberty in the name of safety thing that so many people agreed upon has already taken root.
     
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    I knew someone would make a narrow minded statement like this. The CG operates under both the Constitution AND Maritime Law. When in conflict, Maritime Law usually win while on the water.
     
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    Throw the Blackfins back. Keep the Yellowfin.
     
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    I am completely ignorant on this subject. Is maritime law OUR law, or is it an international waters kind of thing? If it is ours, how can it supersede the Constitution?
     
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    Going into the ocean makes things complicated really fast.

    This link shows the various US Maritime Zones. http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/csdl/mbound.htm

    While I hate using Wikipedia, here is an overview
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Admiralty_law
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_admiralty_law
    http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/365510/maritime-law

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    Fascinating. Thank you!
     
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    So the best is not to bring a gun ? To much hassle. THe owner of the boat said he brings his .357 magnum so i didnt bother to add more but i told him i have my CHL .
     
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    Sounds like the Captain knows whats going on so you should have a good time. #1 rule: Sea Sickness.....You usually are ok while boat is moving. Keep eyes on horizon and don't look down. Smoothest ride on most boats is right over propellers or close as you can get to them. Take the sea sickness medicine before you leave the dock and don't eat anything "special", aka chilli the night before. I had a bad experience in the Gulf of Alaska one year Halibut fishing for over 12 hours. Miserable.

    Sunscreen. Nothing worse than a good trip followed by a week of pain and peeling. Ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure here.

    Have a good time. I've not seen any zombies in the gulf of mexico so I doubt having multiple guns is necessary.
     
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    There are active pirates in the Gulf. Boats and crew do disappear.

    I would request and hope to be granted permission for additional firepower.
     
  20. tongix

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    They no longer have the F 16s on standby at Ellington Field in South Houston.