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hauptjm posted 02-16-2001 09:37 AM ET (US)   Profile for hauptjm  
As a follow to the thread in the OEM section, Andy's story reminded me of a buddy. He has a condo in Destin, FL where he keeps his 13. He waits for the "perfect" day, jumps in with two large poles and gear, and goes trolling. Usually just about 4-5 miles out, but he's typically in the company of 40+ foot sportfishing vessels. During certain times of the year, the Destin area yields some incredible fishing within 10 miles of the shoreline. You wouldn’t believe the looks he gets by his larger contemporaries when he lands a 35-inch Wahoo. Oh, by the way, he figures the fuel he uses in 3-4 hours of trolling with his old Johnson 25, equals the amount his competition uses to start their port engine. This guy also has a 30 ft. Trojan sportfish that unofficially has probably caught less fish than his 13. Of course, I wouldn’t tell him that.
lhg posted 02-16-2001 02:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
In the 1988 BW "Whaler News", they list the following fishing records (fish caught in Boston Whalers):

BLUEFIN TUNA: 753lb. by Gary Arnold with John Fitgerald, Marshfield MA. I believe this was caught in a 13, but they don't say it.

BLUE MARLIN: 508LB by Luis Santana, Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, in a Sport 13.

HALIBUT: 320 LB by Dave Hardy, Sitka AK in a Sport 13.

REDFISH: 30LB 8OZ by Bernard Goldsmith, New Orleans, LA in a Sport 13.

Most of the other records are from Montauks, with a few 18 Outrages thrown in!

hauptjm posted 02-16-2001 02:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
That's great. Can you see the faces of the people on the dock when these guys come in with a 500lb. fish in tow. My friend has really set-up his 13 in great form. I'll have to take the digital camera with me next time I'm with him and take a few pictures.
dchris2 posted 02-16-2001 09:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for dchris2  Send Email to dchris2     
Risk is relative. Engine on a 13' sport is ok. I'd go off shore on a calm day. Of course I will probably not do this. I'll be the owner, and supposed neophyte. would rather relearn his lessons the easy way rather than the hard way. We're always looking for stupid stories of survival, and then we're glad it's not me.
FISHNFF posted 02-17-2001 11:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for FISHNFF  Send Email to FISHNFF     
I've done 15 miles out of Pillar Point for salmon in a Sport 13 and a Yamaha 40. When looking for the "fleet" we were right in top of them before we saw them, being so close to the water. Got a lot of looks. Now when I see my buddy in his 13 out in the bay it looks like he's standing on water (he's 6'2")!
alvispollard posted 02-25-2001 09:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for alvispollard  Send Email to alvispollard     
Went out of Beaufort Inlet, Morehead City, NC and headed Southeast toward Cape Lookout. Found spanish mackeral 7 or 8 miles offshore of the lighthouse. Some 15 miles or so from inlet. Trolled 4-5 hours on 6.5 gallon tank. Second tank was not needed but good insurance. Seas were 1-2'. Limited out on spanish (10 each - brother and myself). Great little fishing boat.
jimh posted 02-26-2001 12:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I believe there is a guy going around the world in an 18-foot boat, so in a 13-Whaler you ought to be able to go 13/18th of the circumference of the planet offshore....
bdb posted 02-26-2001 08:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for bdb  Send Email to bdb     
Off the main topic, but further on Jim's note above...
Two fellows from Sweden, I believe. 18' Swedish boat, 4 stroke 50 hp Mercury Big Foot. Haven't visited it yet, but their web site is

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