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Offshore in the Nauset
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posted 06-01-2002 01:52 PM ET (US)
We just got home from a week in the keys, where I was hoping to get in on the good dolphin fishing this time of year. May normally brings nice weather, but when we got down there we heard that it had been blowing for 5 weeks, and the small craft advisories were up. We snorkeled on an inside reef, but the water was cloudy, and we couldn't both get in at the same time due to the wind. Dolphin fishing was good for those that braved the wind and seas. Weather report was 5 to 8 foot seas and "higher in the gulfstream". At one point the prediction was for 10 to 13 foot on saturday, higher... etc. And the gulfstream is where the fishing is. I thought about trying the backcountry, but the water was all stirred up, and I didn't want to leave my prop and lower unit out there. As the weekend approached, predictions were for moderating weather in the following week. I talked to a boater who had green water over the bow on saturday (5 to 8 foot seas) in his 26 footer, but caught a bunch of fish (the boat was not a good offshore design, no flare in the bow). He said he saw a bunch of little whalers like mine out there, would I like to follow him out in the morning? No thanks.
I was up at 5 the next morning (sunday); the palm trees were whipping, so I went back to bed. Slept till 8, and then was told that it was dead calm at sunrise, for the first time in 2 months.
Sunrise on memorial day, I was running up the channel. Five miles to the reef, and then 10 more miles offshore looking for birds, weedlines or debris. My usual limit is 15 miles out, but the morning was nice, and there wasn't any sign of fish, so I angled southwest till I was 20 miles out. Still nothing, so I started blind trolling, pointed for the harbor. I ended up with a nice wahoo, better than catching dolphin, and released a big cuda. The wind picked up of course, so at 11:45, I headed in. By then the whitecaps where up, and the gusts were up to 20. It was a rough ride, and very wet, but the boat handled it great and I was at the dock in an hour. I sure don't know of another 40 year old, 17 foot boat that could do that.
Love my whaler!
posted 06-01-2002 03:10 PM ET (US)
Right on. I think the primary reason for such intense customer loyalty is in your last sentence. Name any other 40 year old consumer product that comes close to our BELOVED WHALERS. Mark
posted 06-05-2002 03:27 PM ET (US)
We use to take or 17'ers from Wisconsin to the Keys several times a year. Our fishing was off of Islamorado to Big Pine Key. Usually fishing the 100 fathom curve. Our last trip was in 1986 with our 25' Revenge WT. Great trip and now we have Her up for sale. Just can't handle the riggers any more and the wife gets mad launching her. Have fun while your able, golden years suck. Mike
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