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bluewaterpirate posted 04-01-2007 08:24 PM ET (US)   Profile for bluewaterpirate   Send Email to bluewaterpirate  
My wife Cheryl, Ed, and me went offshore fishing to Big Rock Saturday. Big Rock is located 42 miles Southeast of Cape Lookout, NC.

We departed Beaufort Inlet at 5am and had our first line in the water at 6:40am. Thought I'd share some of the adventure via some video I took. Thanks. When you open the video look in the lower right hand corner for bit rate. You can click on bit rate to make the video larger or smaller depending on your ISP bandwidth.

These two Garmin GPS overlays will give you an idea of the area we fished and the transit info. Total miles covered 126. 14601667/file.jpg 14601669/file.jpg


HAPPYJIM posted 04-01-2007 08:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for HAPPYJIM  Send Email to HAPPYJIM     
Great day for fishing and a pile of wahoo to boot. How good can it get?
tombro posted 04-02-2007 07:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for tombro  Send Email to tombro     
Nice catch, great day out! Sent you and email.
jimh posted 04-02-2007 09:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Tom--I always enjoy your pictures, movies, and narratives.

It looks like you have a single engine boat. How far offshore were you? I think you have a lot of confidence in your rig!

Also, how do you get the images and tracks from the chart plotter to your computer? Could you explain the details of that process. Thanks.

Sal A posted 04-02-2007 09:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sal A  Send Email to Sal A     
You do more in your 210 Ventura than any other 21 foot boat owner I have ever seen does. Truly, your pictures and videos are a great Boston Whaler advertisement. Nice job Tom, and thanks.
bluewaterpirate posted 04-02-2007 09:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
Jim ....

The farthest point we fished was 58 miles from Cape Lookout. I have the upmost confidence in my rig because like all of you on the CW I keep it in tip top shape. What you don't see in my video is the host of boats around us, there must have 60 plus in our location. I carry a life raft, ditch bag, file a float plan and always fish with other boats.

Sal .....

Thanks for the kind words. I've actually forwarded dome I videos to Whaler but I've never gotten much of response. I called them two weeks ago to pat them on the back for starting to use videos on their site. Time will tell.

It sure is great motoring into the relm of bluewater and toothy critters for a change it sure changes your outlook on life. As you saw the day was absolutely gorgeous. We covered 48 miles to Big Rock in 1 hour and 40 minutes, not bad considereing half of it was in the dark. It was a wonderful early morning trip, my wife, Ed, and me had a an opportunity to see nature in all her glory. It was a beautiful crisp clear moon lite morning with millions of stars. As the moon set in a brilliant orange ball fashion a beautiful day was breaking 180 degrees from where the moon disappeared into the ocean. Nothing like watching to celestial bodies set and rise. Great stuff!

I'm really glad you enjoy our videos. The person who uttered those words a picture is worth a thousand words sure knew what he was talking about.


bluewaterpirate posted 04-02-2007 09:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
Jim ....

In regards to your question about my GPS tracks, I use my Garmin 376c to download my track histories and FF data to my compute via the Garmins Map Source Program. When I get back I remove my 376c from the boat and attach it to my computer via USB connectivity. I can select on screen prompts as to what I want to download from my GPS.

Once I do that, I upload the tracks and FF data to the Map Source Mapping feature. I use a program called Snag It (a screen capture program) to take snap shots of the charts displayed on my monitor. Snag It has an annotation feature that gives me the capability to make notes on the charts for display purposes. I save them to my computer then upload them back into Phanfare my web host site. That's the process in a nut shell.

I'm putting together some GPS tutorials using this techique to give others a view of what they will actually see versus just theory.

There you go.


bluewaterpirate posted 04-03-2007 08:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
Two more GPS shots with all the data displayed ...... routes, actual track, and waypoints. 14739112/file.jpg 14758852/file.jpg


tombro posted 04-04-2007 07:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for tombro  Send Email to tombro     
Tom, thanks again for some great info. That bottom structure and Gulfstream water equals one hot fishing spot. I only wish we had the same combo as close to port here in NJ. We have to run to the Hudson Canyon (which I did with former boats)to find similar conditions, which is 75 miles off the beach.
Glad to see the Ventura getting its due attention, as I feel it is a forgotten Whaler. I think of mine as a mini-Express, and find it more than capable of the tasks I put it to. Saturdays I run out to sea with her, and Sundays just anchor and swim with the family and the dog in the bay. Good blend.
bluewaterpirate posted 04-04-2007 08:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
I agree in regards to the Ventura 210. It's a great multi-purpose boat. You just ahve to use your imagination when rigging it. It's a built like a tank, has enough gas to get you where you need to go, but the best thing about it is that is is a terrific crossover boat. In other words it can do many things well! Mine has served me well especially in the offshore relm, she has got us home in some pretty nasty stuff safe and sound.


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