Originally Posted by David Hughes
As you said you've not been far ashore before, I would not suggest direct Tampa to KW, as not only that would be out of sight of land, but mostly out of VHF
range too, depending on your gear
. I'd suggest staying along the coast to Marco Island and then cross. Take 2 days rather than 1.
And best time of year is just about coming up now. Late March to mid-May should be pretty storm free.
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I also second mini season deal. I was camping on sigsbee lobstering the sigsbee shelf 500 yards off shoreline...and bout got ran over by some people a few times...mini season brings all the kooks to town IMO...
On the topic of mini season, we had this reserves major (investments advisor as his career) from Chattanooga TN summering at sigsbee since kids
were outta school
This guy had to take the kids/family home week before mini season starts...so what does this clown do? He's out their before dusk, 19:30 or so with his kayak
snorkeling? Coasties needed some more safety
inspections training for the new guy on the crew...so they inspect this guy...
He pulls off the inspection
, mr cool performance under pressure and as coasties are leaving him one notices he's got a strange line hanging off the canoe he's using as his snorkel platform?
Turns out he had a bag full of lobsters...they call FWC....this clown then tries to name drop his FWC buddy in an attempt to skate the charges??? They get him ashore (they had to get navel master at Arms/Mps to come on base) and he comes clean, gives up the cooler load he already cleaned/packed full of lobsters for the trip home...
When FWC officer asked him if he knew lobsters were outta season, he says "yeah but we were here and I wanted to take something home" guy had like 141 charges from lobstering, wringing lobsters at sea, undersize catch etc.
Commander pulled some strings to get him outta jail where he was promptly escorted (him, his wife, kids
and RV) off base with a letter of reprimand so he's not allowed back..on the list of I welcomed and those to be charged with trespassing if found on NASKW...what a jerk...