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Old 11-12-2014, 05:07 PM   #21
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Old 12-21-2014, 10:16 AM   #22
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Just did the trip to Key West from Marco Island. Crab pots thick as fleas all the way. That's why we jumped off for Key West from Marco. You can make the 80nm run all in daylight if you leave at the 0-dark-30. Sorry, no personal experience with what it is like direct Dry Tortugas.
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Just did the trip to Key West from Marco Island. Crab pots thick as fleas all the way. That's why we jumped off for Key West from Marco. You can make the 80nm run all in daylight if you leave at the 0-dark-30. Sorry, no personal experience with what it is like direct Dry Tortugas.

So are you saying if one hugs the coast in this area the crab traps are thick? How were the seas when you cut across?
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Old 03-29-2015, 09:27 AM   #24
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An update to all of you that responded to my original post: We did the trip early March under a full moon. The route was departing Palmetto FL at 11:00am, exit Tampa bay south of Egmont, then direct to Dry Tortugas arriving roughly 11:00am the next day after a non stop run. The only pots we saw were within the first few hours. By late afternoon we were out far enough and/or in deep enough water for their to be virtually no pots. We did pass one other boat (a sailboat also heading south) and also came within 1/2 mile of another boat running without lights in a light fog at 3:00am. As we approached the Tortugas in daylight we did dodge a few larger shrimp boats at anchor, crew nowhere to be seen. It was a great run, for anyone considering the same. Thanks for the comments and suggestions. (The boat was a 48' Kadey Krogen, 8 knot cruise, 5' draft).
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