Offshore Fishing with a Twist

Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon

Let’s talk about offshore fishing, with a little twist on the topic.

Apparently offshore fishing is fun!  More especially it’s fun with light winds, moderate wave action, a stable boat, and fish that are biting.

I don’t fish offshore (wade fishing is my style), so I took a look at an average deep sea fishing rod-and-reel combination.  Looks like a good rig is about $300, plus or minus. Reading about them is making me appreciate my wade fishing equipment.

My boat is a less expensive as well.  When I surfed the ‘net, it looks like a reasonable starting price of an offshore boat, something like the 24-foot Robalo, is going to cost me about $74,000.  Without the electronics I’d like to have onboard.

Which Brings Me to the Change of Topic

Just a short while ago the U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for two firefighters missing since August 16th when they sailed out for a fishing trip from Port Canaveral.  The search for two off-duty firefighters, lasted six full days and covered over 105,000 miles when Coast Guard officials made the decision.  To put the search area in perspective, Minnesota is 86,939 square miles.

Our prayers should be with the families of the fishermen.
The search is over.

As Captain Mark Vlaun, commander of the Coast Guard Sector in Jacksonville so succinctly put it “We have reached a point where our computer modeling and our ability to search a given location are no longer allowing us to search with any reasonable degree of probability of success.”

Let’s Just Get to the Point

Two men went offshore fishing out of Florida with some nice equipment; rods and reels, a nice boat, and were lost at sea.  For the price of $400 to $860 you can purchase an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) from any one of several national marine stores.  If you are not going offshore too much, the same stores will rent you the EPIRB.   Strap on your life jacket, have an EPIRB and a working VHF radio with DSC and your MMSI number programmed – then your chances of being located and surviving increase. The average funeral costs between $7,000 and $9,000.

There is no condemnation here, just the observation that many organizations make in educational efforts – purchase, and use, safety equipment.  How you spend your money is up to you.

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