I live in Pensacola and will like to take my boat fishing to the closest deep water offshore oil rig. I like to see if someone can point me in the right direction to buy a chart with all of the rigs or if anyone can share the GPS numbers. I plan to leave the Pensacola Pass. Thanks.
1/7/2003 12:07:00 PM
285exp (220.127.116.11) from AL says Rigs
Closest one to you is Petronius, 29 13.75 N, 87 46.86 W, about 70nm. Have caught plenty of tuna there. Beer Can, 29 09.82 N 87 59.27 W about 77 nm, and Ram Powell 29 03.65N, 88 05.5 W about 85 nm, are also very good. I haven't had as much luck at the Marlin rig, maybe just me. Long runs from P'cola, don't know what kind of boat you're running, but lots of range and ability to handle ugly stuff are highly desirable. Good luck.
1/8/2003 6:53:00 PM
Frank (18.104.22.168) from FL says Fishing rigs
I will be doing some bluewater spear hunting. This is something that I have been doing for a while now. Great sport. Just came back from a trip to PR, and went out with my cousin to about 20 miles north of San Juan. It's a beautiful thing to see the fish out in the weedlines. He's caught wahoo, dolphin and has had numerous encounter with 800+ marlins and tiger sharks. He is into everything when it comes to offshore stuff (www.rombieart.com) and its an artist too.
NUTS! Yes, but some people like the adventure. I myself dive offshore and love it. The RAM Powell is famous for bluewater hunting. I am also planning on fishing them on the bottom and trolling.
Is this rig good to go, or am I wasting a 40+ nm mile trip? How far is the petronius from the Perdido Pass????? He is planning to fly up here to Pcola and I plan on taking him out. I want to show him the Gulf is better than the ATLANTIC and the Caribbean I think. It truly is in my opinion.
1/8/2003 10:25:00 PM
capt_dalton (22.214.171.124) from AL says Closest Rig to P'cola
There are plenty of rigs closer to P'cola in shallower water, but, if you're after pelagic fishes, I would suggest the Marathon rigs to reef areas. Try N29 31.007 W87 34.705 for the marathon jacket and N29 26.895 W87 36.990 for the rig, both are UNDER the water. The heading from Perdido Pass for these are: Rig 188° 49.32nm, jacket 185° 45.12nm. Just a bit farhter and you have another rig to reef rig, MP-254 at N29°21.750 W87°48.330, heading from Perdido Pass 197° 55.88nm. If ya go that far, the active rig MP-255 is at N29 19.221 W87 48.752 and Petronius in site of that.
Report back on your trip.
1/9/2003 10:04:00 AM
285exp (126.96.36.199) from AL says Deep water
As Capt Dalton says, those sunken rigs are closer in, but if you wish to dive on them you had best have a lot of anchor rode since they are in about 300 ft of water. Guess you could use a grapnel instead, but the tops of those rigs are a good way down. MP 255 is about 58 nm from Perdido Pass, right at the edge of the Steps in about 400 ft. I have seen divers tied up to that rig. Caught plenty of 'hoos and some tuna there. Read about the girl swimming near Ram Powell who was attacked by a shark last summer?
1/9/2003 9:18:00 PM
Frank (188.8.131.52) from FL says Great info.
Guys, I will sure report on the trip and thank you for the information. The plan is to head out late January to early February. I got to pick my day for weather. My boat can handle it, but its sure not enjoyable to get beat up on the back with the gear and everything.
The word I hear now is that there may be yellowfin on those rigs (the deeper ones), and even wahoo (if the water temp is right). I flew over a rig today and this is the numbers I got off my GPS (N 29 51.659, W87 54.238). It looked like a functioning rig. Pretty big. The distance from NAS Pensacola on my airplane's DME readout was 42NM. Not too far from Pensacola Pass. I will suspect that this rig might be one of those that might just be in shallow water. Pelagics is definitely what Im looking for.
Please, if there is any other advice or experience fishing this rigs, please post or email me. I promise a detail passdown when I return. Thanks again guys.
1/13/2003 9:03:00 PM
Richard (184.108.40.206) from LA says not familiar with the area, but . . .
I looked for that rig on the charts the closest I could find was one at: 29-51.674 and 87-54.911 located 60.6 st mile from P NAS beacon bearing 225.3 true - the chart shows located in Mobile block 124 about 27 miles southeast of Mobile bay mouth - note there are several rigs charted in this area in approx 17 fathoms of water
I'd go with Capt. Dalton's numbers for blue water fish
play around with chart no 1115A at: http://www.boatchart.com/mapping/chart/lfindex.cfm - lots of fun looking at charts there and finding neat things and its free - takes a little while to figure out how to navigate the maps though - the expand and contract buttons are to the right of the chart window, sometimes you have to scroll to them be sure to use the "show NTM"'s - they give you lots of info on wrecks