Longboat Key / Bradenton HELP

Discussion in 'Florida Gulf Coast' started by jonterr, Nov 27, 2017.

  1. jonterr

    jonterr I Love microskiff.com!

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    The wife and I have gone down there the day after Christmas for the last 4 years, we will going again this year.
    I'm thinking about taking the skiff, any help on less crowded , inshore boat ramps, that are close to some good fishing ?
    I know that's a busy time of year, and the ramp at the bridge is always packed!
    And good advice is appreciated!
    Thanks
    Or u can text Jon. 7064993911
     
  2. Mercuryproteam

    Mercuryproteam Well-Known Member

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    Head south to Ken Thompson on city island (Mote Marine). Not crowded and they have fresh water to rinse your boat / trailer. Just bring a hose! From there you can head north or south. Or you can try the Linley Street ramp on the northern end of Longboat Key.
     
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  3. jonterr

    jonterr I Love microskiff.com!

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    Thanks
     
  4. duppyzafari

    duppyzafari I Love microskiff.com!

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    +1 for the small ramp on north Longboat right next to the Mar Vista restaurant on Lois and Linley Ave - no problem launching a skiff, there.

    There isn't much parking, so it sees almost no traffic, whatsoever. There are on-street spaces long enough for a vehicle and trailer half a block over on Broadway, which connects with Gulf of Mexico Dr.

    Tons of great fishing around there. There is NO PARKING after 11 pm, so if you're heading out to hit docklights, make sure you're back in time.
     
  5. jonterr

    jonterr I Love microskiff.com!

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    Cool
    We usually get out early, and back by lunch
     
  6. jonterr

    jonterr I Love microskiff.com!

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    I looked on google earth, didn't really show a boat ramp, is it by the pier?
     
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  7. stalkintail

    stalkintail Well-Known Member

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    Search "Linley Street Longboat Key" on google earth and follow the street tot he bay. It is next tot he long dock.
     
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  8. jonterr

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  9. duppyzafari

    duppyzafari I Love microskiff.com!

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    It's a short ramp right next to the T-shaped pier. No parking, no bathrooms, nothing but a small ramp wide enough for a single small craft to launch. It's perfect.
     
  10. jonterr

    jonterr I Love microskiff.com!

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    Wait
    No parking???
     
  11. duppyzafari

    duppyzafari I Love microskiff.com!

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    No attached parking lot, rather. There is on-street parking in the neighborhood.
     
  12. jonterr

    jonterr I Love microskiff.com!

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    Oh
    Ok
    Now all I need is somebody to tell me where to wet a hook!
    Ha
     
  13. duppyzafari

    duppyzafari I Love microskiff.com!

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    Every flat in that area holds fish. I really dig Buttonwood / Whale Key a few miles south of the launch. It's about halfway down Longboat.
     
  14. jonterr

    jonterr I Love microskiff.com!

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    Nice
    I think the place we stay is actually across the street from that inlet
     
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  15. jonterr

    jonterr I Love microskiff.com!

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    Any more pointers?