I figure "offshore" starts when you can start to catch "offshore" species such as marlin, wahoo, mahi, etc. Offshore in the Bahamas can be just 1/2 a mile while offshore in the Gulf of Mexico can be 100 miles. Just my opinion...
I would think that Offshore fishing would mean Game species, They can be as close as 4-6 miles off of LE inlet in NJ.Blues,Tuna,Bonita,etc.
Last April we caught 2 BigeyeTuna, 3 Sailfish,& 2 Barracuda, 2 miles off the coast of Tulum Mx.in 600' of water.
Trolling and chumming vs. anchor or drifting the bottom,might be the answer.
Maybe the real experts could define it better.
This message was edited by NANSEA11 on 1-22-02 @ 5:45 PM
I am definitely not a pro, I do most of my fishing out of FI Inlet and consider myself offshore when I stop fluke fishing and start looking for species like mahi, tuna, shark, usually when I get about 15 miles out.
When I saw this new forum, I considered asking this very question.
Everyone has thier own definition it seems.
As per Funk & Wagnalls standard dictionary.
Offshore; adj. Moving or directed away from the shore. 2; Situated or occuring at some distance from shore. adj. From or away from the shore.
Now doesnt thet clear things up?? he he
If your in a canoe 20 ft. from the shore then youve taken your boat offshore.
I like the term " Deep Sea " fishing when describing fishing far out in the ocean.
In New England and most likely other places, The US Coast Guard and NMF define OFFSHORE as anywhere past the invisible line that they drew in the water. No ryme nor reson just some dark and stormy night a Yoeman took his cryon and drew this Rumb line from Eastport to Portland light and down to Boone Island and then to The Halibut point Rockport bouy and then scooted into Boston harbor to the B bouy and then zipped out off P town on Cape COD an then to Block Island. I think he ran out of all the good colours because its Black crayon on my NOAA Charts.