Gulf of Mexico is a major body of water bordered and nearly landlocked by North
America. The gulf's eastern, northern, and northwestern shores lie within the
United States of America. The gulf is bordered on the southwestern and southern
shores with Mexico. The
total area of the Gulf of Mexico is approximately 615,000 square miles. Coastal
cities along the Gulf of Mexico include Tampa, St. Petersburg, Pensacola, Mobile,
New Orleans, Beaumont, and Houston in the United States,Veracruz and Mérida
in Mexico, and Havana in Cuba.Slide
The Gulf of Mexico is well known for its calm sea conditions and excellent year
round kayaking. The water is warm, the wildlife is varied and abundant, and there
are countless inlets and beaches to explore.
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POUND WINTER RED FISH CAUGHT FROM A KAYAK IN 10 INCHES OF WATER!
Take a virtual kayak trip with Rob Grant & Captain
Jim Elliot as they search for the elusive winter Red Fish on Tampa Bay. Experience
the excitement of a rod bending fight with a hefty 7 pound Red from a kayak in
only 12 inches of water!
THE JUMPING 'LADY FISH' IS CALLED THE "POOR MAN'S TARPON"! Watch
the acrobatic jumps of a 'Lady Fish' (the "poor man's tarpon") caught from a kayak
on the Manatee River in mid January!|
THE TAMPA BAY FLATS DURING EXTREME WINTER TIDAL FLOWS Experience
the tranquility of crystal clear waters flowing over the sand flats filmed from
a kayak durring the extreme winter tidal flows on Tampa Bay. This is heaven on
and Buying a Kayak
There are three structural classifications
1. Rigid (or hardshell) boats, made
up of either plastic,
kevlar, carbon fiber or wood
2. Folding boats
3. Inflatable boats.
rigid kayak is the type that most people think of when they think of a kayak.
Of the rigid models, a plastic boat will be the least expensive. It will also
be the heaviest. Plastic boats are usually tough and can take a lot of abuse,
but once damaged are difficult to repair. A
fiberglass boat will be more expensive than a plastic model, but will be significantly
lighter. Fiberglass may be easier to damage, but will also be easier to repair.
such as kevlar, graphite and carbon fiber kayaks will be even more expensive and
boats have the advantage of easy portability and storage. A folding kayak is a
collapsable boat made of fabric stretched over either a wood or aluminum frame.
Their initial price is usually on the expensive end of the spectrum, but they
tend to last longer than a typical hardshell and their resale price usually remains
are remarkably tough, flexible, stable and seaworthy, but the general consensus
is that they lack a bit of the speed and performance of a hardshell.
boats offer terrific portability and ease of storage.
They are usually the
least expensive kayaking option.
Kayaks are typically classified as to the type of boating they are
to do. Boats built for long distance touring are radically
boats built for whitewater activity. There isnt any
single kayak that
will excel in every type of paddling situation. As a
kayak shopper, you need
to anticipate your future paddling
situations and then select a boat that
should perform well in those
Ocean- An ocean kayak is
a “sit-on” kayak where you actually are sitting on top of the kayak. These kayaks
are used mainly to paddle in the ocean, and are very buoyant because there is
no interior space for water to be collected as there is in an ocean and river
kayak. They handle waves very well, and are ideal for the ocean adventurous person.
Whitewater-A whitewater kayak is a small
kayak that is used for riding the rapids. The miniature kayak actually accelerates
through whitewater making rapids easier and fun. These kayaks are also used for
special tricks. Skilled professionals are able to actually pop in and out of the
water with the boats, as well as ride waterfalls. It is easy to maneuver, and
simple to flip this boat over, back above the water, if you should tip.
River-A river kayak is your typical kayak. These
kayaks are ideal for paddling on rivers, lakes, and ponds. Guided tours are often
run with river kayaks because they are the easiest to handle, and the most practical
for recreational kayaking.
Fishing Rules for the Gulf of Mexico
AND TILEFISH REGULATIONS EFFECTIVE JULY 15, 2004
of 2 red grouper allowed within the 5-fish aggregate grouper bag limit
grouper quota reduced from 9.35 mp gutted weight to 8.80 mp gutted wt.
red grouper quota - 5.31 mp gutted wt (counts as part of shallow-water grouper
Commercial shallow-water grouper fishery closes when either the shallow-water
grouper or red grouper quota is reached, whichever comes first.
grouper quota reduced from 1.35 mp gutted wt to 1.02 mp gutted wt.
quota - 0.44 mp gutted wt
other grouper regulations remain the same, including the minimum size limits of
grouper - 20 inches total length
gag and black grouper - 22 inches total
length recreational, 24 inches total length commercial
- 20 inches total length
scamp - 16 inches total length
closed season on red grouper, black grouper and gag - Feb. 15 to March 15
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Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone
huge "dead zone" of water so devoid of oxygen that sea life cannot live in it
has spread across 5,800 square miles of the Gulf of Mexico this summer in what
has become an annual occurrence caused by pollution. The dead zone lacks oxygen
because of pollution in the form of excess nutrients that flows into the gulf
from the Mississippi River. Animals trying to live in this smothering layer of
water near the bottom of the sea must either leave or they will sufficate. To
learn more about the "dead zone" please visit the National
Centers for Coastal Ocean Science Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Assessment' s website.
Gulf Of Mexico Facts & Information
of Mexico facts:
a depth of more than 12,000 feet, Sigsbee Deep is the deepest part of the Golf
of Mexico . It is more than 300 miles long and is sometimes called the Grand
Canyon under the sea. Its closest point to the Texas coast is 200 miles
southeast of Brownsville.
Gulf of Mexico Size
The total area of
the Gulf of Mexico is about 600,000 square miles
Gulf of Mexico Width
The shortest distance across the Gulf of Mexico is about 500 miles between the
Mississippi Delta and the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula.
The greatest distance
across the Gulf of Mexico is approximately 1,000 miles going east to west.
Gulf of Mexico Ports
The Gulf of Mexico links the ports of five southern
U.S states (Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas) and six Mexican
states (Tamaulipas, Vera Cruz, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatán, and Quintana
Roo) with the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea.
Gulf of Mexico Shoreline
The United States and Mexico form the Gulf of Mexico's mainland shore, which extends
more than 4,000 miles from the Florida Keys to Cabo Catoche, at the northwestern
tip of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico.
Gulf of Mexico Sanctuaries
The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary contains the northernmost tropical
coral reefs in the U.S.
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas is the wintering
ground of most of the world's whooping cranes in the wild.
Padre Island National
Seashore in Texas is the nation's longest stretch of undeveloped beach.
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Enjoy your visit on Anna Maria Island by relaxing on the pristine beaches or tour
the island's many historic sites by bicycle. Let our Anna Maria Island Guide help
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local island history and weather.
Anna Maria Island is a seven mile barrier
island located in the southern Gulf Coast area of Florida and is renowned for
its white sand gulf beaches and gin clear water. Anna Maria is the northernmost
of a string of barrier islands that extend in a southerly direction to the Florida
Keys.The Island itself is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico to the west, Tampa
Bay to the north and Sarasota Bay and Anna Maria Bay on its eastern shores.
Fishing abounds on Anna Maria Island. The island offers three fishing piers: Anna
Maria City Pier, Rod & Reel Pier and Bradenton Beach.
White Beaches &
Anna Maria Island is a famous for its miles of white sandy
beaches with stunning sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico. Here visitors can find
world class angling, boating, surfing, golf, tennis as well as a rich selection
of exotic wildlife. In fact, the entire island of Anna Maria is considered a wildlife
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