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Old 07-23-2014, 09:08 PM   #11
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Are you joking? Most of those reefs are there as a result of charter boats and private boat fisherman. Charter boats take private fisherman that are limited to the same regulations as you are. Get use to it its all put there for everyone to enjoy.
Not to argue but if the MOST of the charter boats are putting out their reefs in Destin then why are they always over near Pensacola ie lost tug!!!! ect
I fished Destin from 1967 to 1998 ; Why would you fish mainly public numbers and then complain?
Fish deep and long because most people wont because they are worried about gas / fuel consumption. If you cannot afford the fuel sell the boat!
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Old 07-23-2014, 09:37 PM   #12
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I fish them all the time, Most of the newer public reefs off of Orange Beach, including the trolling alley and every David walthers Reef module to the west was deployed with a combination of the Orange Beach Red Snapper World Championship tournament money, which was a %100 OBFA tournament and State funds. Most of the Barges off of Orange Beach were built by Charter boats.
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Old 07-23-2014, 10:33 PM   #13
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Lets say you are a charter boat captain. Your 6 customers can keep 12 snapper during the season. Gag grouper, amberjack, and trigger fish are out of season.

Most charter boat guys can catch a limit of snapper in a few minutes on their honey holes, no problem. So, if you are fishing private spots first, what do you do with the rest of the trip?

Most fish a few public spots or natural bottom first, catch whatever will bite, then swing by a couple of private places to finish the limit. ("Wow, the fish are really hungry on this spot!") If they pick up a snapper or two off the public places, so much the better.

Not all charter guys do this, but a lot of them do.
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Old 07-23-2014, 11:19 PM   #14
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The gist of this conversation is public is public and private is also public. If it is in the Gulf then it is basicly fair game to anyone with a boat. The commercials, charters, and sportsfisherman all need to understand this. We don't have to like it, everyone needs to understand this. If you want private spots, use you radar, put your cursor on a acharter fishing a private reef and plug the GPS marks into your GPS. Now you have a private / public spot. Hope this info clears it up.
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Old 07-23-2014, 11:56 PM   #15
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Not all charter guys do this, but a lot of them do.[/QUOTE]

The guides I use in Louisiana always do this. I never get worried about getting a limit, unless it's near the end of the day, because every one of those guys has got a go-to honey hole if he needs it. If he can fill out the cooler on ordinary spots, so much the better.
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