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Old 09-06-2013, 12:25 PM   #1
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Default Anyone have any luck building reefs for AJ's??

Tired of always having to run 25-30 miles at a minimum to get a decent grade of AJ....So I'm sure people have sunk things with a fads in deeper water say 160-180+ but I'm curious if anyone has sunk anything in say 80-120 feet that had had consistent success with BIG AJ......I know of a few guys that catch big AJ in close on some run overs but they don't know what they're fishing on and they won't let me dive 'em ��.....I've fished a Dave Walter pyramid with a fad in 75' of water alot and never even seen signs of an AJ.....So anyway. Help me figure this out fella's!!! Lets hear it!!
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Old 09-06-2013, 12:34 PM   #3
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For the most part it takes a big structure with big relief to hold good sized jacks. You can find one now and then on smaller stuff but it isn't the norm. You can also run into them on a small spot if it holds a lot of bait. Other than that the bigger the relief the better the chances.
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Old 09-06-2013, 01:26 PM   #5
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I know a group that built reefs and they were loaded with jacks.
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Old 09-06-2013, 02:08 PM   #6
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I have a friend that used to run a boat out of orange beach and he told me that they attached 4 or 5 longline buoys at about 30 to 40 ft. above the reef in 100 ft of water. He said that those spots consistently held bigger amberjack.
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Well this going to be unpopular here but damn, when is enough going to be enough...



With that being said...... I don't care if your going to break the law....I don't agree with it at all but why flaunt it on a open public forum... there used to be some shame in law breaking but I guess not as long as you can catch a fish....
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Well this going to be unpopular here but damn, when is enough going to be enough...

...I don't care if your going to break the law....I don't agree with it at all but why flaunt it on a open public forum... there used to be some shame in law breaking but I guess not as long as you can catch a fish....
I agree wholeheartedly. We live by the rule of law, not every man for himself. It you do not agree with the rules, work to change them.

Now to the question...
I shoot a lot of large AJs each year. I have never had much luck finding them on small artificial reefs. I find them on larger structure, the deeper the better. However, since AJs move around a lot, it is possible to find them just about anywhere from time to time. A good example of this is the Russian Freighter. On most dives all of the AJs will be undersized. However, sometimes you will find legal-sized ones, and every once in a while you can find a monster there. The freighter is in 85' of water and over 300' long. If it does not hold legal AJs very often, then you can imagine how often a 10' pyramid will.

My belief is that to increase my chances of shooting a large AJ:
  • The deeper the better.
  • The taller the relief the better.
  • Winter is the best time of year.
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Well this going to be unpopular here but damn, when is enough going to be enough...



With that being said...... I don't care if your going to break the law....I don't agree with it at all but why flaunt it on a open public forum... there used to be some shame in law breaking but I guess not as long as you can catch a fish....
Before you jump everybody's shit you might want to get the full story. These guys, some long dead, did this years ago back when even the states were putting out tire reefs. Things have changed a lot since then. This wasn't a discussion about what's legal or not but rather anyone had any luck building reefs to attract amberjack.

Yes some have had luck building reefs for jacks. Is what they did years ago legal now? No.

Happy?

Now, go jump everybody's ass who says they used mingo snapper to catch grouper within the last few days.

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Old 09-06-2013, 04:34 PM   #10
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Now careful Ghost you will a bad reputation (like me) for telling it like it is.
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