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Old 04-07-2011, 09:24 AM   #1
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Default Marker/mooring bouy off the beach?

Didn't know where else to ask this, but, the last couple times out, I have seen this buoy/marker like thing just off the sandbar between the pass and the pier. It almost looks like a mooring bouy with an aluminum cleat on it. The first time I saw it, I thought it was adrift, but the second time, I think it was in the same place. Anyway, it would scare me to run up on it in the dark. Does anyone know what it is or is it a coincidence that I saw roughly the same drifting debris in roughly the same place a month apart?
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Might be a sturgeon monitoring bouy.

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Old 04-07-2011, 09:08 PM   #3
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I was out a few weeks ago and saw similar thing just west of pass. Looked like there was a dark area on the bottom. I was wondering if it might have been marking some tar mats or something.
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I saw the same thing just to the west of the pass. Came close for a look but it looked official so i didnt mess with it. Anyone got the story?
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Might be a sturgeon monitoring bouy.

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Yeah thats what I was thinking. I saw one just off of Opal beach, about a half mile west of there. I paddled my yak close to it to see if it might be holding a cobe, or some bait but I know its a little early for them to start holding to structure
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Old 04-15-2011, 11:27 AM   #6
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Brought a Friends boat from Orange Beach to Destin this past week and saw several of those bouys. They started just west of the Pensacola pass and the last one I saw was just east of the OIP. They looked like they had been there a while. Most were orange, but a couple were white near the eiffel tower. I was wondering what they were for also.
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