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Old 07-02-2013, 12:11 AM   #1
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I know where a few big areas such as the Elbo, Nipple, Spur etc are but I have seen numerous area discussed on the forum that I cannot locate. How do you find good drop offs, ledges etc without a detailed chart of the bottom. The chart
I have only gives general areas without enough detail. Diesel is just to expensive to just look for them, where can a get charts with significant bottom detail? I am out of Orange Beach. Looking for good trolling and dep drop spots.
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Basically you have got to just troll around areas you know have decent bottom (edge, yellow gravel, etc.) and watch your bottom machine. Even detailed charts aren't precise enough to get you over a specific ledge or rock. Also do a search of this site some numbers have been posted in the past
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Also, just for kicks, try keeping a digital camera on your console. You run over something, take a pic of the screen. Depending what display you have, it will show lat/lon, structure, depth and not clutter your machine with MOB's that you can't remember why you poked em' in. Example... I ran across this a while back headed back in from trolling. May never fish it. But, it's an example. You see an awful lot stuff puttin' out for an overnighter. Deeper stuff too, naturally.
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Old 07-02-2013, 08:41 AM   #4
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camera is a good idea for those of us that are not organized enough to go back and label all the MOBs thks for the idea I know a guy that uses google earth to find general areas. looking for changes in the depth
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If your not willing to put in the fuel cost of finding things like everyone else has had to do then don't go at all.
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:45 AM   #6
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Basically you have got to just troll around areas you know have decent bottom (edge, yellow gravel, etc.) and watch your bottom machine. Even detailed charts aren't precise enough to get you over a specific ledge or rock. Also do a search of this site some numbers have been posted in the past
what he said. drag some lures and scan the bottom. you might even catch a few while you're looking. you need a good bottom machine/transducer first.
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I know where a few big areas such as the Elbo, Nipple, Spur etc are but I have seen numerous area discussed on the forum that I cannot locate. How do you find good drop offs, ledges etc without a detailed chart of the bottom. The chart
I have only gives general areas without enough detail. Diesel is just to expensive to just look for them, where can a get charts with significant bottom detail? I am out of Orange Beach. Looking for good trolling and dep drop spots.
I was in a similar situation. If you use the search function, you may be able to find coordinates for what you are looking for. I printed out pages 8 and 9 of chart 11006 which covers everything you would be interested. Then, I highlighted the 50 through 500 fathom curves in different colors. This will show the dropoffs and give you an idea where to go. Before installing my machine in the boat, I entered the public numbers available (posted here also), a set of numbers that have been posted with a recommended trolling route around the nipple area. Another option is to check on an OB tackle shop, don't remember the details where they have someone with I have heard a ton of good public and maybe other numbers that for $50 will load on a chip to put in your machine.

There is plenty out there (I hope) to get you in the ball park without burnng a lot of diesel as recommended on what could be a wild goose chase.

I am basically in the "same boat" the main difference being I have what I'd consider marginal fuel capacity so burning fuel looking for "high probabilty" areas is something I'd prefer not to do.

Hopefully, some of the more knowledgeable (helpful) posters will get in touch with you to help you along.

The Navionics Platinum + card shows some nice detail and if you run across a report with a place you don't recognize, you might send a pm to the poster. I've gotten some good advice on lures, techniques and locations by going direct.

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Thanks for the help will be out on the edge soon as weather permits
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