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Old 09-30-2008, 09:41 PM   #1
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I just bought a reef and had it put out in about 100 ft of water. Just wondering how much better it will be than the public pods and tanks out of orange beach.
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Old 10-01-2008, 08:13 PM   #2
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If you dont fish it....it will produce 10 times better fish!!!! It is amazing what a small private reef fish ocasionally does compared to a public spot fished by 20 or more boats a week.



You can also join the RFRA for less than $50 a year, and build all the private reefs you want, with all the tools there at the shop, and more rebar and metal than you have ever seen.



I was surprised at just how simple it was, I built a nice big one in a day. I plan on building at least 20 over the winter months while its cooler.
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Old 10-01-2008, 08:22 PM   #3
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Private reefs generally producebetter than public spots, with acouple of "if's" involved.

There's really no such thing as a private reef, just reefs that were put down with private funds. A more accurate term would be "unpublished reef."

If you're careful how you fish it, it can be a good producing spot. Try not to fish it on weekends when there are lots of boats out. You want to protect it from being discovered and overfished.

If not too many people find it and fish it, it can be a good producing spot.
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Old 10-01-2008, 08:24 PM   #4
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Chris,

Congratulations on doing your part to add to the fishery. Question(s) for you: who did you employ to deploy your reef? And have they dropped it yet? The reason I ask is that hopefully you used David Walters of Reef Maker. He has a great reputation and is trusted by everyone I know. Also, you mentioned that you were building it in 100 feet of water. Obviously it will grow fish, especially if you leave it alone for 18-24 months. It will attract bait and pelagics within a year, along with juvenile reef fish, but if you can resist the temptation to drop on it for two years you will be rewarded. The only problem I see is that 100 feet of water is within reach of most charter boats on a 6-8 hour trip. Running every day in all directions of the pass, I hate to say it, but I think it will be found by one of them. It just happens. If you are able to put it in, say 150 feet or deeper, especially to the south or SW of Perdido Pass, there will be less chance of it being found and there will be more fish on it at any given time. Lastly, guard that spot at all costs...when you go to fish it, don't get caught on it with other boats within sight of you. You paid for it and went to the effort to build it. If you are fishing it and can see other boats in close proximity, do yourself a favor and leave so you don't get "zapped." Good luck.
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Old 10-01-2008, 08:33 PM   #5
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It sounds like he possibly dropped it in AL waters?

A charter boat MIGHT run over it, but I wouldn't say it is a certainty. It seems like the charter guys I fish with usually run over at least one or two "hot spots" a year, but it usually isn't a small private spot. Usually it is something relatively big that hasn't been fished in a while.
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Old 10-01-2008, 11:17 PM   #6
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I did use David and he is deploying it tomarrow.
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Old 10-01-2008, 11:21 PM   #7
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Forget about as long as you can.

The longer it sits, the better it gets.

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Old 10-02-2008, 11:54 AM   #8
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Let me know where you dropped it Chris and I will keep an eyeon itfor you :letsdrink
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Old 10-02-2008, 12:19 PM   #9
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You will be amazed at how your fishing skills will improve with a private spot or 2.



Conventional wisdom says leave them alone for at least a year but with all the snapper out there next year it should be holding legal fish. If you are like most of us a few spots is all you need.



David has done several spots for me, including car bodies back in the day.. Nothing held fish like a crushed car...



Only thing, we get another Ivan or Katrina you may be back at square 1, I was.. Good luck.
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Old 10-02-2008, 12:31 PM   #10
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if everybody on here deployed 20 reefs a year. the fishing would be awesome all year round! every little reef helps. congarts on your part. keep up the good work. some day we will get our limit of snapper back to four and all year round. fish on!
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