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Wreck and Reef Fishing – A Rewarding Experience

Wreck and Reef Fishing – A Rewarding Experience

When you are looking forward to quick and exciting action, nothing can beat catching fish one after the other over a wreck or reef! It may be rockfish in a bay or sea bass in the ocean or any of a score other species that refuge in their man-made home at the bottom.

The various wrecks and reefs in the ocean and bays hold numerous fish; they are just heavens for anglers. However, you should have some know-how for successful wreck and reef fishing. The basic reason why fish are abundant in these locations is food, whether they are invertebrates at the bottom or the sea bass, rockfish or blues at the top. The food source is primarily attached to the structure and so, the target fish rarely stray far away.


Location is Important


Just like in real estate, in structure fishing too location is important. You should be in the exact location, not five feet, or not even five inches away. How will you achieve this? Take help of the GPS coordinates of the wreck or reef.

It’s fortunate today for anglers that they get books and charts offering these coordinates. Sadly, not all GPS machines are equally efficient; so, you’ll need to do a bit of detective work to get to the exact location.

First off, run to the coordinates on the chart and if you see the structure on your SONAR, excellent for you. If you see the empty bottom on the SONAR, drop a marker buoy along the side and start a search in a circular manner around the buoy. Some or the other time, you will mark the reef or wreck, and there you should drop your second buoy. Record the coordinates of the place because they will help you to get there again.


Upon Finding the Fishing Location


Once you find the fishing hole, next you should decide whether to drift or anchor. If the conditions are favorable to drifting (current in practically shallow water and light winds), it should be your technique of choice. When the water is much more than 50 feet or the current and wind carries the boat too swiftly, you should set the anchor.

While using the buoy you drop on the exact location on the structure, drift away while observing the compass keenly. Once you are around 100 yards from the buoy, go past the buoy on the reciprocal heading far enough to set the anchor and get it tight before reaching the reef or the wreck. Take the water depth and quantity of rode required to hold the anchor on the bottom into consideration, to decide how far to run past the buoy. Never anchor from the stern!

To take the real enjoyment of wreck and reef fishing, you will need a lot of patience to practice bottom fishing, mid-water fishing, trolling and jigging. But the end results are really worth.