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Posted on October 25, 2010 | Permalink

NEW REPORT

Artificial Reef

Type: Ocean
Region: Ocean
Location: Offshore Artificial Reef

Recently a few of the biologists from the coastal program went out in the ocean and sampled tautog on a local headboat to get age, sex, length, weight information for the regional stock assessment. It was really rough so we had to stay close to home and we got bounced around a good bit. The tautog would not bite at all at the first reef we tried, but we did much better on an artificial reef at the second site. They bit readily and it wasn’t long before we had over 50 fish in the boat to sample. The captain asked if we had enough and I asked him if he wouldn’t mind trying one more spot before we went in. We went to an artificial reef spot in 30 feet of water near the inlet and soon hooked up to some larger fish. They turned out to be black drum and sheepshead and were pretty decent size. It made a great end to a great day. We donated the fish meat to local shelter, so all in all I was feeling pretty good about the day. Not a bad day at the office! By the way the tautog fishing is great right now both off the Island rocks and on the nearby reefs.

Tags: Black Drum, Sheepshead