Erik_Zlokovitz, Fisheries Biologist
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Posted on November 17, 2010 | Permalink
Tangier Sound Artificial Reef
Location: Lower Tangier Sound Artificial Reef Site
Staff from MDDNR-Fisheries Service and USFWS had a great field day yesterday (11/16) on the Lower Tangier Sound Artificial Reef site, with Capt. Curtis Johns on the Karen Ray II. This trip was part of an ongoing effort in cooperation with the Maryland Charter Boat Association and MARI to document fish life and fishing success rates on the Artificial Reef sites built during the Woodrow Wilson Reef project. Capt Curtis planned and coordinated deployments of WW Bridge Material at the reef site during the summer of 2007.
This is a well planned reef site with a hard edge and drop-off that runs from 50-60 feet of water up to 25 feet. As we motored over the site on Tuesday morning there were strong markings of striped bass on Curtis’ color video fishfinder. We had good action for stripers in the 18-27 inch class on the reef with metal jigs and live spot.
We also caught 2 nice tog up to 18 inches, and lost a few more, right on the concrete reef structure. Two sea bass were mixed in with the tog. A dive boat captain also reported large concentrations of tautog on a barge further south in Bay waters.
DNR staff and MARI volunteers will return to this site for one more Artificial Reef survey trip on December 7.