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Old 09-08-2014, 07:42 PM   #106
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Re: Bottom Finder Pics

Dan, those pics prove there are still big fish around. Got any big fish pics from 90'-140'?
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Old 09-10-2014, 02:59 PM   #107
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Re: Bottom Finder Pics

Not on last trip. Trying to avoid the Red Tide. Shallowest was 155'. Here's a shot of a small wreckage pile in 165'.
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Old 09-10-2014, 05:57 PM   #108
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That's awesome! Shooting any kitties lately(grouper)?
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Old 09-24-2014, 10:17 AM   #109
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I have rode around the ocean off Fort Pierce the last 15 years chasing bottom fish and where they live. Everyone that knows knows that there is no natural bottom from 110' out to 150', lots of bottom inside of that and even more outside of 150'. Back in the spring we were coming in from AJ/Snowy fishing barely on a plane while gutting fish and I happened to walk by the machine, we had just crossed a 4' break out in the middle of nowhere! I of course spun the boat and got a solid # on it. Finally got back to it a couple weeks ago and needless to say it is going to be a fun place to fish. We couldn't put a greenie on the bottom without a 18" seabass eating it. BTW, the bottom is 127' and it comes up to 123' the 115' is marking the top of the seabass knot.
The search for natural bottom continues. Pulled up on this the day after writing the above post, found perfect conditions to dive. Blue water and half knot N current. We got a mark on it that came up 40' off the bottom but only right on the number. I kinda figured at that point it had to made of metal. Suit up and vince drops me in 25 numbers south of it for good measure. Hit bottom and find smooth sand/hardpan. Now I know I am about to see artificial. Sea bass and baby ARS come out to meet me. I let the float pull me north and I spot a piece of shrimp net laying on the bottom. As I am swimming up to it about 30' north I make out more structure. I swam up to would I would be is a FAD anchor from the sailfish guys. Four steel semi wheels stacked side by side and welded together with rebar. Had 1000lb stainless cable bridled up to thick rode that I would guess was torn off by the shrimper found it the hard way. They were resting in a small washout sitting on shell bed so I don't think they will be sinking away anytime soon. Only disappointment was the lack of anything with size. Only big seabass, 10" ARS, few beeliners, and 400 big spadefish making the huge mark on the machine. Overall lots of life but maybe when the gags around still around in the spring it will have a few hanging around or big ARS showing up from time to time.
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Old 09-24-2014, 10:36 AM   #110
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Sound like it could use some more structure..... Still a good find as Im sure it will hold something someday.
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Old 09-25-2014, 10:32 AM   #111
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Thanks for filling us in BLang. I was wondering if you were gonna report back.
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Old 11-19-2014, 09:11 AM   #112
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Well it's 34 degrees and blowing 20K out of the NW. Here's a pic from when it was hot and flat !
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Old 11-19-2014, 09:38 AM   #113
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Nice image on a wintry weather day Dan.

Is that 15-20 feet of relief there?

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Old 11-19-2014, 10:12 AM   #114
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here is a shrimp boat that went down last year- about 15 miles north of the fort
very few people have it
first time we dove it- we shot some cobia but the murk layer was impenetrable
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Old 12-10-2014, 06:53 AM   #115
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The shallow water is on fire, lots of everything! Water temps off Hudson are around 64 degrees, viz was 30 feet in 60 feet.
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Old 12-25-2014, 10:54 PM   #116
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You all keep forgetting to include the GPS numbers...pics would be a lot more graceful that way...LOL
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Old 01-03-2015, 01:06 AM   #117
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Re: Bottom Finder Pics

here's a couple. You guys using tanks and a few you super hero types can give it a go. The flat fish range up to 400 pounds ling cod to 70 lbs plus and grey cod to 50 pounds plus in this area.
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Old 01-03-2015, 02:03 PM   #118
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here's a couple. You guys using tanks and a few you super hero types can give it a go. The flat fish range up to 400 pounds ling cod to 70 lbs plus and grey cod to 50 pounds plus in this area.
Nice Pic's. What area of the world?
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Old 01-05-2015, 06:19 AM   #119
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Nice Pic's. What area of the world?
These were from the west coast of Kodiak AK a couple years ago. And there are people who spear fish there.
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Old 01-05-2015, 05:33 PM   #120
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Re: Bottom Finder Pics

Great idea for a thread Dan ,,,,, i just never thought to take a pic of the bottom machine since it usually lies to me. But while fishing a couple weeks ago, I snapped a few that made me very happy..
These are Rock fish (striped bass) on Fenwick Shoal Delaware. As you can see i had no erg to jump in after them,, settled for a nice white bucktail on a Penn 5500. It was a screwed up season this year with fish very hard to find.. This was my ninth day out looking for them,, and these fish were outside the 3 mile Fed. limit ,, couldn't even keep any ...... I through in a pic of some snow & ice too,,, I shoveled snow off the boat twice to make the trip fishing.
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