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Old 09-06-2020, 08:29 PM
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Hello everyone,
I'm new here and have looked over the last year or so and finally decided to make an account. This site along with its members have helped many times over. I'm sure this question I ask will have already been answered somewhere but I have not been able to search and find the answers I have been looking for. Today I come to you all asking about reef fishing around Mississippi. I have tried to hit multiple reefs (FH #s) with me and my buddy's boat he has a Garmin and I have a lowrance mine is a cheaper unit.. not sure what his is. Yet we have looked all around on the sonar and never have found much as far as variances of the bottom as in debris. We have marked fish and caught some (a few) but I feel its plain luck. Any advice on what we are doing wrong? Or what we should be doing.
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Where out of MS are you fishing? You can go to Mississippi DMR website and pull up each individual FH ( fish havens) by location and it will give you the lat\long for each reef inside each fish haven. That would be the best way to get started. Go check the numbers see which ones you do better on.
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A good bottom machine is rule number one.
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Originally Posted by Capt Easy View Post
A good bottom machine is rule number one.
And the experience to know what it’s telling you!
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We've went to the 1 north side of horn island 2 just south of horn and FH13. maybe we are just not reading the bottom correctly.we are looking for big jumps off the bottom for the boats and limestone pyramids. We figured the rubble would be harder to find but we have looked for it.. We won't give up but is there are any posts on here with a picture of what it should look like on the sonar? Fishing anywhere between waveland to pascagoula depending on where we are going.
PS. We are both very new to boating

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Old 09-07-2020, 12:31 PM
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I was out in FH13 a couple of days ago and found structure every time at the coordinates listed. Sometimes the GPS numbers were off by 50-75' or so, but if I grid searched around it I always found it. Some structure was more evident than the others, but there was always something. Sorry I didn't take any pictures. I have a Garmin echomap 94SV Chirp so it's not a high end machine and I'm not very experienced at using it.
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Originally Posted by GaryCrow View Post
I was out in FH13 a couple of days ago and found structure every time at the coordinates listed. Sometimes the GPS numbers were off by 50-75' or so, but if I grid searched around it I always found it. Some structure was more evident than the others, but there was always something. Sorry I didn't take any pictures. I have a Garmin echomap 94SV Chirp so it's not a high end machine and I'm not very experienced at using it.
guess its just us not finding or reading the scan right . we also weren't making 50 to 75ft circles around it either we were going right through it then would drift by it. We never seen it though nice to know it is for sure there tho.
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run your machine on full zoom
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Could it be that your GPS is not formatted for coordinates you have?

https://www.maptools.com/tutorials/lat_lon/formats
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I know the first couple times I tried to find the reefs I was expecting them to look bigger and more pronounced than they really look. It took me some time to learn what to look for. I Simrad EVO 3's with 3D structure scan and most of the time the pyramids just look like little humps on the bottom, it's when all of a sudden it looks like fireworks on screen then you know you're on the fish. Sometimes I'll have to move around the coordinates a good bit to find them, I guess the GPS could be off a little bit
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I moved from Mobile to Ocean Springs about 15 years ago. I started fishing more west than before and did like you and started at the FH’s. Some coordinates are dead on and some are better 50’ to 100’ away. I suspect hurricane tides move some stuff and cover others. Try a marker buoy. Pitch it on the GPS # and then circle. Put your sonar on its fastest read speed. Up the gain a good bit. Set the depth on 100’ for the offshore fishhavens (60’ to 90’) and not on auto so you can see the full length of the “pigtails” that indicate the hardness of the bottom you are reading. (There’s a great thread on THT showing how to read it). Find the true spot and mark it. But remember - a lot of good fish are caught swimming 100’ or more around the wreck. Pick a day not in season that’s slick calm, head to the havens on a scout/catch what you find trip.
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^^^^^ this and you can also anchor at your GPS spots and freedive/dive and see whats down there.....
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Originally Posted by bluffman2 View Post
^^^^^ this and you can also anchor at your GPS spots and freedive/dive and see whats down there.....
a bunch of 12" snapper and sharks!
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Thank you to everyone that gave advice will be going out soon hopefully and will try everything you all said. Will setup the finder like stated and work around the areas. Really appreciate all the advice and will let you all know if you stay interested on how it works out. Thanks again
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Also there is another issue in Mississippi. The Air Force will scramble the gps on occasion when they are preparing and running war games etc. We long suspected this, as I would mob mark wreck one week and next week couldn’t find it and it would be 50 feet or more off. Next week it’s back where it was.

Also, my fishing partner was one of guys in charge of this in 90s and admitted they did do this. So sometimes it’s just a pain

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