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Old 09-23-2020, 05:50 PM
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Has anyone tried fishing this artificial reef recently? Weather is looking good this weekend so thinking of giving it a try on Sunday. I've fished around the jetties but never been out past them. Looks like there are a few rigs (if they're still there) around the 9 mile limit so maybe take a look at them also.
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What are you after? IMO the TX state water reef system failed to live up to the intended expectations of producing a fish haven. The water is too shallow and often too dirty to hold anything other than hardheads, gaftops, and sharks. They are also often way over pressured. THe site between Freeport and Matagorda almost never had a boat on it.
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Originally Posted by nchunter182 View Post
Has anyone tried fishing this artificial reef recently? Weather is looking good this weekend so thinking of giving it a try on Sunday. I've fished around the jetties but never been out past them. Looks like there are a few rigs (if they're still there) around the 9 mile limit so maybe take a look at them also.
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Some ling and kings on them before last tropical storm, not sure now. Also triple tail were thick in close, but cooler temps and large wave actions tends to push them out. That close out of Sabine will be covered up in bull reds this time of the year. Catch some lady fish, cut them and send to bottom. Will not take long, just keep in mind Redfish are offlimits in FED water, even in the slot.

The rigs were holding trout, but figure storm dispersed them also. Looked at some state water rigs last trip out and found small mangroves and baby ling. This time of the year the ling stack on the nearshore rigs. Got to move often to find them, may be none on one and 100 on the next one. Hit the channel buoys on your way back in also. Link below is to the Texas reef system, there are several productive nearshore manmade reefs out of Sabine and this time of the year tends to be the best to fish them. Storm may have move fish onto them, but could have also move fish away from them.

Here is the info on what is at HI-20 reef
https://www.sabinepassportauthority....tificial-reef/

Here is the TPWD Gulf reef map
https://tpwd.texas.gov/gis/ris/artificialreefs/
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Originally Posted by popeyeiii View Post
What are you after? IMO the TX state water reef system failed to live up to the intended expectations of producing a fish haven. The water is too shallow and often too dirty to hold anything other than hardheads, gaftops, and sharks. They are also often way over pressured. THe site between Freeport and Matagorda almost never had a boat on it.
Hi popeyeiii,
Not really targeting anything specific. Just want to get out and try something different. Been doing lots of fishing around the jetties and just want to see if we can pickup ANYTHING besides gaftops & sharks. We have got reds, spanish, a couple big jacks and one keeper black tip that made my son happy so hasn't been all bad. We're going to give it a go and see how it works out.
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Originally Posted by Jeepman View Post
Some ling and kings on them before last tropical storm, not sure now. Also triple tail were thick in close, but cooler temps and large wave actions tends to push them out. That close out of Sabine will be covered up in bull reds this time of the year. Catch some lady fish, cut them and send to bottom. Will not take long, just keep in mind Redfish are offlimits in FED water, even in the slot.

The rigs were holding trout, but figure storm dispersed them also. Looked at some state water rigs last trip out and found small mangroves and baby ling. This time of the year the ling stack on the nearshore rigs. Got to move often to find them, may be none on one and 100 on the next one. Hit the channel buoys on your way back in also. Link below is to the Texas reef system, there are several productive nearshore manmade reefs out of Sabine and this time of the year tends to be the best to fish them. Storm may have move fish onto them, but could have also move fish away from them.

Here is the info on what is at HI-20 reef
https://www.sabinepassportauthority....tificial-reef/

Here is the TPWD Gulf reef map
https://tpwd.texas.gov/gis/ris/artificialreefs/
Hi Jeepman,
I was hoping you would jump in as I've seen you fish out of there often. My son lives in Beaumont so Sabine is a good place for us to put in. Hopefully the seas will calm down to let us get out and try some of these close places. I've got a single engine 21' bay so just hasn't been a good window for us. I got the web sites you sent bookmarked and they are on my Navionics card so it will be easy to find them. Just going to stay inside the 9 mile line for now. Will try the reef and troll between locations and see if we can pick up something.
Thanks for the tips!
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Originally Posted by nchunter182 View Post
Hi Jeepman,
I was hoping you would jump in as I've seen you fish out of there often. My son lives in Beaumont so Sabine is a good place for us to put in. Hopefully the seas will calm down to let us get out and try some of these close places. I've got a single engine 21' bay so just hasn't been a good window for us. I got the web sites you sent bookmarked and they are on my Navionics card so it will be easy to find them. Just going to stay inside the 9 mile line for now. Will try the reef and troll between locations and see if we can pick up something.
Thanks for the tips!
Weekend looks good, and that is plenty of boat to make a longer trip out of Sabine. Bosco's can be really good this time of the year. But think water color and Temp may be screwed up inshore from back to back hurricane and Tropical storm.
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Update - Weekend weather was good. Once away from the pass the water cleared up some and was green. We went to HI20 first thing Saturday morning and Jeepman called it - covered up with bull reds. We caught 5 30"+ reds in a short time using cut mullet and live mud minnows. Since we could only keep one each the other three went back in. Looked like we weren't going to catch anything but reds so decided to troll to some platforms a few miles west. Nothing on the way there or once there... Still a good day!
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What r the numbers u used to locate this reef? I have seen different ones on the net.
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Originally Posted by brokejoker View Post
What r the numbers u used to locate this reef? I have seen different ones on the net.
brokejoker,
Not trying to be evasive but I don't know right now. The numbers are on my chart plotter and the boat is 1.5 hours away at my sons house. We used the numbers from the interactive map found at the link below and it got us there.
https://tpwd.texas.gov/gis/ris/artificialreefs/

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Still haven't been back on the boat to pull numbers for the reef at HI20 from my chart plotter. I have been using the Navionics ChartViewer on my PC to update the card but it won't allow me to see GPS numbers - very annoying. Did finally figure out how to get numbers from Navionics using the phone app though. The reef is 29° 32.356'N 93° 54.909'W according to the chart and user input data so I'm sure it is accurate. There is also an obstruction about .1 mile away and that actually may be where we ended up. Obstruction is 29° 32.284'N 93° 55.015'W.
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