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Old 08-11-2017, 07:15 PM   #21
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how about not using plastic or rubber in the ocean....just an idea. Fish like concrete, porcelain, steel or conc pipes, palm fronds, steel and iron. They are not as attracted to fiberglass or aluminum ( i have put in years as a dive boat captain)

old car hoods bent into a tent shape work great.

if you are making a FAD for pelagics, remember to put the float in first, then the chain and the weight last...i'm sure you can guess why.

dumping a old fiberglass boat? i've seen one float back to shore! Everyone knew who it belonged to. Air pockets can be a big problem. Plus, fiberglass doesnt' attract that much marine life.
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I just about ran over someone's fad gone wrong the other day. Please make sure they sink and stay that way.
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Old 08-12-2017, 02:18 AM   #23
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OP Started this thread 7 years ago should have some nice growth on that reef by now
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Old 08-12-2017, 05:09 AM   #24
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Works great for fluke in the back waters.
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Old 08-12-2017, 07:25 AM   #25
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Wow....an old thread of mine has been resurrected. I never did start my reef project. Got too nervous about getting caught. I think the authorities in NJ would seriously jack up anyone caught ocean dumping. I decided to spend the time/energy finding existing wrecks.
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Old 08-12-2017, 04:17 PM   #26
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$31 for a permit in Alabama....
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Old 08-12-2017, 05:36 PM   #27
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$31 in Alabama for a permit to build your own reef?! I don't doubt it, I lived in Tuscaloosa for a while. It's a lot different then NJ. I'm not sure you could fart in the ocean in NJ and not get in trouble.
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Old upright pianos work good in freshwater I guess you'd need a barge and a dozen or so in salt-they're usually free on Craigslist.
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Old 08-12-2017, 08:35 PM   #29
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The absolute best/cheapest artificial reef material there is is the cage off of a an IBC tote. They can be had for free a lot of times...
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How much trouble could you get in making your own artificial reef in the ocean say 10-15 miles from shore?
Depends on how you feel about being traded for sticky buns and cigarettes, and used as a fifi.
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I know some people that take a 55 gallon drum, a few hundred feet of chain, and a bunch of tarps tied off at various points on the chain. They head off shore, fill the drump with quick set concrete, hook up the chain, and push it off the boat and mark the coordinates to fish at another day.
What is the purpose of the chain and tarps, and is there a dead body in the drum?
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What is the purpose of the chain and tarps, and is there a dead body in the drum?
That is making a FAD for pelagics rather than a reef for bottom fish. The drum is an anchor, the tarps catch the current and try to float and create structure and cover up in the water column, the chain just connects the tarps to the drum.
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What is the purpose of the chain and tarps, and is there a dead body in the drum?
LOL
I can picture the looks I would get at the marina if I backed the truck up the dock and started loading concrete/55 gal drum/chains and a big roll of tarps on to the boat!
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I can picture the looks I would get at the marina if I backed the truck up the dock and started loading concrete/55 gal drum/chains and a big roll of tarps on to the boat!
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I was docked at a private home. The house next door got leveled for a new mansion to be built. The driveway and walkways where paving stones and the developer just piled them 20 feet high off to the side of the building site to be hauled away later. He said I could take all I wanted so every time i went out fluke fishing I would fill 6 or 8 five gallon buckets and take them out in my 20 footer. I chose a location way off the beaten path, and dumped the pavers over the course of an entire summer until the builder hauled the rest of the pile away. Although I lost a few new bucktails on my reef which was frustrating because I placed the snags there. I caught some really big fluke that where hanging around the perimeter.
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Here's the IBC tote reef..... I'm putting some out in October

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