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Could you give me coordinates for 10-15 feet deep rock piles or other structures in Crystal River or Homossasa?

Dear Captain"Could you give me coordinates for 10-15 feet deep rock piles or other structures in Crystal River or Homossasa?"

We are often asked for "Numbers" and we sure have a lot of them on our devices. We spend a great deal of time on the water - half of it inshore and half nearshore and offshore. Offshore can be as far as 120 miles (!) and nearshore can be the kind of water you're talking about.

When we're asked a question like this, we can choose to do one of two things. We can give you a direct number; we have them for the entire gulf coast and a good portion of the Atlantic for that matter. It's like giving a hungry person a fish to eat. It lasts as long as that spot is producing fish. If the fish aren't there on a given day (or season, which happens sometimes) or the one number gets overfished and needs a break, you have no options for a good productive day.

The second way to help answer your question is to show you the incredible data stream that's out there. Take NOAA for example. This is a screen shot from a NOAA chart of the mouth of the Suwannee river. It's a little bit north of where you're fishing, but the chart shows it all. It's NOAA Chart 11408, but unless you know where to look, you would never find it. Using a chart like this, and marking your own fish finder so that it remembers where you caught a fish, your own library will grow fast. Scout - go fishing different structure at different depths with different baits. Repeat the process so you know how specific structure affects the behavior of the fish you're wanting to catch.

Topo Maps Seahorse Reef

Anywhere you fish, you can find this sort of Topographic map. The primary (Gulf) NOAA site for the list we used is here, but NOAA has so much data you can spend all year looking and only touch the surface. If you're a fisherperson, though, these charts (which are PDF files and VERY high resolution on your monitor or device) will make you day - a lot of them in fact.

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Captain David M. Rieumont



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