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Artificial reefs 130, 140, 145, and 160

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Artificial reefs 130, 140, 145, and 160

Postby pbramble » Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:05 am

Hey folks,
My family is coming down to Nags Head from Aug 15-22, and I'm bringing my boat with me for some fun in the sound and out of Oregon Inlet. I've been eyeing up the artificial reefs above, and I'd like to fish them in hopes of finding some amberjack, mackeral, or really whatever. I have a couple of questions about the reefs.

First, are these good spots to fish? Or will I just be wasting my time?

Anchoring? Is it feasible to anchor on these reefs? When anchoring, will I need to be bringing out 500' of line (for at least 5:1 in 100ft of water) or will I be ok with anchoring almost directly above the reef ? I've never anchored on a reef on my own, so any help would be appreciated. If anchoring is a good way to fish this reefs, can I chum up amberjack off them for some fun on fly?

Otherwise, I will probably just drop jigs on drift, is this effective on these reefs?

I know my questions are pretty straightforward, but as a non-local trying to do it yourself, these reefs really seem like a no-brainer, at least when I read about them on my laptop while goofing off at work :D

At any rate, any help would be greatly appreciated. I will be fishing with my father-in-law, who has parkinsons and can't handle bigger fish, so I plan on also trying to hook him up on sea bass, flounder, etc.

Thanks!
Paul Bramble

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Re: Artificial reefs 130, 140, 145, and 160

Postby bhorsley » Tue Aug 04, 2009 4:05 pm

the 130 and 140 are no longer there--a tiny bite of rubble on the 140---you need very good numbers to find it. The 145 has been very slow --heard of a rumor of a few jacks there but the water temps were very cold. The other problem with the 145 is dive boats. The 160 or Zane
Grey is basically waste of a Liberty Ship---not much there a few small bass and an occasional trigger or two.
The 145 would be the best bet
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Re: Artificial reefs 130, 140, 145, and 160

Postby Tailwalker » Tue Aug 04, 2009 6:59 pm

If it was me I'd skip the reefs and hit the towers.

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Re: Artificial reefs 130, 140, 145, and 160

Postby bhorsley » Tue Aug 04, 2009 7:51 pm

65 degree tower is often barren--the 70 degree Tower is loaded with AJs but it is 30 miles out, 38 degree tower is 28 miles and should be holding unless the VA Beach crowd has pillaged it. The 102 degree Tower has some jacks but it gets pounded everyday.

I still the 145 might be the better place to poke around
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Re: Artificial reefs 130, 140, 145, and 160

Postby pbramble » Wed Aug 05, 2009 7:56 am

bhorsley wrote:the 130 and 140 are no longer there--a tiny bite of rubble on the 140---you need very good numbers to find it. The 145 has been very slow --heard of a rumor of a few jacks there but the water temps were very cold. The other problem with the 145 is dive boats. The 160 or Zane
Grey is basically waste of a Liberty Ship---not much there a few small bass and an occasional trigger or two.
The 145 would be the best bet


bummer, I'd never read much about any of these spots on here, so I guess I should have known. I did see some dive pictures from the Zane grey that showed a large school of Jacks, but sounds like that was a lucky day.

Well, thanks for the relies, appreciate the info.

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Re: Artificial reefs 130, 140, 145, and 160

Postby bhorsley » Wed Aug 05, 2009 5:56 pm

i caught ajs there about 20 yrs ago. The biggest Aj i have ever caught was there--close to 90 pounds
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Re: Artificial reefs 130, 140, 145, and 160

Postby pbramble » Wed Aug 05, 2009 6:41 pm

http://www.obxdive.com/2007pics/Zanegraypics.htm

Check out last pic.

per the adress of the webpage, says they were taken in 07.

They also post dive reports, and talk about the ZG as well as the "Advance" which I guess is also close. Both talk about seeing AJ's, but not numbers or anything

http://www.obxdive.com/
The reports tab is about halfway down the page on the left side of the page.

Since its so close to the inlet, I'm gonna check it out, but based on your report, I'm not too optimistic...

But, might be a good place for spades, which will be great for dinner!

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Re: Artificial reefs 130, 140, 145, and 160

Postby pbramble » Wed Aug 05, 2009 6:55 pm

did a little more research, guess the AR145 is the "Advance II"

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Re: Artificial reefs 130, 140, 145, and 160

Postby bhorsley » Wed Aug 05, 2009 8:33 pm

2007 was a groovy Jack year they were every where
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