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Old 09-01-2008, 12:44 PM
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Rocks and reefs are two completely different entities. You need to understand the personalities of both before you can effectively fish them.
They can exist separate, as well as, in most cases, side by side.
Rocks, in my definition, stand above water and are visible at all tidal stages. They have dry mass at the top, although, may at times, have surf surge crashing over them. Depending on the weather, the water around them may not create a rip, but will almost always have a wash. The tides create the rips surrounding rocks. As the littoral current changes direction, and the depth of the water surrounding the rock determines, how prominent the rip will be. Wind direction will also play into whether the rip is a strong one or may even kill it.
Reefs are nothing more than submerged rocks. With the exception of very strong tides, are virtually always submerged. They can be small in nature, or stretch for great distances. Reefs can run along deep drops close to shore. The effects of tide and weather over the millenia have carved these deep cuts from the softer sand bottoms that usually exist along the reefs. Usually linear in stature, they also create rips, currents, and upwellings. Reefs are the most prominent type of structure for hunting Bass where they exist. Tidal surge, and wind can create some of the best conditions for finding Stripers.

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Here we see a reef system with exposed rock. The Tide is coming in, and the wind is light. The surge still climbs the rocks at the waters edge, and rushes out creating a rip. The rip is formed and accelerated, by the cuts in the reef, channeling the water back out. The second photo shows the white water created by the wash and rip, and shows the direction of the channeled water. This is a clue to the direction of the deeper cuts, and channels, that will be holding fish. Looking for curves and changes of direction of this wash, will detail the location of structure, and deeper water as well. These are the places you want to concentrate on. Ambush sites.
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Old 09-01-2008, 06:41 PM
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Some reefs begin on the shoreline as fingers of rock jutting out into the water. They can project long distances and sometimes have deeper hidden reefs paralell to them. These channels are effectively hunting corridors for fish. The tidal surge will climb these reffs and channel into the deeper cuts. The bait will get caught in these currents and be drawn into the strike zone. These channels are perfect for Eels on a dark night.
As you observe the incoming surge, watch as the wave series progressively increases in size. You may notice that the wave gets smaller as it approaches only to climb again as it gets to shore. The area where the wave gets smaller is your hole.
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Old 09-01-2008, 06:53 PM
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As we progress into the knowledge of fishing these highly dangerous and life threatning areas, Remember to be safe. Korkers or some other type of non slip foot wear is required.If you are not a strong swimmer, one of the CO2 type inflatable life preservers can save your life when a wave finally does pull you in, and it will happen.
Don't be like this guy.......
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