Up north, and often later in the month, check out Red Bank Reef
off Suwannee and the deep grassflats north and west of Steinhatchee Marker No.
Material studied: Northern Coast, Emissario Beach, on internal beach rock bank, 15th November 1995, 3 m depth, thirteen colonies, 3-4 mm high, with gonophores [N 1795]; Guarajuba Beach, on the sponge Dysidea variabilis from the shallow bank reef
, 10th April 1996, 19 m depth, three colonies, gonophores not seen [N 1796].
Abrolhos bank reef
health evaluated by means of water quality, microbial diversity, benthic cover, and fish biomass data.
And Suwannee anglers will often find lots of sheepshead atop either Red Bank Reef
or Hedemon Reef.
The Pedro Bank reefs
were last surveyed in 2005 and the current research will use the same methodology (the Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment protocol) and will reassess the same areas in addition to new locations.
The McCall and Halibut Bank reefs
occur in a submarine valley formed between banks and on the northern fluted flank of Halibut Bank, in water depths from 120 to 210 m (Fig.
These coral reefs are composed of bank or barrier reefs with spur and groove formations located 7 to 13 km offshore of the Florida Keys and patch reefs located between the Florida Keys and bank reefs
. The Florida reef tract contains over fifty species of corals comprising over eighty percent of all the coral reef species in the Tropical Western Atlantic and over two hundred species of fish.
Natural communities include patch and bank reefs
, seagrass meadows, soft and hard bottom, and coastal mangroves.
* Barracudas tend to be solitary but are also found in aggregations over prominent reef structures, particularly near artificial structures and shallow bank reefs
On the Big Bend, you'll often find fleets of anglers near the inshore rocks off Crystal River, anchored up next to the Steel Tower at Cedar Key, at Hedemon or Red Bank reefs
off Suwannee or over the Steinhatchee Reef.
Those fishing from Suwannee should head to the grasses near Hedemon and Red Bank reefs
. Yankeetown and Cedar Key fishermen will certainly find trout and other species near the middle of Waccasassa Bay.