Those sites included 11 plots on large reefs and the fringes of six entire patch reefs
on which adult population dynamics also were monitored.
February is one of my favorite months to bottom fish in the Southeast region, with patch reefs
and shallow water rubble being my main target areas.
In shallow zones (shallow lagoonal patch reefs
) and high wave-exposed zones (winward barrier reef) dominated herbivorous fishes, while in deeper zones (terraces and deep lagoonal patch reefs
) planktivorous were more abundant.
All experiments and observations took place on three small patch reefs
(25-50 m diameter) in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii (Reefs No.
She and Justin try and get down several times a year, often heading to the patch reefs
south of Long Key, where she got started in the sport.
If you fish patch reefs
(where knocker rigs are good) and reefs in southeast Florida and the Keys, you can find the muttons in the sand off the main coral and rocky areas.
At the reef and at the patch reefs
and even in the bays inshore, you can also expect to find Spanish mackerel as well as cero mackerel.
They will occupy ledges, holes, patch reefs
, big coral heads, mangrove roots and just about any structure on the reef.
In this case, as on colder days of winter, staying a bit closer to shore and hitting the patch reefs
for mangrove and mutton snapper makes sense.
The reef will hold more big lobsters, but for ease of access and shallower diving depths, patch reefs
and backcountry rockpiles provide good lobstering, too.
To the south, pelagics like sailfish and dolphin travel Gulf Stream waters and some reef fish take winter positions along patch reefs
closer to the islands to feast on the prey fish that have moved there for the warmer waters.
Blackfin at the wrecks, permit in the backcountry, mutton and grouper at the patch reefs
closer to the islands--you hardly know which way to turn.