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New Addition to The Fishing Line Reef!

Back on April 30, we sunk a 37-foot steel crane barge (deck equipment removed) that was donated and towed by Hancock Marine and sunk at 40 32.159' N / 73 39.468' W

New Rock Heads to The Fishing Line Reef!
Starting this week (12/10) there is 15,000 cubic yards of r9ck headed to The Fishing Line Reef!
If you want to know what 15,000 cubic yards look like...It takes six to seven household garbage cans to equal 1 cubic yd...so this equates to four 55 gallon oil drums or...60,000 drums. A typical refuse truck hold 30-40 cubic yards...so It's HUGE! We will have more details on this soon!

THE FISHING LINE REEF GETS A FACELIFT
By Rich Johnson (Numbers at bottom of page)

In 1999 we told you The Fishing Line Artificial Reef and thanked all of those who wpeB.jpg (12174 bytes)were involved. To summarize and remind you, Steve Heins, the Marine Reef Specialist for the DEC helped me film what I still consider to be a very proud moment in "The Fishing Line’s" history. We sunk the first installment to The Fishing Line Reef Site. It’s our gift back to you who’ve supported us so I wanted to help your fishing and the environment at the same time. The location of "The Fishing Line" Reef Site, sits on the old MacCallister grounds, a few miles southwest of Jones Inlet in 51-foot of water on a 245 degree compass heading. It rests on hard sand with sea bass, fluke and blackfish gravitating to it immediately, but it will take a little more time to form an ecological community of barnacles, mussels and other assorted creatures that will make it a wonderful oasis to migrating fish as well. It was quite an event as we caught the sinking on tape for my show last season.

Well over the last few weeks we’ve made several additions to the reef and dropped a load of “stuff” on the site wpe9.jpg (9982 bytes)including demolition materials from the work on the Wantagh Bridges. We have dumped 1,800 cubic yards of concrete and rebarb and have much more planned to go by the end of the month including four barges, concrete and a 28-foot tugboat. We want the reef to be dispersed in such a manner that we get the most coverage area, allowing boats to anchor on the reef without feeling crowded. All of this of course would not be possible but for certain individuals who donate time and do the hard work getting the materials to the reef site. I would like to thank first and foremost our good friend Steve Heins of the New York State DEC. Without Steve’s dedication and the DEC’s ambition to enhance our marine resources this type of thing can not be accomplished. I also want to thank the folks at ABS Marine for the tugboat services and the Rapid Demolition Co. for their work and materials as well.

The LORAN numbers for original barge which started "The Fishing Line" Reef Site in 1999 are 26842.0 & 43733.78. The Lat/Long for this barge is 40 32.121 N & 73 39.600W. The new numbers for the pieces we placed on the reef over the last few weeks include 26843.2 & 43734.2, 26843.8 & 43734.5, 26843.6 & 43734.3, 26844.00 & 43734.7 also look very promising. As long as you start in these areas and search around you should be able to find prime fishing structure for a variety of species and the Capt. Al has caught sea bass, ling and striped bass form here already this season.

THE FISHING LINE REEF A REALITY
By Rich Johnson

Skies were partly sunny and seas calm, just what we hoped for as Steve Heins, Marine Reef Specialist of the DEC stepped wpeA.jpg (10845 bytes)aboard for the filming of what I consider a very proud moment in "The Fishing Line’s" history. Today’s taping of my television show was the sinking of my first installment to The Fishing Line Reef Site. We made arrangements with the DEC and in particular Steve Heins, to sponsor this reef site with our own funding, without asking listeners or viewers of the radio & television shows for contributions. It’s our gift to these same viewers and listeners who’ve supported us that we give back something to help their fishing and the environment at the same time. Mother Nature cooperated with us and things went according to plan as the 30-foot x 60-foot x 7-foot steel barge sank to the bottom with the promise of excellent blackfishing and a plethora of other angling opportunities in the very near future.

This site, now known as "The Fishing Line" Reef Site, sits on the old MacCallister grounds, a few miles southwest of Jones Inlet in 51-foot of water and a 245 degree compass heading from Jones Inlet. The numbers for "The Fishing Line" Reef Site are Lat/Long 40 32.121 N & 73 39.600W. For LORAN, the numbers are 26842.0 & 43734.0 (approx). You can also try the numbers I found this week as well. The southwest corner is26842.33 & 43733.58 while the north corner is 26842.23 & 43734.13 nd the X that marks the spot on the water is directly at 26842.10 & 43733.77.

It rests on hard sand with sea bass, fluke and blackfish gravitating to it immediately, but it will take a year or two to form an ecological community of barnacles, mussels and other assorted creatures that will make it a wonderful oasis to migrating fish as well. It was quite an event as we caught the whole process and just how hard all involved worked to make our dream a reality, on tape for an upcoming television show.

There were many participants I would like to thank for helping us realize our dream. First and foremost, our good friend Steve Heins of the New York State DEC and the departments of Fish & Wildlife and Marine Resource for coordinating wpe5.jpg (11017 bytes)the effort. ABS Marine and Demersal Marine Services of Babylon for the barge and services. The tugboat Mattituck, with Capt. Kevin O’Brien and crew for towing our barge. The Suffolk County DPW commissioner, Charles Bartha and Suffolk County Executive Robert J. Gaffney. The assistance of USCG Jones Beach and the 41-foot utility boat 41394 along with the Town of Hempstead for the resources of the Conservation & Waterways with Commissioner Ron Masters, Bay Constables Unit #2 with Sargent John Ferrar and crew. As I closed the show with Steve back on my boat, it was a very proud moment for me, knowing I had given something back to the fishing community and fishing environment, that has given so much to me over the years. Thank you!

Fishing Line    April 03'     37-foot crane barge        40 32.159' N x 73 39.468' W

Fishing Line

June

Concrete bridge sections

40o32.188 N
73o39.495 W

Fishing Line July Concrete bridge sections

40o32.195 N
73o39.508 W

Fishing Line August

Concrete bridge sections

40o32.199 N
73o39.497 W

Fishing Line September

28 foot steel workboats and two 40 foot steel dredge barges

40o32.101 N
73o39.454 W

Fishing Line November

43 foot bi-metal sailboat, Beyond

40o32.150 N
73o39.333 W

Fishing Line Dec. 2001

5,000 Cubic yds. Red Shale
Scattered

40o31.020 N
73o32.510 W

 

Drop #1
Lat/Long
40 32.121  N
73 39.600 W


LORAN

26842.0 X 43733.77

Southwest Corner:

26842.33 X 43733.58

North Corner:
26842.23 X 43734.13

Drop #2
Concrete Bridge Rubble


Lat/Long
40 32.188 N
73 39.495 W

LORAN
26841.5 X 73734.5
(run the 734 line)

 

 

Drop #3
2 Barges & Tug Boat

Barge #1

26842.0 X 43733.85

Barge #2
26840.6 X 43732.7

Tug Boat
26842.15 X 43732.5
Lat/Long
40 31.998 N
73 39.363 W

Drop #4
43-foot Sailboat

Lat/Long
40 32.142 N
x
73 39.338 W

 

 

 

 

 

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