Reef poured, Port Mansfield hopes big fish are on the way – San Antonio Express-News

Reef poured, Port Mansfield hopes big fish are on the way – San Antonio Express-News.

Reef poured, Port Mansfield hopes big fish are on the way

Recycled culverts to provide habitat for fish and marine life.
Updated 02:20 a.m., Friday, December 30, 2011

PORT MANSFIELD — Peak season may be half a year away, but local fishing guide Terry Neal already is envisioning taking charters offshore for the first time in years, to what promises to become one of the Texas coast’s favorite saltwater fishing destinations.

And it’s all thanks to more than 4,000 unwanted concrete culverts.

In a project sponsored by the Coastal Conservation Association, Habitat Today for Fish Tomorrow, and Texas Parks and Wildlife, a 200-foot barge loaded with the culverts in July was unloaded some seven nautical miles from Port Mansfield.

Dumping giant concrete tubes into the ocean may not seem very fish-friendly, but artificial reefs create habitat that to finned creatures may as well be the hottest new condos. Once barnacles start to attach and smaller fish start to feed, it won’t be long before the big game fish, including snapper, marlin, kingfish, and wahoo, follow.

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4 responses to “Reef poured, Port Mansfield hopes big fish are on the way – San Antonio Express-News

  1. I hope their plan works, that would be terrific wouldn’t it? 🙂

    Happy New Year, my friend! 🙂

    • Pit

      Sounds like something really good, doesn’t it? I surely hoe, too, that their plan will work.
      And all my best wishes for an excellent 2012 to you, too,
      Pit

      • I hope it does work. LDS commented on my blog after reading this article that in his neck of the woods they do the same with Christmas trees. I had come across an article about the very same thing up in this area. I had no idea! The things we can think of to help out! 🙂

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