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Old 04-29-2018, 08:03 PM   #1
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Official Anouncement Thread - TroutSupport REEF RECON Galveston Bay 2018!

I present to you REEF RECON ™ - Galveston Bay 2018.



More Details, Coverage Area, Benefits, and FAQ's here:
http://troutsupport.com/reef-recon/

REEF RECON for Lowrance or Simrad Chartplotters or a Garmin Handheld GPS

The Full Story:
When I first envisioned what could be done to support anglers in catching more speckled trout and redfish, I came up with an idea. This was before the videos, before the lure, and before what TroutSupport.com is today. The technology for the project was just starting to become available at the time but I didn’t have the funds to do it. That was in 2006; fast forward to today and here’s what I’ve done with the funds that you’ve so graciously entrusted me.

It has cost fuel, software, hardware, geographic information system education from my undergrad and graduate degrees, and a commitment to do what it takes to get it done and that meant a lot of TIME. Not just a couple hours after a weekend trip here or there. I mean it took months and months and months of on the water time behind the wheel idling around the bay. This meant not going fishing hardly at all. In fact… while everyone had been killing it in East Bay Oyster reefs the last several years while the floods had Trinity and Upper Galveston Bay too fresh… I was side scanning oyster reefs day in and day out; most days of the last several summers I launched at daylight only to return to the ramp some 14 hours later at dusk. That’s how big my commitment was to you to get it done.

Let’s talk about the state of Galveston Bays Oyster Reefs. The drought of nearly 8 years allowed high salinity predators to come in and decimate a large portion of the reefs in the bay. Between Ike and the drought we lost nearly 85% of the reefs that existed before Ike. Then the rain started… 3 solid years of high rainfall amounts was at first welcomed because it killed off the oysters predators but it kept raining and raining. The upper bays were completely fresh all the way to Smith Point for the majority of 3 years. While this helped the oysters in some areas, the upper bay’s oysters in Trinity Bay and Upper Galveston DIED due to fresh water. However, the substrate was still there and some areas began to recover with substrate collecting oyster spat during brief moderate salinity periods. Then came Harvey… the storm surge did not hit Galveston but the run-off from nearly 60inches of rain over a weeks time did more than make the bays fresh. The sediment laden runoff also pushed more sediment out of the rivers into the bays covering some large areas of reef in Trinity Bay. In Trinity Bay several hundred acres of oyster shell is now covered with 1-2 inches of mud. The good news is that the majority of well pad reefs did not get covered due to their relief from the bottom. I was forced to remove huge areas of reef from the mapped area and I updated the file to what it is today. There is still a lot of very good Oyster substrate left in the bay.

Galveston Bay contains a huge amount of oyster substrate even after the drought and the floods, including both the natural and man made rock pile oyster substrate. Both are beginning to collect oyster spat where salinities are suitable. There is a ton of oyster outside the PVC pile areas and there are many man made reefs, the whereabouts of have been long forgotten and there are no buoys left to mark them. ALL these are in the REEF RECON Oyster Reef Overlay.

I present to you REEF RECON ™ - Galveston Bay 2018.

Go here to find out More if you have a Lowrance or Simrad Chartplotter or a Garmin Handheld GPS
http://troutsupport.com/reef-recon/

Unfortunately Garmin does not currently support the technology we are using; we are going to work on a work around but do not currently supply a file for Garmin Chartplottters.
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Old 04-29-2018, 08:19 PM   #2
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Here's the youtube clip for it.

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Old 04-29-2018, 08:51 PM   #3
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reef recon!!!!!

I was able to test run this for the last two weeks and the attention to detail is like no other out there. From danger markers to reef outlines are awesome. Hell even caught a few fish too boot!!! thanks again trout support. Like his other products you can tell he has put a lot of time and effort into this. Fine product you have here Tobin thanks again!!!!!
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Congratulations Tobin!!! You have a customer here, but you already knew that didn't you...lol (I have to wait until next month tho)
Well done Sir. I look forward to using it like I do your DVD's!!!!
I forgot to mention, since I am using a kayak I am not worried about navigation, I am going to use it to pinpoint the bait and fish!!!!
God Bless!

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Old 04-29-2018, 09:21 PM   #5
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Wow that is powerful mapping for popular units. Way to go TS!!!

I remember when Top Spot maps came out with their reefs "now with GPS" etc....this is 10 times better with current on the water recon. What a cool mapping feature. Turn anyone into a trout pro....

Great info on the current state of the reefs with recent events. Super excited to put it to good use.
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Old 04-29-2018, 09:35 PM   #6
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looks awesome, any plans to do this for the matagorda bay system?
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Old 04-29-2018, 09:42 PM   #7
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I’ve been testing this for a few weeks now. I have, over the past two years, put in every spot on the hook and line maps into my GPS. All I can say after trying this overlay is WOW! The information on those maps is completely outdated. I was able to eliminate over half of my waypoints as not over actual structure, changed the symbol of the waypoints over degraded reefs, and found new reefs I didn’t know were there. I now have a reasonable amount of points. Also, because of the color differences, I know which reefs have the best structure and where exactly the edges are.

Tobin is changing the game once again!
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Old 04-30-2018, 07:40 AM   #8
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I fish Galveston West Bay and this is really going to open things up and give me and more people options on the water. It's is also going to give me more options to navigate and help keep me out of trouble with west bay having a lot of shallow reefs and obstructions throughout the bay. Thanks for developing another great product.
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Old 04-30-2018, 07:58 AM   #9
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Sounds like a great product that we can ALL use. I will eagerly await the Garmin option!
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You're welcome guys. Glad we could deliver something that will really support us all.
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