FAD Fish Aggregation Device
I hesitantly post this-- but done for the betterment of the fishery, FAD’s Fish Aggregating Devices
JD— from Pete- I have fished fads in Hawaii, Saint Thomas, Domincan Republic, Costa Rica, and we are all familiar with kelp paddies and the white foam buoys in Baja. The state of Hawaii sponsors approximately 50 Fads. Saint Thomas sponsors some fads also. The Domincan Republic are all placed by commercial fisherman. The Costa Rican fads are all privately placed. Over the years we have had a lot of success fishing the fads. As proof of this I offer the recent trip to Costa Rica where we released 20 Blue marlin in 4 days.(just proves you don’t have to have a lot of talent to catch fish!)
Two FAD have been placed in our local waters.
THE CORRECT #‘S FOR THE FADS ARE AS FOLLOWS: off Catalina is 152 spot 33" 14’ 589 / 118" 10’ 656.590 and the 267 spot is 33" 17’ 845 / 117" 48’ 419 , these # are very close and depending on current, tides etc, should work, Appeciate you Help, let us know how you do- Hopeful this will be the biggining of more to come
the photo at left shows the FAD , it’s actual position “V” would be invered with bouys suporting it upright and the weight below.
Both are placed below the surface. depending upon the current you should see them on your soun der between 50’ and 150". My reasons for doing this 2 fold, – #1, I am hoping to enhance the fishing experience for everyone ---- #2 Assuming this experiment is successful then perhaps more will be placed in the future, so that more people can enjoy our sport. I have attached a picture to give you a rough idea of what the actual fad looks like. We used approx. #1500 of weight tethered with 25’ of 1/2 long neck chain to 3/4 polypro #12,000 test rope to the float, using poly pro stringers through out. I am hopeful you guys have another great season, the only thing I would ask is, that if you do fish the fads, that you would give an accurate report on your trip, good or bad -Pete— Send info to JD-s