A reef is a bar of rock, sand, coral under the surface of water. They are outstanding areas to find fish like large groupers, mutton snapper, yellowtail, barracuda, and other species that enjoy reefs as home. These South Florida patch reefs are usually found in less than 20 feet of water and on a good day you can see them without the aid of any depth finders.
I find the most productive way to find fish on the reefs is to troll in and around the areas with live bait to see first what is biting. From there I can change our tactic to make sure you start catching the fish that are out there hungry ready for what they can find.
Once we have found an area that we want to fish and have anchored, I may put a block of chum in a chum bag and hang it over the side. This is like ringing the dinner bell as everything from small baitfish to sharks will find their way to the chum and to us!