Oh Christmas Reef

Fish structure doesn’t just concentrate fish for angler success; the extra underwater surface area cultivates algae and plankton, starting the food chain and increasing the productivity of the entire system.

And who can think about natural fish structures without thinking about Christmas? No other holiday season culminates with the traditional sinking of large quantities of decorative centerpieces.

The Five Steps of the Christmas tree Season:

1. Buy tree.

2. Decorate.

3. Enjoy.

4. Take down sometime before Easter.

5. Donate to a Christmas tree recycling program for use as fish structure in a lake.

There is even the novel idea of using living Christmas trees in your family room, containerized, so that you can plant it in your yard later.  This way, you can enjoy pruning and watching your future fish structure grow for years and years.

This brings us to choosing your Christmas Reef. For the outdoorsman who has everything, the tree can be a gift – a gift of fish structure that will help some local fisheries manager. Go ahead and wire it to a cinder block as the tree stand. Throw a couple of those novelty fish pillows under the tree, if you want to make it really classy.

And you might as well go ahead and embed a couple of lures in the branches for ornaments. Just a matter of time before they rest with the tree anyway.

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Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”...  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie."  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.
Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well...
And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to www.takemefishing.org since 2011.