GALLERY: Reef balls hook anglers at Peel and Coochie   

FISHING spots for Redland anglers have been extended after more than 224 concrete reef balls were tipped into waters off Peel and Coochiemudlo islands today.

A Stradbroke Ferries barge spent all day loading, transporting and then dropping the balls in to waters about 3Nm west of Peel Island and at the East Coochie Reef.

There are 11 reef ball clusters to the north-west of Peel Island and seven clusters off Coochiemudlo’s eastern shores.

A large crane hoisted the 600kg balls off the barge deck before they were lowered 14.5m into the water to settle on the seabed.

Today’s operation was to top-up Peel Island's existing reef with 128 extra concrete balls and add 96 to Coochie reef's existing 78 balls.

There are four other artificial reefs in the Moreton Bay Marine Park.

The North Moreton Artificial Reef, built in 2011, is about 3Nm off the northern tip of Moreton Island and was made of 25 fish boxes at a depth of 14m and is deep enough for spearfishermen.

Others are at Wild Banks, about 12Nm east of Bribie Island; the Harry Atkinson Artificial Reef, about 12Nm west of Amity Point and the South Stradbroke Artificial Reef, made of 20 concrete cubes covering 208ha at 23m to attract reef and larger pelagic fish.

For the rest of this story and the reef coordinates, read Friday's Redland Times

STEP 1: A forklift carries one of the 600kg concrete fish balls on to the deck of a Straddie Ferries barge. Photos: Chris McCormack

STEP 1: A forklift carries one of the 600kg concrete fish balls on to the deck of a Straddie Ferries barge. Photos: Chris McCormack

STEP 2: Crew secure the balls and a large crane on deck before the barge moves out of port at Toondah Harbour. Photo: Chris McCormack

STEP 2: Crew secure the balls and a large crane on deck before the barge moves out of port at Toondah Harbour. Photo: Chris McCormack

STEP 3: Parks and Wildlife officers in a rubber dinghy put down markers near Peel Island indicating where the reef balls will be dropped. Photo: Chris McCormack

STEP 3: Parks and Wildlife officers in a rubber dinghy put down markers near Peel Island indicating where the reef balls will be dropped. Photo: Chris McCormack

STEP 4: The crane is cranked up and the barge in place.

STEP 4: The crane is cranked up and the barge in place.

STEP 5: Skipper Rick Medcalfe checks that all balls are in place and the crane ready for action after the barge drops anchor with Peel Island in the background. Photo: Chris McCormack

STEP 5: Skipper Rick Medcalfe checks that all balls are in place and the crane ready for action after the barge drops anchor with Peel Island in the background. Photo: Chris McCormack

STEP 6: Crew fasten chains to two balls ready to be dropped over the barge into waters off Peel Island. Photo: Chris McCormack

STEP 6: Crew fasten chains to two balls ready to be dropped over the barge into waters off Peel Island. Photo: Chris McCormack

STEP 7: The balls are hoisted over the deck and over the side of the barge ready to be lowered gently into the water. Photo: Chris McCormack

STEP 7: The balls are hoisted over the deck and over the side of the barge ready to be lowered gently into the water. Photo: Chris McCormack

STEP 8: The balls are lowered into the water off Peel Island. Photo: Chris McCormack

STEP 8: The balls are lowered into the water off Peel Island. Photo: Chris McCormack

STEP 9: Parks and Wildlife officers make sure the balls are dropped in the right spot. Photo: Chris McCormack

STEP 9: Parks and Wildlife officers make sure the balls are dropped in the right spot. Photo: Chris McCormack

More concrete reef balls were dropped into waters off Peel and Coochiemudlo islands today, expanding recreational fishing grounds. Photos: Judith Kerr

More concrete reef balls were dropped into waters off Peel and Coochiemudlo islands today, expanding recreational fishing grounds. Photos: Judith Kerr

More concrete reef balls were dropped into waters off Peel and Coochiemudlo islands today, expanding recreational fishing grounds. Photos: Judith Kerr

More concrete reef balls were dropped into waters off Peel and Coochiemudlo islands today, expanding recreational fishing grounds. Photos: Judith Kerr

More concrete reef balls were dropped into waters off Peel and Coochiemudlo islands today, expanding recreational fishing grounds. Photos: Judith Kerr

More concrete reef balls were dropped into waters off Peel and Coochiemudlo islands today, expanding recreational fishing grounds. Photos: Judith Kerr

More concrete reef balls were dropped into waters off Peel and Coochiemudlo islands today, expanding recreational fishing grounds. Photos: Judith Kerr

More concrete reef balls were dropped into waters off Peel and Coochiemudlo islands today, expanding recreational fishing grounds. Photos: Judith Kerr

More concrete reef balls were dropped into waters off Peel and Coochiemudlo islands today, expanding recreational fishing grounds. Photos: Judith Kerr

More concrete reef balls were dropped into waters off Peel and Coochiemudlo islands today, expanding recreational fishing grounds. Photos: Judith Kerr