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Name                                    Latitude      Longitude       Bearing/Distance from Joe's Bayou North Channel marker
                                        (North)         (West)          
INFORMATION ONLY, DO NOT USE FOR NAVIGATION!!
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Bay Barge 01                      30 25.790   86 29.998       334° mag / 0.9 sm   
Barge laying in 38' of water about a mile north of Joe's Bayou,   6-8'   relief.

Bay Barge 01A                     30 25.790   86 29.959
Bay Barge 01B                     30 25.811   86 30.034
Bay Barge 01C                     30 25.819   86 29.953

Bay Barge 01D                     30 25.824   86 29.976
Bay Barge 01E                     30 25.831   86 29.989

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Bay Barge 02                      30 26.261   86 29.646       359° mag / 1.3 sm  
Barge laying in 40' of water, 8' relief, widely scattered.

Bay Barge 02A                     30 26.265   86 29.647
Bay Barge 02B                     30 26.257   86 29.646
Bay Barge 02C                     30 26.262   86 29.652
Bay Barge 02D                     30 26.257   86 29.654

Bay Barge 02E                     30 26.254   86 29.650
Bay Barge 02F                     30 26.248   86 29.646
Bay Barge 02G                     30 26.248   86 29.653
Bay Barge 02H                     30 26.242   86 29.649

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Bay Barge 03                      30 26.545   86 29.560       003° mag / 1.7 sm
Barge laying in 35' of water, 8' relief, widely scattered.

Bay Barge 03A                     30 26.540   86 29.555
Bay Barge 03B                     30 26.536   86 29.550
Bay Barge 03C                     30 26.534   86 29.544
Bay Barge 03D                     30 26.533   86 29.553

Bay Barge 03E                     30 26.536   86 29.563
Bay Barge 03F                     30 26.543   86 29.545
Bay Barge 03G                     30 26.550   86 29.561
Bay Barge 03H                     30 26.548   86 29.547

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Bay Wreck 04                     30 26.720   86 29.410      007° mag / 1.9 sm  
aka North Barge, Unknown wreck,  4-6' relief, laying in 35'.

Bay Wreck 04A                    30 26.723   86 29.419


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Bay
Wreck 05
                    30 26.510   86 27.332      056° mag / 2.8 sm
Unknown wreck, 2-4' relief, laying in 34''

Bay Wreck 05A                    30 26.507   86 27.330
Bay Wreck 05B                    30 26.506   86 27.309

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Bay Wreck 11                     30 27.046   86 28.512      027° mag / 2.6 sm
Unknown wreck, 2-4' relief, laying in 30'.

Bay Wreck 11A                    30 27.014   86 28.549
Bay Wreck 11B                    30 27.092   86 28.684

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Steamer "Belle"                 30 26.582   86 30.968      323° mag / 2.2 sm

Old wreck, mostly gone, some 30 gallon drums, laying in 35'.

Steamer Belle 01A               30 26.597   86 30.963
Steamer Belle 01B               30 26.592   86 30.940

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Bay Wreck 02                     30 25.124   86 31.843      273° mag / 2.25 sm
Old wreck, not much left, laying in 35'.

Bay Wreck 02A                    30 25.223   86 31.556

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Bay Wreck 03                     30 26.947   86 32.199      311° mag / 3.4 sm
Old wreck at the entrance to the Ben's Lake channel, called the "Uncle Sam" on charts, 8' of water, not much remaining.

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Bay Wreck 07                     30 24.831   86 27.775      102° mag / 1.8 sm
Unknown wreck, 15'  deep.

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Bay Wreck 09                     30 28.518   86 28.408      019° mag / 4.1 sm  
Very old wooden barge, largely rotted away, 13' deep.

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Bay Wreck 08                     30 24.712   86 27.806      106° mag / 1.8 sm  
Old 25' wooden boat, largely deteriorated, engine block salvaged.


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Bay Wreck 100                   30 28.812   86 28.398       017° mag / 4.4 sm  
Unknown wreck in Boggy Bayou, 20' deep.

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Bay Wreck 500                   30 25.428   86 21.812      089° mag / 7.7 sm  
Unknown wreck in 23' of water.

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Bay Wreck 501                   30 25.407  86 19.344       090° mag / 10.2 sm  
Unknown shallow wreck, in around 8' of water.  Divers report a large "boiler" half buried in the sand. Click on
Diver report of wreck    
for a full report.

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Bay Wreck 510                   30 27.648   86 18.217      077° mag / 11.7 sm    
USAF Target ship, sitting on bottom with the top of it showing at times. Has a Lighted buoy.

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Bay Wreck 604                   30 29.368   86 21.130      076° mag / 18.0 sm
Unknown wreck, 2' of water in Alaqua Bayou

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Bay Wreck 605                   30 28.930   86 12.032      078° mag / 18.0 sm
Unknown shallow wreck in 2' of water, Alaqua Bayou

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Bay Wreck 700                   30 28.379   86 08.216      082° mag / 21.6 sm  
Unknown shallow wreck in 3' of water, LaGrange Bayou.

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Bay Wreck 701                   30 27.890   86 09.292      083° mag / 20.4 sm
Unknown shallow wreck in LaGrange Bayou.

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Choctawhatchee Bay
Shipwrecks and other fishing
spots
EAST
of the Mid-Bay Bridge
Choctawhatchee Bay
Shipwrecks and other fishing
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WEST
of the Mid-Bay Bridge
Destin GPS Numbers - Choctawhatchee Bay

Ships, boats, and barges sunk in the Choctawhatchee Bay
Bay Spot 01                        30 25.749   86 30.506       311° mag / 1.2 sm      

Unknown reef ,  4-6' relief, in 40' .
Bay Spot 01A                       30 25.760   86 30.504
Bay Spot 01B                       30 25.793   86 30.499
Bay Spot 01C                       30 25.795   86 30.476
Bay Spot 01D                       30 25.887   86 30.479

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Bay Spot 02                        30 25.839   86 28.731       047° mag / 1.2 sm   
Unnknown reef, 36' deep.

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Bay Cones                                                                    251° mag / 1.2 sm

Around December 1, 1987, the FWC placed 12 plastic "cones" in the bay just north east of Crab Island. The "cones" are
prefabricated plastic resin material and are around 8' in diameter and around 9' high. Several other artificial reefs of unknown
materials have been placed in the area too. They area scattered over a quarter square mile area. Good place for bait, grouper,
mangrove snapper, and other fish. Receives a lot of fishing pressure and is pretty much in a direct line from Joe's Bayou to the
northern entrance to the East Pass Channel, so you have a lot of boats passing by. Click here,
ECRA reef report, for a divers report
on the Bay Cones.
                                                                                                                                                             
Bay Cones A                        30 24.597   86 30.874                                                                                                            
Bay Cones B                        30 24.586   86 30.839                                                                                                            
Bay Cones C                        30 24.576   86 39.923                                                                                                      
Bay Cones D                        30 24.626   86 30.843

Bay Cones E                        30 24.637   86 30.786
Bay Cones F                        30 24.637   86 30.772
Bay Cones G                        30 24.638   86 30.740
Bay Cones H                        30 24.598  86 30.698

Bay Cones I                          30 24.681   86 30.758
Bay Cones J                         30 24.691   86 30.656
Bay Cones K                         30 24.701   86 30.666
Bay Cones L                         30 24.726   86 30.786

Bay Cones M                       30 24.732   86 30.666
Bay Cones N                        30 24.731   86 30.720
Bay Cones O                        30 24.738   86 30.630
Bay Cones P                        30 24.747   86 30.757

Bay Cones Q                        30 24.660   86 30.777

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Bay Spot 03                        30 25.895   86 28.552       050° mag / 1.4 sm  
Unknown reef material, 37' deep.

Bay Spot 03A                       30 25.893   86 28.564
Bay Spot 03B                       30 25.897   86 28.545
Bay Spot 03C                       30 25.909   86 28.557
Bay Spot 03D                       30 25.862   86 28.523


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Bay Spot 04                        30 27.107   86 27.894       038° mag / 2.85 sm
Unknown reef material, 27'  deep.

Bay Spot 04A                       30 27.104   86 27.906
Bay Spot 04B                       30 27.088   86 27.850
Bay Spot 04C                       30 27.112   86 27.855
Bay Spot 04D                       30 27.160   86 27.873
Bay Spot 04E                       3027.195   86 27.894

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Bay Spot 33                        30 26.900   86 29.261      011° mag / 2.1 sm
Unknown reef materials, 32' deep.

Bay Spot 33A                       30 26.897   86 29.223
Bay Spot 33B                       30 26.886   86 29.297

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Bay Spot 05                        30 26.607   86 30.742      328° mag / 2.1 sm  
Unknown reef material, 35' deep.

Bay Spot 05A                       30 26.619   86 30.751
Bay Spot 05B                       30 26.637   86 30.749
Bay Spot 05C                       30 26.628   86 30.744

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Bay Spot 06                        30 24.346   86 32.051      252° mag / 2.6 sm
Unknown reef material, 13'  deep.

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Bay Spot 11                        30 27.813   86 28.099       027° mag / 3.45 sm
Unknown reef material, 23'  deep.

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Bay Spot 12                        30 26.977   86 27.493       046° mag / 3.0 sm
Unknown reef material, 27'  deep.

Bay Spot 12A                       30 27.016   86 27.500

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Bay Spot 13                        30 26.199   86 30703        320° mag / 1.7 sm
Unknown reef materials, 36'  deep.

Bay Spot 13A                       30 26.195   86 30.701
Bay Spot 13B                       30 26.201   86 30.694

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Bay Spot 21                        30 24.512   86 30.762
Old fish haven that consisted of car bodies, appliances, tires, scrap metal, and concrete. 2-4' relief, site is widely scatterd now.

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Bay Spot 22                        20 25.171   86 26.482        091° mag / 3.1 sm
Old fish haven consisting of car bodies, tires, appliances, scrap metal, and concrete.

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Spot 23    
                     30 25.449  86 33.749        277° mag / 4.2 sm      
Old fish haven consisting of car bodies and concrete in 35' of water.

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Bay Spot 25                        30 27.122   86 30.010        352° mag / 2.4 sm  
Old fish haven consisting of car bodies, tires, appliances, scrap metal, and concrete in 21'

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Bay Spot 200                      30 26.644   86 35.376       289° mag / 6.0 sm
Unknown reef material, 26' deep in Garnier Bayou.

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Bay Spot 07                        30 26.860   86 25.391       066° mag / 4.6 sm
Unknown reef material, in 27' deep, about a quarter mile south of White Point near the Midbay bridge.

Bay Spot 07A                       30 26.819   86 25.349

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Bay Spot 508                      30 26 860   86 24.639       066° mag / 4.6 sm  
Unknown reef material in 27' of water.

Bay Spot 508A                     30 26.875   86 24.520
Bay Spot 508B                     30 26.597   86 24.381

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Bay Spot 500                      30 25.171   86 24.682       091° mag / 4.9 sm
Old fish haven consisting of car bodies, appliances, tires, concrete, largely scattered in 35' of water.

Bay Spot 500A                     30 25.199   86 24.796
Bay Spot 500B                     30 25.262   86 24.646

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Bay Spot 501                      30 24.786   86 25.212      097° mag / 4.4 sm  
Unknown reef material, in 35' of water.

Bay Spot 501A                     30 24.677   86 25.266

Artificial reefs and other stuff on the bottom in the Choctawhatchee Bay

Aircraft Wrecks in the Choctawhatchee Bay -
Nothing to do with fishing, but thought it was interesting.....
With its close proximity to Eglin AFB, the Choctawhatchee Bay has become the final resting place for several aircraft, mostly from the
WWII era. For a full listing of aircraft that have gone down in or near Eglin AFB, click here:    
Wikipedia - Eglin AFB Crashes .    

•28 April 1945 – A-26C-25-DT Invader, 43-22644, assigned to the 611 Base Unit at Wright Field, Ohio,
crashes into the
Choctawhatchee Bay, 3 Miles NE of Fort Walton
, Florida after being struck by a spherical Speedee bouncing bomb, a 35-in
casing with an overall weight of 950 lb.  This was the American nomenclature for
the British Highball bomb, twenty-five inert casings of which were sent to the U.S.
after initial testing with a modified A-26 which was adapted at the Vickers
experimental facility at Foxwarren, near Esher, Surrey. Dropped at low altitude
(~10 feet), the weapon skipped back into the aircraft completely knocking off the
tail unit causing the bomber to nose over instantly and crash into the bay. It had
taken off from Eglin Field, Florida, on a low level bombing exercise at AAF water
range Number 60. I believe this was in Garniers/Poquito Bayou but am not sure.
Click here,
You Tube - Aircraft crash Eglin,  for a video showing the actual crash.


•11 October 1948 – The body of a Marine flier, was found late Tuesday, 12 October, in about 100 feet (?) of water
in
Choctawhatchee Bay near Destin
, Florida, according to the public information
office of Barin Field. Navy divers recovered the body located a short distance from
the wreckage of the plane, after it was spotted from the air. Indications were that
the plane, a Corsair, had caught fire in the air and spun down. Major Shedaker
was flying one of two Corsairs which were on a routine training flight over Eglin
when the lead plane developed a fuel line failure and the pilot made an
emergency landing with a dead engine. He reported that he lost sight of the
other plane which failed to return to Barin Field.
.  



•7 November 1948 – Second prototype Republic XR-12A-RE Rainbow, 44-91003,
crashes at 1300 hrs, while returning to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The
number 2 (port inner) engine exploded as the aircraft was returning from a
photographic suitability test flight. The pilot was unable to maintain control
due to violent buffeting, and he ordered the crew to bail out. Five of the
seven crew escaped safely and were rescued by Eglin crash boats and
helicopters.
The aircraft crashed two miles South of the base,  in the
Choctawhatchee Bay
.










9 March 1949 – First Lieutenant Arnold E. Adams of Newton, Iowa, was killed
when the F-80 Shooting Star jet fighter that he piloted
crashed in
Choctawhatchee Bay
. Lieutenant Adams, a resident of Eglin Air Force Base,
was 26. He was on a routine service testing flight.









•5 January 1950 – A B-50A-10-BO Superfortress, 46-021 , c/n 15741 , of the 3200th Proof Test Group,
crash lands in the
Choctawhatchee Bay, two miles  NNE of Destin, Florida,
killing two of the 11 crew.  Nine escaped from the downed aircraft
following the  forced landing. The airframe settled in eight to ten feet of mud
at a depth of 38 feet. Divers recover the body of the flight engineer  from the nose
of the bomber on Monday, 8 January.  The body of the aerial photographer was
recovered on Tuesday, 9 January, outside the plane from beneath the tail.


One source gives the crash date as 6 January.








7 March 1956 – Capt. Roy W. Konvolinka ejects from his disabled F-100A Super Sabre and parachutes into the
Choctawhatchee
Bay, coming down ~1/2 mile from shore.
He is rescued by a helicopter (type
unspecified, but probably a Sikorsky H-19) piloted by Lt. Col. Walter A. Rosenfield,
Jr., director of maintenance for the 3243rd Fighter Test Group at Eglin, and
Capt. Carl J. Swanson, who acts as an impromptu rescue jumper. Konvolinka
suffers only a broken finger on his left hand from grabbing for the winch hook.

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