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A Red to Remember!

 Ron (HellOnReels) Henderson

Almost a year ago to the day, I had a personal best Redfish, almost filling my 36" measuring board at 35.5". That was one hell of a fish and I thought at the time, it's gonna be hard to do better than that. What made that day even more special was landing a 31", not even fifteen minutes later. If you get a Redfish in the low 30's in this area, you are doing pretty darn good. This is not Mosquito Lagoon, where reds can run 40-50+ inches.

 Well Saturday, I did something I thought was not possible. I topped that 35.5" personal best, with a 37" donkey of Red! More unbelievable, is that I caught this one not more than 30 yards from where I got the other personal best! It started Saturday a week ago, when I was on a school of Reds five different times. This school was maybe 40 in number, but they were all huge fish.

Over the last eight or so years, I've learned a lot about "reading" the water. I consider myself a pretty good Redfish angler, as I've learned to tell when they are present. However, this school was different than anything I had seen before. The water would just literally churn up and then you would spot them or see the big tails pop up. At one point they came up behind me and I looked down next to my boat and my mouth just dropped open. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. There was the biggest Red I have ever seen, sitting right next to my boat, like I wasn't even there. I could have reached out and grabbed her. Judging by where she was sitting next to my boat, I would have to estimate the fish at nearly 4 feet long. That would put her at mid to high 40's! A few minutes after seeing that fish, I had another explode on my Spook Jr. and darn near jerked my rod out of my hand and broke my reel at the mount!

Moving forward to this past Saturday, I met up with my buddy Marty(Ultralight) for another go at it. It was cool, tide was way low with not much water and it was windy. Not much going on at all for a while. A few small trout, but nothing to brag about. The tide bottomed out around 8am and as it started to come back in the mullet activity seemed to increase. I started working a grass flat in a little deeper water, hoping to meet the fish coming in with the tide. I started working my favorite Bone/ silver Spook Jr., when out of nowhere this massive wake comes up behind it and the fish just lifts its body out of the water and rolls down on top of it. Now I'm in a fight!

 Just from the power of it, I knew I had a large fish and was confirmed when I stood up and took a look at it. Now that I know it's bigger than any red I've had on before, my heart is racing. I'm having visions of the fish that I had seen the prior week and I want to get my hands on it! To keep my nerves on edge, she came to the boat four times and turned away, peeling off some 30 yards of line. By this time, I'm yelling to Marty, who is about 100 yards behind me. His radio is broke so I couldn't call him. He finally hears me and comes over. Just as he gets to me, I place the grip in her mouth. He blurted out some expletives and we high fived! ;laugh: He helped me get the fish on his Hardcore 40 board and I gasped as she hit the 37" mark with no tail pinch! :yahooo: So glad my good friend was there with me to share that! Thanks for reading along. :rock:


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Welcome to the Core!
The HCKAC is based around the many anglers that have chosen a kayak as their main method of fishing!
We stay very active, hosting a yearly tournament series, online tournaments and "Fish_N_Munch" gatherings to keep you on the water and catching fish.

                        

There are no dues to join but your donation goes toward the betterment of your club.



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HCKAC TOURNAMENT SERIES EVENT #5

October 25th - Weedon Island Area

FIRST PLACE

"Fishvision" - Rick Taylor
70.5 Total Inches

Snook 38.0" ~ Redfish 19.2" ~ Trout 13.3"

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SECOND PLACE

"Hook SUP" - Mike Julian
67.1 Total Inches

Snook 21.7" ~ Redfish 30.2" ~ Trout 15.2"
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THIRD PLACE

"gks0409" - Greg Spivey
65.45 Total Inches

Snook 21.2" ~ Redfish 27.25" ~ Trout 17.0"
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"LARGEST SNOOK WINNER"
$30.00 Harvey's 4th St Grill Gift Certificate
"MarkMurnane" - Mark Murnane

Measured in at 26.0 inches
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"LARGEST RED WINNER"
$30.00 Harvey's 4th St Grill Gift Certificate
"Shallowfly" - Walt Palen

Measured in at 30.2 inches

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"LARGEST TROUT WINNER"
$30.00 Harvey's 4th St Grill Gift Certificate
"Silver K" - Atthapol Wongseprasert (Doom)

Measured in at 19.0 inches

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"CONGRATULATIONS TO TODAY'S WINNERS!"


Weigh-in Pics...
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Stats
Anglers that signed-up: 35
Tokens submitted for review: 28
Total fish checked-in: 50 (YTD 287)
Slams checked-in: 8 (YTD 40)
Snook checked-in: 17 (YTD 75)
Reds checked-in: 15 (YTD 97)
Trout checked-in: 18 (YTD 115)
Payouts & Gift Certificates: $790 (YTD $4,205.00)
Anglers that haven't missed an event: 13
Disqualified Anglers: None (YTD 3)


Thanks to all who participated today!

Also, THANK YOU! to the fine folks at...

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for the Weigh-in location, Gift Certificates and for the good eats & service!

They're located at...
3121 4th Street N. St. Petersburg, FL 33704
(727) 821-6516



Up next is Event #6 of 6 "Tampa Bay and More" of
HCKAC Tournament Series & The 2014 Series Championship
on Saturday, November 22nd




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By Adrian Correa




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GoPro Year In Fishing!


Randy Farber


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HCKAC Tournament Series Event #4 Results!!



FIRST PLACE
"ChucksT1" - Chuck Statham
72.5 Total Inches
Snook 21.25" ~ Redfish 26.75" ~ Trout 24.5"
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SECOND PLACE
"Shark Bait" - Joseph Holler
64.1 Total Inches
Snook 26.3" ~ Redfish 21.5" ~ Trout 16.3"
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THIRD PLACE
"Fishmaster892" - Merrick Westlund
62.7 Total Inches
Snook 22.0" ~ Redfish 26.2" ~ Trout 14.5"
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"LARGEST SNOOK WINNER"
$10.00 BEEF "O" BRADY'S Gift Certificate
"Tampa Clouser" - Fred McClendon
Measured in at 35.4 inches
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"LARGEST RED WINNER"
$10.00 BEEF "O" BRADY'S Gift Certificate
"Lime Cider" - Russ Caipen
Measured in at 25.75 inches
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"LARGEST TROUT WINNER"
$10.00 BEEF "O" BRADY'S Gift Certificate
"MPVu88" - Michael Vu
Measured in at 17.25 inches
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"CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WHO WON TODAY!!!"

Anglers that signed-up: 28
Tokens submitted for review: 24
Total fish checked-in: 49 (YTD 237)
Slams checked-in: 8 (YTD 32)
Snook checked-in: 20 (YTD 58)
Reds checked-in: 12 (YTD 82)
Trout checked-in: 17 (YTD 97)
Payouts & Gift Certificates: $590 (YTD $3415)
Anglers that fished each event: 18 

Thanks to everyone who came out today!


Also, MANY THANKS goes out to... 
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for the weigh-in location & nice room, the Gift Certificates and the excellent food & service!

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They're located at... 
8913 US 301 North, Parrish, FL 34219
(941) 776-0053


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Go check them out at
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THE 7TH ANNUAL HARDCORE BIRTHDAY FISH_N_MUNCH



We had a good turn-out (14+) and some really good food. Fishing was good and the weather cooperated. Thanks to all those who came out for the fun and for those of you who couldn't make it. Well you missed a really good time and we hope to see you all next year for the "8TH Annual HardCore Birthday Fish-N-Munch". Here are some pictures from the day that Russ (LimeCider) and myself took. If anyone else took any pics feel free to add them here.

"Sunrise" The start of the day! Most already launched and were already fishing.

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Started to look as if we may get some rain.

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Ended up not having any rain (well maybe a few sprinkles) but, this is how it really turned out!

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Proof fish were caught, Kevin (sparty) with a Snook.

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Russ' (LimeCider's) view of where the Snook are!

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Some of the good eats we enjoyed for lunch.

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Let the feasting & the stories of the day begin...

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Lastly, our group photo. But one question, where's the dragonfly?

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Teach Him The Art Of Reeling And Cast

 Adrian  Correa


                             


               
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The Future!

Steve M. Gibson


My boy Jacob and I took a quick trip around the pond in our new Emotion tandem. He quickly surprised me and stood up and said he was going to find us some fish. He will be a future HardCore member for sure!

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