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East Coast Shenanigans
Andrew Nitz


This was my first DOA tournament and I had a blast. The tournament was well run, the company was great, and the cold beverages were ample. The fishing on the other hand was rough. I had an awfully tough time finding decent fish in the tri-county area for the DOA tournament. We fished south, we fish north, we even braved the current and monster manatees and drifted an inlet, but couldn't come up with any decent fish for the card.

Captain's Meeting
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Hanging out after the tournament
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With such poor results Kevin (sparty), Olin (dodge), Tony (skinnywaterangler), and I decided to drag our asses out of bed at 3:00 on Sunday morning and make the trip north to Mosquito and try to change our luck. We launched at around 6:30 into a stiff southeast wind and decided to concentrate on a certain flat that always produces quality reds and also provided some wind protection.

I don't have the time to write a detailed report so I'll just drop some pictures below. I'll fill in the details as I can and add photos as they come in from the other guys. Feel free to add your own pictures from the weekend.

First fish of the day - PB 35.5"
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Kevin followed up with a fish just under 30"
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The fish never cooperate for this guy
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Finally subdued
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I had a dream come true and was able to sight cast a real monster. This fish inhaled my spoon without breaking stride then proceeded to nearly spool me on the initial run. The fight lasted around 45 minutes and spanned over half a mile. Fish was released healthy and just as angry as when she was hooked.

Kevin towing me back to the shallow flat for measuring and pictures.
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Olin helping me get a decent measurement of the fish on Kevin's board since my board is only 40". That fish was so thick we could barely get it on the board. Of course I forgot my printed 321 tokens so I had to use my dang phone.
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Smiles all around
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Trying to get a hande
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Hero shots
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Both of my reds were sighted and caught on artificial.

Rod: St Croix Mojo Inshore 7'6" Medium fast
Reel: Daiwa Ballistic 2500 EX
Braid: PP 8 Slick 10#
Leader: Ohero 30# Flouro


Many thanks to Tony, Olin, and Kevin for helping out and for taking pictures. You guys rock.
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Snook Report

Steve Burke



Got out just as the tide was almost done going out and was welcomed onto the flats with opens arms.

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No Reds and no Trout? I saw some Reds but they had nothing to do with my offerings today. I watch one chase my lure and then at the last second turn away. :bang:

Not one airboat but two damn airboats today!!!
They were cast netting Mullet, running all over up then down the flats and all through the Spartina grass. :bang:

After 4 to 5 hours of an incoming tide no Reds or Trout I decided to get closer to the Mangroves and put some time in on some Snook. Wasn't long after throwing the Spook Jr a few miles (not in one cast either Dan) I got my first fish of the day.

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I caught many more these guys but they were all under 20 inches until this one came along for another 20 KW's (Kayak Wars) points.

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After no more luck with the Snook I moved back out with the tide to the flats, saw some Reds but still couldn't entice them to bite. I kept after them for an hour or so and then I got a nice solid thump, set the hook and listened to the drag scream. Wasn't a few seconds later a really nice Snook jumps, tail walks, head shakes and jumps again. Not Snookzilla but a really nice fish and after a brief battle I land my best catch of the day!

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They sure like to burr up your leader and suck a thumb too!

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Drum Cousins

Russ Caipen

 The plans I had for Saturday fell through at the last minute and I found myself with no plans and no entry to the CapMel Redfish and Trout Classic.
I hit the water about 7 am and pedaled to my flats destination just as the tide started flooding. As I approached the quickly disappearing sea grass, I made my first cast with a top water plug at the edge of the flat. As soon as I started walking the dog, a huge wake came up from behind it and the water exploded!

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Since I wasn't in a tourney, I just put the fish on the board for a quick Kayak Wars photo to show that it was over 20". At 27", it ties my personal best Trout. Still looking for that elusive 30"er.

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It was one of those magical mornings where almost every cast got some attention. Redfish moved onto the flats as soon as they could and were feeding heavily! I lost a couple of them and landed this one before the winds picked up around 9 am.

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After seeing the results of the CapMel I would have won.

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Kayak Fly Fishing Video


 Randy Farber

 Here is my latest fishing vido. This on is all fly, clips are from Louisiana, Chicago and Tampa Bay. If you like it please share or subscribe to my page as I have other fishing videos as well.



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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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