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    Thumbs up NNAC Tournament and day of adventure!

    Folks we had a day for the record books. Not for quanity of fish but quality of the adventure. Check this out:
    We hit the ramp in the Rap at about 0700 and headed for windmill bar. It was a little bumpy but not bad. Lines in at about 0730 in a good spot...with no fish.

    After about an hour of this we concluded that we were breaking tournament Rule #1 "Don't fish, where there ain't no fish". So on a tip from T-Bear, I checked out the charts found a nice shelf on the aster shore and we headed over there for a little window shopping. Nada. We headed south past the cell, still no bait but the water was laying down nicely so we kept going. Soon we were within range of a favorite spot over there and decided to try for some puppy drum and flounder.

    As we head down we run into a huge pod of dolphin. Got some amazing video of a close encounter. What cool stuff this is. Check it out here. http://youtu.be/skavhcxhHtI

    Get a keeper flatfish right away, and then a couple shorts. Jim gets what we though was a big flounder that tuned into a Trigger fish. (Great eating, tough to clean. We get a couple every year)

    Then hook up on a Nice Flounder! WAIT! That sucker taking line...crap! a LOT of line! Ray? Nope, going away...then back and forth. Guys cleared lines and got the big net out which broke...ARGH! They are scrambling to fix it, We get a look BIG RED! he's coming in, Jim's going to net him holding the Bow of the net because the pin in the pole is jammed up in the handle. Fish takes a good look at us and say's "I don't think so boys" and off he goes again. The guys take that time to fix the net and in a few more minutes he goes in. 44"! WOW! First Red ever and it's a horse on a flounder/bass rod on 20# test at that.

    A few more keeper flounder and we get this weird looking thing. The gentleman at J & W said it's a "Stargazer" Never seen one before. Check out the pics and give me a second opinion. It was about 5# and Gave Jim a heck of a fight.

    Then T-Bear got on some and gave us a ring, so we pulled up and ran up to him at full speed. Got set up for Macs again and got a blue, lost a couple, finally got a nice Mac for Jim at 2# a bit later. Storms did not look good on the west side so we headed back. When we got to the mouth and found it was not storming yet we tried chasing a few schools and got 3 more macs, then headed in to weigh.

    With all we got to experience today the only thing I can say is THAT is why we love the bay! It only takes ONE day like this to keep you coming back again and again. It is a blessing from God himself to get days like this and great friends to share it with.

    Thanks again Frank for the tip! We each ended up at least getting weigh in a Spanish at J & W's. (An the bottom fell out as we pulled away to head home.) Free boat wash!

    Scott Gregg
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    Good day for sure!

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    Sweet!

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    Very nice! That is a heck of a day. Makes burning that gas worth it! Congrats on the red!

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    Congratulations. You successful day occurred, not by luck, but with a lot of hard work and good fishing knowledge. The only other stargazer I've seen came from a pound net. Fantastic Red Drum!!!

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    Thanks for report! Sounds like a fun day.
    Looks like one of the species of stargazer to me. ( we caught one in Bushy creek many years ago)

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    5 lb is a really nice Star Gazer for The Bay!

    Kevin
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    That 5# is a guess. Evan was going to try to pick it up but though better of it. Good thing too, THEIR POISONOUS and ELECTRIC! They can hit you with about a 50 volt shock from some weird organ behind their eyes and they have spines behind their gills with venom. Nasty critters.

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