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Hats off to the Annapolis police officers who donate their time to help at risk youth. MSSA stepped up and provided ice and bait :thumbup: and fellow TFer B Faithful lined up the boats. The boats arrived about 8:30 - I was running late due to idiot on overpass of I-97. He had some signs and traffic was backed up.



We discussed strategy as the kids arrived. We had great turn out with boats and it was 3-4 to a boat.



Wind was from south and current was out going but this made for nice slow drift at Hacketts where most of us headed. My young anglers were Manual and Sara with officer Joe. Did not take long to find Perch.



We caught about a dozen or so and then Manual reeled up some thing different - a nice 7 inch Spot :clapping2:. Into live well it went - officer Joe translating for me as I explained it might get us a Rockfish.

The kids agreed to try for Rock so we went east into 32 feet. Saw a few nice marks near bottom and set out the Spot and fresh cut menhaden steaks on fish finder rigs. No luck after about 20 minutes so we moved out to about 37 feet and set out baits again. One chunk bait rod dipped and then line began peeling off the bait runner reel. Set the hook and handed Manuel the rod while Joe got the net ready. Fish fought deep and took drag but slowly Manuel was getting upper hand. I don't know a lot of Spanish but heard Grande ( big / large ) and said See ( Yes ). We soon say the nice Rock and sure other boats nearby heard us cheer as it was brought into boat.



Nice 33 incher made Manual smile. We had another hit but no hook up - then got another nice one that Sara reeled in. Two inches shorter but still a 31 in summer in no slouch.



We had two more run offs that stole the bait - surprised nothing hit the live Spot. Next run off came tight and line was peeling from reel - Oh no , a ray. Got it to boat for kids to see - then it dove and broke leader.

Next fish hit and Manual and Joe reeled it in. The 22 incher looked small in cooler next to first two but was still a nice catch.



Wind picked up enough to push us over the anchor so we ran to bridge to try for Perch. Got a few plus a Toadfish the kids thought was cool but then had to go to be back by 1:00.

Took few photos at dock and then cleaned the fish.



The officers made sure each child took home some fillets of Rock and Perch. I decided to go back out and officer Joe and Lt. Chris asked if they could go. I said sure so back out we went around 2:00

Headed north east towards Love Point as wind had picked up. Trolled for about two hours with only a 21 incher so decided to set up and try chunks. Got few hits but no hook ups and moved 3-4 times. Did get one on but saw it was sick fish - shame as it looked around 28 inches. Finally called it a day about 6:30 and ran back on much calmer seas then at 2:00.

All around fun day - not sure who had more fun , the kids or me.
 

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Hats off to the Annapolis police officers who donate their time to help at risk youth. MSSA stepped up and provided ice and bait :thumbup: and fellow TFer B Faithful lined up the boats. The boats arrived about 8:30 - I was running late due to idiot on overpass of I-97. He had some signs and traffic was backed up.

http://s1374.photobucket.com/user/arundelinsulation/media/DSC01889_zps6d652uy4.jpg.html

We discussed strategy as the kids arrived. We had great turn out with boats and it was 3-4 to a boat.

http://s1374.photobucket.com/user/arundelinsulation/media/DSC01890_zpsrlqtgsxh.jpg.html

Wind was from south and current was out going but this made for nice slow drift at Hacketts where most of us headed. My young anglers were Manual and Sara with officer Joe. Did not take long to find Perch.

http://s1374.photobucket.com/user/arundelinsulation/media/DSC01891_zpskqma7ego.jpg.html

We caught about a dozen or so and then Manual reeled up some thing different - a nice 7 inch Spot :clapping2:. Into live well it went - officer Joe translating for me as I explained it might get us a Rockfish.

The kids agreed to try for Rock so we went east into 32 feet. Saw a few nice marks near bottom and set out the Spot and fresh cut menhaden steaks on fish finder rigs. No luck after about 20 minutes so we moved out to about 37 feet and set out baits again. One chunk bait rod dipped and then line began peeling off the bait runner reel. Set the hook and handed Manuel the rod while Joe got the net ready. Fish fought deep and took drag but slowly Manuel was getting upper hand. I don't know a lot of Spanish but heard Grande ( big / large ) and said See ( Yes ). We soon say the nice Rock and sure other boats nearby heard us cheer as it was brought into boat.

http://s1374.photobucket.com/user/arundelinsulation/media/DSC01892_zpsztlqnnjh.jpg.html

Nice 33 incher made Manual smile. We had another hit but no hook up - then got another nice one that Sara reeled in. Two inches shorter but still a 31 in summer in no slouch.

http://s1374.photobucket.com/user/arundelinsulation/media/DSC01893_zpsek7xxrtv.jpg.html

We had two more run offs that stole the bait - surprised nothing hit the live Spot. Next run off came tight and line was peeling from reel - Oh no , a ray. Got it to boat for kids to see - then it dove and broke leader.

Next fish hit and Manual and Joe reeled it in. The 22 incher looked small in cooler next to first two but was still a nice catch.

http://s1374.photobucket.com/user/arundelinsulation/media/DSC01894_zpsdmvzroxd.jpg.html

Wind picked up enough to push us over the anchor so we ran to bridge to try for Perch. Got a few plus a Toadfish the kids thought was cool but then had to go to be back by 1:00.

Took few photos at dock and then cleaned the fish.

http://s1374.photobucket.com/user/arundelinsulation/media/DSC01895_zps9xeyavav.jpg.html

The officers made sure each child took home some fillets of Rock and Perch. I decided to go back out and officer Joe and Lt. Chris asked if they could go. I said sure so back out we went around 2:00

Headed north east towards Love Point as wind had picked up. Trolled for about two hours with only a 21 incher so decided to set up and try chunks. Got few hits but no hook ups and moved 3-4 times. Did get one on but saw it was sick fish - shame as it looked around 28 inches. Finally called it a day about 6:30 and ran back on much calmer seas then at 2:00.

All around fun day - not sure who had more fun , the kids or me.
That was a day those kids will NEVER forget. You are always there to help Skip! Great job getting them great fish......... Gary
 

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Hey Skip,

Nice job putting them on fish and giving them that opportunity. Sounds like an experience they will never forget.

Congrats to all the Captains and volunteers that helped in this event, Well done!

Ted
 
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