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we trolled the 30' to 40' flats between Parkers and Deale Sunday. Out at 7, back by ~2. We weren't in the tourny, but that was OK...we wouldn't have won anyway.

We did, however, have a tremendous day. Fairly bumpy with wind increasing throughout. Pulling 1 board and 5 boat rods...11 rods total. First few hours we were picking at 'em. A few strikes and knockdowns, some throwbacks, and put 2 in the box.

We had bait and fish on the meter all day, with the fish always nearer the bottom. Birds around throughout the flats through there, but initially the only small flocks formed for brief times. Picking rate started to improve, still with mix of hits, misses, unders, and 1 more in the box. But when the current started to move in the late morning things began to pick up.

Eventually things lit up about 11 am. Bird flock was huge, diving all over the place. We started getting slammed :wahoo: almost always one on a rod somewhere, then 2 at a time, then 3. Lots of double headers on the umbrellas and double tandems. One time had 3 doubles headers on at same time. 4 people fishing plus one at helm we sometimes couldn't keep up. All on the boat rods...boards had nada.

Getting to our limit was fast, even with all the throwbacks and some tangles in the chaos. When we put the 10th in the box we already had 3 other rods with fish on, 2 of them doubles. Catch and release time. Got more hits when we started to reel 'em in. As we started to pull the board rods...snoozing all day, as we popped the clips on them, we got hit. Soon as they stopped being a board rod...smack. 5 of the 6 board rods got one or more fish on as we pulled them in, again some with doubles. Saying we left them biting is an understatement

Nothing every huge. 16" to ~24" were the norm.

Totally lost count on how many total including throw backs and catch-and-release after our limit. 25 or 30 easily. Majority were in that magical hour or so of chaotic fun.

Hottest rods were umbrellas with triangle jig heads with 6" shads run pretty deep off the boat. As we tuned into that depth, 7" storms and other types of jig heads woke up too. Mix overall of basic fall stuff: umbrellas, tandems, and singles on the a few of the board rods.

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wtg 1. congrats on the action. that area sounds pretty good.
 
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