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Old 06-22-2012, 12:07 AM   #1
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Thursday Afternoon: I got out in the kayak today to work the sound for anything that would bite. I put in at Oriole Beach boat ramp north of the Portofino and headed east working the northern shore with all the boat docks. 400 yards down I ran into a nice area...on the first cast I hooked up with a catfish. I threw him back and kept moving. 100 yards east of there I found myself 2 16" specks before hooking up with a nice 24" red. The red made it home with me and it was grilled redfish with asparagus and fresh tomatoes under a cream sauce for dinner.

The catfish was caught on a natural gulp shrimp. The specks and red were caught on fresh frozen shrimp with a 4/0 light circle hook/24" flouro leader under a popping cork with 10# braid. All fish were caught in 4' of water over grass beds between 1:00 and 3:00pm. High tide was at 12:51. Upon examining the stomach contents in the red I found a whole blue crab approx. 2" wide and more blue crab claws in the always pays to know what they're feeding on and when.
"From my Mother's sleep I fell into the State
and I hunched in its belly 'till my wet fur froze.
Six miles from eart, loosed from its dream of life
I woke to black flak and the nightmare fighters.
When I died they washed me out of the turret with a hose."

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Old 06-22-2012, 12:19 AM   #2
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Great report Matt! Thanks for taking the time to pass all that info along.
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Old 06-22-2012, 02:11 AM   #3
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Sounds like a good day! With the crappy swells offshore, I just might have to give the sound a try.
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Old 06-22-2012, 06:43 AM   #4
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Great report - thanks for sharing. Been meaning to get over that way and try the new (to me) Revo I bought.
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:51 AM   #5
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Great report. Neat that the blue crab was in his belly.
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:05 AM   #6
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Nice. Very detailed report. I have done very well around that area myself.
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:30 PM   #7
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mx, Great post!!Baby blue crabs are like ribeyes to Redfish. One of my favorite bait. And, the "3 Catfish Rule" is 3 so you won't leave that spot before you catch a Red, ha!
Glad to hear you studying the contents,... cleaning for great fillets!
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