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Old 10-18-2009, 09:38 PM   #1
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Some of you may follow the redfish tours but for those that don't.... the last stop on the IFA Redfish tour was this weekend in Orange Beach Alabama. The IFA is a series of tours in different regions around the South East and ending in Texas. I really enjoy fishing with these guys. They are a first class tournament trail.

We started pre fishing on Monday prior to the tournament. I don't like to fish alargetournament unless I havecompleted my homework and have at least an A, B, and C spot. Monday we fished some upper bays in Alabama catching 10 smaller fish but nothing remarkable so to speak. We came back to Pensacola, Fl on Tuesday only to find 12 to 15 fish in the 3 to 4lb range. Withunpleasant conditions scheduled for the balance of the week I knew we had to find some fish fast!

Tuesday nightI got word from afriend in Mobile that some very large fish were being caught on the west side of Mobile bay. We trailored the boat to Dauphin Island, Alabama wednesday morning only to find nothing. The water was extremely filthy and there wereno fish to be found anywhere!!

Jeff and Iknew that we would only get 1 more day to prefish, so on Thursday, Idecided to go back to a place in Mobile bay that has produced solid fish for me in the past. The feeling I had was right! We pulled a number of solid 26 to 27in fish off a sawgrass bank about a quarter mile long. We knew that if the North winddidn't push all the waterout ofthis area on tournament day that our chances ofa high finishwere very good.

The forecast for Saturday was calling for 25k north winds and 45 degrees. We knew the conditions would be poor at best. Most of Friday night was spent in prayer, hoping the north winds would leave enough water on our bank so we would have access to our fish. Well....it didn't! We ran 19 miles to our spot on tournament morning only to find dry land preventingaccessto our fish. I had a feeling this would happen.... butwith fishing so good two daysearlier we had to try it. Now it was back to the drawing board. We decided to runto some areasprotected by the wind which we knew had a few fish. We casted for 5 straight hrs getting 3 bites, all while freezing our a$$ off!! We were happy with the 3 bites we got. Our fish were good enough for 7th place. In these conditions I wasn't dissapointed.



BTW I caught my personal best flounder during this tournament. 25inches and fat! He is going to be dinner tonight!

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Old 10-18-2009, 09:42 PM   #2
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Nice Flounder! That red on the right looks cool! Congrats on the finish.
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You Gave It hell Brant and thats all that Matter's Some Nice looking Red's and a Very nice Flounder I'm sure it will Eat Good!!! and Congrats on the Finish!!!:clap
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Dang...Thats a nice flounder Brant!
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Good looking fish, congrats on the finish.
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Old 10-18-2009, 10:21 PM   #6
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Thanks for the read....you guys know your stuff. Whats the weight on a flounder that size....wow :clap
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Old 10-18-2009, 10:58 PM   #7
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Great job brant and jeff ! Those were some tough conditions.
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Old 10-18-2009, 11:26 PM   #8
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Good job capt'n. You guys did well all things considered.
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nice flounder brant!
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Way to at least pull a few out of the Mobile Bay area - especially in those conditions!



That's a nice flounder too!
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