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Old 07-22-2008, 10:36 AM   #1
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I got a call from Max Pace last Wednesday night asking me if I wanted to go make a meat run to the rigs aboard a 46' Hatteras called "Low Bidder" with his son Tom Pace and the owner of the boat, Charles Winfro(sorry if I mispelled your last name Charles). I had four comped rodeo tickets so we decided we might as well enter and weigh any good fish we caught. We left Orange Beach around noon on Friday the 18th and pointed towards the Beer Can. We stopped and loaded up with hard tails and hit a snapper spot on the way. We arrived at the beer can right at that magical time of day when the tunas usually come up and slow trolled a few naked ballyhoo for about an hour....although we saw a few fish busting here and there we werent successful. The tunas seemed spread out so we decided to switch tactics and chunked for about an hour and a half with no luck. After that we put out a couple of swordi baits(nothing all night there either) and went to sleep for a few hours. Woke up around 4am with a very kind fellow angler reporting seeing alot of yellowfins in the 50-100 lb range at the Petronious the evening before so we decided to blast northeast to the Petronious. The fish were there for sure! We caught 7 yellowfin in the 40-60 lb range slow trolling naked ballyhoo and throwing poppers. The fish were up from 6am until we left around 10:30because we had hardly any fishbox room left. We got to the ADSFR weigh in and were the first boat to bring in a yellowfin. My fish weighed 56.11....we all felt it was a long shot to stay on the board but held first place up until 10 minutes before the scales closed on the last day and ended up getting 3rd place yellowfin tuna. Not too shabby!

Me bowed up on a yellowfin.



Didn't even bring in the outrigger!



Tom with his fish that got tail wrapped and everything seemed to go wrong with.



The rest are of a water spout we ran by on the way home.



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Old 07-22-2008, 11:31 AM   #2
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Nice fish! That water spout looks a bit close for my comfort!
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Old 07-22-2008, 12:18 PM   #3
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The only way I would have been able to take a pic of that is if I had eyes in the back of my head! Nice box of fish!
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good job buddy. I hope that you had your camera zoomed in really far for those spout pics.

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Old 07-22-2008, 12:30 PM   #5
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We were actually pretty damn close to it haha....I would say within a quarter mile. I've got some cool video of it too....having issues uploading it though. I'll post it if I am able to make it work.
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Old 07-22-2008, 12:37 PM   #6
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sweet report! And I am going to ask the dumb question here, did yall move closer tothewater spoutfor picture sake, or did it just drop down near you????
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Old 07-22-2008, 12:56 PM   #7
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We had been watching it develope out in front of us for awhile....we had autopilot engaged running to the house. We just maintained course and that took us right by the spout. It was cool.....the captain actually has a video where he drove his 27 cape hornthrough a smaller water spout and even stopped in it. It barely even blew their hair if I remember right. Max, if you're reading this, tell them about it.
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Nice report! In the words of a fellow crew member........."Thats a goodin right there!"
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