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Old 02-21-2012, 09:28 PM   #1
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Default Gator huntin' the ICW; 2/21/12

Took a break from the pompano with high hopes of some big specks. The water temps were perfect and I hit some spots I hadn't fished in over a year. Picked up 2 small specks while trolling over to my areas and once I was there it was on. Fished for 2 1/2 hrs and ended up with 17 specks with the majority between 17-20 inches along with a 22, 23 and 26 incher. The 26inch was skinny and probably didn't weigh more than 5lbs or so. I lost about 6 more fish due to pulled hooks including a big one I never saw. Caught the majority of them on a new penny power bait shrimp along with a few on a H&H swimbait and a yo-zuri crystal minnow.

Didn't get any true gators in my book but still some quality specks. I may get back in the morning and continue the hunt for a monster. I took a few pics with my phone. May put them up in a little while.
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:31 PM   #2
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Damn that's a lot of nice specks!! Where do you put in anyways? I've always wanted to fish the ICW.
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:15 PM   #3
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Wow! Can I come fishing with you sometime?
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Nice!
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:43 PM   #5
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Here's a few pics. Sorry, I didn't take many and the ones I took aren't good. Lot of bait along the drops. Many times I would come over the bait schools and you would mark 3 or 4 big trout. A couple times I was able to mark them, drop almost vertically and hook up. It was a perfect afternoon. I will probably catch 1 small one next time I go.
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Nice fish Chris! Hoping to put those reels to the test soon. Maybe you rubbed off on them...

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Good show. Biggest speck I caught out of 200 plus fish this winter was a 23 1/2. A 26 incher is the biggest I have heard of this year so far.
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Very nice! 3 of those are bigger than anything I've landed this year.
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Old 02-22-2012, 01:36 AM   #9
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Grats.
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Old 02-23-2012, 08:19 AM   #10
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Congrats! Nice job. I've yet to get a gator myself. Getting several over 20" is absolutely a great day. thanks for sharing.
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