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Here is some of Mine.

* Sharing Jokes and Conversations with someone on the Pier while looking for fish

* Pushing a Flats boat from the Poling Platform in a foot of Really Clear Water

* Watching The Sun's FirstPeek Over the Horizon from the Water out of Sight of Land

* Riding Back to the Dock after Dark in the Cool Air, after a Really Hot Day

* Throwing a CastNet inPerfect Circle

* Watching Any Fish Eat a Well Presented Bait

* Riding in the TowerWestBoundDown the Beach,on a Warm Morning in April, with the Sun at our Back

* When a TouristCatches a Remora or Sea Robinfor the First Time

* The Second that you Come Off Plane at the First Stop

* Seeing Someone I Know on The Water

* The Second You know your going to the Scales

* Fishing With High Quality Tackle

* Shotgun Starts

* Really Clean and Clear Sunglasses

* When You have Two Redfish in the Livewell, and Now Culling

* The Smell of Outboard smoke first thing on a Summer Morning

* Launching the Boat at a Place I Have Never Been Before

* TheFeeling in The RodAt the First HookSet

What are some of the SimpleThings you Really Enjoy while on the Water?
 

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Seeing the excitement in my grandchildren's eyes when they catch a fish.

Seeing them kiss the fish when we release it.

watching their excitement when they cast a (hookless) lure into the water with their Princess and Spiderman fishing rods

Watching a flight of migratory White Pelicans fly over my boat in the fall at Lake Weiss

Flushing young Bald Eagles from the shore while cruising down the Coosa River.

Sipping my morning coffeewatching thesunrise over the lake

Watching a novice fisherman catch his 1st Bull Red at OB

Watching a novice fisherman trying to clean his first Bull Red after I had explained that we should really release that fish.

Sitting on my pier watching the ducks, comorants, geese, herons, and egrets flying to their evening roost.
 

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?Cracking open that first beer at 9am and that's ok.



?The mystery fish at the end of the line



?the smell of spawning fish



?Vienna sausages and crackers for breakfast.



?The deck of the boat looking like a murder scene



?dropping it to unlimited visibility and seeing the structure from the surface



?holding up a stringer full of fish to go in the boat after a dive.



?Watching someone get taken to their knees by a fish and the way they laugh in pain.
 

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CRUISING AT 29KNTS WITH GOOD FRIENDS IN ANTICIPATION OF THE DAYS EVENTS

THE COLORS OF THE MORNING SKY TO YOUR EAST GOING OUT

THE COLORS OF THE EVENING SKY TO YOUR WEST HEADING HOME

ALL THE LIFE ON THE SURFACE OF THE GULF

ALL OF GOD'S CREATION IN HARMONY WITH THE MAN THAT HE CREATED IT FOR!
 

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A successful launch at the ramp without any glitches, got all plugs, straps, ropes. Got everything out of the truck and didn't forget anything. Then getting on plane and heading out.

Seeing your spot ahead with no one near it.

Popping your first plug of chew and grabbing the pole.

The first cast in the predawn light with your most favorite topwater.

Whatever happens next.
 

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A few.....

* The anticipation of getting away from work, home, stress, etc for a couple of days...

* The load out ritual. Checking drags, tying biminis, loading drinks and groceries, etc...

* Hearing them two engines rolling over and coming to life...

* Coming off shore power and winding the cable in....

* Finally leaving the dock..

* The run out to the fishing grounds. Can be from an hour to all night. The all night ones are my favorite. Finally getting out far enough to leave all signs of land, smell, light etc. Watching the horizon dissappear. On a smooth night running on glass. The Milky Way from horizon to horizon. Hanging out with everyone and shooting the breeze half the night...

* Watching the sun rise wayyy offshore anticipating a day of fishing.

* Dragging out 400 lures and picking 6 or 7 to run....

* Laying down them riggers, it's almost time....

*Hearing them clickers whining in protest to lures being put out..

* Getting my bearings and seeing what is where after getting the spread out...

* An early bite to get things going right...

* Looking back from the wheel anseeing the spread, watching for a fin, wake, bill or flash in the spread. Waiting for that *POP*GGRRRRRRRRRRAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! of a rigger pop and reel screaming off line....

* Seeing a school of bait being crushed by a big pelagic. Or blue devouring a tuna or dolphin..

* Going in reverse chasing a billfish..

* Hanging steel in a fish and bringing it in the boat...

* Watching everything happen like a well oiled machine...

* After a long day of fishing settling in for the night on drift. Watching to see what kind of critters come up in the lights. Netting bait around the underwater lights.

* Backing in to the scales is always fun. Having a fish place, even better...

* 698 more things that need mentioning for sure....(You get the idea)?
 

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Sometimes I go over night fishing on the boatby myself just for the peace and quite on the water. No phones, no traffic, no buzz just a quite night on the water.
 

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when everyone is joking around and then someone calls first shot

everyone gets quiet and things get tense!!!
 

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Just sitting on the boat alone on a nice sunny day waiting for a bite, letting the ocean sounds and waves wash away any stress.
 

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*When you're diving and you do something really stupid/cool and you know someone saw it. Then you get to the boat and they give you a hard time for the rest of the day



*Knowing that even if we don't catch anything we still had a great time



*Seeing the look on your friends face when they catch their first ever salt water fish



*When the days winding down and everyone starts getting a little sleepy. Then someone nods off but jumps up in mass confusion when the clicker starts screaming.



*When you're out and you find that weed line that no one else is on or around.



*When you first get in for weigh in and you can hear people mumbling when you pull out the tuna bags and open them.



*Cleaning the boat and all the gear (This usually happens after 6-8 beers and usually makes for a good time)
 

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-watching the sun come up

-watching the sun set

-workin a lure then feeling the bump, start jackin then hear that drag start pullin. makes everyday worth it

-seeing a fish puttin a bait on it and watching it eat

-when your site fishing and the water is crystal clear and the sun is to your back.

-spending time with friends

-walking down the pier with your catch.

-running to a first shot

-when ppl are callin you wantin to do stuff and you say im leavin soon and keep tellin them that all day cause you cant talk yourself into leaving in case there is another run.
 

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Curtis I think what you mentioned is why we get up early and fish when its cold and rough..Its what I live for:bowdown
 

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* Stopping at an SmallCountryBait and Tackle/GasStation early in the morning

* Seeing my Fishing Buddy's Headlights turn the corner onto the streetI live onat 4:00am

* Coffee at the Boat Ramp

* Feeling the water first thing to see how cold it is

* The feel of a Stainless Steel Wheel at the Helm

* Looking into the livewell the 12th time, and seeing them the 13th time

* Setting the Hook on a Very Heavy Fish

* Doing Something Cool and Your Buddy Seeing It

* Watching a Flyer Go Futher than You Thought He Could

* Trying to Hit a Floating WalMart Bag with a Ling Jig before Your Buddy Does

* Hooking a Ladyfish and She Throws your Jig on the First Jump

* Doing Something Stupid and Your Buddy Not Seeing It

* Cool FWC Officers That Make the Day Better

* Finding Something Cool Floating in the Water, and Wondering the Story Behind It

* Having Someone on the Boat that Has Never Been Seasick............Ever

* Driving a Flats Boat with Someone that has Never been Fast-Shallow

* Seeing the Tents on the Beach at Fort McCreeEarly in the Morningon a Long Weekend

* Being on the Pier on a Really Slow Day in Mayand Hearing the 1992 School of Cobia Story

* Putting on SunBlock and Not Getting Any on My Glasses

* Seeing The First Tarpon of the Season

* Hearing a 706Z Drag

* Watching Someone Proud of thier Catch Slam it On the Dock With Pride

*PickingUp theLastAnglerto the Boat at the RampWithout Bumping The Dock
 

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* Dragging out 400 lures and picking 6 or 7 to run....
and its the same 6-7 everytime....:banghead when i get home i always wonder why i own 400 different lures...:banghead
 

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-Hearing a reel click, turning around and seeing it bent over



-Gearing up



-Sweating your ass off and ducking that headband into ice cold water and re tieing it around your forehead



-The anticipation of what is going to happen after spotting a weed line



-Seeing that bill pop up behind a lure



-The moment after the fish is put in the box with everyone giving high fives



-The sound of the engines flooring it off a rig to drag an AJ away from the rig



-Putting the CD in the player on the ride home and cranking it up drinking a cold beer hauling ass with a loaded fish box hearing "Hold On Loosely"



-The sound of twins screaming as you race in



-Preparing dinner and drinking a rum and coke about to put your fresh fish on the grill
 

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Silence. Just poling through a flat or up to a point and all you hear is the lap of the water on the hull, ever so slight.



A small sploosh as the lure hits the water.



Then .. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
 

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Finishing the morning bathroom business prior to stepping on the boat. Just makes for a good day of enjoying all the above.
 

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Have to admit, you guys have it covered.

Watching the look on my grandchildren's face when they are trying to get their fish in, the anticipation.

Idling out of the pass as the sun is just wanting to peek and enjoying a great cup of coffee.

Catching a limit after a great day on the water.

Knowing the family is going to be having a great dinner!

Helping a new friend on the beach and then they begin getting their cooler full.

The kids and I always comment about the colors of the skies being a shade of cotton candy on our way home.

Being on the water with friends!

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Realizing that work is a million miles away.

Having two fish on two seperate poles at the same time when all by myself.

Telling myself I will make "one more cast" 60 times before calling it a day.

Watching reds run thru the grass.

A great sunset, while drinking a cold beer.

Thanking god for all the wonderful things in my life as I set the hook.
 
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