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Registered in the Pirates tournament; Lane and I fished hard Friday night, Sat. and Sunday. Fought the wind and waves after midnight Fri., all day Sat & Sat. night, and Sunday morning.

Lane scored first Sat. evening with a decent speck. And, after a looong time, wham, my line bowed and the fight was on. I had just respooled with good line so I felt confident, but this is a tournament so take care. (Lane had caught a 33" redfish earlier in the day, but set him free - of course.) I foughtthis fisharound the boat and pilings for a good 15 minutes, finally got him on board. Whew! Out with the legal stick - 26 1/2", andniiiiiice looking red. OK;late, tired and sleepy - headed for the dock. Back at home, fish on ice and a few hours sleep. Checked weather report for Sunday before turning in and the prediction was for 15-20 knot winds, 3-4 ft swells in the bay. No way!

Decided not to get up at daybreak, so at a decent time of 7 AM Lane and I decided to forgo the boat today and fish the small pier at Bob Sykes. (I measured the red again in the daylight on a more reliable ruler before heading out to fish, right at 27" - but legal by my measure.) Feeling good.

Lane hooked up on a flounder and I met with a small spanish. Now, if we were unscrupulous as some might believe, we would combine our catch and have a slam. But, we weigh our own catch - EVERYTIME. Anyway, 1:00PM Sunday afternoon and we need to head to the weigh-in. I measured my Red again - 27"; got the neighbor to measure it - 27". Feeling good.

Got to the weigh-in and Lane weighed her catch- sorry, no bells. I weighed the spanish - no bell. Pull out the Red and Robert Turpin measured - hmm, too close to call. Get the official scientific micro-measure. D#$^&*(*( ,

the fish had grew to 27 1/8" :sick I couldn't believe it. I was crushed, and Lane had already spent the money.:boo

But, I have to give Mr. Turpin credit for being an absolute professional, for taking the time to accomodate me and show me, very patiently, how the measure works - how it was broken down etc. (He could have taken my questioning personal, but he didn't) "Thanks Mr. Turpin" bowdown. I hope no one would ever think that I might try to slide one by anyone. First off I am too much of a stickler for going by the rules - ask Lane, and second, I would be, and I AM, sooooo embarrassed to weigh an illegal fish.blush: I'm sorry!

So back home, disappointed, sleep deprived, and feeling guilty all at the same time; I decided to spend a little time on another hobby - Tequila! It takes practice. And for some reason I can never remember;

1st round -suck the lime, lick the salt and shoot Jose? that's not right.

2nd round -suck the salt, lick the lime, and shoot Jose? still not right.

3rd round - lick the lime, %uck the salk, and shoot Jose. Getting closer.

4th round - forget the lime,forget thesalt, shoot Jose. poor guy.

After all is said and done; Size DOES matter!

Next time!
 

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Pam;

Missed seeing you there girl.

Someone said there were over 150 registered anglers.

The big fish was a huge grouper, I think over 30 lbs that might be Alabama state record.
 

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talleyban (10/1/2007)Nice post Mitch!!!
We fished very hard this weekend too. Went to bed early Friday night after leaving Drew's house. We were awake by 430 and on the water by 5. When we left the bayou and hit the bay it was rough and dark. We headed out to try my new cast net. The water was so rough it was impossible to see the bait. Luckily we had bought some live shrimp. After about 1 hour of fishing we were out of 4 dozen shrimp. The bite was on. We had limited out on gray snapper and caught a large variety of fish but no winners. We headed to sand island to cook breakfasts and let the dogs run. Found some bait on the island. Cast net works great. We are back in business . Went to a spot Jamie told us about, continued to catch fish non stop until we were out of bait again. Several keepers but no winners.
Caught some more bait, went to the pass, did some trolling. Heather managed to catch a buoy with a stretch. Anchored up and started chumming looking for kings or spanish. It was an aquarium besides our boat. Heather managed to hook up on a huge spanish. She was not able to land it (the one that got away). Continued to fish until 7 then made the run back to the Bayou. Heather said we caught 150 fish!!!!

Early morning again Sunday much rougher than Saturday. Launched at Sherman Cove headed to the pass. It was too rough to get the fish coming up with the chum. We sat for awhile and watched all of the boats make the u-turn after trying to run the pass. We headed to more protected waters fished until 11. Nothing worth taking to the scales. Heather had to hit the books so we called it a day.

We had a GREAT weekend. I would like to thanks to all of the Pirates for putting on a great event.
Sounds like a hard fished week-end. Heather, I didn't know there was a category for bouys.:toast. That's OK, Lane and I both hung into some nice oyster shell, but I couldn't get mine landed. :)-
 

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NoMoSurf (10/2/2007)I thought you could keep one over-slot fish??? Or is it just not legal in the tournament?
Maurice is correct. In Florida you are allowed only 1 Redfish per angler per day, slot size over 18" under 27". In Alabam, the limit is 3 per day per angler, slot size 16" under 26", 1 over slot size allowed.

The further west you go, the better the limits get; ie, Louisiana 5 Reds per day.:banghead:hoppingmad
 
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