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Axman

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Launched at Mill Creek about 7:15 a.m.  Goal for the day was to catch a few catfish drifting weenies and chicken while slabbing for sandies and stripers.

Caught a few nice kitties.  Finally hooked up with a brute.  Weighed 15 pounds.

I netted him, removed the hook, and he just lay there looking up at me with those beady sad eyes.

I patted him on the head and told him not to worry 'cause he was too big to keep.

Lip grippers were under the seat.  Did I get them out?  Nah, why?  I mean he knew he was defeated.....

He was too big to grab behind the head, so I lipped him with my hand and held him over the water and was just about to free him when......he started that dad gummed death roll he's learned by watching the gators on Texoma.

I'm yelling....he's chewing.....

He finally let go and swam off to freedom and to tell his friends.


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I drifted a bit more but once again, the weatherman was totally WRONG about the winds.  He said 5/10.  It was 15/25.  I'm not sure what those people study to qualify them but they sure are wrong alot.....

Anyway, threw cohos and slabbed for about an hour or so.  Nothing worth speaking of.  Caught zero stripers.

I talked with one guide and they were picking away at sand bass up off the tip of Treasure Island.

I came in and had a major league pastrami sammich.  [smile]


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Blood thinners are your friend!

Btw, if you're saving the gripper, they make gloves [wink]
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Nice report Ax. Me and Fred were also out that morning.and you are exactly right about the weather. I have a 17 ft. Tracker and would have skipped if I suspected 20 mph wind. As it was we looked for a wind break behind Treasure I. and just happened  fish were there. We trolled KVD 1.5 square bills and had a good trip. Lot of legal size small sandies which we released and were able to cull for a good mess of nice sized ones. Fun day despite the wind. Once I had a large blue stick a fin all the way into the fat part of the base of my thumb. Hurts like a mother,and was swelled for days.
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Looks like a noodling wound to me. Won't hurt till it dries out tomorrow. 15-30# blues are bad news on the hands. Ouch!
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I haven't been out much lately, but the last couple of times, I've only found sandies on the flats in the shallow <=30 fow range, and needed to get out to 40+ before finding schooling striper.
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I hate it when those cats look you in the eye and start talking. I only kill the young punks any more.
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