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My First Doormat!

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Awarded by , 07-28-2015 at 09:28 AM (618 Views)
Quote Originally Posted by Swampin' View Post
Basswrangler had to cancel on our trip last minute so I ended up hitting topsail solo this am. I fished the new river inlet on foot for four or five hours and got nothing but a few short flounder and sea bass. I did see a rat red but it wouldn't give me any attention.

I was throwing the new 6" gulp shrimp when I landed this monster! Just kidding regular old 3" and a regular old shorty.

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I packed it up after fishing from low tide all the way to high and headed down south. Started at the dredge dock and caught a few lizards before I got crowded out and headed to the south end. Cast netted some mullet and hooked what I thought was a monster drum in the surf, but turns out it was just a stupid ray.

Fished my way back to the dredge dock with gulp!, mirrolures, and topwater with absolutely no love. Switched to finger mullet just before sunset but all I cast netted were big old 6" ones. I was desperate because the sun was going down so I threw one on the hook and cast it out. I let it hit the bottom and pulled a little and felt a "snag." then the snag took off! Drag pulled like crazy on my medium action cherrywood and 2000 avocett reel. I was waste deep when I hooked him so I had to drag him all the way back to the bank. It drew a little crowd and a fisherman was nice enough to measure it for me. He was right at 22.5 with his mouth closed. By far my best flounder ever.

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On a side note I tried so hard for trout with no luck, and had about convinced myself they weren't in the area, when a kid cast netted a keeper trout right where I had fished for 20 minutes I have no clue what to do different, I fished gulp!, mirrolures and topwater. Maybe live bait next time?
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