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    My wife and I took the kids to Saturday night Mass this weekend, so I had Sunday morning open to do some fishing. To my great surprise and pleasure, my daughter not only asked, but actually DEMANDED that I take her with me. Kids are funny - for the past year or so, she hasn't shown as much interest in fishing with me, but the last few months she's suddenly decided that fishing with her dad is her favorite way to spend the morning.

    That's saying something for a 13 year old who's favorite hobby is sleeping in on Saturday mornings!

    I knew the weather wasn't going to be ideal and even with several warnings about the conditions, there was no dissuading her. When the alarm went off at 4:45, she was bright eyed, bushy tailed, and dressed for winter conditions. Her only ask was for me to hurry up and get a cup of coffee in her hand.

    We arrived at the ramp and were greeted with strong gusts of wind that cut right through you. Such an odd change from the balmy weather we've quickly gotten used to. We got another surprise as we backed in - there at the dock was a very cool vehicle that I'd seen on some You Tube segments but had never seen in person - I could see this thing being very useful in certain situations!

    We pulled up to our first spot and quickly discovered that the 69 degree water conditions weren't bothering the fish at all! Within a few casts, we had our first redfish in the boat - 22" and fighting like its life depended on it . . . which, unfortunately for the fish, it did!

    My daughter immediately popped up on the bow with me and insisted that the next fish was hers to land. A couple casts later, she is tied up to a scrappy fighter that spit the hook after a few nice runs. Undaunted, we tried a few more casts and she quickly came tight again. This fish REALLY put her to work and she fought to keep control of it between fits of giggles. I'm not sure she was prepared for how hard these fish fight! We pulled the fish over the gunnels and measured it out right at 18". Dinner was served!

    The sun came up and the bite ended, but we made a few lasts casts to see if anyone was still around. Just about the time I was ready to move on, my stickbait got SMACKED and an angry trout wallowed at the surface. I made quick work of him and brought him to the net. He measured 18" but was fatter than any trout I'd seen in awhile.

    We fished another hour or two, but the wind was making thing so unpleasant that we both decided to get back to the house and have breakfast with the rest of the family. I managed to pull into the driveway just as my wife was headed out on the porch with her first cup of coffee and we enjoyed the rest of the morning together enjoying the unexpected time in each other's company.

    When I fileted the trout, I discovered what made her so fat . . . apparently the menhaden are around!

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    Heck yes! I saw that very amphibious the other day and was pretty amazed! Saturday was not very kind to us kayakers out there at all. Another epic dawn patrol and thanks for sharing!


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    love the smile on her face , fish an't bad either!!


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    Curtis - where have your reports been? I've been missing them? you doing alright?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenmonster View Post
    Curtis - where have your reports been? I've been missing them? you doing alright?
    will be looking flounder tomorrow , went 1 time last week , many rock and 3 keeper trout
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    Great report GM! Glad your daughter had a great time. Curtis I am thinking about looking for some of those on Saturday if the weather cooperates.


    Quote Originally Posted by Curtis Pelt View Post
    will be looking flounder tomorrow , went 1 time last week , many rock and 3 keeper trout

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    NICE. She is a lot tougher that me. Love that smile and those trips never can be replaced or forgotten. AWESOME!
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    That's a whole lotta good, and cool, and happy! Excellent. I feel like I've seen a report like this before, but it had a post award on it
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    Great job dad.
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    Excellent thanks for sharing and congratulations on the blog award.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quest4reds View Post
    That's a whole lotta good, and cool, and happy! Excellent. I feel like I've seen a report like this before, but it had a post award on it
    For the record, the blog award came after my post. Congrats!
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    Priceless photo of your little girl. Great post!
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    Looks like a blast. Can't wait for mine to be big enough to go. Time is a flyin' so I better be careful what I wish for.....
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    Great report! Getting a 13 year old up that early to fish and then making it a rewarding trip with a full cooler.....that's impressive.

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    Thanks all! Fishing with my kids always makes a trip better. I snuck out with J.Edwards who was visiting here this week for work and MAN did I get in trouble with my kids for not taking them!

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