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    Default Thanksgiving week trout fishing vacation and my first Citation!

    Boy it would be nice to be able to do that every week or at least when I wanted to to. No lines at the ramps during the week, no excessive amount of boat traffic stirring up the water, no rush to get to your favorite place to beat someone else. Just get up and go fishing and take your time. I had the pleasure of fishing with different ones last week. Timmy, Ed and Robert and a couple days by myself. Timmy did well on the Billy Bay Shad, Ed worked magic on a Lucky Penny Betts Shrimp, and Robert sticking with his big ugly Savage Shrimp. Mostly I fished the MR17 and the Billy Bay Shad some as well. I aslo caught a few big fish on the Betts pink grass shrimp. Most fish were caught in 10' or better. Water temps ranged from 49 -54 degrees.

    After catching some nice trout up to 23" I decided to fish an area by myself that I thought would produce bigger fish, a place less traveled and quite. It turned out that my first fish of the day would be the one I was looking for. Threw the 17 and let it sink, twitched and got a tick. Threw it again and let it sink a little longer and twitched and BAMM! Drag pulled, fish came toward the surface and pulled the hook. Swirled big as a wash tub and it all happened in about 2 seconds! I settled down and threw some shad and shrimp with no luck back at him. Put the 17 back on and put it right back in the hole and when he hit it he was on a mission to crush it! After several good runs in 12-15' of water he came to the boat but stayed deep and all under and around every motor I had. I picked up the heavy rubber net and stayed calm. He surfaced and I put the net handle across the rail of the boat and he came in sideways and laid across the net. I couldn't get him in it! He swam on across and I figured that was it it but I had him hooked good evidently. Fought him back around but this time had him coming head first and in the net he went.

    Man what a relief. Mirrolure had one set in the top and the the other set in the bottom of his mouth, couldn't have hooked him any better. Measured him up and to my surprise finally my first citation! I have been so close with lots of 23 to 23.75" fish but never broke 24". This one went 24.75 and 5lb 3 oz. weighed in at Eastern Outfitters in Hampstead. So mission accomplished and the pressure is off.

    Several citation fish have been caught in the past few days and trout seem to be averaging 17-19 or better so it's not a bad year at all. It was a great week but now it's back to work and fighting the weekend crowds again. Congrats to all of the retirees that have done their time and can enjoy the weekday fishing, you truly are living the dream!


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    Nice work, now time to get a bigger net. After knocking off or having knocked off a few 26 Plus inch trout I went out got the biggest net I could find. No more issues/excuse with the net for me now
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    Quote Originally Posted by trigger22 View Post
    Nice work, now time to get a bigger net. After knocking off or having knocked off a few 26 Plus inch trout I went out got the biggest net I could find. No more issues/excuse with the net for me now
    Sounds like a good idea! They're too hard to catch to lose at the boat.
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    You need an experienced "net man" & I'm the guy.
    Great read & congratulations on your Trophy Trout....... ICM
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    My wife keeps saying I don't listen to her .... or something like that.

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    Wow , congrats pal , glad you got the biggun !!! When you get old enough to fish on week days let me know !!!
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    Congrats on the Citation Trout!
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    Great job!
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    Nice fish, job well done! Congrats on the citation
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    Pretty work, congrats
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    Outstanding!
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    Way to go Andy! But now I know your "secret" lure AND your "secret" spot!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmac View Post
    Way to go Andy! But now I know your "secret" lure AND your "secret" spot!
    Go get'em Bruce!!
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    Thanks guys, It's been a long time coming! Now it's time to find one a little bit bigger.
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    I am new to the NC area, historically I have fished Florida, so excuse my ignorance on the topic but what is a "citation" fish?
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    This link explains it.

    http://www.fishing-nc.com/nc-citation-requirements.php

    Quote Originally Posted by kellercl View Post
    I am new to the NC area, historically I have fished Florida, so excuse my ignorance on the topic but what is a "citation" fish?
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