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    Monday....headed down to Dawson Creek to hook up with my fishing buddy for some running and gunning on the lower Neuse. We set up all our gear in the house and headed to the boat ramp...launched the boat and I took the truck back to the house while Bobby drove the boat over. Headed out and went to chasing something to stretch a string... Winds were howling but as it grew towards dark the winds died and a red committed suicide and was led to the net.....24 inches in the boat.

    Tuesday.....man the river looked great and the winds were laid down. Decided to make a long run and check out some areas we had not fished before.

    Heading into the sunrise.


    Hit one spot and finally pulled in another 24 inch red. Good start.


    Made a move and hit another area. Nothing going on and then at a corner we saw some major fish action. Reds and speckled trout mixed together gorging on finger mullet and menhaden. Turned out all the reds we caught were all over slot... but such fun to catch.


    Caught some really nice trout. This one was 24 inches, 4.5 pounds


    Ended up with a nice mess of fish for the day.


    Wednesday....winds moved back in and made for some tough river conditions. We did manage a mess of speckled trout but we had to work hard for them.

    Thursday......winds were down some, winds had shifted to the North. Fished hard at one spot and nothing. Made a drastic move and 1 trout to the boat only to pull off just before the net. Couple of hours later moved back to the original spot. I threw out my popping cork which had been pretty good on this trip for trout and reds. Cast way out and popped it hard twice. Cork disappears and drag starts to scream. FISH ON...
    Light tackle red for sure.....47 inches.


    This is the popping cork rig I have been using. It is slightly used and abused. This was left in by boat by BIG E several years back and it did its job on this trip. When the fish stopped biting other lures they still hit on the cork rig, grub was a black/chartreuse. One time I cast out and the cork disappeared, set the hook and it was on, then the line went slack, cork came back up and fish just eating the cork. I would pull it up and try to get them to take the grub. Finally right at the boat there were 3 big reds just tearing the cork up. Come to find out one had ripped my jighead and grub off, they were get hammering the cork.


    We caught fish on grubs, MR17's, Paul Browns Soft Dines, Mirrolure Catch 2000 in 808. Lots of fillets for the freezer and now time to rest and get ready to go back to work.

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    I hear ya!!!
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    That's what I'm talking about! Sounds like a good trip Scott!
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    That's an awesome trip! Popping cork strikes again.
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    Fantastic outing, congrats!
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    Great trip Scott, Glad you had such a good time. Was that your fishing buddy's "new" boat?

    Darrell
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    Great job Scott, and awesome report.
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    We used to fish for Whites and Stripers on Hickory with a jig tied under a popper or Devils Horse. I am going to have to put more time into using the cork when I am down there.

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    Sounds like a fantastic week, Scott. Your living the dream! I'm gonna try the lower white oak this Saturday in a 'yak.
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    BOY, What we going to do with you.
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    Well Done Sir...
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    Nice grey t-shirt
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    Awesome report!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by speckhunter80 View Post
    Nice grey t-shirt
    And it still fits....

    Epic few days on the water for sure. Hope to be back in mid September to try to do the same. Never know what the weather is going to do, so be prepared and have back up fishing holes.
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    Fantastic report, pictures and of course, the fishing.
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