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Anyone planning on going to the CLAF? I am going with my boat. I will be fishing with my son and one of my partners from work and will be trying to catch some albies with the long rod. I know that Backlash is going and has two others in his boat. We will be having a mini FAN meeting so to speak. The more the merrier! If interested in participating check out the website Cape Lookout Albacore Festival - Albacore Fishing Tournament Festival Benefit Morehead City NC

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  • October 26th at 6:30pm to 9:30pm for dinner and silent auction At the NC Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores
  • October 27th Fishing Tournament starts at 8am and ends at 3pm * Drop off for score cards will be at the Armory. Dinner and awards start at 6pm
 
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Hey RM,
My call sign is "Double Haul" and I usually monitor channel 69. That is the channel used at Wrightsville Beach. Do you know if they use a different channel up Cape Lookout way?

What is your callsign?

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Day One- The Skunk is in Keith's Boat but we were able to find Tadpole something to catch other than Lizardfish. As you might have guessed we fished in a downpour all afternoon. Undeterred, we managed to find a small creek holding some Redfish.
These pics are of Tadpole with his first Redfish ever.





 

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Well I have learned a great deal this summer and met some great folks in my goal to catch fish. however, I have mostly learned that you need to be very, very appreciative when you do catch just about anything that swims, even lizard fish and small sharks.

Chris I will find big daddy one of these days soon I hope and Coach I hope that its not my last but just a sampling of things to come.
 

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just a little on the Albacore tournament. We arrived on Friday with the intent of a little prefishing for the Albacore tournament. However, we ended up launching in a pouring rain. After running to the inlet in the rain and not really seeing much going on we ran back up the sound to a small creek for some protected fishing where Jim caught his Redfish.

We met up with Jim's friend Phil and headed over to the Pine Knolls Shores Aquarium for the Fund Raising Dinner. The tournament and dinner was a fundraiser for the Duke Children's Hospital. They put on an awesome dinner and had alto of nice items on the silent auction.

Saturday we launched at 730 and looked at all of the clouds to the west that the rain wouldn't catch us until later in the morning. We headed east toward the inlet to outrun the rain and to see if we could spot some fish working the surface. It wasn't long before the rain had caught us and begin to give us another soaking. We found some Finger Mullett working and fished that in their area for while with only a couple of Spots and Lizardfish coming to the boat. We tried the creeks again with no real luck before deciding that we were all went enough and heading back to the ramp.

We went to the awards dinner for another great meal where we learned that there were indeed some Albacore caught but they were caught 20 miles offshore. The cool things that nearly all the awards were given to kids who attended the festival..Also, we were treated to a Fly Casting demo by a living legend, Bob Clouser. Bob provided some excellent tips for casting weighted flies.

Even with the nearly fishless days and pouring weather , I had a great time and enjoyed the company. Jim and Phil, thanks for going along.
 

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just a little on the Albacore tournament.

Even with the nearly fishless days and pouring weather , I had a great time and enjoyed the company. Jim and Phil, thanks for going along.

Tom everytime we fish we do have a good time and thats really what its all about. I need to be the one thanking you for allowing me opporunities such as these to fish with you and on your nice boat. One of these days we are gonna get into more fish than we can carry in the cooler. I am sure of that.

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Rain, high winds, small craft warnings........a typical fishing trip for me this year! Nevertheless as Backlash mentioned we had a good time. I finally did get the skunk off the boat however it was on day 3 when my "fair weather" friends had already departed to higher and drier ground :). On Sunday we got into a large shool of bluefish busting bait in the inlet. At one point all three in my boat had fish on. Also managed to pick up a spanish mack. The blitz finally broke up when some yo-yo trolled his cabin cruiser through the middle for the 3rd or 4th time. It was very frustrating. Even though fishing is fun...we sure did enjoy the catching! Got some good fish slime on my new boat and brought a few home for the pan.

It was nice to see the young folks well represented at the tournament. They beat out all of us older ones as far as the albacore catching was concerned.

Hope to go back down in a few weeks when the water temp is a bit cooler.

Keith
 

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