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Well I had had it sitting home so I talked to tony(trigger) and he had had enough too. We decided to shoot for a small window of a weather break and go fish around oriental. We dropped the boats into a creek and paddled out. Started trying to find a trout but game changed quickly. My first fish hit topwater and was a nice 20ish inch drum. The wind was supposed to be sw but was n so made the n side of the river not too bad. We decided to leave the creek in search of a bigger puppy fish. Got set up and on my first cast the cork sunk. It was on. After about five mins I was putting this nice 50+ inch fish in my lap. Lost the clicker in my reel in the process but that was fine. Tony snapped a few pics and off she went.
Moved back into my drift and castes towards the bank a few times then the cork sunk again! After a really good pull I boat a nice 30" drum. That would be the last fish we would see today. The rain and a few boomers and a few heavenly bolts sent us packing. It really sucked that I didn't end up being Tony's day but next time he will prob run laps around me. All in all I'm glad we braved it and I got to put my hands on my first oldie of the yr. They still arnt in full force yet but there are some early comers around.
 

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Good job Lane :)
 
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Roostertail. I have got to get you on one this yr. do you have a 4000 reel or better?
 

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Pretty work guys. I am planning on trying for some big boys the next two weekends. Thanks for the report.
 

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Congrats on a great get away.....:) It will only get better as the time eases on into August.
 

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Mini meet oriental fri or sat?
 

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I'm out of town this coming weekend.

It won't be long Scott. We have hooked a few trout fishing but I think the weather has kept them from being full force in the river. This coming full moon and a few hot days without rain should crank it up full force
 

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I'm using a 6000 for my topwater rod. The 5k should be fine for what we do.
 

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Do you guys crusie around usually until you see them working bait or just cast and move until you find some fish?
 

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In all honesty I have a few places where I feel they should be and fish them. Trout fish in between spots. Always ready for them if they show. They pop up anywhere sometimes. We hooked some just trout fishing the last few weeks and has given me a heads up on places holding them. If you read any studies on them they move alot. The same fish is hardly ever In the same place too long. It is mostly fish area where they like to be and area they use for travel. Traveling fish are what I think we find fishing artificials vs setting up on a ledge and soaking bait on feeding fish. It is magic when you find a school in a feeding frenzy and does happen often as they follow in the shad and mullet from the sound.
 

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Being in a yak most days it's not alot of crusing to it. Haha. I just hope to land in the right spot. I'm learning more about them everytime I go. Sometimes I'm on the mark and sometimes not. It dosnt hurt I've built a pretty good hush mouth network of a few guys that fish around my area
 

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great day! Congrats.
 
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