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    What my upcoming schedule will be, and if Iíll feel up to going, I went both days this weekend. Saturday I went to the coast looking for some topwater action. I did my part but the fish were still sleeping. I gave up on the topwater and started throwing a jig of which I changed several times trying to find the magic bullet. The app on my phone said that a feed would come along about 9am. After sitting in a hard rain for about 45 minutes, it stopped and I moved to another area that Iíd caught fish before. Early in the day while doing something in the boat, I let my jig drag as the light wind pushed me along. No rod holders means I donít put the rod down, and I felt it get a good hit and the line came tight. I lifted the rod and tried to set the hook and here he went. Drag was pretty tight and I felt Iíd gotten a good hookset. Then he ran off again, nothing I could do but manage the attitude of the rod and keep it tight. Iím talking over the distance of a long cast. Then I felt it slip and a moment later it was gone. The leader was roughed up about 3Ē up and I believe I had a very good flounder, but Iíll never know. Sure got my adrenaline up. Now ugly clouds loomed and I heard thunder and knew it was time to go. Made a few more casts hoping for at least one fish to the boat before I left. With no action along the shore I was working, but getting a tap now and then and hearing more fish eating out deeper. Iíd made up my mind to leave within the next five minutes and with about 8í of line out I got a good smack and a good hookset, finally, on a good trout just under 21Ē. Now I could go. Stayed dry and dodged manatees on the way to the ramp. Boat on the trailer I had to wait for a lull to get tied down and traveling.Name:  D336DC75-798C-4726-A328-7DD1C65B0397.jpg
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    This morning, Sunday, was forecast for more wind than I like at the coast so a swapped rods and tackle boxes and went to my office. Turned out to be a good choice. Calm winds mostly and I was first to the ramp at 7. Thatís unusual. I wonít go into the fish by fish except one. Iíve tried for years to break the ten inch mark with a good coppernose bluegill. I came within an eighth of an inch but still not ten inches. All of these fish fought hard and I had to go after the jig more than usual, so I mustíve caught the feed I missed yesterday. I caught over 25 and just took pics of the good ones. Three Warmouth, three Crappie, two bass, two redbreast and lots of gills. All caught on my favorite head and a Bobby Garland Bitty slab slayer in blue ice. Tried other colors but that was the best. Never had a boat go by, visited with manatees, heard a hen turkey looking for her friends, and more other birds and squirrels than I could count. This was the day Iíve been hoping for when I loaded up, no disappointments. Hereís the pics, sorry, thereís a bunch. Hope yíall get out soon.
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    Like I said, a day any of us would be happy with. Pulled just after 11, a long trip for me. God Bless yíall.
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    I do miss catching flounder. Very nice catches
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    I have no idea what it is like to catch a flounder, but you sure make it sound like a hoot. The pics are awesome, thanks for sharing.
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    Nice pics.
    If you cast it they will come.
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    Pure fun, eh? Those copper nose look like a Mike Tyson bluegill! What kind of trout is that?
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    They are truly pure fun. Some of the big ones were hooked mere inches from the bank and trash everywhere like sticks, logs, floating weeds. The hit, the rod comes up and stops and the drag begins to sing. That’s a spotted seatrout. Pretty good table fare and a good fight from that size up. Over 27” qualifies them as a “Gator Trout”. Same fish just bigger and wow, what a hit on topwater. That’s what keeps me going over there, snook too.
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    I sure do love me some flounder fishing. I usually fish 3” Zman Minnowz’s with some pro cure. That was a nice trout you caught and I’m sure he gave you a fun fight. Those coppernose are such a cool fish and you sure did catch some nice ones. Thanks for bringing us along and congrats on the fun trips.
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    Awesome post Skeet! Thanks for sharing
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    Those are some great looking fish, nice trip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gunwhatgun View Post
    I have no idea what it is like to catch a flounder, but you sure make it sound like a hoot. The pics are awesome, thanks for sharing.
    I really used to enjoy fishing from a pier as the tide was moving. You float a bull minnow along with the current in the shallows under the lights. You could see them explode from under the sand and grab the bait. Certainly some great table fare as well. Throw in the occasional bull red that would take off and test your tackle. I do miss some saltwater fishing
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