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Skiffin16
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New photo as you see....

Just a teaser for Finz, Greg, Hondo, ChefDaddy and whomever else happens to wind up down near Tampa sometime.

The weather has been extremely hot, but if you can catch the tide, weather and bait right, the bite is on.

Best to all of my CSN friends and buddies, and to doing what you like and love to do,
John

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stevenl
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Hey John,

Great fish. I've got a 24' Pontoon boat that has been calling my name for 2 months now it's just been too d&%* hot down here. But I will go soon.

Best,
Steve

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Skiffin16
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Steve, I think that Lake Weatherford is calling your name....

"Steve....if you put your boat in, the fish will come........"

JG

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CajunEagle
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That's one nice looking Red Fish. Catch it on a croker/pogie ? or on top water ?? Lawd, I love gettin me in a mess of them.

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Skiffin16
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I always have a little dry Purina Fish Food (mixed with a little salt water, it makes great chum) and a cast net. But I also usually stop and get a few dozen select shrimp at the local bait shop.

They happened to be liking the large shrimp Saturday, so between dodging storms and sloppy water, shrimp it was.

This Red took a big fat select shrimp under a floating cork in about 4' of water right up next to the Mangroves....

This one was out of the slot here in Florida (18" - 27") so was released to breed some future catches. We did manage a few in the slot though, so I invited them home for dinner.

You need to get you some.

Best,
John

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johnlax38
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Nice fish!

I can't wait to go fly fishing this fall. Need my energy back first but I'll be out there! More small mouth bass, trout and blue gill...but fishin is FISHIN!

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Skiffin16
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Yep, you are right, great therapy for me....at my worse, I would drag myself out for a little fishing. Shelley my wife and care giver right there with me.

Shelley was awesome. Once we went to a local lake to just crank the motor and run a few laps in the lake as I hadn't been out for a few weeks. Anyways, in my excitement, I hooked my boat rope to the trailer, but for got to hook it to the boat. When I backed the boat off of the trailer, there it was floating out into the lake.

With not hardly any stength, I said to Shelley, I can't swim out there...she looked at me like I was crazy, and muttered a few choice words for me. But she slipped her sneakers off, slid off of the dock and swam out. She hooked an arm over the side and swam the boat back the 15 yards or so that the wind had pushed it out from the ramp.

She was praying for no alligators the entire time (did I mention we live in Central Florida), with still a few more choice words for me as well.

I owed her Big Time for that incident for several weeks.

John

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johnlax38
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You have a good catch there, meaning your wife :) I think my wife would have let that boat go lol...

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fisrpotpe
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Keep having fun, that is what it all about.

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RushFan
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From Pappadeaux! Oh man, hope I can taste some soon.
And that is a beauty!!!

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lady4darknight
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Nice looking fish...hoping to be able to go and catch some of my own. can't wait to hit the river here in the Ozarks.

debbie

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Greg53
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Nice one John. I am sitting here planning my Fall fishin' trips now. Just wish it would quit flooding here - messing up my favorite streams.

Keep your line tight!

Greg

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miccmill
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Nice fish John.

I know Glenn is thinking about fishing soon.

I think it would be exciting to catch a fish that size. I know I get excited with a relatively small Perch on the line.

Lisa

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Chas616
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Up north were still waiting for the fall run to get started.Seeing that fish makes my pulse run faster. This is actually the first year I got all my tackle in order and ready to go ahead of time.All we need now is for the fish to cooperate. Tight lines to all. Chas.

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Skiffin16
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Weather has had everything off schedule here as well....

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johnlax38
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Our weather is all kinds of messed up too. Lots of rain this year and hot hot hot. However its 74 in my house, I have all of my windows open. Just last week or this weekend we were in the 90s, no this weeks is going to be low 80's. Weird weather...

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Skiffin16
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The Heat Index for Saturday when I was fishing....900 = 109*, 1300 = 119*, it's crazy. Bait was off by a month or more becasue of the long cold winter weather we had this yeat in Florida.

rozaroo
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Joined: Apr 2010

Great looking fish John! Now that is what I call a great catch!

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