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Old 07-05-2008, 08:18 PM
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I was having a miserable day. I got out later then I wanted to. Mine and my wife's line kept getting tangled. My wife managed to get her line wrapped around the prop (that was fun). Then in an effort to try and seperate the lines I try and cast out a little further and I thought my reel exploded! Line everywhere! it looked like someone cut the cover off of a softball, left it out in the rain for week and then picked up by the neighborhood dog. It was a mess. It took me about a half hour to fix. At that point I said that's it. pick up your line, we are leaving! On the way back in, an emormous flock of birds start circling and diving into the water. I'm thinking maybe the BIG GUY UPSTAIRS is feelin sorry for me. Maybe this one time he'll guide them to my hook... I stop the boat, grab one of those butterfly jigs I picked up and on my second or third drop I get a hit. At first I thought it was another blue fish but then I saw the stripes flash in the water and I start screamin "Its a striper! HOly shit, get the net!" My poor wife was sweatin'. God forbid she didn't get that thing in the net, there would have been a divorce attorney waiting at the dock.
I didn't even measure her, a good guess I'de say about 26 inches.
I tell ya its good to have this monkey off my back!

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Old 07-05-2008, 08:33 PM
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Hell yea....that's an awesome fish. More to come I'm sure.......
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Old 07-05-2008, 08:42 PM
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Man I hope so.
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Old 07-05-2008, 08:43 PM
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...you know the say the camera adds 10 pounds...
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Way to go cheech.
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Old 07-05-2008, 09:45 PM
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Old 07-05-2008, 09:57 PM
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funny you say that, I feel different already. When I got off the boat and I was walking back to the car some guy had asked how we did. For the first time I was able to say something other my usual "nothin'"...Ehh just one striper
Even though I through it back it still felt great to say.
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Old 07-05-2008, 10:11 PM
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Nice looking fish there! Congratulations! I caught my first one just the other day. It sure is nice ain't it?
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Old 07-05-2008, 11:36 PM
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And no phone call???? Congrats dude.
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Old 07-07-2008, 02:26 PM
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Awesome!! finally!! congrats!!
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Well done Cheech. Good to see the time you've been putting in finally start to pay off!
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Old 07-07-2008, 02:36 PM
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Congrats and Great fish! I've been out every friday night but haven't hooked one yet. I'm still waiting for that first hit! LOLZ!!!
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Old 07-07-2008, 03:07 PM
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Now the next goal is to catch a keeper.
Small steps...
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Congrats! now that you have broken the ice, more will come. Pay attention to details, weather, moon phase, depth of water, depth of lure, the action of the lure or bait, water temp, etc. Do this and you will figure out certain conditions and patterns that will help you to catch more, and at different areas. Congrats again!!!!
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Old 07-07-2008, 04:34 PM
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thanks man.
I was hooked before I got one. Now, fugettaboutit! If I could take a week off I would.
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