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Great Intentions but...5 21 2020

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CCAguns and I had great game plan today for our Hopedale trip but Mother Nature and wind forecast tossed us wicked curve.We purposely delayed our departure from NShore to supposedly take advantage of not only predicted tidal movement(minus ridiculous SE darn-near gale force wind)but also possibility of finding clean and moving water(we found clean but NOT moving water,unfortunately).I had an hour Zoom conference that took exactly one hour and we arrived at Hopedale Marina tad after Noon and I received at least two texts from de Wiz who had four reds but reported ZERO tide(bad omen for us).We had gorgeous water,mostly,and covered lotta water and looked like it was gonna be productive trip as I nabbed fat marsh bass on Jann's Netcraft spinnerbait(bass and reds love dat fine bait,gonna make bunch more)and we thought we woulda found moving water but think strong SE winds fought tide and won!!!We tossed and tossed bunch of different baits and Lunker City FireTiger in 3.5 inch Shaker did some damage on two reds(one in pic was first)and only able to box one as bigger red managed to wrest free right at boat!!!CCAguns did nab nice bass and all we emerged with was one nice red and two bass and GREAT part is we fished a totally different Hopedale area and gonna slowly and methodically put pieces of puzzle together.CCAguns has mighty fine Kenner Vision,think shade over 20 ft with Merc Optimax on rear,quite a beast and when I was in Pharma Industry,quite a few guides ran Merc Optimax engines and they screamed!!!Gonna head back PLENTY times,getting a different part of Hopedale maze put together and hope to show him some easy reds on NShore grassbeds,what a treat when we can sight-cast to reds in basically our backyards!!

Mandevillian
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Re: Great Intentions but...5 21 2020
Great day of fishing but poor day of catching. Mandevillian hooked two nice reds, a 24 incher and one that I thought would go 26 inches but fell off at boat. 22 foot Kenner Vision ran great all day and water was beautiful but no tidal movement and screaming SE winds. Two bass added to the red hopefully makes good supper for Mandevillian as I had to head to MS this morning. Hope others did better. Cannot fight high winds and still tides!!! However, good company on the water makes for a great day!
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Re: Great Intentions but...5 21 2020
Thanks,CCAguns,likewise feel dat great company on water definitely helps take away de sting of struggling to find cooperative fish.Gonna make us bunch of 3/8 and 1/2 oz round jigheads and got yet another arsenal in tool chest in form of AI 4 inch swimbait mold and gent who had used it had RAVE reviews about how doggone effective dat AI four inch swimbait is.As ya could readily tell,I got no shortage of soft plastics and one of the neat things about Lunker City,besides their extreme effectiveness,is the volume of choices with respect to color and size of soft plastic fish-catching machines.That,plus fact that ya gotta order em means good chance fish have NEVER seen one and ya saw how dem reds yesterday acted!!!Lew's high-speed reel cooked dat first one and I shoulda let second one play out but was nervous after de Wiz mentioned losing reds to sharks!!!Let's definitely get de ole SouthFork on down there pronto!!!Taking break from finishing up sand floor on bottom of huge pool and got yard of fine garden soil from Accardo's and those folks gots what I needs!!!Can't wait to not only make some jigheads with Gamakatsu hooks but tinker with soft plastics!!!I need to register for STAR!!!

Mandevillian
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