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Jesuit Alumni Rodeo 7 17 21

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Had great time fishing the 29th annual Jesuit Alumni Rodeo,initially set for Friday and Saturday before Father's Day in June but got rescheduled for June 16,17 th and me,CCAguns,his son,Tiger,my two sons and grandson fished together yesterday for our salt water portion and younger son,CCAguns,and Tiger fished the freshwater portion up in CCAguns' fine Liberty Trace private lake near Liberty,MS and younger son managed to nab a fine bass this past Friday and we debated extending our stay til Sat afternoon,but I promised older son and grandson that we would get the crew together yesterday to try our luck in Chef area,trouble was the water was nasty pretty much everywhere we tried and all we could muster,besides a few crabs perfectly suited for soaking for bull reds and black drum,was a stinking hardhead catfish that grandson caught on cut croaker.Had great time and enjoyed the camraderie and chatted with 5-speck stringer winner,Doc Weiss,and Gary Discon and a few of the regulars.One lucky fellow won a trip for three to join Gary Discon on a fishing trip to be decided at a later date.Enjoyed listening to Capt CT Williams and also met a few potential fishing podnas!!Our strategy for freshwater paid dividends but we need to fine-tune salt water strategy and might slightly alter our salt water strategy to include two boats and seeking different species the second day.Think we got excellent chances at perennial freshwater winners!!Thanks again,CCAguns and hope Tiger had fun as well,know my sons and grandson enjoyed themselves yesterday!!!

Mandevillian
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Almost totally forgot to mention the generosity of a fellow fisherman who donated one fine red and three fine black drum.Wifey got me to skin the three drum for mock crab cakes and as usual,she did an exemplary job fashioning delicious crab cakes outta three nice black drum!!

Mandevillian
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   BlueShamu
Black drum crab cakes....been using that black drum meat as imitation crab meat for years! I don't even tell people they're eating black drum. LOL
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Blue Shamu,Many years ago latched onto monster black drum and he fought such a gallant fight I thought it would be cruel to release him since he was about to expire and dem crabs woulda exacted nice revenge but I kept him and gave my parents one side(they tried grilling it said it was tough as shoe leather)and Wifey made crab cakes outta our side and they were more than incredible. Great use of under-utilized resource.

Mandevillian
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   CCAguns
Tiger and I had great time with you and Jarrod! Bad time of year for fishing freshwater, though we did get cloud cover. Water just too hot in mid July. So excited to hear Jarrod won 2nd place with his bass. We'll take first next year!
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CCAguns,Ya right on bout de conditions we faced and crossing the Causeway on Sat showed me a few spots dat should be bout on fire this time of year and I love trying the Parish Line Canal for chunky marsh bass and hitting the PowerLine Pilings for reds!!!Got de ornery ole SouthFork to real neat fellow in Tickfaw dat told me he was the first Yamaha certified mechanic in the New Orleans area and he got a kick outta me having the gumption to tackle chore of breaking down lower unit by myself and truthfully,AJ and I coulda gotten lower unit done had we gotten new reverse gear and clutch dog and mechanic saved me bout $150 over cost of brand new gear as he cut it and got the rounded corners now perpendicular like new!!Should get her back on water pronto and can't wait for Th's CCA Nshore Chapter Banquet!!Gonna be glad to show ya de Parish Line Canal and the countless 'reefs in the form of fine and fairly ole PowerLine Pilings(as a kid we used to spear sheepshead out at those Pilings)!!!

Mandevillian
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