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Feb. is a leap year so we all have one more day to enjoy. I hope you get some opportunities to get out or get some days together & come on down. I know John is coming down & I will be in Melbourne area next week fishing a bit with D.O.C. & also a shad trip is planned with some Poontangle fellows. Hope I have some pics to share & also hope you guys get some. Try to stay warm.
 

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It's the first of February here in West Chester, it's also 72 degrees. Well last years trip, 10 days living on a house boat, out in the somewhat remote content keys, did not lend itself to "get togethers". This year, 2nd week of May, WILL. We'll be renting a fine abode in Marathon. Another 10 days in the keys. Ron, I will insist that we finaly get together. As I'm sure I mentioned, we're driving down, towing my faithful friend (my Triumph). We're leaving around noon on Friday May 11th. We'll be at the house Saturday the 12th around noon. It's kind of a special trip for my son and I in that we're bringing down three guys that have never experienced the glory of the "FLORIDA KEYS". It'll be a varitable swarm of Barners. WARNING ! We fish hard and long. I've choosen, for this trip, I think the best time. We had a little too much wind last year for my likeing. :D

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Hey John, hope the wind Gods do you well. Week=end before we are hosting the 12th Poontangle. Too bad you won't be there. We must get together & yes you are coming at a good time. Where in Marathon?
 

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Hey John, hope the wind Gods do you well. Week=end before we are hosting the 12th Poontangle. Too bad you won't be there. We must get together & yes you are coming at a good time. Where in Marathon?
Always rent a place behind Marathon airport Ron. On the Lagoon back there. When we get a firm rental I'll give you the address. I'd actually be there the week before but my daughter graduates from Penn State the previous weekend. So I'll be in State College, crying tears of pride I'm sure.

I'm really hopeing to get out for Blackfin on this trip. Marathon Hump probably. Our guide friend up on Islamorada will be giving us up to date reports. Tarpon, Mahi and Blackfin will be my focus on this trip. Everyone is also anxious to hit the canal above Largo to put Peacock bass on their species list. A trip or two to the glades is also in the plans. Up at Flamingo. The trips getting here quickly. The boys are tying like banshi's.

Fred was walking around Christmas day in his new buff and sun gloves. Yea, they're cranked up. :D
 

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Wind has been heavy the last many day but we have been able to do a few things. The other day we went to an area close by that I have found some crabs on occasion. Not much use of the 8 or 9 wt put some tasty eating. My son Sean & his wife Jeanne with some fine eating.



The next day we were able to get out for a couple of hours drifting. 8 wt & clousers & we had some fillets which will be part of the smoker stuff for Super Bowl.

 

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Little brownies were sippin' BWO's today..Landed one, lost 2...:)
 

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Today was awesome. Overcast and flat, with 25lb reds tailing the edge of the flat. Watched some very heavy fish giving a school of 10" black mullet all kinds of hell, and caught a pair that were 38"-40". Today I was playing with some new lines that were given to me, and those needing such should check out the new airflo ridge tropical clear and the clear tip.
 

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Brownies were sippin' again today..landed 2 lost 3...:)

 

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Hey Billy, see ya in a few days. We had a good weather day here. Lots of calm water & plenty of fish.

ReadyJetty-nice brown
 

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Hey Billy, see ya in a few days. We had a good weather day here. Lots of calm water & plenty of fish.

ReadyJetty-nice brown

No real complaints about the weather here. It's too warm, and it's been overcast the last 2 days. We're still catching XXL reds though, and I've landed 3 over 38" the last 2 days. These fish just kinda showed up out of knowhere about 2 weeks ago, so get your butt down here, I don't know how long they're going to hang out.
 

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Bill good to hear you caught some nice reds. Wish I could head back down for another week, but have way too many irons in the fire right now, to even think about it. Hope to hear you still catching them good.
 

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My Fishing has been put hold this month.

Not much of anything to report since I got back from Florida. Hit a little bit of a wall since I got back. Went in for a hernia surgery a couple of days after I returned. It was to repair the spot where they did the robotic surgery a couple of years back. Turns out to be fairly common as regular surgeons are not up one how to close it properly. (seems like they should have a hernia guy do the closing) Now I am healing from a 6 inch long cut where I got the inevasive surgery. No laughing, coughing or heavy activity. (It was killing me with the nice weather we had. I couldn't even get out to fresh water fish) Getting much better now, but not allowed to do a whole lot of bending etc.


Sunday just as I was starting to feel like I might be able to do some freshwater fishing if the weather warmed I had an eye problem. Went to eye specialist on Monday and found I had a tear in my retina and had to go and get immediate laser surgery. That went well but told no excessive moments, lifting etc, etc for 2 months which means I may not be putting my boat in the water the first week of April like usual.


I am not use to taking it easy, but just want to get all systems go by fishing season, so it is good to get all this crap out of the way now.

In the mean time how about some fishing stories and pictures from you Florida guys, to shorten the winter for all us norther fishermen.
 

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In the mean time how about some fishing stories and pictures from you Florida guys, to shorten the winter for all us norther fishermen.

I wish I had something for you Ray. We had a front push through and gave us some badly needed rain, unfortunately it raised the water level on the Banana river by about 8". Today would have been perfect, but I went flounder fishing with my Uncle instead. I have a cobia trip lined up for Saturday, I'll do my best to get you some pics. Maybe I can get Ron back out there with me on Thursday?
 

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Just returned from 8 or 9 days "off the rock". Spent some time at our other house just outside of Melbourne. Couple of wet-wading trips one with ODC. He had been doing fine with large red fish on the flats. Water temp low 60's & saw no redfish. Note the sticker on ODC's casting basket.


Had the opportunity to do a shad trip on the St John river about 40 miles North with a friend from our Poontangle group. Capt Chip Owen from Daytona area.



the shad were not as big as Delaware shad but great fun on a 5 wt.



Couple of trips on the Indian River with my long time friend George Goff who used to live in Leesburg. Caught some nice trout. From this guy-



to this size-



Not a lot of red fish but George landed this one after quite a battle. Fish hit in 2 ft of water 4 ft from a mangrove lined shore.





Sorry about the wrong pic. Here it is, I hope.
Very nice trip, fishing with some good people in very nice places.
 

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Nice report Ron. I know that spot where ODC and you were wading. I fished it with him when I was down. I think the fish know when he is bringing a guest along and they do their best to stay clear. It sure is a beautiful place to fish and just being out there is a real treat. I really learned a lot during my wading trip with Bill, he is a real first class guy.:thumbsup: I am amazed that he walks bare foot when wading. He is must have a higher pain tolerance than me if he steps on a sting ray. You can call me Chicken Man!

Enjoyed the pictures from your other adventures. You are just having too much fun. but it is nice to know some one is catching somewhere. You report makes you want to jump on a plane and fly down again. Keep the stories and pictures coming.:thumbsup:
 

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Nice report Ron. I know that spot where ODC and you were wading. I fished it with him when I was down. I think the fish know when he is bringing a guest along and they do their best to stay clear. It sure is a beautiful place to fish and just being out there is a real treat. I really learned a lot during my wading trip with Bill, he is a real first class guy.:thumbsup: I am amazed that he walks bare foot when wading. He is must have a higher pain tolerance than me if he steps on a sting ray. You can call me Chicken Man!

I tell people it's like unprotected sex, it feels great but you can expect the occasional trip to the doctor. I've been hit by rays twice, and both time can be blamed on my own carelessness ( and I don't care who you are, if you get stuck you're going to scream like a little girl). I've stepped on glass more times than I can count, and I worry far more about what anglers leave behind than stingrays.

Both you guys were great. Ron just hit us on a relatively nasty day, and Ray's day was just strange. We saw some very large fish when Ray visited, but they were hunkered down and had no intentions of giving us any love. The flats in my area run hot or cold, and you guys happened to show up on some relatively cold days. You guys are both welcome back any time you feel like doing some fishing, I don't do the whole job/family thing so just give me a couple days notice.
 

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I am looking forward to trying the flats again the next time I am down, but it looks like it might be next year. I am looking to make a housing move later this spring. Not out of the area but to a little bigger house. With all that and getting the boat in the water, I will just have to enjoy the southern reports and pictures.
 

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"bigger house" We went smaller Ray & never looked back. Thanks again ODC We'll be back probably early April.
 

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Yea, we may be crazy. When having daughter and grand kids down or guests it would be nice to have more room. Thought about building up or moving to a new place and decided to move to a new house further from the beach. Will be getting more house for less money, but will have to get in the car to go to the beach. Since I went to the beach once last year it is no big deal. Did go to the boat at least 150 times and that will be about the same distance to the marina.

We are going to give it a try. If we don't like it we will just have to move back again in a couple of years. who knows? Hope this is the last major move before I have to look into assisted living.:eek: When that day comes I hope someone put me in my boat, in January and tells me the fish are off shore and I just ride off into the sunset.
 
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