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Tuesday, April 26th, 2005 - Marvin Sanders

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Dewey and I had the joy of taking Marvin Sanders, Dewey's brother-in-law, fishing on Tuesday, April 26th. A front had blown through that morning - when we started out - the wind was out of the west - it ended up being about 20-25 out of the NorthWest. We caught 2 Bull Reds, about a half-dozen gaftop and a few hardheads. This was Dewey's big catch of the day!
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Here is a beautiful Bull Red that Marvin caught. The Red was 45" long and weighed a little over 46 pounds. Notice the bright bronze color of the Red. This is the largest fish Marvin has ever caught on rod and real! He had a blast fighting this Red.
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This was the only Bull Red I caught on the day. He was 44" and right at 43 lbs. Like the one that Marvin caught - he was very fat. One unusual thing about him though - he had no spot. From what I have read - that is fairly unusual. This is the second one we have caught like that.

Long bumpy day fishing - but 2 Bull Reds - and a wad of fat Gaftop - on a windy day after a front moved through isn't all bad.

Monday - April 18th - Reed Murray

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We took Reed Murry out Monday, April 18th. The forecast was for SE Winds 10-15 until late in the day - boy did they miss. From the boat dock on there was a strong 20-25 ESE wind blowing. We could not find a place to fish at the Jetty that wasn't too bouncy to stay at. Reed was able to catch this 20 lb Black Drum - he says it is the biggest fish he has ever caught! We came in early - pretty miserable bouncy fishing today.

Tuesday, April 12th, 2005

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Dewey and I were able to head out to the North Jetty Tuesday Morning. The wind was SE at about 5 - but at about 10:30 the winds picked up from the North to about 20-25. Made it pretty bumpy - but still fishable. Early in the morning - we caught several large gaftop - and Dewey caught 1 sheephead. Then the wind shifted - and the bite totally shut down. We spent the next 2 hours sitting - waiting - and we couldn't even give a live shrimp away.
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We were going to head back about 12:30 - but at 12:25 one of the lines took off. First Bull Red of the day - 45 inches long and right at 47 lbs. She was broad and thick. So much for leaving at 12:30. (smile)
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Here was the second Bull Red of the day. This one weighed in at 42lbs - 44 inches long. The first drum was caught on cracked crab - this one was caught on cut Shad.
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Here was the last Bull Red we landed - 42 inches long weighing right at 38 lbs. There also was one Red that I hooked free lining crab - no weight - just letting it flow along the Jetty. He might have been in the slot - or a tad over - I could not tell. The line broke - and it was very frayed - I think it frayed while the fish slid under the boat. Either way - it escaped to fight another day. All in all a great day of fishing.
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Friday, April 8th. For those of you who venture out to the Jetties from the Boat Launch at the end of Texas City Dike - you need to be careful. Right past the Ferry Landing - they were dredging around the Ferry Landings last week - they built a "Spoil Island" between the 2 Towers to the North of the Channel It is North of where the Tower has been knocked over. At low tide you can see the island barely - but at high tide I don't think it would be visable. There are no markings for this - and it is where the water used to be 6 - 8 ft deep.
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We had the priviledge of taking Paulo Soares out to the Jetty for a day of fishing on Friday, April 8th. On the day, Paulo caught 6 Black Drum. It was his first time fishing for fish that big. He certainly wasn't disappointed!
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Dewey caught this Bull Red. He measured out at 41" long. Amazingly enough - Dewey was the only one who caught Reds today. He didn't catch any Drum or Hardhead. He said he was a "Talented Selective Fisherman."
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Here was one of the smaller drum we caught on the day. He has a beautiful color to him.
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Here is another Black Drum the Paulo caught. This was one of the few that still had the stripes on him.
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Dewey snapped this picture of me hooked up fighting a fish. What a profile! (laughing)
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Here is a Black Tip (I think) Shark I caught. We had a line out with Shad on it. This shark hit that line. It was a good fight - he took off several times.
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Here is a closer pic of the Shark that I caught. At some point I am going to have to learn how to handle sharks for a better pic. Even though it might have only been about 4ft - the teeth looked numerous and sharp.
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This was the largest Black Drum of the day. He weighed in a little over 30lbs. Paulo was whupped after he caught this one!
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Paulo caught this Black Drum. On the day, Paulo caught 6 Black Drum. All were in the 20-25 lb range. Most Drum were caught on cracked crab.
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This was Dewey's 2nd Red of the Day. All in all it was a great day of fishing.