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By Mythman
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This is just a pre-report teaser.............but it is true 7 kayakers caught 104 bull reds at McFaddin today. Several scored their personal best.

Report to follow..........after I bath and eat. This was a good, good, good day!!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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By Mythman
#1897637
What a day...............what a day.............is it Fall..........why are the bull reds so thick and hungry?????

7 kaykers met today at McFaddin and slayed the bull reds. This will be a long story and every kayaker has his story to tell. You won't see many pics of people holding fish as we were all so busy catching fish, that we only took pics of our own fish.

First, as we arrived at the beach the wind and surf was way more than we expected.

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Dr. Flatfish, Waten10 and Mitchell paddled out first. Most everyone got very well, getting through the surf.
I was later and I got my paddling hat handed to me two fold...............I was beat back to the sand on two attempts. My yak knocked me down at the edge of the surf and my knees were bloody............and I was breathing like a race horse......after a race. I was beginning to wonder if I had gone past the age of fishing BTB.

Wolfman took a pic of me while I rested before my third attempt to get pas the surf.....of course my camera still had water on the lens.

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Well the third time was successful and I finally got out to 12 ft and anchored up. When I got there the first three were on their third or fourth fish. My first fish was a little shark.

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Then a bull red.........I was way behind everyone else.

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A shrimper came by and the CG was there checking him out.

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Then I hooked up on something that just kept taking line and taking line and there was no stopping it. I had to get my other line in and unhooked from the anchor and took an extended sleigh ride. I got the leader up to the surface two times but couldn't see what I had been hooked up with for 20 minutes. I did think I saw a cigar shaped fish with a tail about 24 inches wide. I believe I had a Sandbar shark............but unfortunately he got me entangled in my anchor trolley and broke the line off. :cry:

Then it was just bull red, bull red, shark, gafftop, bull red and more bull reds. I will just post a few pics because you see one bull red you just about seen them all:

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I wound up with 15 bull reds...................Dr. Flatfish had the hot hand today..........he had 25 bull reds. Several others were in double digits..........I will let them tell their stories.

The surf was pretty strong coming in ...............but nothing like going out.

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Four of us "Paris Hilton" in and one of the four still flipped his yak in the surf. Three of the paddlers came in straight with no problems.

It was a good, good day of bull red fishing.................just like the Fall spawning run.
By Mitchell
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It was a awesome day. I ended up catching 20 bullreds. Three different times both of my rods went off at ounce. I took a bunch if pics, but they pretty much all look the same. It was definitely a day I will always remember. I had lots of fun.
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May Day May Day! Made it to the beach at McFadden a little later than I expected.

Waves were a bit rough at the sand.
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But after some pre launch adjustments I made it to the group already on the water. Sat for a bit and had my first run.
bronze looking fella
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Stayed in that area for a while watching a shrimp boat get closer and closer....right when it was on us a coast guard boat came with flashers a flashing to board it....pretty neat to see
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Stayed in that spot for abotu 3 hours and landed 7 fish...
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Bryan pulled a few in too
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decided to move to another spot and things just exploded for me....
I could not keep a rod going as they were ripping accross the water...
a couple of double hook ups
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I was on fire the last spot and burned through my bait....ended the day with 18 Bull Reds...a few slimers.
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Built a new lighter Bull Red pole for just this trip.
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i was happy with it overall....my next build will be an acid wrapped pole for BTB
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Before I left Bryan hooked up again.
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tadaaaaa
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cliftonio wrote:Dang it Mike, you took quite a beating.....but no pain no gain! :clap:

Those are fall like numbers......hopefully my KW Team mate made it and put up some points! :D


180 points put up today! put us on the scoreboard! Whoohoo

WM
#1897712
I got off work and loaded the gear up and headed stright to McFaddin with a work buddy for his First Kayak Fishing trip. launched a little after 9 and wasnt long my buddy was hooked up
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working on landing his first ever kayak bull red
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and the landing!!!!!!!!!
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we ended the day with 5 bullreds for the newbie and 6 for myself. I think the reds liked the fresh dead mullet better than the old frozen stuff i had. my buddy is hooked on kayak fishing now! He started looking for a kayak right when we got to work :lol: . it was great day none the less
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the last one for the day
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i think pretty much everybody ran out of bait. we did too, thanks mm for the extra mullet we neede it to help our numbers :lol: now i dont have a freezer full of old mullet and now i have a happy girlfriend because of that :wink: for those of yall that talked about going but didnt, YOU MISSED OUT :lol:
#1897723
All I can say is WOW WHAT A DAY. I have never experienced any thing like it. After MM's Monday trip I was just hoping we could do half as good.Wrong. As Mike stated the surf going out was rough and I got soaking wet with just about every wave going thru the surf. Made it out to about 12 ft but the main reason for stoping I was at the edge of the mud line. Man was that the right choice it was on like Donkey Kong. In just a mater of a few minutes fish on.
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And I didn't even have my second rod in the water yet. After getting the second rod in number two and three . Then 4 and 5 were a double and my third rod was singing but by the time I could get to it fish gone.
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It was so crazy I had to cut back to 2 rods. I in my mind I'm thinking 6 was my personal best and I've got a shot at beating that today.Wow was that an understatement. Cause 6,7,8 9 were one right after another. And number 10 before noon I've beat my personal best.

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This is all sitting in the same sweet spot. And the bulls just keep coming.
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I had a short lull and made the mistake of putting a third rod in the water.Wrong thing do do on a day like today. I ended up with a double hookup and while trying to work them in my third rod goes off and that bull makes a dive straight under my yak and well you can see in the pic the results. Although I was able to land it even on a stub of a rod. Thank goodness it was not one of my good rods just a cheap combo from BP.
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I didn't notice that I had drifted off anchor but should have noticed since things had kind of slowed down. But when I looked back where all the potlickers were at I moved back to my spot. Again it was on this pic is actually 20 just didn't have enough fingers and toes.
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