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Don't know about y'all but I am seriously thinking about talking to George Carlin and having him add one more dirty word to his ultimate dirty words list .......... WIND.

As of this writing, we have experienced 12 consecutive days with sustained winds of at least 25mph. Most of these days contained gusts between 35 and 40. Enough already!!

Y'all also know that when you plan a fishing trip well in advance that nothing is going to keep you from fishing no matter what happens. Such was the case again the past couple of days for some new friends from Houston and Dallas.

Met up with Jeff, Brian, Mike and the rest of the crew Thursday night (sorry, I'm terrible with names). I told them I would pick them up at the end of the pier in front of the house they were staying in at 6:15am. A few sacrifices to the wind gods and it was off to bed for some rest.

I arrived at the end of the pier Friday morning at 6:10am and the winds were actually tolerable for the first time in 2 weeks. Forecast was for the winds to pick up substantially before noon so I knew we would have to hit our best areas early.

Stop #1 looked promising with numerous slicks popping up all over the shallow rocks we were wading near. Everyone seemed to be hooking up on a consistent basis but all the fish were small. I hooked up on a big trout on a pink Skitterwalk but unfortunately she broke my heart when she pulled loose from the hooks about a minute into the fight. Rat reds and dink trout prevailed after that and I decided to head for spot #2.

The bite was a little slower here but the size was definitely improving. Jeff was patiently working a color change with a Super Spook and was soon rewarded with a vicious blowup. He set the hook and the big fish promptly stuck her tail high in the air as if to wave goodbye to us. However, Jeff was more than up to the task as he eased the big fish in. As he finally got a grip on the fish, we saw she was just barely hooked, but she was his and headed for a date with chef Mike later that night.
 

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Jeff's brother Brian was watching the proceedings with interest and soon after had a hookup of his own on a nice 18" trout on a pink Skitterwalk. The landing turned out to be a little rough though. Jeff and I heard a pained yell coming from Brian's direction and when we turned to check on him, noticed he had a death grip on the fish with his right hand and what appeared to be the back hook of the Skitterwalk firmly imbedded in his left thumb. Uh Oh!

I quickly waded over to see if I could be of assistance. Brian held his death grip on the fish as I worked the hook out of the fishes mouth. Since it was definitely a keeper and almost literally had the guts squeezed out of it, I took a moment to string her. Hope you didn't mind Brian LOL.

I clipped the line on the lure and we assessed the situation. The hook was buried just past the barb right next to the side of his thumbnail and looked like it would be a challenge to remove. I was ready to help him to the boat where we could work on it when he said he was going to attempt to get it out himself. We made sure the other hook was secured and brian gritted his teeth and with one well placed yank, removed the hook from his flesh. Of course it bled profusely for a few minutes but the relieved look on his face said it was worth it.

We continued fishing and when we arrived back at the boat after the first wade cleaned and disinfected the wound. Good as new.

Mike showed his fishing prowess as he too picked up a solid 24" trout and helped Zac land a nice slot redfish. WTG guys!
 

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The rest of the day consisted of numerous dink trout and obligatory rat reds but everyone had a good time despite the windy conditions. We headed in once the wind speed reached about 27mph and Zac posed for a stringer pic.

Nice quality fish today just few and far between.

Look out when the winds let up, the STAR trout is out there just looking for you. Come on down and Lets Go Fishing. Later, Aubrey
 

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Sure is alot of Poppin corks in that pic.....LMAO
 

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She's mine

Look out when the winds let up, the STAR trout is out there just looking for you. Come on down and Lets Go Fishing. Later, Aubrey
All mine, will post her pic exactly one week from today... She's mine, hangin round my favorite rock.... ;)
 

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Sure is alot of Poppin corks in that pic.....LMAO
I didn't even know Conway was on that trip. LOL

I tip my hat to the Capt and anyone who can tolerate those conditions AND produce fish. Great job!
 

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LMAO @ Dux, Mark never had it so good....LOL....

I tip my hat to Aubrey too, the wind god is being badddddd.....
 
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