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Haynie HO/Merc ProXS
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We got involved this year in the Tx Oilmans fishing tournament and donated our services to a great charitable cause. The tournament raised the most money ever and when the counting is done, I expect it to top 300k+, that will all go to local charities!!! We (Aggreko) donated our services in the way of providing 200 tons of air conditioning on the tent that held over 1200 people as well as the generators to power the A/C's and the event. We couldn't let the week go by with all of it being work, so we brought a few customers along to enjoy in the fun. We had three bay boats and one offshore boat entered in the tournament. The weather was great with the wind in the 5 to 7 range on both days. I don't know if I have ever seen it that perfect for two days. The big man must have known the tournament proceeds were going to a good cause and blessed us with the perfect weather. On Friday we decided to go for big Trout so we decided to wade West Matagorda. Two of my guests had never waded but it was time for them to learn. When we got out to our spot in West Matagorda, my guests tied on their stringers and prepared for the wade. One of my other guests, who is a 25 year veteran of Matagorda (It is always nice to have friends who know the waters) lol, told the other two that the stringers were not a good idea, as the SHARKS have been the worst he has ever seen in years. I wish I had a camera ready when he told them about the SHARKS. I'm not sure what my face actually looked like as well. Needless to say, I had a couple of extra nets and off we went. The local and I headed one way and they headed another. They went shallow, I wonder why (SHARKS) and we went deep (I never said I was smart). We caught some decent Trout to 20" but no winners. On Friday, we went looking for meat to ensure everyone went home with some fresh fish, so we headed for the flat surf. We headed West about 1/2 way to Port O and started drifting the surf. On about the third cast, one of my guests hooked into something that started spooling my All Star Shrimp Tail/Curado (8/30 Braided line). I started the big motor and chased it down and the fight was on. He fought the fish for 45 minutes and landed about a 20-35 pound Jack. What a blast!!!!!!! We headed back the the surf and commenced to catch a fish on every cast, on what ever color plastic we threw. We caught Specs, Sandies and Macs until 3pm! We left them bitting with 24 keeper Specks and 16 decent Sandies between the 3 of us. We must have caught and released another 150+ fish. We went through every color plastic I had and then some. I have never had so much fun! Here are a few pics of a great time for a great cause and some awesome fellowship. I can't wait until next year.
 

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Back in da Saddle
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Good job Dwayne ....

Nice Catch...

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By the way, Thanks for the Air Conditioner-This year they actually had a unit behind our booth. If you go to Driver's Posting from yesterday, you can see the fish we caught on Saturday. They were caught in East Bay on Tequila Gold Norton Ells.
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Haynie HO/Merc ProXS
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500k!!!! Wow!!!!

Welcome to the board Seeyalaterbye. 500K!!!!! WOW!!!!!! It looks like you guys had a good time. I looked at that post yesterday. I fished East on Thursday, South shoreline, but the floating grass made it tough. I can't wait until next year. It is a great event.
 

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Haynie HO/Merc ProXS
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Seeyalaterbye, it is a 95 model 20' Gulf Coast with a 200HP Johnson. I removed the ice chest behind the leaning post and put two small ones one each side of the motor to give me more room. So far I love it and wouldn't trade it for anything. I had a 23' Pro Master that would handle the rough water better but I enjoy going skinny and fishing shallow. I spend allot of time in Galveston West Bay. Where are you working now since you left NO.
 

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I was fishing that surf Saturday in the oilman's tourney as well. Lot's of sandies, but I caught some nice specks to 24", a bunch af nice sized whiting, some spanish macs, couple of blacktips, a really nice bonita and several big somethings that we never saw but stole our tackle.

It was a great time and all for a good cause. The A/C was great this year. Thanks for making the tent comfortable. Hope you guys are back next year.
 

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Haynie HO/Merc ProXS
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Gotago, we will be back next year. The surf was loaded and we boated a few of the same,Macs, Whiting and Sharks. When something hit it, you never knew what you were going to come up with. All I know is I need to restock on some plastics. The Bass A's didn't hold up to well. I will be buying allot more TTK and Nortons. Another trip like that and one could go broke. LOL. We must have gone through 100+ plastics.
 

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I know what you mean on the assasins. I gave up on those after the first hour and focused on Nortons and TTFs. I bet my tackle box weighs half of what it did this time last week. I lost my favorite Top Water and my two favorite 51MRs.

I'm glad Sunday is Father's Day. I told my kids I wanted Academy gift certificates so I could restock.

Oh I forgot. I also caught a seagull. Stupid bird tried to catch a DOA shrimp when I cast and got hooked in the neck. Fought that bird for 5 minutes before it got off the line.
 

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Thats to funny. A seagull will round out the day. Now that is a true slam. LOL. Needless to say, I cleaned out every color plastic I didn't like. I too will be at Academy this week to prepare for this weekend.
 
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