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8-14-11 Report Capt Sonny

Had the Doxey boys on the boat one last time before they head back to school. Big Chris brought young Abe and Oren along for one of the most enjoyable trips I have had this year on my boat. Having fished with these young characters over the years, it has been a real treat watching them become such good anglers at such a young age. Not all that thrilled with the radar this morning, we opted to stay in close again(good call). We dodged little storms all day, but stayed on the fish in a big way. Hit the reefs and bridges again, and all had fish on them. Capt Matt and even the Great Capt Mike Thompson were along side us for the day. The best sparkle trout bite came in the early morning hours over the reefs with live mullet and or pogey on the Carolina rigs. Chris even managed to get a keeper flounder in the box, amongst the keeper specks. Running from one small storm we stumbled on a flock of diving birds a mile or so off the beach. Only were able to get a few legal trout, but it was nice to see such a big school of specks that close to shore. Hid under the HWY 90 car bridge, safe from the rain, and later the sun. We anchored over a biomass of black drum, thank the Lord we brought a mess of crabs. Chris and the boys put on a clinic with the drum for the next two hours. The boys screamed and yelled while fighting puppy drum and massive sea monsters, one after another. Took for ever to get the big ones in, but Abe an Oren did great. Biggest fish of the day was bigger than both of the boys! One of the big drum had a remora(sucker fish) on it, and we had to keep it in the live well all day. I can assure you that fish was well monitored by the boys for entire trip. Leaving the bridge, my cranking battery crapped out, and I was forced to use of my trolling motor batteries. Only needing a small crescent wrench, the boys were nice enough to take all my tools out of my box, for inspection purposes of course. Minutes later, the batterie issue was fixed, and we were anchored over another reef. We were looking for more trout and "big fish". Capt Mike's boat and our boat rafted up together so his son Mitch could play with his cousins. Chris and I took turns chumming with the mullet and pogies that the boys deemed worthy of chum. The white trout bite was almost enough to create total chaos, in a way that made the adults just laugh. We hit the fun overdrive when one of the big poles drag began screaming. Many minutes later, Chris got the biggest stingray I have ever seen to the side of the boat. This fish was as big as the bow of my boat, and mad as hell. The beast snapped the 80lb power pro, which was most likely the best thing that could have happened. Both boats skirted around a developing rain storm, and made it safely back to the Shiyou Caddy skinning shed. Ended the day in MS water with 10 keeper specks, many white trout, 1 flounder, 9 puppy drum and released several monster big black drum. The Doxey and Thompson crew were a huge help at the cleaning tables as always. Days like today make being a fishing guide the greatest job in the world, Thanks guys...

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