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Back on the salt flats yesterday morning to further explore my old fishing ground with Captain B. Previous week it was far to windy to cast or sight cast and was very difficult fishing.

Left the house around 7.15 am and called to check on Captain B who was en route from Umm Al Qwain to join me for the morning. B was already close to the fishing grounds and i was just leaving, he’d made good time taking only two hours to get there! Time to put my foot down on the petrol and get a move on. It never seems to amaze me how easy it is to get up in the morning for something you love doing and have a passion for :)

Beautiful morning as i made my way through Abu Dhabi towards the flats and almost zero wind around. Got off the highway and followed the road down to the flats where i found B’s car parked up and i could see him in the distance already casting away. I geared up and packed the food and drinks into my ruck sack. Unfortunately there were no Chicken Francks for us today in the ADNOC station which is not a good sign. As i reported before, we live for fly fishing and chicken franks so had to settle for  a cheese, turkey and black olive croissant :)

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I set off to catch B up and after a good 20 minute walk reached the flats and spoke to B. No luck just yet on any fish so we had a quick chat and discussed tactics. The tide was rising slowly and flooding onto the flats which is a good sign that there would be some good predators around to target and as we scanned the flats, we could see some tails which were thought for a minute could be milk fish !!! After further investigation, we realized they were very large needle fish which we don’t really like as they annihilate your fly and although they dance and give a good fight, we were really after different species. I waded out to a spot and stood on the rocks, knew deep in the water and began with a small clouser, white and blue colour. A few casts and some small strikes later i caught a bloody needlefish hahahaha! A quick retrieve and release, i cast again and carried on. Ten mins must have past and then i changed up my fly for a green and white deceiver which had weighted eyes so i could get down a bit further as i felt the fish were deeper and i also had on my intermediate fly line. Several casts later and with a slow retrieve i get a very good take on the fly , boom and the rod bends and line goes tight (we all know that feeling… :) )!! This fish felt good and started to take line , i turned to B who hadn’t noticed and shouted “FISH ON”, then he noticed :)  Deeper the fish dived and more line taken, i was wondering what it was, hammour nah, couldn’t be, queen fish, could be but hadn’t seen any jumps yet, needle fish (i hope not…) and then i got a real good flash of silver and a bit of surface and i could see it was either a sea bream or Nagroor (grunter).

 

Fish dived again and took more line, i tightened the drag more and got the excess line back onto the reel and got in control. Still knee deep in the rising tide i stepped back a bit into the shallows and began to play the fish towards the shallow waters and eventually landed a very nice Nagroor.

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I decided to keep this one for the table and dinner on Saturday. Whilst i took the fish back onto dry land, B stepped into where i ad been casting and fished on (tag team you see :) ). After a good 10 minutes away fro the action and putting the fish away, i saw that the fly was quite badly damaged from that action so checked the box and didn’t have anymore of the same size flies so went up a few hook sizes and put on the same fly but larger. I moved back into place and cast again, several casts later i got another cracking take and this felt the same as before but a bit stronger. Same process and play time i had a feeling it was another nagroor and after 5 minutes of playing the fish it came up to surface and it was indeed another nagroor only slightly fatter. Again i backed into the shallows and as i bent down to grip the fish, it flipped and i got one of its spines in my thumb, line snapped and after running for a second in pain from the inserted spine in my thumb, the fish swam off laughing as it went…….! I took the snips i had and pulled out the spine , cursing as i did and allowed the blood to flow.

 

We then had a visit from the coats guard who asked us to move on from where we were fishing, so we packed up and made our way back to the main land and take a break and have a cheese,turkey and black olive croissants.

We fished on for a further 30 minutes making our way back to the cars as we did and eventually reached the other side of the flats and broke down the gear and packed up to drive home.

Another great adventure and a fish for the table!

 

 

Tight lines, fish on and fly fishing Abu Dhabi!

Just took delivery of my new Reddington Pathway Rod and reel last week so headed out on Friday early morning for a trip on the flats.

Forecast was not great with high winds and scattered rain but aint no stopping me with a new bit of tackle to try :)

 

Stopped off at the petrol station along the way for supplies and of course the legendary Chicken Franck Sandwich (every fisherman should consume one in their lifetime )and then back on the road to the fishing grounds.

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A good few years since ive been here to fly fish and quite a bit has changed with respect to the entry points to the flats. Used to be able to drive my car right up and walk a few hundred yards. Now you need to pull up quite far away and walk a food 25-30 mins to the flats. But like i said, aint no stopping me with new tackle to try and this place has a special place in my heart. Have caught good fish here in the past and a good variety to from queens, to breams to milk fish.

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Extremely quite when i arrived and begun the walk around to the flats, set up with a floating line at first and a red and white clouser.

 

 

Nothing doing after 35 mins so changed onto a blue and white clouser and had some takes from needle fish (the rats of the ocean…). Eventually hooking and landing this little fellow which i put back safe and sound to annoy me another day…

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Lots of Flamingos feeding and wading in the background made for a pleasant view and the rain did actually hold off for the 3 hours i was there but sadly the winds did not.

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In the end id tested the rod and reel and was satisfied id had my fishing fix for the day. Lunch was planned in Dubai in the afternoon so packed up and drove home for some bacon butties and a cup of the tea with the wife :)

 

Tight lines and Fish On!

After a few years away from Fishing  due to working in Qatar, changes of circumstances etc i am now back In Abu Dhabi where my fishing adventures in the UAE began and in fact this very blog! :)

I feel a great sense of excitement as i sit down again to type and update you on my latest trip out to Oman to a place called Khasab. Ive wanted to explore Oman for a long time as there are some great fishing spots to be explored and with the right patience and knowledge, also some world class fishing to be had. Over 2016, Oman and its different areas are a definitely on my to do list and of course i will share any updates here :)

So Captain B and I left Umm Al Quwain early morning around 6am. I convinced Captain B to stop off at McD’s for a quick breakfast butty (real fishermens food) before we hit the highway. Captain B wasnt disappointed and i can see him becoming a regular there!

 

Onto the highway and to RAK as e’d be crossing the border there and into Mussandam and eventually Khasab. Along the way we encountered many beautiful sites and places and after around a little over an hour, we reached the Ras Al Khaimah (UAE) and Oman border. Here we went through the exit entry points and then got back into the car and onto Khasab. As soon as you are done with the legal stuff and into Oman,Boy oh boy are you met with some of the most beautiful scenery i have ever seen! Coastline and mountains! I could have stopped easily several times to cast a line and indeed run us off the road from staring but Captain B as co-pilot kept us on track :)

 

Eventually the coastline runs up a mountain and into 4 wheel drive and up, yp and up you go. Once at the top, you then descent down into Khasab and eventually reaching the port town. Many cruise ships are now operating in this area and from the scenery, its a no brainer that everyone would want to see this magestical paradise. after a few quick chats with the locals (best part of any adventure..!) e headed over to the marina to try and find someone to take us by boat to one of the islands. The car was loaded with camping gear and enough food and water etc for a few days. We found one of the locals who seemed to be running a few tourist dhows out of the port and started negotiating a speed boat to take us to an island and then after a few days pick us up again. Price negotiated and boat loaded up, off we set to our very own little paradise for a few days. No to be noted, there is mobile phone signal here so we knew we would be at peace of mind form all the social media which would ensure a total relaxation.

 

Now we were off and into the open sea, a few KM’s away and you turn into the mountains and man words can not explain how beautiful this place is. We searched a few spots and eventually settled for what im nicknaming the Martian Island (more of this later…). We unloaded and set up camp. We were fishing with squid and shrimp and planned just to really sit and kick back and strike on any fish that decided to go for our bait. This was after all be a relaxation trip of the christmas holidays so no kayaks or boats just chill and fish.

Literally on Captain B’s first cast he gets a bite and after a few minutes landed this medium sized pretty little fish (not sure of the name but lovely all the same). Released after a few pics. Myself had zero luck all afternoon until the afternoon tide started to retreat and then my rod doubled over and after a few minutes , i beached this black bream. with enough food for a few days , i decided also to put this one back and again set up the rod with bait for fishing.

 

 

 

Quite a few dhows came by throughout the day and we have some trespassers to Martian island (ok , ok i know its not our island but hey i can dream :) ) A nie family form mexico who stopped by snorkeling and we had a good chat before they left back to their boat (they wouldnt pay any trespasser fees though….).

 

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Later afternoon Captain B and i decide to explore the island and search out some fishing from the higher up rocks. We found a nice spot (come on, is this not a nice spot…!!) and B had a live bait and myself a yo zuri casting lure. B first cast (this man is lucky…) as his live bait hits the water gets nailed by a Big Barracuda, but cunning as they are these barracudas, he missed the hook and got away. All the same the adrenaline running through us both now was best described as two kids being given a new ipad each ( or a bag of sweets :) ). From this vantage point looking down to the sea, we could easily see any fish approaching the lures and live bait and we had many follows from needle fish and other small preadtors but nothing hooked and the barracuda had by now moved on.

 

As we sat and looked out over the spot we were in, a massive splash happened below us and a very large im guessing 10-15 KGs grouper smashed what it thought was a dead fish but was in actual fact a small piece of plastic floating on the surface. It was enough to get the two of use excited and again we began casting down the same area but no luck in enticing the big guy back to out bait offerings.

The sun was starting to set for evening now so we decided to head back to camp and get set up for dinner, BBQ style.

 

 

 

BBQ lit we fired up the stove and put on some corn and water for tea. Not long before the smell must have hit the noses of a small family of goats and they came down to check us out. We fed them and then equally shooed them on their way so we could eat in peace.

Dark had now set in and with no mobile signal, we had very little by way of entertainment. Then Capt B remembers he has an audio book on his phone of the new movie the Martian so the two of us sat back on our chairs, lit the fire pit and sat back and listened to the narrator tell the story. This experience i cannot put well into words but it brought back memories of being a kid and listening to the radio on a sunday back in the UK when the BBC used to have such stories narrated for kids and i would eagerly listen in. Imaging, total darkness, mountains lit by a climbing moonlight, the stars there bang in your face like you could almost touch them, total silence, a fire pit roaring and the sound of a voice narrating a story about an astronaut on planet Mars, Awesome! For two hours we sat there listening to that and i kid you not it was the best entertainment ive had in a while, simple yet effective and couldnt have been more fitting for such an occasion! And so was named our “MARTIAN ISLAND”…!! :)

 

 

We continued fishing into the night but catching small fish which we reigged up as live bait , casted back into the sea for larger predators. Nothing seemed to be coming to investigate these small live baits so we decided to pack up for the night and head to bed. We were due to go on the boat tomorrow and do some trolling as agreed when we negotitaed the speed boat service.

Next morning we woke at 5 am and started to make bacon butties and coffee. Back came the goats and and shared some breakfast before we then started to pack up camp ready for the boat pick up and to go do some trolling. The boat came and we loaded all the gear up and set off trolling round the mountain edges and then eventually into the open sea. We saw a few dolphins along the way but as we reached the open sea, it was really rough and not good for trolling. Capt B also started to get some sea sickness so we decided after an hour to call it a day and head back to port and set off back to the UAE.

Another pleasureable drive back and we arrived at Capt B’s just after lunch time. After unloading his gear i bid him farewell and continued my drive onto Abu Dhabi and home.

All in all a very pleasurable and memorable trip and looking forward to the next Oman adventure!

Tight lines and Fish on!

Adam

 

Headed out for the fist time last week since summer  and caught nothing all day. It’s still extremely hot and humid and to be honest very unpleasant. I wanted to try my new toy though….a pair of outriggers i’d picked up off a friend who has since moved on from Abu Dhabi (Thanks Jan).

I said to myself on the way home last week that i wouldn’t come out again until the middle of october until it had cooled down a little. But i just couldn’t resist and this morning and headed out around 8am. It was very hazy and hot but the sea was flat calm and just the way i like it. Last week we fished close into the mainland and this week we decided to head out much further.

There was no visible bird activity so we set the 4 lines and just trolled on. After 30 minutes, we came across some rising and jumping fish and as we got closer to them, saw they were small kings chasing what i call the rain drop fish. Many times you see these small fish jumping only a few cm’s above the surface of the water in big schools and then back into the water again making small splashes and so hence my name for them, the rain drop fish,anyway……. the small kings were having a field day with these fish and chasing them out of the water. Kings remind me of my fly fishing days back home when you fish for salmon, the way they leap out of the water has a big resemblance in my opinion. We trolled right through their activity with no hook ups. I turned the boat around and trolled back through and this time we had a strike on one of the deep diving lures but we were to quick and the hook hadn’t set. At least we knew though that the deep diving lures were on the money for today…

We trolled back through again and again, the deep divers were hit and this time, a double strike and hooks set! A few minutes of playing the fish and we had 2 medium-sized Kings, both returned to fight another day and we were extremely pleased to see kings back in Abu Dhabi!! We pulled in the other 2 lines and changed them for deep diving lures and trolled on. It was quite visible now that there were at least 3 sets of kings spread around a 1/2 kilometer radius working the rain drop fish and so we just kept trolling round them and we hooked into a total of 10 kings for the day during 5 hours fishing. Would have been nice to have had the fly fishing gear on board as we could have sight casted a few, oh well, better remember next time…One king in total kept which was a good size for the table and enough to satisfy my father in law who is out from the UK and would be served for his dinner tonight.9 Kings returned.

On the way home, i said again its way to hot to be out and this time i mean it, no fishing for me until mid October now as it’s just unbearable with the humidity. The outriggers are great though and very happy with them as they make such a difference to your trolling keeping the lines spread nicely apart. I think we’ll have some good results this winter and looking forward to some cooler weather.

Tight lines all and here’s to a good winter season!

Had a nice 3 hour run out on the water in my friends boat on the Friday morning. The water was a little wavey but nothing to uncomfortable.

We headed out around 6.30am and drove for around 15 km north until we sighted some bird activity. We set the 6 lines and started trolling.

Perhaps this video will say it better but all in all, a good day on the water.

 

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There’s been a gap again in my updates, mainly due to bad weather ie wind falling on weekends and so hence a lack of fishing. I’ve also had some changes made to my boat which i’m really happy with and it’s allowed me to have more space to manoeuvre around.

So after a long wait, the weather was finally looking good and both myself and friend James headed out yesterday for a days fishing. We were out on the water by 10am and the sun was nicely guarded behind some cloud, gradually breaking through now and then. Once we got out into the channel, it wasn’t long before the bait fish were spotted and boy was there plenty. It wasn’t long before we spotted Kings jumping into the air and before we had our first hits on the lures. Sadly no hook ups but just chancers hitting the lures and i guess missing. We trolled on for another 30 minutes and then the left outrigger fishing rod bent back and the reel screamed off the line. James took the rod and began to play the fish. We bot had a few guesses on what it could be before he finally had it boat side and it was a nice king of around 7kg’s.  Lures set again and we trolled on and literally 2 minutes after setting off again, we were into another fish. This time i took the rod and it was the right hand side outrigger rod and again a nice run. James put the boat into idle and i began to reel. This one felt like a hammour. You do get a bit of a feel of what fish is on the end of the line by the way it runs or swims down to the sea bed and this felt like a hammour, 5 minutes later and you guessed it, it was a hammour of around 3kgs.

Now, believed we had hit the right area so James got out the fly rod and began casting, after several casts, he hooked into what we thought was a king (this is our personal target for the year, to get a king on the fly – apparently a difficult task…), after many runs and 20 minutes later, a nice queen of around 3-4 kgs was landed and released.  We spent the next hour between us casting flies and being stood on the bow of the boat, could look down onto the water and watch these queen and king fish chase the flies right up to the boat. The adrenalin thrill was great as you were urging the fish to take the fly and run…

All in all a great day and it was good to be back out again on the water and the new layout of the boat, i am very happy with.

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Hey all, been a while since i posted as i’ve been in the process of selling on my boat to get a slightly larger one with 2 engines. Finally got her out on the water on the weekend after 2 months of no fishing… 

Even though the weather wasn’t great on Friday, 14 -16 knots with the wind heading off shore, we managed to get out into the channel and troll for a few hours.

We caught a hammour around 10-12lbs and 2 small kings which went back.

My camera skills need a little work but here is the video link

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So, headed out with a friend on his boat on NYE into the Abu Dhabi channel. We were trolling today and casting and we set up the rods along with out riggers which is a new way to troll for me. With the outriggers, however i can really see the benefit as it allows you to troll lure out wider and stops the tangles with the other lure you are trolling. Jan(my friend) trolls 5 lures on his boat at a time so you need to use this method to ensure you don’t get any tangles!!

We were soon alongside seagulls flying high and circling and then hitting the bait fish. Then the kings were hitting the bait fish and 1 or 2 were jumping. We trolled right by them and then all of a sudden, 3 rods bend over and we have a triple hook up! Jan passed a rod to me and i began to reel, Jan handed the other rod to his nephew who also started to reel in and Jan began reeling himself…NICE, 3 fish on at the same time. I had to move my rod over a few lines to get un tangled and in the process my fish got off. Jane being a gentleman passed his rod to me and i began reeling in however there was probably about 250 yds of line out and the fish swimming n the other direction to us, my arm soon became tired…thanks Jan i thought, i can see why you passed me that rod…hahahaha

So, with 2 kings on board, we circled around and then came across the school again and Jan cast a spinner into the bait fish and before long BAM, into another King!

 

Fished for 3 hours and we had a great time!

You can see the video here http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=janmon101#p/a/u/1/sFy2pvY0Id0

 

So, headed out Thursday morning on our road trip to Dibba along with my Dad who is out here as part of his 60th Birthday present. Decided not to risk driving to the border on route to RAs Mad and getting turned back with no NOC from the bank on my vehicle. I was allowed the NOC but didn’t have time to get there before the bank closed on Wednesday afternoon.

Anyway, we left around 8am from Abu Dhabi and headed down the Abu Dhabi – Dubai rd eventually crossing of onto the emirates road and then onto Dibba. Not much to see on route bar a few mountains, crazy truck drivers and some goats.. :P

We arrived at the border check point and i had been on the phone a few times with a friend of mine for directions who regularly dives off Lima Rock. He mentioned to me, oh, just show them your passport and you’ll be ok, ok i said, i thought we were still going to be in the UAE and i wouldn’t need it so hadn’t brought it. Anyway, i did have my Emirates ID which when i flashed that and my dads uk passport, they welcomed and waived us on ( i knew that painful emirates id application process would be good for something eventually.. :wink: )

10 minutes driving further into Dibba, we eventually arrived at our camping spot which was right on the beach For all you kayakers out there, great location for launching with ease and within easy reach of the mountain structure. We set up camp and then ventured out to talk to some locals to try and get us sorted with a boat trip for the coming days. After heading down to the port, we managed to chat to a few locals and got set up for the next day and Saturday’s fishing. I got a little spinning in from the beach with a little lure across the top of the rocks and managed 2 small hammours.

It was getting dark now and we lit up the BBQ, got the gas cooker on and made dinner. The good thing about this location is there are loads of amenities around for those that are not hardcore campers ( a bit like me…) like LuLu hypermarket for example so you can pretty much just rock up with the tent and cooker etc and then get all your groceries daily within a 15 minute drive. So i sat back, ate, watched the stars, chatted with my Dad and forgot about the corporate world.

Next day up at 5am as agreed with the local boat owner to be at the port and out by 6am. Well, we were up at 4.30am, had breakfast and headed to the port, 5.30am,6am, 6.30am, 7am past and still no boat owner, 7.30am, 8am and then at 9am i decided enough was enough and tried to get us another boat. It is Friday don’t forget so it was difficult as Friday prayers are at 12.30pm but eventually i managed to meet a really nice local lad named Hamed and we agreed 3 hours today fishing and a full 6 hours the next day.

So gear loaded onto the boat, off we went, we set off trolling right past our camp spot along the rocks, after 15 minutes, my rod bent over and the line started coming out at a rate of knots. I already had 100 yds out with the famous green/yellow with black stripe lure on (i’ve been having a lot of luck with this this season), the fish to far away to identify was jumping and thrashing around and it looked like a good size, after 5 minutes of playing it, it was along boat side and it was a Barracuda of around 20-25lbs. Now came the best part, Hamed was telling me to reel it in between the engines so he could pull it out of the water with his hands by the line. So for some silly reason, i listened and let him grab the line, well, it was only 15lb line and yes, you knew it was coming, snap, line, fish and my bl**dy best lure gone into the turquoise blue water.This method is ok to do if you have a 60lb and line.No pic obviously of the run away fish…! :roll:

After and hour with no further bites, we set up for some bottom fishing and had a range of different fish, all around 500g – 4kgs  but beautiful colours. The depth around the rocks and outwards is 100 ft and deeper! My reel just kept on letting line out for an age or though it seemed(mental note: need a larger reel and thicker line)!

So for dinner that evening we had BBQ’s barracuda and what i guess are a member of the bream family but red colour. All were delicious with a bit of lemon juice,garlic salt and a can of the finest diet coke :D

Next day we packed up camp in preparation for the journey home as we were fishing from 12 noon to 5pm then heading back to Abu Dhabi.

On the way out we past many rock formations and went into some caves (you can see more pics on my blog as i don’t want to get into trouble off richie :wink: )

Then we set up for trolling, only to realise that after steaming out for more than an hour, we had left the lures in the car… :oops: :evil: of course i blame it on my Dad as he’s 60 bless him and his memory isn’t as good as before….lol only joking pops. not to worry, the scenery soon made up for that and we headed out further for some bottom fishing. A great afternoon with around 30 fish caught of different species from white hammour, oragne hammour, red hammour, Jish, barracuda, red sea bream, shark and an octopus.

Great trip and definitely will be back form some more soon!

Been a while since i posted but have been fishing lots. Lack of posts due to lack of service from Etisalat since i just moved houses…long story but i now have internet access Huraaaaah!

I have my Dad out at present from the UK for 2 weeks so headed out this morning on the boat into the mina channel and there was a little swell but nothing unpleasant and so we got past the coast guard, dropped in the lures and started trolling. After 10 minutes, both the outrigger rods started to bounce gentley but no serious reel spin so we though it was just the waves, anyway after watching this for a few mintues decided to reel the rods in and we had 2 juvenile hammours, no bigger than a pound and half each, both thrown back.

On we trolled for another half hour with nothing, the water clarity is defintely back almost to normal and we had reached around the 4th set of markers, well all hell broke loose and seagulls appeared from nowhere and there was some serious amount of bait fish around left, right, front and back of the boat. Just about to cast into it when up pop 50ft away from the boat around 8-10 dolphins. The boat engine was off and before no time, they were right up swimming alonside the boat. I’ve saved a nice video of it and will upload to you tube once i figure out how to compress it as it’s 124 MB!!

Usually they don’t come anywhere near the boat when i’ve been out but i think because the engine was off and we sat really still they came up to us and circled the boat at full speed a few times, such a pleasant sighting!

They soon had cleared off and we trolled on using the green/yellow and black striped rapalas on the outriggers and silver/yellow/red rapalas on the rear trollers, then bang, the line started to scream off, boat into neutral and i handed the rod to my dad, the rear troller rod, green/yellow rapala had hooked into a nice king of around 4-5lbs, decided to keep that one for the table this evening. On we trolled and 10 mins later, another bait eruption (not dolphins this time) and we were into another king, brought boat side tried for a picture but got off just as i was about to click!! It was around 7-8lbs, taken again on the green/yellow with black striped rapala. Looking back towards the main land, we could sea plenty of seagull action hitting bait fish all the way along the markers from marker 4 -1 and it wasn’t long again before we were into another king, this time on the red/yellow/silver rapala, this one was a jumpy and feisty little bu**er and he really danced around and then snap, about 15 ft from the boat the lure was gone along with fish.

Lovely mornings fishing and great for my old man to catch his first king. The kings are definately still there!

I am off for 10 days so plan to be out everyday. We are also heading over to Oman on Wednesday for 4 days camping and fishing so hope we have some luck over there and i can share some good stories and pictures.

Tight lines
Adam

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