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Tawakoni, July 16, 2005

I had posted that today was open and Doug Britain immediately called his wife Nancy to tell her what he wanted for his birthday. What a gal, hires the guide for her husband's birthday and comes along to boot!.

I met Doug and Nancy at Holiday Marina just before daylight around 6am. The weather was just perfect, but the topwater action from 2 weeks ago just wasn't there. I looked for schooling Sandies along White Deer Reach, Finger Point, Cloud Point and just about everywhere in between with just a few fish taking slabs. Burgess slabs by the way.

The next spot on my list was the Greenville Pump Station. It was here that I marked a good sized school on the outside edge of a drop off. After wearing our arms off slabbing, i noticed that the fish we did catch hit the baits on the fall on long casts. This was a clear indication that the Hellbender/Pet Spoon combo needed to be broken out. We started trolling with 13 fish in the box at 10am and by noon we had the other 37 Sandies accounted for and released 10 or 15 smaller fish in the process. With a limit of Sandies filled I headed up the lake to the dam area and put out the downriggers. In the very first pass we had a fish on (pictured with Nancy). The next 2 hours were spent having a lot of fun catching a nice limit of fish with one double hookup during that time. Greg, with 3 "C"s guide service brought us our ninth fish on his way into the weigh-in for the Striper tourney. We had lost all the line on one reel and the jig on what we thought was a hang up . The fish had tangled itself in Greg's downrigger cable and he had seen us loose it and was nice enough to bring it over to us. What a guy!

This was a great day fishing with great people and it was so much fun. Doug and Nancy are just a lot of fun to fihs with and I look forward to everytime they call.

The water temperature was in the low 80's and the condition was moderately clear. the Stripers were all down around 20 to 25 feet and readily took stump jumpers with a 6" curly tail trailer. The Sandies were caught on gold Pet Spoons and the size didn't seem to matter.

Just be careful with the storms. A man was killed by lightning last week on Lake Fork.

E-mail me if I can be of any use or help to you in anyway.

Omar Cotter

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