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Tawakoni, July 2, 2005

Hi Everyone!

I am sorry this is so long in coming! I took the rest of the weekend off after fishing on Saturday.

I had some first time clients in Will, Jay and Will's son 11 year old Willie and Jay's 2 boys Clint 8 years old and 6 year old Chaz (hope I spelled that right).

We got an early start with me actually being at the right lake this time. The rain and lightning was trying to move in so we stayed close to Holiday for the first 45 minutes or so. When it looked like the coast was clear we headed on over to Sun Point. We managed a few undersized Hybrids before moving to Cloud Point and there was nothing there. I moved us to the hump at the mouth of Rabbit Cove and we managed a couple of keeper Sandies here.

The action just wasn't good enough to keep me there so I moved us onto Finger Point. We got here, I killed the motor and the fish began schooling all around us. I was busy hooking fish and handing off the rod to whatever boy wasn't already fighting his own fish. We fished here for a solid hour chasing the schools with the trolling motor. My weather Angel called me and told me to start heading back to the Marina, so with the fish still on top we headed in.

I made a stop at the Terrill Pump Station and the fish were schooling all over the shallowest part of the hump. We caught quite a few more fish before the rain sent us on in. The boys needed a brief break anyway.

After about 45 minutes the rain let up and back out we went. I tried the Terrill Pump Station again first with only a few coming in the boat. I headed on around White Deer Landing towards the Dallas Pump Station and there was another nice school of Sandies on top. We put a few more in the box here before moving on to a point across the lake which for the life of me I don't remember the name of. The Sandies were stacked up on this point as well and we caught a lot more good fish here.

I decided to try our luck trolling with my new down riggers for some Stripers and for my second time to use them I feel we did well. I started off at Wolf Cove and there was nothing there, Sun Point couldn't find them there either. The next place was the deep trench in front of the SRA.

The first pass we caught a nice 8lb fish. The second pass we caught a solid 5 pound fish. We had several passes with no takers but then we caught 4 more fish on 4 more consecutive passes between 10 and the largest fish weighing in at a solid 15 pounds. Will and Jay let the boys reel in all these nice fish. I tried to talk them into having the 15 pounder mounted but they decided against it.

So, we finished with 54 Sandies, 1 Channel Cat and the 6 Stripers. The Sandies were all caught on Burgess and Lead Babies slabs with chartreuse or chartreuse/white being the best. The Stripers came on green Stump Jumpers with a 6" chartreuse metal flake curly tail grub doing ALL the damage.

The rain lowered the lake temperature back to the upper 70's and low 80's with the water clarity being quite good. The nice thing was the fishermen had most of the lake to themselves due to the rain. Once again it is so good to watch kids catch fish.

I hope you all had a great 4th and may the Luck O' The Irish be with you!
E-mail me if I can be of any use or help to you in anyway.

Omar Cotter

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