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Date posted July 5, 2013 9:12 AM
Posted by AllyKat
Report location New York > North Shore > I I I I
Fishing method Boat
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We usually spend the holiday down in Virginia Beach with my wife's family. This year, they came up north. So instead of offshore fishing for tuna and mahi, or spadefish at the Lighttower, my cousin Mark and my father in law Hank went fishing on the LI Sound to start the 4th.

Went to Cow Harbor on Wednesday after work to pick up some fresh bunker that has been in short supply. I called earlier in the day and Phil put some aside for us. Thanks again guys for the great service.

So, we got a late start on Thursday, breaking the inlet at 7AM. Motored out into the Sound and set up at 50 ft. The incoming was slowing down and the south wind had us bouncing around on the hook. Eventually the boat and the lines were going in opposite directions.

Our goal was to put 90 years young Hank on his first keeper striper in forever. He has caught them before, but only trolling along time ago, and the occasional shorty back in his cop days by Fort Totten. He has been fishing with us on the AllyKat, but his luck has been the same..big blues and dogfish.

Once the boat settled into position, the fishing picked up. Hanks luck didn't change when a small dogfish came up with the circle hook right in its jaw. Hanks colorful language was directed at his luck, the fish and us...had us rolling pretty good.

Rebaited and 10 minutes later the Rod starts to dance in the holder, and then ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.....Hank picks it up and puts it in gear as he starts to reel. The rod bends hard and Hank repositions himself as he is tied to a good fish that stays deep. Good five minute fight with multiple drag testing runs as the curses were flying at will...but soon, we saw the fish through the gin clear water. The large bass got us worried as it tried to get away, and came very close to the outdrive. Tense moments for sure, but Hank whipped his bass as I netted the nice 38 inch keeper, and dropped it on the deck with a loud thud.

This was Hanks largest bass to date, and he was especially thrilled that it passed the old 36 inch limit that kept him for many keepers back in the day.

He completed the grand slam with a big chopper blue and ofcourse a sea robin. Mark also reeled up a cute 26 inch bass...joked that we should trade a couple of inches from Hanks fish for the shorty, but he was quickly unhooked and sent back. We came back at 11am with Hank pretty worn out with us constantly handing him the rods. He thinks we were trying to get rid of him once and for all.

Only one keeper for us, but it was the one that counted. Made for a great Fourth of July BBQ later wit.h the family. He thanked me for the trip, and I couldn't be happier that we got him his trophy he's been after for a long time.

Stars and STRIPER

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Joined: 06/16/2006
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 07/05/2013 10:05 AM  

Better pic

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 07/05/2013 11:41 AM  

Great story. Kudos on the catch Hank

Tight lines!
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 07/05/2013 04:36 PM  

ShadesShadesCongratulations Hank on a Fine Fish.......upup Have to give some credit to the Captain though for getting you on the fish..ShadesShades Always makes you feel Good drew when you can get your friends and family on the fish. Well Done Pal..upupup

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 07/05/2013 05:25 PM  

Way to Go Hank


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 07/05/2013 05:45 PM  


Prowling the shore line's!

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 07/05/2013 07:21 PM  


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 07/05/2013 08:14 PM  


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 07/05/2013 08:54 PM  

Nice work!

A real fattie!up

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 07/05/2013 09:18 PM  

Good going guys, great catch Hank. I remember the 36" . That was a while back.Shades

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 07/06/2013 10:30 AM  

Great story. Congrats Hank! up

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 07/06/2013 08:48 PM  

Way to go Drew. Well worth the effort.

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 07/07/2013 06:46 AM  

Good job, Drew. Congrats to Hank on a fine catch.
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