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Monday morning was a little rainy in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Estero</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Bay</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>, but I puddle-jumped with anglers Gary Haupt and Mike Kidwell and it paid off. <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Gary</st1:place></st1:City> landed a 32 inch, approximate twenty-pound black drum, on shrimp (see photo.) He was tempted to keep it, but decided to release it and let it continue to thrive. We also caught and released five trout, all in about ten minutes of action, and we kept three keeper mangrove snapper.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>

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Tuesday, I fished <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Estero</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Bay</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> with Chris Polumbo and his son, Matt, and Matt’s friends, sisters Bridget and Rachel Degreef. We used shrimp to catch an 18 inch sheepshead and three keeper mangrove snapper. We released lots of short snapper and crevalle jack. Matt hooked what was either a big jack or a grouper, but it stripped his line and took off.<o:p></o:p>

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I headed to the <ACRONYM title=Florida>FL</ACRONYM> Keys Wednesday for a busman’s holiday of fishing with friends. Thursday brought me the thrill of a lifetime, when I hooked a six-foot, approximate 100 pound sailfish…wow! The guys were helping me hold it and trying to take pictures too, so we’ll hope for a decent photo of that one. We also caught some nice mahi and we are heading out for more Friday morning. I’ll travel home and rest on Saturday and be back in local waters Sunday morning.<o:p></o:p>

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