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5/7 AM we had Lou, Al, John, Drew, Chuck and Larry. Got bait and set up on loads of bait and nice reads fish. Nothing on chunks but the livies were getting played with quite a bit. 1 run off and a few misses and that was that. Made a move and saw scattered fish so we threw the plugs in. Got 1 nice and a short finally. Set up with chunks in that area and again fish just playing with the live ones and just 1 run off. Nothing on the chunks... The guys stayed at the rail all day, but they weren't rewarded for there efforts. Frustrating morning for sure, another day of seeing loads of fish, but can't get em to eat.
5/7 PM we had Drew, Peter, Mike, Kevin and Evan. Went back to the spot from the am and within minutes we have a beauty on with a chunk. And that was it. Made a couple moves west on some nice marks, but again nothing. So we put the plugs in. Got a call from Capt Nelson who said he was starting to pick. Trolled our way to him and started to catch. Switched from the plugs to the wire with shads and started catching good. But just like that it stopped. Fish were absolutely loaded over here tonight. It's ashame we couldn't get more. Ended up with 6, 15-20lb fish and one lost, for the night.

Ran open boat today 5/6. Headed to the grounds a little late after getting bait. And put in the plugs. Nothing. Got a call from Capt Fred and shot over to him and finally got some fish to bite. Looked like lights out but after 3 nice fish, it turned off like a light switch. Searched for a bit and put the plugs in again, 2 more nice ones back to back, then a short. So I thought ok we got em now. Nope! Off like a light switch again. Looked all over plugs in the water and all we could grab were a few more shorts. Tortured the guys and kept em out later, but it just never happened for us. Good crew, tough fishing. Tomorrow's another day.

Had Arbens charter today. We saw way more life and better sized fish. Read fish all day long, getting them to bite was the problem. Some serious wind against tide issues didn't make it easy at all. The boys were troopers and managed 7 keepers to mid 20lb range couple shorts and couple that came un glued. They all caught fish, drank beer and had one hell of a time.
Saw better life so I'll take it. I know we didn't catch a whole hell of a lot today but, definitely liked what I saw. Looks like the bay is gonna light up this week.

Saturday 5/3 - Had Damon's charter and went to where we had fish yesterday morning. A quick short and a keeper right away and then nothing for quite a while. Eventually we had some fish at the boat. A load a misses and tooooo many lost fish. The guys gave it hell at the rail all day. They hooked up a mix of shorts and keeper fish most of the day but only managed 5 keepers to take home.

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