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By: Sam Collett (@collettjsam)

Photos by: Sam Collett & Ty Hibbs (@whatever_bites)

I’ve developed a bi-annual habit of leaving the southeast Louisiana mud, assembling a band of equally mental friends (and understanding girlfriends) and making a trip to somewhere tropical to wade fish.

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By: Court Douthit

It’s that time of year again, when several of us start burning the candle at both ends. That means tarpon fishing at night around lighted structure, dawn missions for rolling fish and of course being out there from 10 a.m. to 2 or 3 p.m. whenever possible to take advantage of the high sun angle.

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The flats around the Mac Dill air force base have been off limits to boating and fishing since the events of September 11th, 2001. Since then the flats have been no-mans land and every seasoned bay area angler would be keen on any opportunity to drop a line. I opened a message from one of the guys at Operation Home Shores saying that they were opening the gates so to speak and allowing the public to fish the flats for a day. I needed to know more. I was then filled in with all the details required In order to participate in a day of fishing around the base.

 

I needed a few things: 1. Notify them of my desire to participate in the event, 2. Who my passengers will be, and 3. A background check on each attendee. The first person to come to mind was a cousin of mine that also happens to be Combat Arms Trainer at Mac Dill and owner of RK Training Dynamics.

Our sons are the same age so we often spoke of making a fishing trip happen, and the time was finally upon us. I called him up and we discussed a third member and quickly agreed his father-in-law would join us as well.

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What a fantastic weekend of weather for the 3rd Annual Skinny Water Culture Paddle Craft Tournament & the 14th Annual Shark Bite Challenge & Paddle Fest !

Attendee’s traveled near and far to be in beautiful Dunedin, FL, April 7th for the Welcome Party on the back patio of Kelly’s Chic-a-Boom Room . I personally loved overhearing everyone discussing their game plans for Saturday, sharing memories from prior years, and watching the casting challenge run by Captain Court Douthit.

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