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Old 09-08-2011, 11:34 AM   #1
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Tomato Soup 9/7

That is what the water looked like yesterday throughout most of the kelp and extending well beyond that in most areas. Current was running downhill, so be ready for a paddle/peddle back if you head south. There was bait to be made on the inside, but it was scattered pretty good. Landed my first Yak YT and missed one other run for my 10.5 hrs otw. Funny thing is that it nearly never got to land (but I will get to that in a minute). Chased Wade around all day (I think we may have been in Mexican waters for some of the day). But it was well worth it for me popping my yak cherry. At one point, we were paddling along bs'ing when we stumbled upon a herd of wild Tailcus Yellowus. Not sure about Wade, but I nearly doodied my shorts as the water erupted with the scattering herd (note to self: have the iron ready to go at all times). Anyway, we get back in just a bit off the beach and Wade asks if I want an otw shot. So I unhook the fish and take out the gameclip to get the $5 shot. After a few pics I go to set the fish in my legwell behind me (I am sitting sideways of course in honor of Wade) and it slides over the side into the water. The good news is that it is floating at the surface, the bad news is that it is just out of reach. Did I forget to mention that we had tied our yaks together for the photo session? Well, now I cannot get back to the fish to snag it with my gaff. As we float even further away quickly removing the ties that bound us the fish sinks . Wade, sitting right above the fish watches it sink on his FF and says "Where the hell is the diver when you need him?). He then looks around and sees a couple of openwater swimmers about 100 yards away and says "there he is, stay here right on this spot till I get back". Well, I am not sure how, but he sweet talked the two of them into changing course and coming over for a look. Unfortunately i had drifted a little before they got there and their dive through the tomato soup was unsuccessful. Ironically, for some reason I had my FF on still, which normally gets shut off at the Reserve. So I checked my track, figured out which direction that was from where I was sitting and said " It should be over that way". The further of the two "divers" immediately sees the fish on the bottom, but they both have wetsuits on making them very buoyant. Luckily 1 of them had fins on which allowed him to swim down the 18 feet and retrieve the wayward YT. Can't thank you enough Wade, for putting me on my first yak YT TWICE!!! Good to know that the swimmers can be good for something more than slaloms (they were great about the whole thing). Now I just have to sweet talk Wade into posting a pic so this is more than just another BS fish story.
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:48 AM   #2
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well finally
at least now that trophy on your sig line makes sense

And for such a smooth operator on the water in all yer videos
you almost fugged up big time!
undo the game clip? betcha don't do that again


Seriously,
way to go Greg, got that monkey off your back and a great fishing story to go along with it

props to Wade and the swimmers for saving the day too!
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:57 AM   #3
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(you left out the forrest!)
WOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

("GregAndrew" Current reigning WCW Champion!!!!!!!!!!)

"Wades Free Guide Service" does It ALL!
Target Species, Photographer & Game Rescue..
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:59 AM   #4
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Wow what a story. What's the chances of getting a couple swimmers to find your fish. That's a fish you will never forget.
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Old 09-08-2011, 12:30 PM   #5
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congrats Greg what a story nearly ending in heartbreak, But I gotta tell ya: I would have been a fool and jumped in after it!
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Old 09-08-2011, 12:30 PM   #6
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Nice fish Greg.
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Old 09-08-2011, 12:31 PM   #7
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Very nice YT !
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Old 09-08-2011, 12:48 PM   #8
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"Wades Free Guide Service" does It ALL!
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I LUVE THIS
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Old 09-08-2011, 12:54 PM   #9
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WTG Greg.

on the brah!

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Old 09-08-2011, 01:09 PM   #10
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Sweet Greg...That Wade, he's a good mofo.
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Old 09-08-2011, 01:17 PM   #11
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WAY TO GO GREG!


That must have been an emotional rollercoaster.....here I have it ...now I don't

Great looking photo.

Hope you get one on Saturday.


Wade, you are one cool dude for helping friends out.

Wade, one question: Why didn't you just give Greg a push in the back and make him dive down for his own fish?
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Old 09-08-2011, 01:32 PM   #12
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fresh off the horn....

Nice work gentleman!!!

just got off the water....today was more of the same, nice hot weather, small surf and poop brown water, crazy!!

if you'r gonna fish soon, bring a kill bag or burlap sack to keep you fish outta the sun. Its hot out there!!


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Old 09-08-2011, 02:17 PM   #13
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Believe me, Wade was yelling "Jump in" but I was thinking no problem I will just gaff it as it was right at the surface for a good 15 seconds. Unfortunately it took us 20 seconds to unattach and get back to it, and 3 feet deep it was out of sight.
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Old 09-08-2011, 02:38 PM   #14
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Way to go Greg!!!
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Old 09-08-2011, 03:06 PM   #15
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Believe me, Wade was yelling "Jump in" but I was thinking no problem I will just gaff it as it was right at the surface for a good 15 seconds. Unfortunately it took us 20 seconds to unattach and get back to it, and 3 feet deep it was out of sight.
I guess this goes to show, just when you think you have heard/seen it all
well...you probably haven't, congrats on the double YT, first yak YT and first farmed, then unfarmed first yak YT...now where is that sashimi...enjoy
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Old 09-08-2011, 03:13 PM   #16
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oh my!!!
Greg!!!
sooo stoked for you!!!!
big time congrats on the first YT!!!
what a great story...
and Wade!
you rock!
that's just really good stuff!

very very cool!
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Old 09-08-2011, 06:01 PM   #17
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And now, that's an old fashion fish story!!!

Greg, congrats on the fish. Those yellows fight
alittle different than halibuts, don't they??

Wade, you're the man. See you guys at the Moyer.
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Old 09-09-2011, 02:15 AM   #18
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Old 09-09-2011, 05:56 AM   #19
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Very cool story Greg! Congrats on the YT!
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Old 09-09-2011, 06:51 AM   #20
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(you left out the forrest!)
WOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

("GregAndrew" Current reigning WCW Champion!!!!!!!!!!)

"Wades Free Guide Service" does It ALL!
Target Species, Photographer & Game Rescue..

Congrats!! Sounds like you worked hard for that fish. Your yak has more stuff on it than Sanford & Son's junk yard. How do you keep all that stuff from falling out?
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