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  1. #1
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    Talking Anniversary Fish

    The Mother in law had said she would take the twins for a night for our anniversary but kept us on the fence until finally the night before where she said she would do it Those of you who have parents that regularly take your children on some weekends and so you can sneak away for vacation without the kids need to thank your parents as you don't know how lucky you are. This was the first night she ever took them.

    We met her at Cataloochie exit and got a meal at GiGi's which is convenient, good eating, and cheap. After saying our good byes my wife Holli and I headed for Cataloochie. Since it was already 2 PM even before we hit Cove Creek road we knew we weren't in for any long hikes and just took it easy. Once on Cove Creek road we got behind a Florida tag with the Park Ranger behind him. Needless to say we did 15-20 for the next few miles till the guy finally pulled over letting the ranger pass. While I'm not known to be a slow driver, I couldn't keep up with the ranger as we dropped over the divide into the bowl of Cataloochie. Once we hit the paved road we caught up with the ranger who was stuck behind a handful of tourons (I mean tourists) as we hit the first set of fields. A tourist walks up to the rangers car and hands him a shot gun shell casing, to which I confirmed my observation with the lady as we passed. Through another set of fields and off to the trailhead.

    Fall is in full swing



    The signs in this part of the park are much more professional looking



    Working a ways up the trail



    After passing several sweet holes found a few I couldn't pass up and while the fishing was really slow, I did manage to snag this guy








    Then nothing not even a bite for 10-15 minutes. I was about to give up when this guy grabbed the dry.



    Nice looking water abound



    A few colors to boot




    Glad just to be


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    Wonderful, excellent, and beautiful. Congratulations.

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    Strainer Falls - Not much for a fisherman to step over, but a solid Class 5 rapid for a Foamie Boater.



    Duckpaddler with the Usual Suspects



    Leaves for interesting eddy lines



    After doing some videoing of the Foamies in action we decided to head back to the trailhead. Had to check out the Elk on the way out.

    This young male decided to come out into the field to check out a cow.



    Which definitely got this guys attention who was very greedy and wasn't into sharing.



    A crotch sniff or two later even got the big guy to bugle at the young buck



    We headed out the gravel road taking the long way out but avoiding Cove Creek, and the Pigeon Gorge





    Even a bit of a rainbow in the sky



    Had some interesting sights on the road out. Got to see bikers (like what Mr. Troutman rides), people walking horses, hunters (only place beside the reservation where I see a conscious lack of enforcement), school buses (At 5:40), and even a hippie at the trailhead to 38 who Serenaded the wife and I with a fiddle tune as we passed




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    Talking

    Not a bad way to spend a day, and a night without the kids PRICELESS



    And the best part is the next day while my wife went and picked up kids, I went back to the park to fish with Nathan

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    Nice report. Sounds like a cool time with the wife. Does she know that you made 2 posts, one titled Catch of the Day and its not the one about her!?!
    My posts are worthless without pictures

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    Love the foamie floaters James pretty cool. Glad you guys had a good time over there. I haven't seen Gigi's will have to check it out what kind of food is it? Glad to see you sneaking away from Nathan for a day out with your wife ha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by duckypaddler View Post
    Duckpaddler with the Usual Suspects



    James, you are one lucky manboy. Your bride lets you fish on your anniversary AND... bring along your toys. Love the helmet. Great report. Thanks.
    “Joe” Fred Turner
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    That's good stuff. It's funny about the elk, several weeks ago when I was there, people would ride by and yell at them (while bugling sounds) and get mad when they wouldn't come closer for a photo, etc. It was literally like a zoo. I guess people forget that they are wild animals. Looks like you had a great trip!

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