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Forget the mule, load the wagon.

Decided to try out the pier down the beach from the condo this afternoon. Okaloosa island pier. Barefoot i headed down the beach around 12pm with 3 rod and reels, a small plastic box that I keep my misc salt tackle in, and a small cooler with a couple cold brews and water. Arriving at the shop I paid the man $7 and listened breifly about the terrible bite on that pier for the past week or so.

I headed out towards the end looking over each side every several steps watching for pompano. As I closed in on the end I checked for Spanish and kings. As I reached the end, I unhitched my gotcha plug and whizzed it out for the first cast of the day. After speaking to an old timer that fishes the pier daily, I decided to head in to the second sand bar and try it out.

The first cast with the gotcha raised the first group of fish I had seen. The lead fish **** up and cut me off about 1 foot above my plug. Time to retie and administer a longer lead. After retying, I pitched it out a second time and from there on out it was like clockwork every 5 mins. Group after group would move in and scare the baitfish under the pier and you knew it was about to be on! Ended with 11 Spanish in the box. Could have kept a limit but I don't have that many people to feed, so I let em live. It was a great day on the pier and hope to do it again over the next few days. Thanks for reading.

John.

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