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Unread 07-09-2010, 09:52 AM
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Re: Will swap offshore fishing trip for hunt.

hi jay,
well here in orygun diy hunts are very profitable,theres black bear elk and lotsa dogs and cats.i would get as far away from the big known hunting spots as these now days seem to be getting danerous,i got shot at a few years ago.i head out to places most folks dont consider good hunting and i like it.i get more kills and no ignorant brush shooters.
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Unread 08-18-2010, 10:02 PM
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Re: Will swap offshore fishing trip for hunt.


I ended up trading a Don and his son Bridger for a Caribou hunt in Alaska. The fishing trip and caribou hunt were absolutely incredible. I knew I could put them on the fish, but was extremely impressed with the caribou hunt.

I'll start with the fishing trip.

The fishing in South Louisiana is some of the best in the world. The large amount of oil rigs provide an unbelievable habitat for a varity of fish. The only problem was the BP Oil Spill that happened about 6 weeks before our scheduled trip. The oil spill caused massive closures and forced me to change plans just a few days before the trip. We ended up fishing a couple hundred miles further west than usual, but I was confident we would do good.

The son, Bridger, had never caught anything bigger than 15lbs and I told him we could at least get something in the 50-80# range. The plan was some triggerfish, mangrove snapper, Amberjacks, try for a Warsaw Grouper, then run long to the canyon for some Yellowfin Tuna.

There was a pretty good chop when we left the pass from some area thunderstorms, but it turned to dead calm as the day progressed. Started out by catching some triggerfish, and a few mangroves. Constantly releasing monster Red Snapper, because the season was closed. After lunch we got on a bunch of Amberjack to 60 pounds, and they had an absolute blast with them.

We set up for a Warsaw Grouper in the evening, and 16yr old Bridger was on the rod. I knew there was a good chance at a monster, but never expected this. When the fish hit he was ready, and fought the fish like a pro. It hit the scales at 323 pounds, and will be the new #4 in the state. I'll let the pictures show the rest. Needless to say you still can't beat the smile off Bridger's face! After the fish was in the boat we decided to head back in. Bridger and his dad were flat wore out, and had enough. We'll have to save the tuna for next time.

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Unread 08-18-2010, 10:04 PM
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Re: Will swap offshore fishing trip for hunt.

And here's the hunting part:

I just got back from Alaska last week for the Caribou hunt. Me and my Bro-in-law (Craig) met Don and Bridger at the airport, and headed North on the Haul road towards Prudhoe Bay. We were there for 8 days, and Don was confident he could put us on some nice bulls with our bows.

We were greeted with warmer than usual weather, which really slowed the caribou movement. However, Don came through and put us on a couple of REALLY nice bulls. We hunted hard, and it paid off.

Craig shot his at 60 yards, and I shot my first bull at 94.4 yards! Here's some pics.

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Unread 08-21-2010, 08:42 PM
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Re: Will swap offshore fishing trip for hunt.

Jay, that is awsome!

Those fish make my catch from Florida this spring look like bait...

Glad everything worked out and you guys had a great trip.
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Unread 10-13-2010, 12:28 PM
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Re: Will swap offshore fishing trip for hunt.

Thanks Jay for the hospitality, My son will never forget the fishing trip of a lifetime and I am always indebted to you for giving him that opportunity. You are welcome to hunt here in Wyoming or Alaska with us anytime you want. Here are a few more pictures. Some more of the caribou pictures are on the Alaska hunting forum at the bottom of the forum page. Thanks Again, Don

Predictions are difficult, especially when they involve the future
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Unread 10-14-2010, 08:08 PM
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Re: Will swap offshore fishing trip for hunt.

This is a great example of "Community", people treating people to whats great in their areas and giving them memories that will last a life time. Great catches and hunt pictures, doesn't get any better than this.

Ranger Jim
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Unread 10-30-2010, 05:11 PM
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Re: Will swap offshore fishing trip for hunt.

I whent hunting with Don Lewis also this year and had a hunt of a lifetime. would do it again, here are some pics of my bulls
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