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Gone Drummin'

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One gorgeous morning while we were on the North Carolina coast, a few of the Gray men went fishing and I tagged along.  With camera in hand, of course!

 

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The sun was barely breaking the horizon when we met Captain Jonathan for a morning outing to fish for red drums in the inlets.

First order of business:  catch the bait!  Drum fishing requires live bait, so Jonathan netted several small schools of baby mullets....

 

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...which the boys put into the boat's live well to feed the red drum for breakfast.

 

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I mostly went along for the scenery...and we were treated to an osprey overhead too!

 

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Red drum are excellent eating fish, and they like to hang out along the grassy marsh areas nibbling on shrimp and crabs.

Oh...and they like baby mullet too!


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Gotta love a Captain who brings chocolate milk to drink!

 


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Casting the line in the just right spot to catch the drums was a specialized skill, and although I gave them an "A" for effort, none of the Gray men quite mastered it.  But they had sure had fun trying!

 

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Can't beat the scenery!  So so quiet and peaceful....

 


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Karter had the first bite!

 

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Although it was just 1/4" shy of the 18" keeper size, it was still by far the biggest fish he'd ever reeled in.

 


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Kaden's was a keeper for sure!

 

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A few times they caught some oysters....

 

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Not what we're looking for...and sometimes tricky to get your fishing line untangled from!



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Kristoffer....

 

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Captain Jonathan....

 


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Kyler's turn.  He loves when I have him look into the sun....

 


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The seagulls swooped by our boat occasionally, hoping to snatch some throw-away bait fish.

 

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Papaw's turn!

 


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The Papaw/Karter duo caught the biggest drum of the day!

 

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After a couple of hours, we'd caught 5 keepers and thrown back a few small ones and several "big ones" got away.

 


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A good morning!

 


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Jonathan cleaned them for us....

 


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...and gave the boys a lesson in drum anatomy.

 

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The gulls enjoyed the drum guts.  Everybody was happy!

 


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Love this cute little fisherman!

 


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A great morning to be...

...gone drummin'.

 

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