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SUM 2018

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www.GuyHarveyMagazine.com | 13 Louisiana Blues Let's be honest, we all dream of catching a blue marlin. At least once in our lives, we'd like to hook into a big, blue monster. So when Ralph Russ of Winter Park, Florida, and friends Michael Newbern, Dennis Munday and David Gilbreath went fishing out of Venice, Louisiana, in November 2017, they not only checked that bucket list item, they did so twice…at the same time! "Two of us reeled in the marlin, because it had taken two baits. So we had the same fish on two poles!" Russ explained. The blue marlin was estimated to be between 400–500 lbs., and the guys released it alive. The marlin came on the second of two offshore trips the group took out of Venice. The first trip happened because Russ was the lucky winner of a fishing trip giveaway sponsored by the Louisiana Charter Boat Association and Guy Harvey Magazine. The fishing buds had so much fun on their first day, they decided to stay and charter one more! During their two days offshore, they harvested 80- and 100-lb. tuna and caught and released amberjack and red snapper. In fact, Russ capped his stay in Louisiana by having a nearby restaurant prepare the tuna his group caught for dinner the same day they pulled it out of the Gulf. Now, that is as fresh as it gets. It was a memorable experience for Russ, a seasoned fisherman, who has a 44-lb. mahi caught off Cozumel and a 100-lb. sailfish off Canaveral to his credit. "The whole experience was incredible," he said. LCBA captains David Morgan and Jason Lowrance led the fishing expeditions and even showed Russ and the guys a sampling of Louisiana's inshore fishery where he witnessed schools of bull reds munching near the mouth of the Mississippi River. To track down Louisiana's off-the-charts inshore or offshore fishing, visit www.lasaltwater.com. There, you can pick a location and charter captain for your adrenaline rush and, perhaps, check a few boxes off your bucket list, too. Left: Ralph Russ, Dennis Munday, David Gilbreath and Michael Newbern relaxing after a long day of slaying the fish. Below: Jason Lowrance and Dennis Munday showing off a monster amberjack.

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