Joined the 30lb club

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Michael Hogue
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Joined the 30lb club

Post by Michael Hogue » April 23rd, 2012, 10:52 am

In the pole vault, there are very few prodigy vaulters that start at a young age. However, for the ones that do, many coaches and vaulters alike consider it a major accomplishment to clear a height equivalent to or higher than your age. A 14 year old jumping 14 feet would be incredible just as an 18 year old jumping 18+ is equally a stud.

I think the same standard could apply to striper fishing :?: What do ya'll think? If your personal best fish weighs more than your age, I think you're doing pretty good.

Anyway, I'm 28 and pleased to announce that I joined the 30lb club this morning. Up until today I have fished primarily in areas where I have been told that the fish are. But, today I pushed myself and fished an area of a river that I have never heard of or seen anyone fishing before. Only person with me was my Dad. Feels good to find your own spot 8-)

33 lbs - 41.75"

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Jason McClure
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Post by Jason McClure » April 23rd, 2012, 11:13 am

that's awesome dude! sometimes that extra push of dedication and gut feeling pays off! good to see you having success on the water so far this year, and congrats on the personal best... that's a trophy fish! i hope it just keeps getting better and better for you and all of us on here!

tight lines to everyone! :D

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John Mantovani
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Post by John Mantovani » April 23rd, 2012, 12:53 pm

That is a nice fish Michael. Cool dude; I know it feels great finding them on your own.

Not sure about your standard though, at 53+ it is going to be tough beating my age.
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Post by David Powell » April 23rd, 2012, 12:58 pm

Nice fish! Congrats! Nothing better then finding your own spot with nobody around.

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Post by Mike Ward » April 23rd, 2012, 4:07 pm

Awesome - certainly helps to live and fish in the land-o-plenty, but still a solid feat a lot of folks can't claim to have obtained - a really pretty fish right there! And doing it on your own in your own spot makes it even sweeter.
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Post by Keith Prather » April 23rd, 2012, 5:47 pm

Congratulations on getting a beautiful fish and doing it on your own with you dad is a bonus! :)

I'm with you John, gotta get a 50 this year. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Post by Ken Sato » April 23rd, 2012, 7:29 pm

Congrats on the new milestone! That's a nice fish.
Your age formula is flawed, how high does a 51 year old pole vault, 10'? :lol:
My fastball tops out at 54 MPH, that's what my son threw at 10 years old. It sucks getting old :roll:

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Post by Ezell Cox » April 23rd, 2012, 7:31 pm

I am over the hill at 61 pounds and 8 oz. 64 years of age. OK I'M READY TO CATCH UP. I have been seeing you down on the river I think with the orange top? You can't hide. :lol: :arrow: CONGRATULATIONS.

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Post by Tim Edwards » April 23rd, 2012, 7:48 pm

I'm not real crazy about your formula, 50 th birthday tommorow and only a 32 lb stripe but sure am happy for you congrats! :D :D

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Post by Mike Werner » April 23rd, 2012, 7:55 pm

Congrats on the 30+.

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Michael Hogue
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Post by Michael Hogue » April 23rd, 2012, 9:17 pm

Haha! Thanks guys! And yes, the age standard eventually maxes out. I never had a chance in the vault. I started jumping at 16 years old. The highest I ever jumped was 17' 8.5" and I was 23 by then. World record in the vault is just over 20 feet. So I guess fishing can be my redemption :lol: Always nice to have a goal :D

Mike is right. Its def. an advantage living in East TN. Plus it helps to have guys like Todd Asher, Nate Criswell, and Jeff Trembley in the area to learn from. Still waiting on the invite to join you Ezell 8-) :lol: and yes, I've got the skiff with the orange top.

See ya'll on the water

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Post by Todd Asher » April 23rd, 2012, 10:57 pm

Catching fish in your own spots is awesome. Congrats on finding a new spot! That is a great fish!!
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Post by Chad Gilmore » April 23rd, 2012, 11:24 pm

good looking fish....congrats!
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Post by Richard Sexton » April 26th, 2012, 12:57 pm

Congrats on the personal best and finding it on your own!
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Re: Joined the 30lb club

Post by John Yancey » April 26th, 2012, 2:38 pm

Congratulations!! I was fortunate to be able to do the same thing last year with my first and still only fish over 30.

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