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Conquering the DEVILS RIVER - An Original Film

Jun 05, 2021
so weird so dad we just finished unpacking and stuff and then we're going to pack it up again and then we're going to unpack it with all sorts of packing unpacking welcome back to the packing tour well so start right here is the Mark of zero miles for our 30 mile trip up the legendary Devils River, one of Texas' last rather hidden bass fishing gems, it's a place I've wanted to fish for many years, never had the chance to, but thank you to Brian some of your friends finn and steven we've been able to tag along and

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a pretty serious little miniseries for you guys i don't know what to expect basically what you're going to see is me and alex living out of these kayaks here for four days and four nights legitimately , the game plan is that we're going to drop right here, which is at Baker's Crossing, and we're going to go down to the pickup point, we've got a pretty decent amount. of time to cover as much water as possible, catch as many fish as we can, and

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this epic miniseries for you guys, so without further ado, let's get in this kayak and float around a bit.
conquering the devils river   an original film
I'm a little nervous this is all uh for those of you who don't know we're like literally a few miles from the Texas border with Mexico so this is a fun trip and it's going to be awesome for you guys to see us You know, catch some fish, we've got to be on our best behavior and be on our guard because I mean, it just can get a little sketchy here, but first and foremost, let's just focus on catching and going down the

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because we've got a heavy trip from we like a heavy ride you ready alex come on let's get some of that. pan wow first like 30 yards there's a bump you guys are really in a pickle huh what time is it it's pad thai right now not pad time but pad thai cause we're dropping some pads i didn't know this but apparently the devil is full of some grass and our first little spot here like 400 miles n now 400 yards down or a few pads so let's do some frogging I have no idea I always knew the devil's servant was being this big clear water rocky gorge but this immediately caught my eye, pads how can i not fish this?
conquering the devils river   an original film

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Let's start with the frog that doesn't I don't think the first lure I'd throw into devil's ear here would be a frog, but we're going to make it work. I'm a bit overwhelmed right now. It's like it's a lot to take in. I have never fished. anything that looks like this before oh I'm on a rock oh I'm spinning oh where am I going oh okay I'm spinning but seriously I've never fished a stream or

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that looks anything like that that I am witnessing, right? now it's just that it's dense I guess that's the word for it's just dense there's a lot of grass under the water on top of the water pads the water is clear it has a sort of blue tint to it but it's like it's still very clear it's moving fast it's like definitely a fast moving river supposedly also has a nice small mouth which depends on t its water flow, but yeah navigating this thing is a bit tricky.
conquering the devils river   an original film
I can't imagine what it is like when the water is very low, supposedly, the water is quite high at this time. Right now I'm kind of in awe there we go yeah sure whoops that might have been bad drinking this is a very important fish this is my first devil river largemouth on the frog also on the pads it's so funny I didn't know homework in this place no i had no idea what to expect when i got here and i saw pads i was like super shocked cute little archie is going back in the water wow ok the first victim was on the black frog probably the roughest part you can throw the summer thing is we're in the south from texas so it's pretty much summer down here whereas in north texas these fish are still generating a little back thrashing here and there but it's hot in here like the pads are green and thick everything is lush so i have to think like i am fishing in the summer um one of my favorite summer baits this is a topwater frog this is a hollow belly frog it has some good we meaty hooks only in the black color because the black contrasts so much good, against the blue sky when that fish is facing the bait, so, yeah, I'm just going to work with the rest of these pads.
conquering the devils river   an original film
I've got maybe like 100 yards left, maybe 75 yards until I hit the next riffle and then I'm going to do a little more momentum I'm just throwing into these little pockets in the pad and we're back to eight that was cool man so we've traveled maybe a quarter mile and a half mile we caught a fish trying to figure out this place it's an interesting body water i'll say ok let's keep growing you don't want it ok i'll try i'll give it ok so right in front of him i don't know if you guys can see that but right there is finn and steven and they're the ones doing the whole fly fishing thing they just point to a fish on a bed and just guess I didn't want it or couldn't get it because they're using different tactics, so they pointed me to this fish that's actually spawning.
This fish is fun right on top of a log. This is really sick. I barely can. Look at it, this water is clear, but it's quite chalky, it's about a pound, let's see if we eat the bandit bug, oh, did it just eat that, there we go? they are still spawning right now it may be a late spawn but at least its cool to know where these fish are on the spring timeline wow really hammered that nice thing that was so cool 2nd fish of the day is so weird catching fish and spawning rivers like this because they spawn in particular areas like that fish is spawning on a log like not even a bed of gravel or a bed of sand like right on top of a log and you can pretty much guarantee no one has caught this fish before special and in hell where this place is rarely fished wow good stuff back she goes oh give me a little bye bye just a little tip for you guys if you guys are going on a trip like this um you can only pack so much gear I'd say overall in my tech, i have 40-50lbs of stuff and i'm fully loaded, um, you know, i'm really limited to what i can bring, i have enough food for four days.
I have enough, you know, fishing gear, enough camera gear, but one thing that weighs a ton is obviously water. I did not pack any water on this trip. that's all i'm drinking but i thought this would be a good time to hmm oh my god i'm so sorry it was so good i haven't had to throw any water all day um i think this would be a Kind of a good time to talk about what I think of the devil so far. I have no idea how long we've floated, but it's been a good time. resting river definitely exceeds my expectations there's a big rock there's tons of current the water is clear there's grass there's reeds there's a little one there's a largemouth it's like everything a bass fisherman could ask for um I'm still figuring this out even though I've only caught two fish so I'm a lot I'm kind of on the lower end of the totem pole as far as learning this uh this body of water but I'm getting close to both baits I've fished on one of which is a bandit bug and then the other one is like a frog so slowly but surely we are finding some fish it looks like the guys with us are fly fishing they have also caught some good largemouth but we are just hanging around.
These fish are definitely related to grass, any kind of wood, there aren't many places to lay down in this river, so if you can find a place to lie down, you're in the money ticket area. It's the best tasting water ever hands down man oh oh there's w Come on yeah that's what's up no she made it damn what you gotta say about it? Can you blur this? Yes, I can blend perfect, that's what I have to say about it. yeah he was a four pounder all day how did he unbuckle man he was a good fish I think I'm cursed. wow that was dude i wish you had the perspective that i just ate holy smoke which was the sickest meal i've had all year the perspective you probably had with all that proof that the fish showed up and ate the frog was probably crazy that got my heart racing it's been it's been a pretty tough little trip figure in the

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river it's probably one of the most unique river systems i've ever fished and i'm enjoying it don't get me wrong but it's hard there's so much to fish everything looks good it's like you want to cast every tree every rock because it looks like it could hold a fish but what alex and I are slowly finding out right now is that these fish are actually super, super shallow much shallower than i would normally think like fishing a lake like these fish are getting in what you say inches probably like us it was scaring some like film told me they were in inches he gave me the memo it's like dude I'm seeing some good fish in like six inches of water so since he said I've been on this this pattern this catch the frog show just a little black frog, and throw it under these canopies, these trees and work it real fast and it just excites them like they feel so comfortable and they just they know it's like an instinctive thing that it's probably close to a three pound devil river loudmouth my first my biggest of the trip so far i'm thinking it'll probably snap this guy but hey being our first day we're just kind of getting into the swing of things such a beautiful fish they look so different here in south texas these fish are so pretty wow get a lot of it thats what im talking about there it goes oh my god buddy thats the water is amazing its gone this is what makes the

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river so rough you can watch your fish swim far away os um and the other cool thing in my opinion is you're close to this fish the battle is like very tight corners it's not like you make this big long cast hook up with a fish or on a giant bass boat it's like if that fish literally pulled my boat you feel every ounce and energy of the bigmouth or smallmouth when you log on the server yes we have yet to catch a small one you have to pass for small but I think what Alex is saying is they're further down that way great to figure out a pattern that's always a good feeling to like constantly get a few bites and slowly start to step further to get some starts I'm thinking we might get on some fish there's a lot more of these uh these low hanging trees left to fish oh it felt so good man put it there boom devils river 2019 lets go find it looks like that will happen so there's a waterfall over here well yo I haven't i have no idea where i am right now i think alex is behind me at least i hope he is but i was just fishing in a little ditch and all of a sudden i ended up in this like a little creek it's weird i don't know if i'm lost or not i know if it's like another section of the river but i'm going to keep going down i'm literally like alone right now i have no idea where anyone is on the plus side.
I think he's going to get a little more suspicious as we go on. This current of water will likely push up a bunch of bait. good for the frog and some bait action wow this is not fun this is this is not fun molly heck yeah my first smallmou devil river I hope maybe a little bigger one but I'm not picky. She will do this. Actually, she might be my first smallmouth of the year in a bandit bug. She is quite big. that was just ridiculous that was the dumbest thing i think it happened oh my god dude i missed the cast i was trying to climb under the tree and as soon as this thing hit the water i guess this is all this place there you have it the pattern from the frog continues it's really really fun to put them in this frog could they be eating something else a little better probably but it's great to get like you know two and three pounds in clear skinny water in a top water frog check them out that was the dumbest catch i don't even deserve this fish it's ok they'll release me that's what i'll get that was one aggressive fish i wish all the fish i would release would eat it like this.
So if you don't know by now what that was, that was. It wasn't supposed to happen. I was trying to get under the tree. I got lost, but still had a pity. So it looks good. Alex is just shaking his head. come on we just got another pretty unreal one that's four bites in a row i don't know if it's an afternoon deal i don't know if it's like an afternoon deal but these fish are super excited i've had four bites like dresses this damn area hammered him too omg did he want it? Yes there we go yes sir that will be the conclusion of day number one on the Devils river such an interesting fish they look very different to any big mouth I have ever caught them they have very long heads bad attitudes And you're full of courage, what if that's not a bad start to our great journey? um, let's get the kayaks back somewhere and talk about the rest of this trip because this is just thethey're look at them oh they're doing good they're doing so much better than i thought oh wow they had it easy we made it hard ok mission successful we made it through the windy strip my face hurts dammit ok here we go steps that was definitely the Most dangerous race we've ever had It's not as crazy as a rapid to go down but in these big kayaks that have like little to no steering it's a little weird it's a little weird but we made it yeah good job air pump , bang, bang, okay, maybe we can fish now, oh, come on, yes sir, I just knew it looked good, look down on it. there fighting giving it all it has oh my god these little ones just won't stop giving up i think there could be more because they were pecking me multiple times here we go little number three these fish are so fat not like very long but they are thick all the way around the tail it gives them all the power I would imagine it's not even like real fat it's just muscle because they're fighting this current since they've been a little fry, very nice fish too. but she gets sick we're not getting a ton of fish but the pools we're fishing in are producing um it's hard like I said to fight this wind but once we get to an area where it's calm and cold and we can do a cast we're getting bites another bite on the swim bait under spin very nice very very nice but there's another one underneath too just let's see oh my god that was so cool that was so cool good little mouth good little good little ok little ok little oh my gosh okay relax we're good we're good we're good we're good little boy I saw that guy eat it I like to see him come up to the kayak and just hit him. here come here this could be the biggest moment of the d oh my god this prototype swim bait is killing them oh my god yeah here it comes. game brown bass it's the deal holy mole they look like they wonder if y'all can even take a look at this like the swim bait's gone people it's not even there anymore there we go we're back at the bank just to hit you a good close look with a big camera of this beautiful little mouth only a crazy one eats these bigger ones these weighing about two pounds they are eating it so aggressively like they don't hesitate but the reason i came to the bank is not to show you the fish mainly but also to show you what it spat out look thats a big meal for a fish of that caliber like not a bad fish but like geez thats a big bluegill i guess its a long ear or bluegill or some kind of tilapia th on this fish was eating literally while hitting it spat it out in my boat so let's take some pics. drenched the camera that makes my heart pound, big mouth five pound man they're really cool but those little river two pounders get you going they make me dizzy man I'm ready let's get some more small mouth , is it like four or five?
I don't know we're catching a lot of number five catching a lot of largemouth today another good one just beautiful beautiful you're beautiful ah I'm thinking about that yeah I'm going to give a few more pitches here no i feel you're nice no that was that was what he wanted that's good it's not so bad it's not so bad oh he also has a friend has a friend with him yes ghost done did it to him again they are so fat and thick here they pop they might think it was a five pound fish it's unbelievable how tough these fish are fill the top water bait whether it's a frog or a wraith you got me going Jimmy let's see if we can catch your body I'm sure there's another one there, we're going to another good one, yeah, back to back, same little expanse of bushes. it's so predictable it's like they move from the main river right up against the shore and into the shadow another amazing fat man this is an amazing way to end the day on day number two oh my gosh look at those colors it's almost gold wow oh no way are you kidding me little oh bigmouth bigmouth oh well one too nice bigmouth one of the biggest of the afternoon this one puts the other two to shame he just wiped him out he's worn out he's hooked funny too there we go yeah this has been like the end more unreal ever was the most unbelievably fun ending oh don't do that you'll put a hook in my hand there it goes oh feisty little dude that was fun we still got quite a stretch of shadows here so let's just go na keep walking the dog wow this has been a really amazing last minute clutch biting session no way that was just ridiculous that was just stupid like where they come from they are so fast, they are so little creatures, send it. oh god here we go not shocked just shocked beaver or new trier could be a new trigger theres a new trailer this is the perfect weed for frogging like the perfect weed yeah no that was a big one that was a big fish that was a big fish god bless you last minute too bad bite im getting five more casts now we are out of here at least i want some light on how to make my shop oh thats good too is that a little mouth thats a little mouth my frog ate you must be kidding that rarely happens oh my gosh that has literally never happened catching a smallmouth on a frog a good one might have too much quality fish man and this is why i love this place. in open water we are daylight it just t escapes and i cant get out of the water because of this these fish are like hot at night it is evident that the afternoon heck river bite is just mega out here fat little tan love this place so much wow im beat thats all i can say day and everything was good like no complaints all day but i will say the last hour was like golden hour just madness this whole left side of the bank was just money for the frog and the ghost and it was amazing it's great to see how these days progress i want you guys to know to document this whole trip for you guys so you can see how you know we are learning this fishery as we go it's day two we have two more days i figure by day four we will really have it locked in but we caught a lot more perched fish yesterday i think i really tried the doubles today yesterday i was 100 feeling but today was awesome and we got this here for thanks for all that bitiness the full moon was tonight and uh that gets the fish going usually in the spring they spawn on the full moon but i think its a little late here in the South Texas to the point where they're just not going to be doing everything we did. saw some in the beds yesterday and today but we're back at camp on public land now which is nice to drink a crisp cold miller did you get these miller lite they are so fun it's a northern beer and we just remember that we're going to uh probably cook some food and set up camp epic day guys raising believable cheers so good so this is how far we've already gone in the hell lets start from the top here so we made it to mile five about two days ago that is where our journey began.
It wasn't too far down a row. Then we went all the way. What's that? uh sycamore ramp rapids that were pretty sketchy ok so we passed ed we finally got to mile 12 and after mile 12 we stopped at the campground we're at right now which is mile 15 and like You can see, after mile 15 we have something called Dolan Falls. I don't really know what that entails, I'm sure I know these 13 foot kayaks can't traverse waterfalls let alone the little rapids you saw yesterday so I'm a little dodgy because of that but the good news is the day number . three and the hell we are super excited i am looking for a big fight i have yet to feel the rage in the wrath of a giant fish out of here regardless i have a lot of fun catching those three and two pounders but i know there are some big fish that live here and i want to start to really amp up my game by casting some big baits along with us.
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I'm not at all enthused about it. got a great bluegill hook almost like a shad bluegill hook this will be kind of a sub surface deal and then right in front of that we have the infamous deep lie it's a slip less swim more than a slide action and then front my main swim that I'm going to cast today should catch the smallmouth with this little jointed zombie that mimics a little tarpon I think there's a pretty strong population of gizzard chad the further down we go the closer we get to amity lake so i have g I don't have a good feeling about that that looks like a little bluegill too in case they aren't specifically feeding on tarpon so I have three hard swim baits total set up one big one metal and a small one, so I'm thinking. we have to land on something here a big one has to go up and kill this and we have to get to where we have to go down I would probably say like 23 give us seven miles because the wind could be right in our face tomorrow that would be be a great rower especially waking up , there's jagged canyons, Indian Creek, there's some figgity weather, let's keep it going, wow, today's going to be interesting, guys, great swim baits and sketchy waterfalls.
You're excited because I'm not. I'm going fishing with Bill Dance. Today the money sauce is the best part of the day a big big mouth in the shallows that's the second I've seen that's not about four pound poor youngest right there there's one I'm on little swim bait hits it feels like a pretty good one feels like a good fish too he's trying to put me on the grass oh yeah not bad not bad here we go it didn't take long for the first fish of the day it didn't take long time hammered that swimbait too i think we're getting a little better on this whole devil's river thing it took me a while to understand this place but every day i feel like i'm learning so much more what i've really observed is bigmouths to get by hang out weed edges little mouth hangs around these big slab rock edges it's as much fun as dude look at that nice big mouth on an articulated mini swimbait not even five minutes of fishing we've already got first on the yak feeling bast I'm seeing a lot of really good fish around here, so I'm optimistic that we'll be able to catch some more before we hit the filthiness of the waterfalls.
By the way, did I mention that I'm not really looking? looking forward to this cascade treat all this cascade like drawing me im not looking ng forward to this oh wow he was hooked real good he put up a really amazing fight ok that was great heck yeah first one of many more mark the goal today my words is to catch a fish over four pounds on this yak. It should be a simple feat, but these past two days I've been having trouble finding a fish over three and a half years old, so remember that's the goal for today. on the big hook on the big hook yeah today is going to be a good day peeps today is going to be a good damn day relax relax relax got you see that you got that oh my god so sick swim bait fish number two i am feeling its gonna happen today so sick ok so we're at the number one hurdle for the day no kidding kind of cascade uh yeah I don't think we're thinking the next plan of action is to find out a safe and not so deadly path down this monster waterfall look what that is humon gous i mean our kayaks are about 100lbs without gear another 40lbs of gear you get 140lbs per person im not john cena so definitely no feat easy to me wow the water looks great albeit big deep pool sheesh it's crazy i guess we're going to have to move somewhere over there there's like a little spot that it gradually goes down that's probably our best bet this It's not going to be easy but we're going to give it our all just part of the adventure okay first kayak in the hole she looks good that wasn't easy though oh my god that wasn't easy I'm going to finish this okay I'm just going to walk the kayak wow this is serious dude this is not a joke we need to realize oh where am i going to try this there we go come here lucy here we go ok thats the last jack it definitely wasn't as easy as i thought it would be p but it could have been so much worse wow i hope that's the worst of all okay come on up we're good let's go fishing now geez half of this trip is just getting over the damn evil what's up? gopro seven, hopefully,whats going on so every night we drag our kayaks to shore for obvious reasons we dont want our stuff to float away so this is my kayak its 12 and a half foot. uh sit on top yak it has loads of storage it's perfect for trips like this a lot of storage in the front a lot of storage in the back i think i've talked about this in previous videos you get the gist now let's move on to the store setup if i can get through without hitting myself in the face on the branch its ok first of all this is breakfast today we are having some turkey chili with beans this is a nice thing just add a little of water and it cooks itself so as I do my intro for you I'm also making some meals and then here it is uh this is my store this is an Ozark Trail Walmart one person store how much was this Alex? but for a four day five day trip it's perfect especially if you're alone and you only need a one person tent so it's a one person tent it's small it's easy to set up that's what which I like it takes like five minutes to set up you have basically two beams huh one through a and this little one that goes right here look what it can fly whats up g you gonna join oh sorry i killed it I'm just kidding anyway, so this is the inside of the store, not much to do, a couple of things.
I wanna go. I've been sleeping like on this orange padded mat which is really nice because pretty much everywhere we've slept there's been some pretty gnarly rocks on the ground so you've got like these super super super uncomfortable rocks. that's not nice to sleep in so i also have a sleeping bag a blow up pillow and then uh all my clothes along with the towel and then dirty clothes yeah so that's what gets up um stuff super simple, all this other. the kayak is around almost 150 bucks its a budget trip you dont need a lot of money to do a trip like this the only thing that might break the bank of course is the fishing gear and the kayak if you want to get a good kayak it costs a lot of money the one we are using i think retails around huh 1500 bucks which is a lot but if you want to go on a trip and want a reliable kayak that won't sink or tip over you might as well spend the money on that tent you can live on 25 tent sleeping bags I think I got this at a thrift store as a kid a pillow just a few bucks you know it's all pretty cheap you know I'm trying to make the case that you guys can come here anyone can come here and take a trip like this it's easy you just need to come prepared bring the right amount of food and you know plan your trip definitely plan your trip because you didn't expect all those quick two yesterday anyway, now that we made it, let's go on the water and fish, come on, old bessie, oh, boys, this is our last chance at a real devil, river giants, don't I run my nose?
Fourth day is going down, I'm yelling wood, you better move Do better, dance, check out this fool, people like first thing in the morning, they haven't even done a cast yet and mother nature says: hey, would you like some quickies with that? oh god ah I didn't even have coffee this morning there you go that's what I'm talking about you drank it like a champ on the right side okay okay yeah okay here we go here we go oh she's a little wet okay just pull it out now just ride she out ok turn left ok that was pretty hectic i dont think i was ready for that ok wait wait whats that we got one more we got one more here we go thats a lot water that's a fair amount of water in there yeah ok that was exciting so let's get this bread ok first of the day not how i wanted to start but fish is a fish and you smell good just one small to start the morning, thank you very much, stinky. cool ok this stinks ok that's not good oh here we go how did I say I don't tip these things are beasts I think that's what it really is the last of the rapids I almost tipped that was it closest I've ever come to tipping this whole trip I did though now it's time to fish let's go catch some fish oh jesus wow this place is amazing it's like day 4 and it still amazes me like where the hell am I crystal clear river traversing the south texas desert, this is so crazy, that's epic, well this was a pretty unexpected catch for the first fish. first good fish of the day a damn striper i didnt think they lived here that was very good he didnt fight very hard but it was a quality catch however its a very long lean fish my first striper of the season not too bad who hear how they ok guys welcome back to devils river um the fishing is very slow right now so i thought i would take this opportunity to show you guys some of the underwater stuff that happens its really clear water fishing and you know i have my goggles here got an underwater camera let's kick it around a bit we got like four hours till we get to the pickup point and yea i mentioned the fishing was slow let's go for a little dip okay gang here we go where's warp chief blind right now?
I can not see anything. These glasses are broken. I got it on camera but there was a big voluptuous carp back there and it was feeding and I think it saw my nipples and scuttled away because I've never seen nipples that small before so that was cool I think I've got it on video. I don't know, he was like a giant. This stream is blowing my mind right now, so I hope you found it amusing. Let's go back to our regular schedule and try to catch our big Jesus. Is this the end of our four day trip down the famous d evils river wow that was quite an interesting last day can't say much more than the fact that it was extremely windy we tried our best to catch some fish um both teams just didn't they were able to make it happen it wasn't the most ideal section of the river it just wasn't like what we were looking for but that's all the complaints what i want to talk about is the positives obviously it was an amazing trip um yeah let's get out of the water now, I really felt it.
I kind of finished strong on the swim bait had some crazy chances there's so many tooth marks on this thing from this trip it's crazy but um yeah I gave it all I feel mega crunchy after fishing this river for four days I'm getting sick I'm worn out my hands are all ripped off smallmouth and bigmouth its a good feeling but im fucking beat and cant wait to get back to earth dammit now um that concludes our devil river trip we are back at uh, home base because everyone we started we got the kayaks off the runner rig we brought it in the chevy and we started our 30 mile float 30 miles four days 30 miles many many fish my hands show our ride and it was huge ok so we headed home from literally the texas and mexico border is worth it um what do i think of this trip i think it was pretty crazy you have two world class fisheries you have the lake a friendship and you have the devil's river right next to each other you couldn't ask for a better place to go and spend four days on a strictly fishing mission um i'm excited i wish i had a few more days on the river but honestly it was a amazing journey thank you to everyone who made it possible thank you for watching and sticking with it and staying tuned um i really hope you got excited about all our adventures and we can live vicariously through every mistake and triumph we made from point a to b but uh yeah this is if we head back on highway 85 miles until we take our next exit and um that's all she wrote and as i do this outro we're driving over the lake of friendship look at that damn beautiful sight anyway im going to log off thank you guys so much for watching i'll catch you guys in the next episode of pawn. fishing mission whatever as always friends keep fishing never stop um you

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