The get together went nice. Out of the 38 that was signed up, about 20 of those showed up. But we still had fun. The Carne Asada that Fat Albert put together was delicious. The pasta was delicious, and also of course the fish fry by Fishprince especially the crappie was great. Keith can put together a great fish fry. Lots of food. Full bellies. And also great socializing occured. Now to the fishing. Tough, tough, and tough. Preserverance was the key for the night. It was windy pretty much most of the time, a little sprinkle came through as well, and it was looking grim for me for a while. But on top of that, I still had my chance and blew it for the season. I did not get any hits until 10pm. And they hits were massive hits. First hit at 10pm and I was shocked because I have not had anything until that time. This thing was going nonstop and loud like that I get at Vicente. I get up and let it run and set the hook and nothing. That was on bonita. Next one 5 minutes later on the old faithful blue/ gray rod handed down from my father. This rod has caught and hooked more blues than any rod I have. The line was peeling fast, the pole was bouncing loud up and down. I automatically know its a fourty plus when that happens. Set the hook. Its on. Pole is bent. Fish is doing a hard head shake and pull. Fight it for about 5 minutes. This only hapens to me once a year at irvine and I am hoping that I land it. It feels heavy. Then all of a sudden loose line. Its shook loose. I was astonished. Had to be at least 50. That one hit a fist size cut bonita. So I am like that was the opportunity right there. I relaxed and get another run around 11pm. Not as big as the one I lost, but maybe 30. This thing decides to go for my anchor. I pull up the anchore because I had 3 out there to keep me from being blown all over the place, and then I loose that one. 3 good hits and no fish. now. Finally I get 2 small cats one at 6.7 and the other around 4 pounds. This was a night for big fish and I knew it because it was too slow. But that is when I catch my big fish when the bite is slow and tough like that. And I had a feeling that I was going to get one at the dam but I lost it. Well that ok and its best to stay positive as theres always next time. The break down of the derby went the following way. 1.Catmando = 10.8 w/$190 2. Fat Albert = 9.7 w/$133 3. Bluehunter = 6.7 w/$57 Nice fishing with everybody and I will do this a few times next fall at Irvine again. One around the 3rd week of Sep and another one around the 2nd week of October. I'll call it the fall classics. Same way we did it this time. Food and bbqing. Will add some plaques to it this time as well for an added attraction. Arrivals to be at noon as this seems to work better for everyone. Good fishing everyone and thanks to those that showed up and helped make this thing happen. Nice to see jaime, Drews, and Cliff as well. Thanks for the bonita Jaime. That bonita gave my my chance last night at the Vine thats for sure. We will have to do something for trout as well guys and girls. I attached a pic.