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Dead Fish report - Capt. Larry Pentel

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  1. Mr. Limpet

    Mr. Limpet Beach Comber

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    Capt. Larry Pentel

    Fishing Report for:
    Destin, Florida (nearshore).
    Updated: June 28, 2005.



    My last day in South Walton and I didn't get to run my trip. The weather, while calm; was rather wet today and I ddn' want to risk running my party into one of the predicted "scattered to numerous thunderstorms". Oh well, at least there's a few fish that got a break today!

    Great last week of fishing here tho-. Yesterday we mackeral fished for a couple hours and they were hot. My anglers went 7 for 14 on the kings and a big barracuda. We had closure issues on boating 'em for a while including one BIG king in the 35-40# range. ( If you listen to the guide and do it the way he suggests it usually works better) We went on to the other thing for the balance of out 4 hours and had LOTS of big bottom bites. My anglers landed 2 and half(shark bite)nice keeper groupers, 4 snappers and a shark (not the same one). I also tied on so many leaders and hooks from them losing fish to the bottom ("if you listen to the guide....") I thought I'd run out. Lots of action.

    The day before we'd run the same play but went 10 ( limited out) for 11 on the kings. The bottom catch was great also with 13 snappers and two of the biggest triggers of the year along with some grouper. That was a family trip with mom, dad and a 5 and 9 year old. Mom and dad did most of the pretty work on the kings but the 9 year old was hot on a slip lead. He got the biggest snappers,triggers and the most groupers! I'd hear his rod hit the rail, run over to help steady it ( at first I was worried 'bout keeping it in the boat)and watch him dig in. I think dad's in trouble- this kid's gonna wanta be chasing stick fish and tarpon by the time he's 12!!

    While I won't miss the traffic jams or the crowded beaches while I'm gone over to Indian Pass I am kinda thinking I'm missing some stick fish. We saw another sailfish while bottom fishing this past week and got a halfhearted strike out of 'em. I've seen 2 more early at daylight while out catching bait for my charter. Capt Jody Wesley who also fishes out of Grayton said he hooked one a few days ago and got 5 jumps before he threw the hook.

    I'll have lots of jumping fish in the next few weeks I'm sure. (used to be capt) Randall Jones called me today to say he saw a Tarpon at the boat ramp this morning and another one free jumping at the mud hole this afternoon while he was showing real estate. Also, he told one of his RE cients how to catch 'em and the fellow jumped one in West Pass last week. The fish are there I've just got to get over there and start launching 'em--"Houston, we have ignition !!!!

    If any body is coming down next week I've still got some open days- I'm 'bout booked for the end of July but have 3 days next week- lets go Tarpon fishin'!!!!

    Capt. Larry Pentel

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  2. Mr. Limpet

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    Re: Dead Fish report - 6/28/05

    E-mail Larry and let him know Mr. Limpet wants him to post pictures of my friends here so that I may inform their relatives.

    captdeadfish@yahoo.com
     
  3. kurt

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    Updated: July 24, 2005.




    Hoo Boy! what a july--the storms seem like they just keep coming!

    After cleaning up and rebuilding from Dennis I finally got to start running trips at Indian Pass this past Monday. Ran a 1/2 day shark trip with a father son crew. Caught a bunch of sharks, saw a few Tarpon and even had one eat a bait ( pulled off right away). Woke up Tuesday AM to start getting serious with Tarpon to find a 4 foot swell from Emily that quickly went to 6 ft. It ran till thursday AM and scattered the fish all over.

    The triple tails have been thick and have provided a great diversion while waiting for the Tarpon to gang back up. I ran a half day trip today just for 'tails and we had one pushing 20# and another right at 10#. Just one angler and he had shots at 8. ( we killed the 10# for dinner-released the big one). Thursday we went 5 for 14 on 'tails after giving up on Tarpons. Love that sight fishin'.

    There was a Tarpon caught late yesterday evening by another boat( first one since the storm) and I spoke with Capt Earl Middleton around noon who said he found a big school of fish busting and feeding about 10 miles from where I was triple tail fishing early in the morning that went on for 2-3 hours, HOPEFULLY this is a sign that things are coming back to normal. I've got trips the next 6 days and most of 'em are for Tarpon. It would be great to be back puttin' 'em in the air. They showed real thick right before Dennis. If it stays hot dry and calm we should be launching 'em daily

    Capt Larry Pentel
     
  4. Miss Kitty

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    I am not a fisherwoman, but these reports are fascinating. You can tell he LOVES his job and fishin'! I am reading Peter Jenkins..."Along the Edge of America" and read about the tarpon. Too bad Peter didn't stay in SoWal for very long...he could have met some REAL characters and some REAL people with good character!
     
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    As I've said before-the tarpon like it hot, dry and,calm-not exactly the weather we've been having. After getting over Dennis and then the surf from Emily the fish did what they were supposed to and ganged back up on the beach in the pogies. We had several days of "just right " and saw the show and launched some Tarpon just like it's supposed to be. Then the weather pattern changed and it rained for 8 days-. Not your summer afternoon 15 minute shower but thunderheads at all hours and some toad stranglers. I think I burned more fuel running from storms than chasing fish. Once again the Tarpon got scattered and pushed offshore. According to the weatherman this is behind us and we've got one last shot at "normal" weather. The fish are still here. There are Tarpon in West Pass even with all the fresh water pouring out from the river. I'm seeing fish scattered out offshore. Given a few days of "hot, dry and calm" the pogies will fall back to the beach and the Tarpon will follow.

    Not that the fishing hasn't been fun and exiting. I ran a trip with one of my regulars and his son and nephew that had us land 3 tripletails with the largest at 20# on a good scale. The biggest he's ever caught in 30+ years of serious fishing. We also had some great shark action and had Tarpon crashing and thrashing all around the boat for 2 hours till the weather ran us in. While cleaning the 'tails my client said they had one of the best days fishin' ever it just didn't include catchin' a Tarpon. Now this fellow got 2 Tarpon to the boat each day he fished with me last year and had a "real" one spool him as well so I figured they probably had a good time---

    Ran a half day with a dad and two boys who were moving from the South to Kansas ( I think thats one of those square states near Canada) This was thier last big beach trip and they went back with lots of pictures to show the kids up North what they did on vacation. Had a great shark show behind the shrimp boats first thing and took plenty of "smiling" shark pics. Then went and looked for 'tails for a couple hours and found 8. We succeded in capturing 3 of 'em and even got them in the right size order to match the anglers!

    And then there's the big school of jack cravelle that hung around for a week. One of my anglers put one in the boat I called 40#. Definately the biggest jack I ever seen in all my years--

    back to Grayton in about 2 weeks- I hope to add a few more tarpon scales to scrapbooks first.

    Capt Larry Pentel
     
  6. kurt

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    Updated: August 27, 2005.




    Back in Seagrove and back looking at yet another hurricane!! Katrina now looks like she is going to give the folks in La. a headache but yesterday AM the weather gurus had her aimed here so I canceled fishing for the weekend. Oh well, I'd rather miss a day or so than a week or 2----

    Came back to South Walton Monday PM and ran my first trip here Wed.. family trip, mom dad and 3 kids who had never been fishing before. I told them thier parents had failed them in educating them to wait till the oldest was 13 to go fishin'! I made converts out of all the kids with a great trip on a beautiful day. The kids 2 hook fished and mom and dad got the crash course in slip lead fishin' and Kings. The kids tallied 18 triggers, 20 vermillion snappers and lots of throwbacks while the parents got 2 red snappers, 3 spanish and three kings. The kings were impressive too- one at 'bout 15# and the pair 'round 30#. The kids (and the folks) had a great time and I'm sure that next vacation they will pester the heck out of the folks to go again- I call that job security- get those kids hooked!!

    Thurs. had more job security. 2 Dads and 2 small boys with a similar catch for the little guys and the dads had a pair of groupers and a big snapper. When we hit he beach at the end of our 4 hours the kids had allready started on wanting to go again.

    Yesterday (Fri)was all grown up folks that got on the boat talking grouper. Didn't want to fish for kings, just groupers-. The wind was a little blowy to go far offshore but we pulled a rabbit out of the hat and had great catch for our 4 hours. 3 Red Groupers, 3 gag Grouper, 9 Red Snapper, a nice Black Snapper and 1 just legal king ( I convinced 'em that it would be delicious if they cooked it fresh).

    Just coming back after being gone for 2 months I've got to fish the tried and true first and then go look around a little till i find whats happening with the fish. Only three trips and all of 'em inshore but this is what I saw. The hurricane (Dennis) moved about half the wrecks I looked for. The fact that a bunch didn't move makes me hope the ones that did didn't go far and can be found easily. The ones I found had very few fish om 'em and almost all shorts. The good fish I found were on natural bottom. I did not find any big shows of Red snapper, at least not legal ones. A couple of big stands of 12-15" fish. We caught a LOT of short grouper on the 3 little 4 hour trips. Yesterday we probably caught 50. With all these small fish up on the beach I think there will probably be a bunch of bigger ones out a little. With Katrina predicted to kick up a huge sea even over here the fish will move again. If she does go in over 'round La. we will probably get a movement of bigger Snappers back in. Hopefully all this will get through quickly and I can go "exploring". For me one of the best things about moving around to chase fish is it keeeps it exciting, always finding something new and different almost every trip.

    Capt Larry
     
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    Updated: September 11, 2005.




    Northwest Florida in September. Just another day in paradise. The weather is great, hot but not sweltering. Clear high skies, no lines at the grocery and the beach is back to us locals, even on the weekends. Fishin' aint bad either.

    There are still a few visitors around and luckily for me some folks want to fish. Ran 2 couples on a half day today from Kansas (isn't that one o' them "square states" ?)who had never been saltwater fishin' before. We did a lot of training ( no you can't yank, yes that was a bite etc. ) and they had a blast. Not the best catch of the year but they'll do a lot better next time, and as much fun as they had I know there will be one. We caught a lot of "shorts" we recycled but brought in a king, 3 red groupers, one black grouper, 4 snappers and 10 triggers .

    Yesterday I ran 5 14 year olds as a birthday party. I know the b-days boys parents so I was sure to put 'em on a stand of triggers from the get go for mom's freezer. I don't think I've ever had to bait hooks that fast (or often) till they got it figured out. The triggers on that reef won't have to eat for a week! They tallied 16 triggers, a king, 3 red groupers, 2 black grouper and 13 red snappers along with dozens of throwbacks. I figuured I had done my job pretty well when I had 3 of the 5 sittin' down and wore out before our 4 hours was up. Course they were back to skim-boarding while I cleaned the fish. Wish I could recover that fast!

    Katrina kicked up a big sea but didn't seem to move many fish around offshore. The flounders had just started showin' up on the beach but are now MIA after the storm. I hope they show back up. The triggers are showin' up good and should just get better for the next couple of months. There don't seem to be a lot of snapper around but there are quite a few groupers. Ran a couple of 5 hour trips where we targeted 'em a little more and had 9 nice uns along with 8 snapper on one and 6 ( 3 big blacks)with 14 snappers on another. The pompano should be showin' but haven't really appeared since the storm.

    All in all we lucked out and dodged a bomb. My heart goes out to my friends and clients from the storm ravaged areas. The ones I've talked to are upbeat and planning on rebuilding. Hang in there guys- you can't fight mother nature. As long as the families ok everything else is just "stuff". We can make lots more fish pictures!

    Capt Larry Pentel
     
  8. tropicwatch

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    Have not been fishing in over a month. Going through withdrawals. If I can get my Honey do's done, I will try to put a line in the water this weekend. Let you know what is biting in Panama City.

    Tropicwatch
     
  9. kurt

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    Updated: October 16, 2005.




    I apologize for being so remiss in writing a report. The good folks at cyberangler sent me an e-mail telling me I hadn't written in a while ( which I kinda blew off). When my charter fussed at me 'cause he couldn't read a report before we went I thought I'd better write.

    Ok- the first few weeks I didn't write we had a hurricane (Rita)- then it blew out of the north 30 knots for a week- then we had a red tide that made it miserable to be on the beach. So much for the bad news. The reason I haven't written lately is that it's been BEAUTIFUL and I've fished the past 10 days in a row.

    North winds in the AM diminishing by lunch, slick calm on the beach, crystal clear water and lots of bait on the sandbar. just like it's supposed to be in October!!!!!

    The triggerfish have moved in thick and the folks that want em have been able to limit out no problem. Day before yesterday we had 40 trigger, 11 red snapper and 2 nice Red grouper on a 4 hour!

    I have been running a lot of "family" trips and the triggs make it easy for me. It may take an hour for me to teach a grown up how to catch 'em but kids get it quick- and they love to show up the parents!

    The kings haven't been real thick yet this fall but we have caught a few. They had shown real well prior to Rita but seem to have been blown somewhere other than here. The snapper seem to be moving in. Every day this week it seems I check a spot that was "dead" and it's got a school of Red Snapper on it now. The big "sows" haven't hit the beach yet but I'm hopefull they show before the season closes in Nov. Right now we are throwing back at least 2 for every one we keep-luckily we are throwing back a BUNCH!

    Still quite a few grouper around. Lots of throw backs but we seem to average a couple keepers even on the 4 hour trips. The black snapper are just starting to show for fall. We had 2 today along with a dozen reds, a black grouper, 12 triggers and a king on a half day. Made for a nice board of fish

    Two weeks of snapper season left. Still don't know whats going to happen with groupers in State waters. The Feds are for sure shutting groupers down beyond 9 miles starting Nov. 1 till Jan.1. The state didn't see the need and the last I heard we are still going to be able to grouper fish all my usual spots. It's amazing that we have had the best show of grouper for the past 2 years that I can remember ( short of "moved" fish after a storm) and now the Feds decide they are in trouble. The advertised rational is that Red Grouper are declineing (?)so thay are shutting down all grouper-

    The only logical thing they have down is lower the grouper limit in Federal waters ( when it's open) from 5 to 3 fish per person. I never understood why the grouper limit was higher than the snapper limit! This should help the grouper population from getting hammered so hard right after a big storm and they are easy pickins. Besides- if your on a all day trip with a bigger boat- 6 anglers- capt and deckhand thats still 24 groupers you can keep! 2 Dozen should be enough for anybody! Maybe we can get the state to go along with that part of the rule------

    Capt Larry Pentel
     
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    Are these fishing trips available between Christmas and New Years? We'll be there with 5 adults and 3 kids (ages 13, 11, and 6) and it could be fun. Thanks.
     
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    Check out Larry's website in the first post for contact info.
     
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    Thanks, Kurt, will do.
     
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    It's officially winter as most of my guide and captain buddies are off thier boats and into the woods with smokesticks. I think I'm the only fishhead around that dosn't hunt deer. Ilove to eat 'em, have cleaned dozens and make some of the best jeky you've ever had but pullin' the trigger does nothing for me. I'll chase birds or squirrels with a shotgun and have a blast tho! Lucky for me I've got enough friends that shoot more than they want to clean so my freezer stays full all winter.

    The other sure sign of winter is these fronts coming through so fast. I was booked up for 8 days right at Thanksgiving and had to cancel half my trips and got talked into running one we came in early on. We caught plenty of fish but when it's pouring rain and only 60 degrees even most hardcore folks will give up. Of the three anglers on the boat that day only one was fussin' bout' having to quit early. The other three days were wonderful including one of those "magic" days.

    If you've read my read ramblings for a while you'll remember me mentioning a dad and 2 daughter team that have fished with me reularly for 5-6 years. The girls are now 13 and 15 and can outfish most men ( they have embarassed several of dad's buddies). I got to take them on the day after Thanksgiving. We left the beach late ( 10AM) to take advantage of a dying North wind. By 11 AM the Gulf was as slick as it gets in August without the heat or humidity. At 2:05 PM we hit the beach with the cooler full of groupers . The biggest was in the 25# range caught by the 13 year old. Now as anyone who has done it knows a 25# "beach" grouper isn't like deep water grouper fishing. These fish fight all the way to the surface, try to run up and down the reef and don't quit even when in the boat. This gal is not a tomboy either but a demure little girl who likes pink things and ponies-. She and her sister just happen to be some very "bad ***" fisherman. Our total box was 18 grouper and 6 trigger with dozens of shorts being thrown back, The 15 year old gal caught the most landing a fish almost every drop and never missing a down. Dad came in second on the head count but he missed a few downs having to rest after a few better ones and missing a few more bites than his older daughter. Probably the most grouper the boat has ever seen on a 4 hour trip. The ones we kept weren't "just legal" either but a fine grade of fish. I just love it when a plan comes together!!

    Not many trips left on the books this time of the year. There will be a bunch of folks down around Christmas and New Years wanting to fish but other than that it's time to work on boats and tackle. I hope santa brings everyone what they want for christmas- me I'm fine, just want more pretty days on the water..

    capt Larry Pentel
     
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    I loved reading this fishing report Kurt. Thanks so much for posting it. It reminded me when I was little up until my teens, I used to go fishing with my dad every Saturday and usually on Sunday. We would get up before the sun and get the boat loaded up and hit the river, not to come back until sundown. I sure do miss those day's, and this report sure brought back some wonderful memories!!!!!!
     
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    No, but I may hit some trout this afternoon. Weather.com says it's 53 today but it feels like 75 to me.
     
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    A New Year!! I rang in the begining of another year of chasing finny critters over at Indian Pass. I can gladly report that the redfish are there and hungry.

    I had several days of great weather conditions and low tides letting my anglers and I toss imitation temptations in front of hundreds of fish. Had 2 days where we saw over 300 fish each day and my anglers had shots at over 100 daily. The most memorable fish was a 32" red (12#?)that was caught on a fly- dang fish fought for 20 minutes and was still spunky when released. We caught fish on traditional 12# spinning tackle and on down to ultra lites with 4# as well as flies.

    Alas the weather is warm again ( 75 in Jan. !!) and the wind has swung back South so I came home to Seagrove till the next cool snap. I did trout fish 2 days over there when conditions weren't favaorable for sight fishin' with good success. Fished Appalchicola Bay one afternoon and found a school of fish eager to bite- 'bout half of 'em legal-only a couple a "good' ones tho with the biggest at 20". Spent an afternoon "up the ditch" and found lots of fish- get a bite every cast for 5 or 6 casts and then that many casts to find the school again. These were all smaller fish with one out of 7 or so being keepers

    The Grayton gang only had 2 days that were fishable offshore while I was gone. The boats I talked with found their share of grouper but said they had to run around some- glad there are still some left!

    Unless you can get one of these picture perfect winter days for the Gulf the best bets for the next 2 months will be reds on the flats- trouts in the holes and deep pockets ( ditches) and of course, sheepshead around any large structure.

    Go get 'em !!!! Every day you miss is one you can't replace !!!!!

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    I know it's been a while since I wrote a report but it's that time of year when a good captain does boat work instead of fishinin'. A good rule of thumb is that every hour spent fishing requires 20 to 30 minutes of time spent working on eqiupment. During the summer when I'm running every day I spend about a hour a day just fixing whatever "glitch" needs it after cleaning the boat- this means that during the winter I have all that catching up to do---. By the end of this week all three boats and all those dozens of rods and reels will be ready to go again. Until the first few trips when I'm back to fixin' that daily "glitch" !!

    While the weather for the past month has been pretty rough we finally got a break last weekend. On Saturday I ran a Dad and 2 eight year olds on as pretty a day as the Chamber of Commerce could have ordered. Foggy on the beach, small swell and pure glass and bright sun offshore. By 10 AM I was down to my short sleeves and wishing I had shorts on instead of jeans. The fish seemed to be enjoying the weather also. Our 4 hour trip boxed 5 nice grouper ( up to 17#) 3 redfish just under the upper slot, two triggers and couple dozen big pinks. We released a big redfish and a bunch of short groupers.

    On Sunday I ran three anglers who had never been in the Gulf before but were hard core bass anglers. The day started cold and windy but I knew what was coming so we started late ( 9:45). The plan payed off as at 11:00 the wind died to nothing, the sun came out and it was another beautiful day. We did have a few issues with the " don't yank" technique, as all bass oriented folks do but we came back in with 7 nice groupers and a triggerfish. My folks were exited by how much meat they got on a half day trip. If they had gone during snapper season it would have been hard to carry the fillet bags as we threw back a bunch of good sized red snappers.

    The surface water temp on the beach was 57- 61 about 4 miles offshore. There were HUGE schools of bait in 60 to 75 ft. water. Not cigar minnows or herring but smaller minnows about 2 to 3 inches long locally called silversides or anchovies. If all this bait stays in close there should be a movement of fish back inshore pretty soon. I tried a few spots in close but as usual for this time of year they were devoid of life- best fishing was from 85 ft on out, about 4 miles offshore and beyond. The fact I found the school of redfish on Sat.( in 70 ft.) is a good indication that the predators are starting in after the bait.

    Only 1 month till cobia season !!!!!!!!! I had dreams about 'em this weekend and had a rod ready while bottom fishing,- just in case.

    Capt Larry Pentel
     
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    Updated: March 21, 2006.




    It must be spring! The roads are packed with cars full of kids and there are bikinis on the beach!!

    The fish have noticed and are starting the yearly move inshore- it must be that first bikini in the water that makes 'em start in---. I ran trips 3 days last weekend and we did good. I was supposed to run the past 2 days also but along with spring we get these fronts moving thru that make it a little to rough to be fun.

    I bottom fished my clients and have not looked for cobias yet. There have been a few caught but the run has not really started. Amidst all the rumors I only know of half a dozen actual confirmed fish. This with several dozens boat looking multiple days--. I'm going to wait till this front is over and it warms back up ( 75 now but supposed to be 40 tomorow nite!) before I run a real cobia trip.

    The triggers have moved back in to the inshore reefs along with the Red snappers. We caught a pile of snappers with 3 over 10# on one of my half days this week. All have to be released untill April 15th but they still fight good and photograph well! My 3 anglers had 19 triggers and 2 Black groupers in the box when we hit the beach so nobody went hungry without the snappers.

    Still quite a few Groupers around. Ran a half with a couple of "regulars and 2 buddies and came in with 8 grouper (4 red, 4 black). 'Course the regulars landed 7 of the 8 and the buddies learned a bunch about short water grouper fishin'. Just 'cause you get the bite doesn't mean you can land the fish! On my last trip we were mainly after triggers ( came in with our 40 fish limit) but also had a couple grouper. The biggest was a red about 15# that ate a little tiny piece of squid on a trigger rig! The angler had quite the battle with the big boy AND a trigger on the little penn 3/0. Another great (true) fish story to tell his buds-

    Lots of big schools of small minnows on the sand bar and big schools of cigs out in 75 to 90 feet. No sign of spanish or pompano yet though. My last trip the beach water was 65.5 degrees. After this blow is over and the sun comes back out it should hit the magic 67 degrees pretty quick. I believe this is going to be one of those years when the flood gates just open up and all of a sudden one day everything is here and hungry.

    I plan to be cobia fishing that day--- come join me.

    Capt Larry Pentel
     

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