June 2021 Fishing Report and Discussion Thread

Summer is coming, and the fishing seems to be really good. I am heading to Buckroe to fish on Wednesday in an effort to get my first pier cobia since 2017. Post your reports and ask your questions here!

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Went to the outer banks for the weekend. Caught one mullet from the surf on Saturday. I was the only one around Oregon inlet on a kayak on Sunday. Wind forecast was around 10 mph from the south so of course it was a steady 15+ out of the north all morning. I got blown off the flats so I found some cover on the other side of the bridge in a couple of creeks. Wound up with 6 slot reds from 18"-25".
Then featherslinger and I went wading near pea island this morning for about an hour. He caught 2 slot reds.

I have not been fishing at all so no report. You must check out Gale Force Twins on FB or YT. You won't regret it! I wish I was 30 again.

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Went crappie fishing yesterday at Buggs Island and caught a couple dozen keepers and probably threw 4 times as many back fishing brush piles. Was a lot of fun and really easy fishing.

I love Buggs!

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I am on the board for this year. I got a 37 inch cobia on a live herring at Buckroe this morning. The season is closed until June 15th and it would not have kept even if the season was open, but it sure was nice to get that first one on my first time fishing there.

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Got my line wet in Avon last weekend and that's about all I accomplished. Using shrimp and cut mullet on double-drop rigs, while I caught nothing, my father-in-law using the same stuff caught a handful of flounder and a whiting right next to me.

The highlight, though, was my 5 year old son reeling in his first fish ever, a flounder. While the fish was not a keeper, the photos definitely are.

Amazing memories. I did hear the surf fishing was tough last weekend down there.

I always tell folks, you will get a higher bite rate on bottom fish if you tie your own double dropper loop bottom rigs. It is all mono (or fluoro) so you get more bites, and you can take hooks and sinkers off easily to add/reduce the weight or change out hooks. You just have to tie four knots- a kreh loop knot (with a big loop because they have to slip over your pyramid sinker over the wide part) on the top and bottom of the line, and two dropper loops in the middle at the distance you want your baits from the bottom. It will save a bunch of money and you won't have rusty bottom cluttering up your tackle box!

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If I had a dollar for every time I've told friends and family to learn to tie their own rigs instead of using the pre-made stuff, I could likely buy another Shimano / Star rod combo...

It also comes up trout fishing in the mountains. I can't tell you how many times I've caught my limit using 4 lb test and no terminal hardware other than a hook or lure, while my fishing partners have caught zilch because of 8-10 lb line and using a snap swivel. Learn to tie a few damn knots for crying out loud! Lol.

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I'm all about catch and release but those guys would've been released into the grease.

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Have thought about that but several fish in that lake have weird lesions on them. Maybe one out of every four I catch. I'll swim in the lake but I wouldn't eat anything out of it.

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350 degrees kills anything. Just sayin'!

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Musky got it right on 350 degree oil will sear anything to death, added protein and it'll build character. I've eaten some but I've cut the lesion meat out and been fine having nuggets or whatever we ended with.

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I am officially moving to Morehead City on June 17th through the fall. Going to try my hand at guiding down there and a change of scenery. Would appreciate any and all recommendations you guys can toss out to your friends / family who want to fish down there. I'll be scrapping to get as many trips as possible. Also willing to work out TKP deals for anyone that wants to chase shallow water reds, sea trout, flounder, albies and more. Thanks!

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Best of luck to you Captain Fly Guy.

Thank you!

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Best of luck. One thing to try during the dog days- if you can get some good numbers on offshore structure, net a wad of menhaden in the river. Run out to the structure and then wound the menhaden so they swim erratically around the surface before dying. The AJs will come up and eat big flies if you keep them up there with the bunker.

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Thanks. We tried that once last year and they wouldn't come up. I'm stoked to give it a go again

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Been fishing out here on Topsail for about a week now. Not much in the surf (a few little whiting. Hoping for the weather to calm down so the spanish makerel come back in), but we have been surfing out on the ICW off the little dock behind our house... tons of little croaker. This morning however, I caught a stingray that was close to 30" across. That thing was huge and really gave me a good fight - best action we've had all week.

I'm hoping to get into some spanish makerel over the next couple of weeks while we are down here.

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King mackerel have been around on the piers. Bogue Inlet Pier just north of you got 5 earlier this week. I imagine Seaview is doing better than Bogue.

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Yeah, I spoke with some guys last night who had hooked into some. I suspect they will get closer to shore with the warm water coming in (the wind has been SE for a couple of days now).

Whenever these storms get out of here we are going to get out on the pier to try our luck.

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Had a good weekend on Lake Erie last week. Trip started off pretty bad, with Presque Isle Bay being closed on Saturday when we arrived due to heavy wind and waves. No fishing that day coupled with our hotel being overbooked an all 5 on our trip having to stay in a small low end motel room was less than ideal.

Sunday morning we were on the water with high hopes and little sleep. The swells were 2' to 3' all day with wind steady in the 10-15 mph range. It made fishing difficult with whitecaps over most of the bay. We caught a few mixed species early in the morning in around 12' of water on a dropoff adjacent to spawning flats. The action picked up in the afternoon with the smallmouth bite really turning on after the sun came out. Several 4 lb fish were caught, and I lost one at the boat that looked to be 5lbs easy. She gave me multiple opportunities to land her, as I had my hands on her at least 3 times. Finally we got the net out but she made one last run and threw the hook. Solid black fish that would have made a beautiful picture. We ended the day eager for the wind to die down but with high hopes.

Monday the wind had calmed considerably and the whole bay was very fishable. The fish were on the feedbag and we caught them steadily in the same dropoff area adjacent to spawning flats. We mainly fished dropshot rigs with Gulp minnows or Yamamoto shad shaped worms, but more and better fish seemed to come off of the NED rig with Z Man 3" TRD's in green pumpkin. I've got more fish in past trips, but never had the size that we had on this trip. Our average fish was around 18", with a bunch of 4lbers and few over 5 mixed in. I had another breakoff at the boat that probably would have been my fish of the trip - funny how they get bigger as they swim away. At the end of the day we moved up on the flats to see if the fish were back and sure enough we caught several in 3' to 4' of water, mostly on wacky rigged senko's and ocho's. My thumb and hands were sore from fighting and lipping fish all day. We finally called it after a phenomenal day in terms of fish quality, with the best 5 in our boat likely exceeding 22lb.

The fishing gods extracted their last pound of flesh out of me on the ride home Tuesday, as both my spinning rigs, including a brand new St. Croix and Shimano combo, somehow came loose and blew off the deck of the boat. I'm gearing up for a vacation next week in Outer Banks, so not much time to mourn. Hope everyone is having good luck out there - I'll try to post some pictures if I get time.

I never never never never leave my rods and tackle out when traveling hell my wife hates me for the fact I drive with the rods in the passenger seat as I'm so paranoid of losing one. I feel your pain its happened to me but not on a new combo.

Curious what are the length of these 4-5lb fish youre catching. That sounds like a true fantasy land for me as I've spent my whole life river fishing and never brought a 4+ fish to hand. I find lots of 18-19 inch 3 lb fish but never the rare 4lb I've got one length citation but thats it so far and she was spawned out.

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Lesson learned on the rods. It was an 8+ hour road trip and the cabs were full, so I had to roll the dice in the back of the boat or truck. For some reason my baitcasters stayed in place, so not sure what happened. Not much I can do about it now, but it sucked.

We were in the fish pretty heavy and didn't stop to measure much unless they were pretty exceptional. We caught a ton of fish in the 18" to 20" range, but nothing over 21". We didn't have a scale in our boat, but the other boat with us had a digital scale and their bigger fish ranged from 4lb 12oz to 5lb 2oz. We fished primarily within talking distance the whole time, so our bags were pretty similar. The fish in that lake look nothing like the river fish I'm used to - they look like footballs. Fish back here in my part of VA look like trout compared to those. The heavier fish were females moving up into spawning flats. I've been several times and this was definitely our best trip in terms of size, as most of the time your average fish is 15" or so. You typically don't catch many small ones in the bay. We covered the gambit on species, also catching largemouth, redeye, drum, yellow perch, white bass, and catfish (one pegged out a 15lb Boga). Anytime in May tends to be good, however the weather can be a bitch and it gets unfishable pretty quick. If you ever decide to go, let me know and I'll send you some waypoints. The locals don't seem to care much about bass, with the vast majority of the people we saw fishing being from out of state. Best smallmouth fishing I've been around by far, which makes the drive and headaches worth it.

Fished the Rivanna on saturday finally for the first time and had a decent day not great size wise but between three of us ended with 35 fish most in the 8-10 inch range. I managed one 15 and one 18 inch both were gorged on minnows so small flukes and other fishy baits did the trick. Found a few with the tube but most were simply too small to get the tubes and I had alot of passengers hitching rides on the tails. Lots of other boat traffic most were casual paddlers but a few hard core anglers one guy looked like he had slept the night with a kayak and fully rigged trailer. By the end of the trip the parking lots were packed full and getting out was a slight pain with canoes sticking out the rear. Nice river pretty scenery but the fishing wasnt quite what I had been looking for. Water was low but clearing which meant we shouldve hit the James but wanted to try the rivanna before it got too low.

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I've had 80-100 fish days there and caught some nice fish on that river. As you found out and I noted below, there are a lot of people on it now. Glad you got a few nice fish.

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Still lots of gar and a few catfish but I was expecting more bream but didnt see that much really. I imagine the trip below Palmyra is much better but 16 miles is too long with those water levels.

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Yea I've been wanting to float that last section. I heard it is great in late April as the bigger James River fish head up it to prep for spawn. Better flows then too

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I tried to wade fish the Rivanna on Sunday with a friend in town to get in a few smallmouth before I head south for the summer. We waded down from the bridge in Palmyra, below the swimming hole that is a good spot when there aren't a zillion people around. I figured it would be crowded but this was absurd. Regardless, got below everyone and the water looked good. We are working our ways downstream fishing both banks of a pretty narrow river and here comes the 16 year old client I took there two weeks ago. He passes me within 25 feet, doesn't acknowledge me, wades right through the section I'm fishing and starts pounding the spot I'm set up to hit. Fucking unreal. I'm still furious about it. Earlier Friday he had messaged me asking for other places to wade fish, which I gave him. I don't care that he's fishing the same river or spots I took him to, but literally cutting me off is just bullshit. My friend and I packed up and left. I realize he's a kid, but I gave him a bunch of flies for free, leaders and offered to help any time and his grandfather didn't tip on the trip either, despite them hammering fish. They are on the shitlist. #waystopissyourguideoff

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His grandfather didn't tip on the trip either, despite them hammering fish. They are on the shitlist.

Fuck em no tip is messed up. We had one group cut us off right as we were about to drift into a deep hole and setup in front of us which was crappy but otherwise people seemed decent. Watched two guys destroy a trolling motor trying to float the trip in a john boat that pop was so loud it was too funny. Also I'd avoid the beaches to the north of the Palmyra landing, yesterday there was a very very very large woman sun bathing in nothing and I mean nothing but pasties and I nearly lost my appetite. Right by a bunch of kids and all. I was gonna fish the spot but not once I saw it I just kept on rolling.

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wades right through the section I'm fishing and starts pounding the spot I'm set up to hit.

That alone is worth him receiving a new piercing if you ask me...

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Anybody that comes wading in front of me is gonna get a fly or lure whizzed past their head.

Shit I'll hook someone for wading in front of me if I'm wading that's fight club type rules. That shit happens bass boat fishing alot and why I tend to avoid big lakes as those guys can be dicks but to wade in front is a shit move that is asking to at minimum be yelled at.

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Definitely egg sinker and giant treble hook on a quick retrieve situation...

I FINALLY got a chance to hit the water for more than 15 minutes! I had planned on taking the kayak out, but had too much stuff that I have been procrastinating on (like packing the house to move)... So I walked the beach on the outside of Estero Bay yesterday morning and done it right- feet hit the sand at 6:15 and was back in the car before 11:00. Mostly because A-) it's really god damn hot outside and B-) the waves were getting gnarly.

Nothing huge, and I'm sorry to tell you this hokienator, but was able to get 12 snook to hand, all around the same size as pictured below, all on the fly pictured below that (5 of that pattern/size/color fly, not all that one exact). This sounds awesome, but I threw at no less than 50, so the ratio sucks. There was SO MUCH BAIT. Huge schools of it and every one of them had some sort of gamefish running through it. Guy not far from me hooked into a smaller (50ish pound) Tarpon but was throwing a 6weight, so he stood almost no chance.

Missed these little thumb suckers!

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That's some pretty water and fish. I am noticing from your pics that those snook in that gin clear water seem to have less yellow on their fins vs the many I caught in Brevard County, FL where the water color is certainly darker.

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Absolutely. These guys are so light against that bottom right now, all I see on most of them is either a shadow or their lateral line. Sometimes just the way the baitfish are moving is all the indication you get of the Snook's presence. I suspect it's the closest I'll come to hunting bonefish on the flats of the keys/Bahamas (until the kids move out in 15 years hahaha). Its hard to tell from the pictures, but that water is 3 feet off the shore and only about 5 inches deep.

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I actually had two ep bait fish in my box I just didn't think to try them, oh well lesson learned and logged. I tend to learn most lessons the hard way. Nice fish though glad someone got a few of the picky bastards.

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Not going to lie 'nator, it was fly #7 that I threw yesterday. I tried 3 color combos of this fly (all white, white/chartreuse, and standard greenback) before I ended up at this greenback with the chartreuse mixed in that worked.

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I went back to Buckroe today, and it didn't happen for me. Five cobia were hooked, with three landed. Two were 45 inch fish and one that popped off near the pier was the same general size. I didn't get a single run, and it was much tougher to get decent sized threadfins. That will probably be it for me there until next spring. I can't imagine how hot and how much of a dumpster fire it will be when the season opens.

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Spent the last week with my and another family down in Salvo. The weather was pretty tough on us with 10-15mph W-SW winds most of the week starting with Tuesday afternoon but we made the most of it. The surf bite was pretty much non-existent all week so we focused our efforts wading the sound when the wind wasn't beating on us too bad. Monday we pounded the trout and managed a couple pretty nice keepers of 19" and 22.5". My step son caught one of the biggest trout I've seen in person and in true 9yo fashion got excited and wound the line all the way up to the tip of the rod. I was probably 40' away when he hooked up and it threw the hook right as I got to him to try and help him land the fish. We were crushed to say the least.

Tuesday we caught more trout and one puppy drum in the morning before the wind blew us out. The rest of the week was daily catches of several small fish but we had to really work for them. I feel like I covered several miles of water and cast 10,000 times, although I'm sure it was less lol. Pretty much all fish were caught on popping corks with an assortment of Gulp! and Z-Mann products in natural colors, though there was one afternoon where they would only hit white with chartreuse tail. Overall it was a pretty successful trip and I definitely got two young boys hooked on saltwater fishing with the constant action the first couple days.

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thank you sir lol

Heard there was a water main break down that way, hope you weren't impacted!

Have a question for you OBX veterans. My salt water experience is limited to surf fishing in the fall using cut bait on a traditional bottom rig. I'm heading down to Corolla for a couple weeks with the family, and expect surf fishing will be slow at best. If I want to try the sound, any suggestions? Is it as simple as just finding a place to wade in and going for it with a jig head + gulp mullet combo? Anything in particular I should be looking for/avoiding?

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Early morning/late evening will be best with it heating up. If you commit to getting out there in low light conditions, throw topwater. After that window disappears, popping cork and gulp combo, jighead and soft plastic will be the go to. Look on google maps imagery and find some areas to try out.

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Find grass flats 2-4 feet deep. Cast and burn a Johnson Silver Minnow in gold, over and over and over at high tide. Eventually a drum should find it.

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From Topsail:

We are catching 1-2 lb pompano during low tide out in the last break. Really fun! Speckled trout off the pier. And waiting for the Spanish to get just a tad closer to shore.

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That sounds like a blast. I love pompano. Great sport on the right gear and awesome on the table. I really want to catch a trout. All the times I've tried I still have never caught a trout or a drum. Maybe one day. Hope you can get into the Spanish.

Lots of trout being caught off the pier right now.

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Finally got down to the mobjack bay and got to fish for a few minutes and only caught one but it was a dandy of a 4.5 pound speck. Heaviest girl I've caught before by far and got her back in and swimming to keep on spawning. Would have loved to fish more but time didnt allow hopefully I can get back down in a few weeks when time allows.

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big girl!

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By far the fattest one I've brought to hand seen a few bigger but never gotten them in hand.

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Was out surfing yesterday morning with the kids when we saw spanish jumping out of the water in front of us. I swam in, ran to the house and grabbed my gear (I know, why wasn't my gear already down there?!).... We missed the run. they were everywhere in the surf for about 10 minutes.

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Took my niece and my youngest nephew fishing Friday and my niece on Monday on to Washington County Park at South Holston Lake as my dad was recovering from his most recent hospitalization. The carp were cooperative on Friday, with nine gracing us and Ivan (the day before his 6th birthday) getting his first "real" fish. Monday was not so good- one carp and two very small bluegills. Each day I also threw a slip float with a whole nightcrawler to see if a catfish or bass would play, but none cooperated.

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I'd imagine switching to live crawdads or shiners would net a few bass if they are there. They cant resist a live shiner.

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I am going to probably fish at Buckroe on Friday.

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I witnessed something I'd never seen before. Went to Cherokee Lake in Tennessee over the weekend. Saw these giant swarms of water birds that looked like double crested cormorants. They'd fly from cove to cove, with shore birds mixed in, and lay waste to the small fish in the cove. And when I say a swarm, the group would take several minutes to fly by. Hundreds of birds.
I did a little dock fishing, with little success. But didn't even see the minnow population I'm used to.
If there was ever a case for controlling a species population, that is one.

Guided on Mobjack yesterday with two army vets. Nice guys and one insisted he was the worst at catching fish. Well he was, couldn't catch a damn thing, despite fishing well and using all the right techniques. The other guy got 4 drum, 17-18", on gold spoons and two white perch. The drum are in thick in their usual Mobjack haunts, which seems early to me. I won't complain but it doesn't matter to me regardless... Off to NC I go on Friday.

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The drum are in thick in their usual Mobjack haunts, which seems early to me

Everything seems early here too. Hammerheads are showing up in numbers in the SC sounds and right offshore which can only mean the tarpon are here too.

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I've seen some crazy footage of tarpons getting chased down by hammerheads in the keys. Wild to see something 100+ lbs getting eaten.

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Saw a video the other day of a guy reviving one on a bank, the tarpon wiggled away just to be taken by a pretty solid size shark...makes you really rethink what you're doing when you're dangling you arm down in the water reviving a giant reflective oily fish.

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Dang thats wild! Definitely will keep that in mind. Are you chasing tarpons in SC again this summer?

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Going to try, my free time is extremely limited right now because I just started a new job and I'm trying to finish my small boat before August. The best window is right now through mid July from my limited knowledge.

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makes you really rethink what you're doing when you're dangling you arm down in the water reviving a giant reflective oily fish.

I was reaching down to grab this fish by the tail when a shark came from under my boat and ate it off the surface, 3 feet in front of me.

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Forgot to post this, got out to some flat looking for some topwater action. Looked pretty bleak for the first hour plus and then ran into a few reds. Old leader cause a couple breakoffs on hookset, think I had 10 lb leader on from winter trout. To add on that reds suck at eating topwater so I had blowups but not eats most cast for a 45 minute period but my stubborn butt wouldn't switch from topwater. Finally stayed buttoned up to a 27.5" red. Caught another the same size on a gold spoon later.

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sweet!

Pretty fish!

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Thanks! Glad I could get a bit of the blue in the tail to show up in the shot.

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Nice one, especially on light tackle.

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