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But don’t run and hide if you hear thunder; this is about an old saying that lightning never strikes twice in the same place ... or twice in the same family.

The story begins about 11 years ago in a bay near Corpus. A man named Lopez caught and landed a redfish tagged for the CCA-Texas STAR tournament.

That’s a big deal. More than 60 reds are tagged and released for the tournament. The first five people catching one each win - get this - a 23’ Haynie Bigfoot, a Mercury outboard, a Coastline trailer – and a Ford F-150 truck to tow ‘em!

Well, Mr. Lopez caught a tagged red; but that’s when the heartbreak began. He hadn’t joined CCA-Texas and entered the STAR tournament, making him ineligible for the prizes. That heartache stayed with him for 11 years. With most who experience that, it remains a lifetime.

On June 7, 2019, a young pitcher for A&M-Corpus University baseball team wanted to go fishing, but none of his buddies could go. His grandfather hadn’t fished in two years, so the kid decided to take him fishing.

They waded into the bay and began casting, using cut mullet for bait. On his first cast, he hooked a nice red. Bringing it to the net, he could see it was untagged. His grandfather caught a 26-inch red that was also “naked.”



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