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itchin’ tubes exploded in popularity following Denny Brauer’s 1998 Bassmaster Classic victory. A month before the tournament, the legendary shallow-water pitcher/flipper was on a solid summertime jig bite on a shallow flat of North Carolina’s High Rock Lake. When the jig stopped producing during Classic week, he reached for a 3.5-inch tube and discovered the fish wanted something a little different. Brauer won the 1998 Classic pitchin’ tubes. The technique has been a mainstay ever since. Unlimited Seasonal Use Tubes get bites when nothing else will, and there are no seasonal limitations. Brauer’s win came in early August in hot shallow water. I recently caught bass on a Big Bite Bait Tour Flipping Tube from the frigid winter waters of northeastern Oklahoma.

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“I think it’s definitely a year-round bait,” said Brauer. “As anglers, we initially got conditioned to think tubes were a spawning-season bait. But shoot, it’s very productive year-round. As much as anything, it’s simply a finesse tool to pitch anytime the conditions call for it.” Hook Size And Rigging Are Critical I gravitate toward the 3.5-inch tube rigged with a 3/0 Mustad hook. Following his Classic win on the 3.5-inch tube, Brauer had Strike King design a larger 4.5-inch tube so he could match it with a larger 4/0 Mustad hook he felt would put more fish in the boat. Pitch the size you’re comfortable with, but be sure to match tube size to hook size. A 3.5-inch tube demands a 3/0 hook. A 4- or 4.5-inch tube marries best to a 4/0 hook. And DO NOT bury the hook point into the tube. Instead, Texas rig it with the hook point level on the back of the tube. You’ll land more fish, and it will still perform relatively snag-free. Rattles And Weight Some people love rattles; some people hate them. I stuff a glass rattle inside the body of my tubes most of the time. Line size and worm-weight size are also personal preferences determined by water clarity and the fall rate bass seem to favor. A lot of anglers use 20-pound test with a ¼-ounce weight. Brauer goes meatier with 3/8- or ½-ounce weight and 25-pound Seaguar fluorocarbon. I’ve caught bass for years with a 1/8-ounce weight and 15-pound old-school Big Game. Watch The Line You must be vigilant in watching your line where it meets the water after every single pitch or flip. Very seldom do bass just thump a tube. It’s like they’re eating a potato chip rather than chomping a bite of rib eye. Often the line will just stop falling, and you need to set the hook! Still Charting Hits Lures are like country music artists. Some bust onto the scene, score a couple hits, and soon fade from popularity. Others prove that true talent never goes away. Pitchin’ tubes are whole lot like George Strait or Reba McEntire. They were mega stars at the time Brauer won the ’98 Classic, and they’re still playing to sell out crowds 20 years later.

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here’s a daytime swordfish bite developing in the northern Gulf of Mexico off Alabama. The fish have always been there, but few anglers have figured out how to catch them when the sun is out. Dustin Bedgood, aka Capt. Fed, of Orange Beach’s FED UP Charters, has spent several years learning the area’s daytime deep-water fishery. Drawing from successful captains in wellknown deep-drop locations off south Florida and Venice, Louisiana, Capt. Fed adapted techniques to a point where he’s consistent enough to take charter clients to catch swordfish. The fishery is productive just off the continental shelf about an hour and a half ride from the Alabama coast aboard Capt. Fed’s 33-foot Freeman. During daylight hours, swordfish hang out past where the bottom drops precipitously from 200 feet into 1,000-foot depths. This is where anglers can expect a typical day of four or five swordfish bites with one fish landed. The weights average about 120 pounds, with a top-end over 300 pounds. While the fish aren’t as big as in south Florida, a 150-pound sword is more than most anglers want to handcrank from those depths, anyway. “They’re a very intense fish,” said Capt. Fed. “They can hurt you very easily.” The keys to the fishery are bottom structure, the right gear and good bait. Capt. Fed fishes in 1,000 to 3,000 feet of water, and always around some type of structure. “Whether it’s a nipple, a ledge, a canyon or a salt dome, that’s where the swordfish are,” he said. “All it takes is some little feature that changes the currents and attracts bait.” Good maps of the ocean floor and sophisticated electronics are necessary to find the right type of bottom in several thousand feet of water. On top of high-end sonar, Capt. Fed uses custom J&M Tackle Blackout Sword Rods with lots of backbone but a very soft tip. Swordfish don’t just load up on the rod. They slash at the bait first, and a soft tip is needed to

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notice the bump when there’s so much line out. “Once you get it set, the rod will develop a rhythm with the waves and the current. You’ve got to watch that rod,” said Capt. Fed. “If you see it do anything that’s not normal, something has happened. That’s when you start reeling it up or dropping it down. You’ve got to tease them just like any other billfish.” Capt. Fed fishes Shimano 50W and 80W reels. The drag is set loose because swordfish have soft mouths, and battles can last an hour or more. The reels are loaded with 80-pound braid tied into a 150-foot wind-on leader of 250-pound mono with a Bimini twist. Fed uses a minimum of 5 pounds of weight, and secures Lindgren-Pitman lights to his leader with rubber bands. Bait is important, and tying it correctly takes practice. After the initial slash, the jig is up if the hook tears out or the bait doesn’t retain a natural presentation. A 10-inch squid sewn with 70-pound waxed floss around a 10/0 to 12/0 J hook is one of Capt. Fed’s favorite baits. While an average day might bring one swordfish to the boat, Fed said he’s also seen five-fish days when conditions are perfect. Swords are very sensitive to the moon, and daily feeding times seem to correspond with moonrise and moonset. Capt. Fed plans trips so there’s time to load coolers with grouper and tilefish before switching to swordfish through the prime moon position. The swordfish bite goes on year-round, but Fed said he’s noticed an April into July peak, which could be attributed to more time on the water during peak tourist season in Orange Beach. And that brings up another reason to fish the Alabama Gulf Coast. There’s plenty to keep the whole family happy while the anglers are out on the water. Capt. Fed (Dustin Bedgood) can be contacted through his website www.fedupcharters.com, at (251) 377-7135 or by email at fedupcharters@gmail.com

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he tide is one of the main catalysts for feeding activity among both inshore and nearshore gamefish. It is also an immensely complicated topic that often frustrates Florida anglers. This is largely because the state is home to all three types of astronomical tides. While the east coast features orderly semi-diurnal tides, which consist of two relatively equal high tides and two relatively equal low tides in a 24 hour period, the west coast exhibits a thorny combination of diurnal (one high and one relatively equal low tide daily) and mixed tides (a confounding blend of the former two). Southwest Florida’s mixed tides are particularly baffling.

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The earth’s tides are a pair of enormous waves, roughly 12,000 miles from crest to crest, that cause the seas to rise and fall as the earth rotates beneath them. One wave is created by the gravitational attraction of the moon acting on the earth’s surfaces; the other is caused by centrifugal force as the earth rotates around the lunar axis. The origins of the earth’s tides may not be of this planet, but the enormous differences in tidal activity that can be witnessed in coastal areas are produced mostly by factors here on earth. The unique shape of the continental shelf at various points in the ocean basin—both in Florida and around the globe—contributes to the disparities we encounter, as the tidal waves change course and rhythm in accordance with the hydraulic parameters of the shallow-water shelf. Like wind-driven waves, the tidal waves interact with each other as they reach the continents and are redirected by the seafloor. Sometimes they reinforce one another, leading to higher high tides and lower low tides. Sometimes they interfere with each other, leading to more moderate tides. A multitude of patterns can result from the interaction of the two tidal waves; these patterns are responsible for the astounding variation in tidal activity that plays out in southwest Florida. The interaction of the tidal waves is the main driver of the tidal complexities we observe, but there is also an important extraterrestrial factor that plays into the equation: lunar declination. This is a predictable pattern of the changing position of the moon relative to the equator. It has the effect of displacing the tidal waves on the earth’s oceans, one of which is drawn toward the moon’s position while the other directly opposes it. This creates its own tidal complexities, which are at their most dramatic when the moon is farthest from the equator. Florida’s tides are tough to comprehend, but there are two huge benefits for those willing to take the time to do so. First, it will help you catch more fish. The better you understand tidal patterns, the better you understand the feeding patterns of saltwater predators. Second, understanding the tides will multiply your enjoyment of fishing exponentially. The rewards are well worth the effort, and your fishing results will prove it. John Saporito is a lifelong fisherman and student of the seas. Visit him online at guerillaangling.com and follow him on Instagram @guerilla_angling.

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an. 9, 1493: Christopher Columbus writes in his journal that he spotted three mermaids that day. Although noting they “had a human appearance about the face,” he laments they were “not half as beautiful as they are painted.” Today we believe what Columbus saw were manatees, though it’s hard to explain how he transformed animals often described as “yams with flippers” into human females, beautiful or not. Though Columbus saw his “mermaids” off the Dominican Republic, for Floridians, February remains prime time for manatee encounters. That’s because these are warm-water animals. The current Floridian species moved up from the Caribbean about 12,000 years ago, as the last ice age moved out. These animals may spread out along the gulf coast and up the eastern seaboard as far as Chesapeake Bay in summer. But, due to

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ebruary brings us unique weather for fishing with fronts going and coming. Generally fishing before a front is the most favorable, unless we have one front after another in a short period of time. When the fronts are back to back the fish hunker down until there is stability in the weather pattern. One day last February the air temperature was 44 degrees, the water temperature was 46 degrees and the wind was gusting to 40 mph. My customers were bass fishermen and they were throwing lures. I did not think we were going to have a good day catching fish however it was just the opposite. We caught 4 red fish up to 32 inches, 3 snook all in the 24 to 26 inch range and 4 trout. So, if we have cold windy days and the front has passed for a few days go for it. The sheepshead should be plentiful along with the drum and trout. Another species not to forget are tarpon, they are always around it’s just finding them in the right mood. I look forward to February for the crappie bite in dead lake, so I will be playing hooky from the saltwater for a few days. Good fishing Captain Barry Englehardt | fishwithcaptainbarry.com

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ere in February we will see less cool fronts and more windy days stirring up muck and making those casts a little more challenging. My most recent trips into the Lagoon, as well as the backcountry, I have found myself landing plenty of fish from Snook, Reds and, Trout… and did I mention the water clarity is getting better in Mosquito Lagoon?! But let’s be mindful of it, it is our estuary and we are blessed to have such a beautiful one let’s continue to respect it and all the species it holds.

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fish species can save the future of the estuary. As we know, a fish swims horizontal in the water. Yes it lives his whole life horizontally. When taking the fish out of the water, hanging it vertically causes damage to the fish’s heart and starts to shut down his organs. I understand not all Anglers are catch-and-release, and I respect that some fish for the sport and others fish for the food. But please remember the size and limit allowed per angler each day! I am seeing too many Anglers disrespecting our waters and fishery by keeping under slot over slot as well as improper handling and catch and release. I myself go from wading to kayak and from Skiff to Offshore. I specialize in the grassy flats of Mosquito Lagoon, it is my home away from home. I am thankful I am able to have such a beautiful place to fish and enjoy. I sight cast redfish from my kayak. Yes I do have a boat, but I refuse to bring it in our Lagoon. I have the utmost respect for the estuary and the species it holds. Plants, grass, birds and fish they all serve a purpose. I enjoy paddling throughout our Lagoon and knowing I am not one who is damaging our seagrass and the species that live here in it, I enjoy the peace and taking in the beauty around me. When I enter the lagoon, I become one with it, I fish for the sport and enjoy returning these beauties back to their habitat. I am one person and all it takes is one person to make a difference. If you love and enjoy our Lagoon respect it and it will continue to flourish, so our children and grandchildren can experience our lagoon and what beauties it has to offer.

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ith solid fronts passing through, February is the best time to get offshore for great trolling opportunities. We still haven’t really seen any long stretches of cold weather, and it seems the Sailfish and Tunas are showing up in good numbers now. Ballyhoos on fluorocarbon leaders, rigged naked for sails or king busters and sea witches for tunas have been working very well. If you can find the temp and color change offshore you will usually find some fish around. A few trips back we had sails feeding on some surface bait and ended up with several sailfish and a wahoo out of it. Keep your eyes open and fish where it looks productive. Usually in that 150-260 range with the blue water moving in and out. High speeding for Wahoo has been really epic lately and should hang in there over the next month. Typically fishing the live bottom using a variety of lures at around 15 knots worked extremely well in January. Bottom fishing is wide open with red eyes, jacks and triggers. The bottom machine has been marking ridiculous on most spots and a simple chicken rig with cut squid will get it done. Pinfish for the Amber Jacks but plan on a few endangered red snappers jetting hooked. If the weather permits, it’s definitely time to fish. Good luck and tight lines! Capt Shane Ryan Back to Blue Outdoors

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The Halifax Sport Fishing Club’s 2nd Annual Veterans Fishing Event 9:00am February 20th under the Dunlawton Bridge Port Orange Our Offshore Challenge Tournament is just around corner as well and will be held in March. This is a 15-day event and you declare the two days you want to fish. Captains meeting will be March 19th. For more information contact Jesse Jones at 386-453-6489 or tournaments@hsfc.com. Information can also be found on the club website at www.hsfc.com. The Halifax Sport Fishing Club’s monthly seminars are the third Thursday each month. Check the HSFC web site or Facebook for date changes and who the speaker/ subject will be. The February seminar will be held February 20th. All HSFC seminars are FREE and open to the public. A brief meeting at 6:45pm, open fishing forum at 7:00pm and seminar at 7:30pm. All seminars are held at the Halifax Sport Fishing Club, located in the Riverside Pavilion at 3431 S. Ridgewood Ave. in Port Orange. For more information contact Scott Ibison at programs@hsfc.com.

FISHING REPORT & FORECAST CAPT JAMIE THRAPPAS

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ebruary is another month filled with cooler water and winds from the North and East which means hiding in the mangroves is a particularly effective way to fish the area. You will find me up in the feeder creeks of Ponce Inlet using live shrimp, sand fleas, and fiddler crabs for both black drum and sheepshead. These fish tend to feed a little more consistently in the cooler temps and always make for a tasty meal at the end of the day. I’ll also work oyster bars and shallow flats with soft plastics and gold spoons as the redfish will be hanging out looking for a bite to eat themselves. In the channels of the main creeks keep an eye out again this month for breaking fish and birds diving, you still usually find both bluefish and the tasty Spanish mackerel in these situations. A Gotcha plug or some sort of shinny suspending hard bait will do the trick. If your marking fish and not getting a bite on the lures, then its most likely pompano so change your rig accordingly. Also if you can find pinch points in the creeks with flowing water, float a free lined or shrimp on a popping cork through these spots, the trout bite should be pretty good this month. If all else fails find yourself a nice dock to work, there have been some nice sized mangroves being thrown in the cooler, and in my opinion these are the best eating fish inshore! Get out there and fish this month and if you see us on the water be sure to say hello! James Thrappas | Splash Brand Representation LLC | 386-366-3424 splashbrandsllc@gmail.com | NATIVE EYEWEAR

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Central St. Johns River

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ven though the weather wasn’t consistent in January we still saw some good catches of Speckled Perch brought in and we hope February will be better. February is usually an excellent month for Specks (Crappie) and you can use all kinds of fishing methods to catch this much sought after table fare. Trolling, jigging and drifting with minnows are some of the most productive methods used depending on weather conditions, moon phase and water temperatures. Some of the best jig and lure colors for February will be purple and green, blue and silver and yellow and white. When Specks move to more shallow water to spawn, vertical jigging and pitching a cork and jig, or live minnow against the bank will produce the most fish. When the fish aren’t good against the bank, try drifting or trolling the open water of one of the many lakes that connect to the St. Johns River. February is typically a great month for Bass fishing, some Bass will spawn this month, but not all of them. Wild river shiners are a great bait for these large mouth Bass. Fish these shiners against floating vegetation under an egg shaped float with a weedless hook. For the angler that favors artificial lures try large top water plugs, slow roll large spinner baits or throw a 9 inch trick worm with no weight. Remember, the colder the water temperature the slower the retrieve. Highland Park Fish Camp has a large stocked pond for the novice fishermen to learn the great art of angling. Call us any time for more info or an updated fishing report, 1-800-525-3477 Capt. Bryn Rawlins | Highland Park Fish Camp, DeLand, FL 1-800-525-3477 | www.highlandparkfishcamp.com

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ebruary can be the end of the winter pattern, or if warm Haulover Canal. Shallow reds are a sight fishing target in winter, search temperatures continue can be an early start of spring. New slow and quiet as our skinny water schools are notoriously spooky, select Florida Spotted Seatrout regulations go into effect February 1, size shrimp, small live finger mullet, mud minnows, and crab parts best 2020, in the East Central Region which includes Volusia County waters natural baits. Small soft plastics, Gulp baits, and shrimp or crab patterns as follows, 2 fish per on fly can be good artificial choices. person per day, slot Seatrout can also be shallow or deep, most flats trout are size limit described bigger size fish. Free lined finger mullet are most popular as “more than 15” live bait for soaking. School size trout are usually deeper and less than 19” on drop offs, holes, and channels. Snook season reopens total length and February 1, slot limit is 28” to 32”,1 fish per person. only one fish over 19 If we do have an early spring, expect the early inches PER VESSEL return of coastal migratory fish, including schooling included in bag limit. Jack Crevalle, Bluefish, Ladyfish, Pompano, Spanish These new lower Mackerel also the oversize jumbo Black Drum. limits for Seatrout Sheepshead are always a winter/spring fish, they will reflect the decreased eat fiddler crabs, small live or peeled frozen shrimp, populations of trout pieces of clam, oyster or any crab. They have a small documented by FWC hard mouth so use a sharp hook of #2 to 1/0 range. statewide studies. Fish sheepshead’s favorite hangouts, bridge or dock Back water Redfish pilings, rock piles, inlet jetties, and oyster bars. You are on shallow water can chum them in with crushed oysters or barnacles flats, sloughs, creeks scraped off pilings. and drop off edges, Josh caught oversize Redfish with Capt Michael Savedow in deep water larger reds Capt Michael Savedow / Edgewater River Guide Edgewater Backcountry in Ponce Inlet and www.EdgewaterRiverGuide.com / 386-689-3781

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he grandparent and grandchild relationship can be a very special one. Often a grandchild is more likely to listen to their Grandpa or Grandma than even the child’s parents. Well I guess my Gramps never told my cousin Andrea to NOT throw the fishing rods overboard! It seems simple enough, hold the rod, keep it in the boat, and catch some fish. At the age of 6 or 7 years old, my cousin Andrea would often hop in the boat with Gramps after dinner for a quick hour or two catching flounder, blowfish, weakfish, or whatever else was biting that time of year. I can remember my Grandfather telling the story of Andrea losing two of his rods overboard about 7,653 times (at a minimum). He would always say the same thing, “I asked her where the rod was, and she said it’s in the river!” After the second rod went swimming, she simply said, “Don’t worry Gramps, you have so many more in the garage!”. Gramps would always laugh and joke with his friends about it. For the longest time, I (being Andrea’s younger cousin) never understood why Gramps would be making fun of Andrea by telling this story over and over. However, as I grew older and Gramps was still telling the same story, I realized what the story was really about. It wasn’t about my cousin losing his prized rods, it was about how proud he was having his little granddaughter our there fishing with him. His face was never angry when telling the story, he was always smiling. Sometimes when I get nostalgic and think of that story, I like to imagine my gramps and cousin Andrea, on the river, sun setting, catching fish and having the times of their lives. I miss my Grandfather very much, but I am so happy that my family has these stories to tell for the rest of our lives. Good job making Gramps proud Ann, I can’t wait until we can sit down and trade fishing stories again. Chris Chibbaro – Coastal Angler Publisher DAYTONA/NEW SMYRNA/DELAND

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keep asking myself why I didn’t think of it. It makes sense. Basic chumming ranks as one of the most effective ways to locate and attract fish, particularly over reefs and wrecks. Successful chumming demands more attention to detail than simply hanging a frozen block of bait over the side or tossing tidbits in the water. Here are a few suggestions from skippers who do it every day. Position is everything, whether you are anchoring near underwater structure or drifting a reefline. To be effective, the chum must reach the fish. If it falls short or drifts too far above them, it becomes an exercise in futility. It’s not unusual to watch professional captains anchor and reanchor four or five times before they put the first tidbits of chum in the water. The key factor centers on calculating the lie of the boat in relation to the target and the force of the current. The flow of water has to carry the chum to the target at the precise depth to reach the fish. If you choose to chum while drifting, position the boat so that the wind and current will take it over the spots where you expect the fish to be. If the boat is being pushed too fast to raise the fish close enough to the stern to catch them, try using a sea anchor to slow the drift. Airline_Ad_CoastalAngler_8-1-14_Layout 1 8/1/14 1:14 PM Page 1 In case you’re curious, here’s the approach that I should

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have figured out. A handful of captains tie a heavy weight on the end of some stout line and then tie a few bags of chum at various depths on the line. This system gets bottom fish feeding and they start following the chum shallower and shallower until they are on the surface. You can also do this with one or two bags of chum. Lower the first bag to the bottom with the second bag a few feet above it. After a couple of minutes, raise the line about 5 or 6 feet, wait a couple of minutes and do the same thing until the chum is on the surface. Chumming effectively demands a rhythm. No matter how busy you are or when you’re slugging it out with a fish, you have to keep the chum slick going. Before the last piece of chum drifts out of sight, there has to be more chum moving away from the boat. If you use too much chum, the fish will hold well astern of the boat. It’s a tradeoff that you learn with practice. For those who fish a fly in a chum slick, you might do better casting the fly in the middle of the chum and then letting it drift without retrieving it. That’s something I discovered by observation when I caught the first yellowfin tuna known to be taken on fly. When I was a young boy, my father chummed striped bass, bluefish and weakfish very effectively. That’s how I caught my first saltwater fish. It’s just as effective today as it was then.

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Rod Building Education Center The 5,000 square-foot seminar space is built with education in mind and will be home to local rod building classes as well as advanced seminars offered throughout the year. This space will also be available to rent for fishing clubs, meetings or banquets. State-of-the-Art Production Studios The guys down in the Mud Hole basement are moving on up, too, with professional film and still photography studios. It will provide the marketing team assets to continue hosting and improving the production of live streams, instructional videos and more product resources. This means exciting new content for your laptops, mobile devices and on mudhole.com. Thank You Customers! 2020 is a BIG year for Mud Hole Custom Tackle, and none of it would be possible without their valued customers. Mudhole is proud to be your No. 1 source for rod building and tackle crafting goods. They are grateful for the opportunity to provide even better service, selection and delivery.

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Proper fly reel drag settings are essential when saltwater fly fishing. When you’re hooked into a powerful and hard-fighting fish, the proper setting can spell the difference between landing or losing the fish. Unlike conventional or spinning reels, where the drag is usually preset and not adjusted during the fight, the fly reel drag can be manipulated by applying pressure to the reel with the palm of the hand or fingers, a tried-and-true method that gives the angler more control over the amount of pressure (more or less) needed throughout the fight. So, how much drag should be applied?

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