Key Dreams Charter Boat Service
KeyDreams, June 2021 Summary, Flounder, Cobia, Sheepshead and more
June was still a bit breezy but we took advantage of the nice days and got in some good fishing. July we are moving into our Summer pattern of beautiful calm mornings to fish and frequent afternoon or evening storms to cool down the day heat. The water temp is warming up nicely bringing us a larger variety of fish to chase around the Chesapeake Bay. June brought us the start of the seasons Flounder bite with our biggest Flounder for June measuring in at 24 inches, our biggest Sheepshead weighed in at 11.10lbs for a Virginia Big Fish Citation Award. Cobia Season opened June 15 increasing the suspense of a Cobia Surprise, The Spadefish and Spanish Mackerel have started showing up, and the large variety of other rod benders have been keeping us busy. July is showing much promise of big catches of Spadefish, nice Flounder and surprise Cobia as well as the other rod benders like Red and Black Drum, Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, Seabass, Trout, Croaker, Oyster Toads, Skates and a variety of other fish.
KeyDreams, Sun 23 May 2021, Big Bull Red Drum, Cobia, plenty of bait
Tropical Storm Ana sent some large swells to the Virginia Coast as she passed us well offshore Saturday evening into Sunday morning. The large swells mess up the bottom as the swells roll deep to the bottom and stir up the sand making it hard to get a good bottom bite for ground fish, however there was plenty of marine life near the surface in the cleaner water. We had a scheduled trip for Sunday morning, so I explained to them the unique situation of the bay weather and current sea state and offered them a Drum sight fishing trip in the afternoon that would likely be all catch and release since the Drum are Too Big to keep. They decided to cancel since they wanted meat, CNR wasn’t an option. We couldn’t pass up the option to go have some more fun for ourselves, so we went out in the afternoon when the morning North wind laid down. We scouted around for a while and noticed there wasn’t near as many Cow Nosed Rays swimming around today in the areas we were looking. In less than an hour we found the first school of Big Reds Cruising. They are still hungry, soon as the bait hit the water “Fish On!!! We had a double hook up with lines a screaming and a wild head shaking fight. The swimming Red Drum pic was the one I had hooked up. I got mine to the boat first, no wonder with a quick measurement and it was only 43 inches, a quick pic and back in the water. “Only 43 inches” yea that’s still big, sounding a little spoiled. My First Mate’s fish is still making long runs but tiring out and she’s putting line back on the reel. Finally in the net, over the side, Measured in at 48 inches making it qualify for the State of Virginia Big Fish Citation Award. Got the pic and back in the water. I guess this was payback for the last trip where I got the biggest ones and my First Mate got the not as big ones. We circled back to find them again but they moved on, so we went hunting for another school of Big Reds. I saw a school at a short distance and I was closing in on them slowly so not to spook them and another boat ran full speed rite over them, Man! Wait, what’s that, the other boat may have run down the reds but they also scared a Big Cobia running strait at us like a torpedo and sounded under the bow of our boat. We tried to jig it up but no bight. Cobia Season Opens June 15 2021, so until then it’s just Catch and Release (CNR). Stayed in the same area and that school came back up, creeped over to them and boom! Double hook up. This was a bigger school with well over 50 big reds in it and they were fighting real scrappy. First Mate yells lost it, man! Oh got em again. Lost it, Got em again, it came off again. I figure the first one fouled the hook so they weren’t actually getting hooked in the first place, they were just grabbing the bait and when they open their mouth you lose them. It’s still feels Crazy when it happens to you. I was still hooked up with a crazy fish darting all over, got him to the boat, in the net, over the side, measured in at 43 inches, another small one for me?!? What up with that? Circled around to find them again and there’s a Big Cobia swimming toward us, the eel got off the hook (it Happens) so we threw bucktails at her but she wasn’t impressed and sounded, would have been fun Catch and Release (CNR). Went back on the Hunt for Reds, found them smaller school of bigger fish. Yea!! Double Hook up again. This time my First Mate and I knew they were both big. We had to switch sided several times as they tried to cross us up, they would get close then take off like you just hooked them. Finally mine tired and in the net, over the side, measured in at 48 inches, Quick pic and back in the water. My First Mates Big Red was still Head Shaking, but finally was subdued by her masterful angling and the Big Red Drum came to the boat, in the net, over the side, measured in at 46 inches with big shoulders making is hers fight harder than mine, and she’s sticking to that story. Tally was 5 Big Red Drum with 3 Virginia State big Fish Citation Rewards today. All these Big Red Drum swam off strong when released. Another Fun Day on the Bay and back to the dock.
KeyDreams, Wed 19 May 2021, Big Bull Red Drum, Cobia, Flounder, Croaker, Trout, and plenty of bait
Had another beautiful day for my First Mate and I to get out for some Flounder Hunting. The main goal was actually to load up on bait then Flounder Hunt. After catching over 100 Croaker and a couple Trout it was time to focus on our Flounder Recon. The first zone we hit produced Oyster Toads, Seabass, Skates, Hake, and 1 Flounder. We were in the process of changing fishing zones and saw hordes of Cow Nosed Rays everywhere so we grabbed a rod to get ready for a potential Cobia Release since Cobia Season is still closed till June 15 2021. In route to the next zone I saw a school of Big Red Drum. Hooked up as soon as the bait hit the water, they were hungry, Fish On!!! The up side was we had a Fish On, the tough side was the Big Red was hooked on our smaller class spinning rod thinking we would find Cobia. My First Mate worked the Big Red Drum like the Pro she is on that lite spinning rod and landed the first Big Red Drum measuring in at just over 46 inches, which is big enough for the State of Virginia Big Fish Citation Award. After my First Mate read me the riot act over the lite spinning rod we came about to get back on them for another round with the larger class spinning rods. We came across two Cobia cruising, one big and the other was average sized. We didn’t have eels with us and they weren’t interested in the bucktails. We found the Big Red Drum again and were both hooked up, what a blast, You’ll see in the pic of my First Mate holding her second Big Red of 44 inches that my rod bent over in the rod holder so I could net and take her pic and get the fish back in the water quickly. I landed my first Big Red measuring in at 50 inches, this Big Red Drum made massive long runs with crazy head shaking action. We came around for another round and started with another double hook up but my First Mates Drum threw the hook. I was still hooked up and this Big Red Drum was another screamer with long crazy head shaking runs. Finally I had most my line back on the reel and the fish was getting closer to the boat when my First Mate sees a Cobia, she flips a bait and hooks up the Big Cobia, but after a quick burst of power the Cobia broke off. I was still fighting my second Big Red Drum that finally came up to the surface of the water and another Big Cobia was following the Big Red Drum up for a moment, but it wouldn’t hit anything. We got my second Big Red Drum in the net, up for a pic measuring in at a huge 51 inches. Our arms were starting to feel like rubber, but we went back for another round anyway. We found the school again where I hooked up again. This Big Red came to the boat a little bit quicker but still felt like a ton since my arms were like rubber. My third Big Red went in the net, on the deck to measure in at 47 inches, then up for a pic and back in the water. Tally was 5 Big Red Drum with 4 Virginia State big Fish Citation Rewards today. All these Big Red Drum swam off strong when released. Tired arms and all we went back to catching bait getting over another 100 croaker to fill the barrel to finish the day.
KeyDreams, Tues 04 May 2021, Tautog, Croaker, Trout, and plenty of bait
Had a beautiful day for my First Mate and I to get out on the water. The main target was to catch plenty of live bait for the quickly approaching Summer Season. We caught well over a hundred croaker mostly small so far and some Grey Trout also on the small size. There was time for us to go catch some dinner so we went Tautaug (Tog) fishing. We noticed everywhere we went that there was plenty of small baits swimming around the boat and popping out in the open. Good to see that much life this early in the season as the water warms up. The Tog bite was slow and finicky but we still found our limit of nice fat hard fighting togs up to 20 inches. We also have seen the Dolphins out there on the last few outings.
KeyDreams, Mon. 9 Nov. 2020, Limit of Nice sized Grey Trout
We had a Mom and Dad take their kids out fishing with us today. We had a Beautiful Day with lite winds and calm seas which made it easier for these young anglers to master their fishing techniques. We caught 5 nice Keeper Grey Trout up to 24 inches giving Mom and Dad plenty of Fresh Trout for Dinner. We didn’t catch any Striper, Puppy Drum or Bull Reds today, but they are still here. We had a lot of fun with these guys and were looking forward to fishing with them again. Lots of Fun.
KeyDreams, Thur. 15 Oct 2020, Flounder, Drum and Tog
My Mate and I found ourselves out on another Beautiful Day with lite winds. As the season shifts into fall mode the Spadefish and Spanish Mackerel have left and the Flounder have become more elusive. We still managed one Keeper Flounder and the normal fall stuff like Puppy Drum, Trout and Tog were biting, but the Striper didn’t seem to be biting today. Our Salty Dog Daisy had to inspect the catch before I cleaned them for dinner. Lots of fun.
KeyDreams, Wed. 07 Oct. 2020, Puppy Drum, Bluefish, and Flounder,
Today we got a few of our close friends out fishing with us looking for Flounder. We ended up doing better on the Red Drum and Bluefish today. With fishing you often just need to be thankful for what the good Lord gives you. We caught flounder but they were all too small to keep today, but the Puppy Drum and Bluefish were fighting hard today and just the right size for the cooler and eating. It was a beautiful sunny day with south winds. Lots of fun with good friends.
KeyDreams, Thur. 1 Oct 2020, Citation Red Drum, Flounder
My Mate and I had another chance to get out for ourselves out on a Beautiful Day with lite winds. This time I got the Big Bull Red Drum action and landed a Beautiful 50 incher and Qualified for the Virginia Big Fish Citation Award. I had to joke on my mate telling her that the one she caught may have been bigger, but mine was better looking. The Big Red was released and swam off strong to fight another day. We also got Flounder, Grey Trout, Bluefish, Seabass, Oyster Toads and such. Lots of fun.
KeyDreams, Thu. 24 Sept. 2020, Big Red Bull Drum, Flounder and Seabass
Today the weather got nice so my First Mate and I took advantage of the break in the weather and got out for a couple hours. The offshore swells laid down to 1 foot and the wind and rain were holding off, well the rain snuck back in but at least it was light and didn’t last long while we were fishing. We started looking for some Flounder for dinner and my First Mate caught a couple nice Flounder and we also caught a couple surprise Keeper Seabass (rare in the bay). We also hooked into a Big Bull Red Drum measuring in at 51 inches for a release citation.
KeyDreams, Thu. 17 Sep. 2020, Flounder, Grey Trout, Shark and lost Cobia
We had a Group of Friends get out fishing with Key Dreams this morning for a quick trip before the remnants of Hurricane Sally got to us. September/October is our second windy season. It had been blowing North and/or East for 2 weeks so we were really looking forward to getting out. Yesterday the forecast for today was supposed to be partly sunny with light wind and calmer seas until around 2 in the afternoon then this morning the forecast shifted and the rain was supposed to start heavy around noon, so we adjusted accordingly and got underway a little earlier. It was looking good on the Chesapeake Bay, not exactly calm but quite fishable. We got to fishing and the fish were bighting unfortunately Mother Nature decided to pick up speed and it starter to rain on and off starting around 9 in the morning. Out came the rain gear, these guys were good to keep fishing. These guys quickly got the hang of the bite and got 6 flounder with 5 for the cooler up to 22 inches. We also got a Shark for pics and release, and a couple nice Grey Trout (weakfish) up to 17 inches. One of the guys hooked up a Cobia while Flounder fishing but it threw the hook at the boat just after we got to see it. We also caught the other stuff like Toads, Seabass, and a Pufferfish. Around 11 in the morning the east wind started picking up with the cold rain and it was time to go in for the day, we just slipped in a trip before the next blow. Lots of Fun and good eating Flounder for Dinner.
KeyDreams, Fri. 4 Sep. 2020, Limit of Spadefish and Flounder,
We had a Family Fun Fishing trip today. This Grandma used to First Mate with Her Beloved Husband and still loves fishing, and still has the skills. It was a beautiful day with light winds and calm seas on the Chesapeake Bay. We got on the Spadefish first thing and Grandma surprised us with her skills by catching 2 spadefish at the same time (Crazy Lucky). Once they got their limit of Spadefish we shifted over to Flounder Fishing. We got on the Flounder Hunt and we caught 4 with 2 for the cooler. The Cobia were cruising around and we tried to feed a couple but they were finicky for us today, we had a couple short strikes but didn’t get any hookups. We also caught the normal other stuff like little Seabass, Oyster Toads and such. Lots of Fun.
KeyDreams, Thu. 3 Sep. 2020, We got our Boy and his Girl out To Get their “Fish On”! Cobia and Spadefish
We had Another Beautiful Day set aside to get our son and his girl out for some Family Fun and to get their “Fish On” for a few hours. First we messed around with those Crazy Spadefish and put our Boat Limit in the Box. Then we switched up and had fun with the Cobia. We got a couple hookups and my son landed a nice Cobia for the Cooler and Dinner. Lots of Fun, it was good to have a Family Day with our son to play with us and get his “Fish On”.
KeyDreams, Wed. 2 Sep. 2020, A Day For Us To Get Our “Fish On”! Cobia and Flounder
We had a Beautiful Day and no charter scheduled so I took my First/Life Mate out fishing so we could get our Fish On for a few hours. It was too nice to stay at the dock. First we messed around with the Flounder and put a couple nice ones in the box. It was hard to focus on Flounder with the Cobia cruising around us so we switched up and had fun with the Cobia. We got a few hookups and my First Mate caught the Biggest Cobia for the Box and Dinner. We also caught the normal other stuff like little Seabass, Oyster Toads and such. Lots of Fun, it was good to have a day for us to play.
KeyDreams, Fri. 28 Aug. 2020, Spadefish, Flounder, Blues and a Cobia Suprise
Today we had a Group of friends get out fishing with us for some Spadefish and Flounder Fishing. It was beautiful today with light winds keeping it calm on the bay today. We started with those Crazy Fighting Spadefish after catching close to a dozen of them we switched over to Flounder Fishing. We landed 7 flounder up to 20 inches with the 3 keepers all being 20 inches. We also caught nice Bluefish up to 25 inches giving them a crazy good surface running fight. We also caught the normal variety of the other stuff like Grey Trout, Oyster toads, small Sea bass. We also got the Cobia Surprise and some good reel screaming action landing a 43 incher big enough for the cooler.
KeyDreams, Wed. 19 Aug. 2020, Cobia Surprise and a Boat limit of Spadefish
We had a family outing for Mom to get the kids out fishing with Key Dreams this morning. It was a beautiful day with light winds, super calm and Glassy in some areas. We went after those Crazy Fighting Spadefish and ended up catching our Boat limit of Spadefish and had a Cobia Surprise hooking up on the light tackle. The Kids had a Blast with those crazy Spadefish and the Cobia gave us some Fun mayhem. Lots of Fun.
KeyDreams, Tue. 18 Aug. 2020, Flounder, Boat Limit of Spadefish, Spanish Mack, and Sharks
We had a Family Fun Fishing Trip on another Beautiful Day with calm seas and light winds on the Chesapeake Bay. We got 5 Flounder up to 19 inches and 3 in the box. We had some Exciting Mayhem with the Spadefish and put 20 in the Cooler for dinner. We also caught a couple sharks a Spanish Mack and the normal other stuff like Seabass, Oyster Toads, and such. Back to the Dock around noon. Lots of Fun.
KeyDreams, Mon. 10 Aug. 2020, Nice bunch of Flounder and Spadefish
We had a group of Friends get out fishing with KeyDreams today. It was a beautiful day with light winds and calm seas on the Chesapeake Bay. We started out on the Flounder Hunt this morning and they were hungry this morning. We ended up catching 14 Flounder up to 20 inches and 8 for the cooler today. Then we messed around with the Spadefish for a while and had some fun with them putting 9 nice ones in the box and Catch and releasing some. We also caught the normal other stuff like Blues, little Seabass, Croaker, Oyster Toads and such. Lots of Fun.
KeyDreams, Sun. 09 Aug. 2020, Limit of Spadefish, Nice Flounder and Grey Trout
Today we had a Group of Family and Friends get out fishing with us for some Spadefish and Flounder Fishing. It was beautiful today with light winds keeping it calm on the bay today. We started with Flounder Fishing and got 8 flounder up to 18 inches with 5 of them keepers. We switched over to those Crazy Fighting Spadefish. It didn’t take long and they were in the groove and they caught their Limit of Spadefish. We also caught the other stuff like Bluefish, Oyster toads, small Sea bass and such.
KeyDreams, Sat. 8 Aug. 2020, Boat Limit of Spadefish
We had a Family Fun Fishing trip today. It was a beautiful day with light winds and calm seas on the Chesapeake Bay. We got on the Flounder Hunt this morning and they were hungry this morning so we focused more on the Spadefish and got the Boat Limit and caught and released 4 more. We also caught the normal other stuff like Grey Trout, little Seabass, Croaker, Oyster Toads and such. Lots of Fun.
KeyDreams, Sat. 01 Aug. 2020, Flounder, Spadefish Boat Limit plus
We had a Group of Friends get out fishing with Key Dreams this morning. It was a beautiful day on the Chesapeake Bay. These guys quickly got the hang of the bite and got their boat limit of 28 Spadefish for the Cooler and Caught and Released 10 more. We also got down with the Flounder again this morning which resulted in 6 nice Flounder up to 19 inches with 3 big enough for the cooler. We also caught some nice Grey Trout (weakfish) and the other stuff like Toads, Seabass, roundheads and croaker. Lots of Fun.
KeyDreams, Thu. 30 July 2020, Full Boat Limit of Spadefish, Flounder, Grey Trout,
We had a Family Fun Fishing Trip with 3 generations today on KeyDreams for this beautiful morning on the Chesapeake Bay. We fished for Spadefish for some of that Crazy Rod Bending Fight you can count on when a Spadefish hooks up. We caught our Full Boat Limit of Spadefish and went Flounder Fishing for a while catching a couple Flounder and one for the box also a couple of nice Grey Trout which are quite tasty as well. We also caught the other variety of fish like Oyster Toads, Skates, Sea bass, and Croaker. It was a Fun and Beautiful day on the Chesapeake Bay today.
KeyDreams, Sat. 25 July 2020, Cobia and Limit of Spadefish
We had a Family Fun Fishing Trip today on KeyDreams for this beautiful morning on the Chesapeake Bay. We fished for those Crazy Spadefish for some of that Crazy Rod Bending Fight you can count on when a Spadefish hooks up. They caught their Limit of Spadefish then went Trolling and looking for Cobia. We hooked a few Spanish and Blue while trolling and Cobia Hunting. The biggest Rod Bender was the Cobia and was big enough to keep at 43 inches. We caught a couple Flounder but they weren’t big enough to keep and were released. We also caught the other variety of fish like Oyster Toads, Skates, Sea bass, and Croaker. It was a Fun and Beautiful day on the Chesapeake Bay today.
KeyDreams, Mon. 20 July 2020, Limit of Spadefish
We had a Mom Get her Family out for a Fun Family Fishing Trip and to get out of the house this morning. It was a beautiful morning with just enough breeze to keep it from getting too hot. The forecast called for serious heat coming by noon, so the plan was to catch em up and get them cleaned before it got too hot. We messed around with the Crazy Spadefish enjoying some Radical Rod Bending and Catching our Boat limit. Lots of Fun, and it did get Super-Hot in the Afternoon.
KeyDreams, Sun. 19 July 2020, Big 56” Cobia and Boat Limit of Spadefish
We had a Friend and Family Fun Fishing Trip today on KeyDreams for this beautiful morning on the Chesapeake Bay. We fished for those Crazy Spadefish for some of that Crazy Rod Bending Fight you can count on when a Spadefish hooks up. We caught our Boat Limit of Spadefish then went looking for Cobia. We hooked up on one big Cobia at 56 inches and he put up a reel good fight. It was a Fun and Beautiful day on the Chesapeake Bay today
KeyDreams, Sat. 18 July 2020, Flounder, Boat Limit of Spadefish and Cobia
We had Mom and Dad get the Girls out Fishing with us for some Family Fun this morning. They wanted to treat themselves to a fishing trip with KeyDreams on this beautiful Day on the Chesapeake Bay. We messed around with those Crazy Spadefish and caught their Boat Limit of Spadefish for the cooler and soon to be frying pan. We also challenged their skills with some Flounder Fishing but only landed 1 Keeper Flounder, but we also caught other things like Oyster Toads, Black Sea Bass, and oh yea a Surprise Cobia that gave them a good fight but was 39 inches making it 1 inch too short for the cooler, Fun Catch and Release. It was a Fun and Beautiful day on the Chesapeake Bay today.
KeyDreams, Sat. 11 July 2020, Flounder, Shark, Spadefish and stuff
We had a Dad getting the Family out on the Chesapeake Bay for some fishing on Key Dreams today. We challenged their skills with some Flounder Fishing and the Flounder bight was sparse but landed 3 Flounder with 2 for the box and also caught 4 Sharks, Skate, Oystertoads Seabass and an eel. We also messed around with those Crazy Spadefish and caught a bunch just shy of their Limit of Spadefish for the cooler. It was a Fun and Beautiful day on the Chesapeake Bay today.
Key Dreams, Wed. July 8 2020, Shark and a Boat Limit of Spadefish
We had a Family Fun Fishing trip this morning were Mom and Dad got their Son out to do some fishing with KeyDreams on this beautiful morning on the Chesapeake Bay. The Spadefish were chowing down again today tempting theit fates against the clutches of our sharp hooks, we won. We caught our Blat limit of Spadefish for the cooler and the Dinner Table. The Flounder bight was slow today, and we didn’t get any keepers, we also caught Shark, Skates, and Oyster Toads. It was a Fun and Beautiful day on the Chesapeake Bay today with this Fun Family.
Key Dreams, Mon. July 6 2020, Flounder and a Boat limit of Spadefish
We had a Family Fun Fishing Trip today on KeyDreams for this beautiful morning on the Chesapeake Bay. We fished for those Crazy Spadefish for some of that Crazy Rod Bending Fight you can count on when a Spadefish hooks up. We finished the trip with some Flounder fishing and caught a few with one 20 incher for the cooler. We also caught the other variety of fish like Grey Trout, Sharks, Oyster Toads, Skates, Sea bass, and Croaker. It was a Fun and Beautiful day on the Chesapeake Bay today.
Key Dreams, Sun. July 5 2020, Fun for us, Boat Limit of Spadefish and Grey Trout
Every July 5 we had made it a family tradition to take our Hard Core Fishing Couple out for some Fun for their anniversary, but this spring we lost a very dear family friend from surgery. We are keeping our tradition going and taking our Hard Core Fisherman out with a couple of our mutual fishing buddies. We do surely miss her, but somehow felt like she was still fishing with us. We caught our Boat limit of Spadefish and Grey Trout and other stuff like Blues, Oyster Toads, Skates, Sea bass, and Croaker. Beautiful day, the wind picked up just as we decided to head in around lunch time.
Key Dreams, Sat. July 4 2020, Fun at the Dock on a Blow Day
We had a North Blow today from a Canadian Cold Front, so we had to cancel our scheduled trip. We made the best of the cooler breeze down at the marina on an otherwise super-hot day inland, catching bait and just having Fun. Besides catching Bait we caught a few Puppy Drum and had a tiny Baby Barracuda jump out of the water and land on the dock.
Key Dreams, Wed. July 1 2020, Family Fun, Boat Limit of Spades
We had a Family Fun Fishing Trip today on KeyDreams for this beautiful morning on the Chesapeake Bay. We fished for Flounder for a little while then switched over to the Spadefish for some of that Crazy Rod Bending Fight you can count on when a Spadefish hooks up. We caught our Boat Limit of Spadefish and went back to Flounder Fishing. We also caught the other variety of fish like Bluefish, Oyster Toads, Skates, Sea bass, and Croaker. It was a Fun and Beautiful day on the Chesapeake Bay today.
Key Dreams, January to June 30 2020, Finally Phase 3 Corvid-19, reopening
Phase 3 is workable for us and we are now getting folks out fishing again. Basically we are now able to operate kind of like a restaurant, Family/Group that schedule together can fish together. We are encouraging smaller groups then 6 like 4 passengers to help maintain Comfortable Spacing during the current corvid-19 situation. Mask is Mandatory indoors and optional outdoors. There is a Questionnaire to fill out to ensure no one who is sick gets on the boat.
Corvid-19 Phase 1 and 2 reopening was painful and not an opening for us. Everybody wanted to go fishing and we were scheduling just in case we could go but when the date came they couldn’t meet the strict State Mandate. I think I cancelled more trip in April, May, and June then in the last 20 years combined. I had folks that scheduled during phase 1 for future vacation plans that qualified for phase 1 but then phase 2 came in they now longer met the more stringent State Mandate and had to cancel their trips, to say Frustrating is an understatement.
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