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Kayak Fishing Guide Catches 10-Pound Largemouth Bass On Live Rattler in Texas' Brazos River

Kayak Fishing Guide Catches 10-Pound Largemouth Bass On Live Rattler in Texas' Brazos River

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from Ethan3 wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

That is awesome, but jeez i don't think i would have the guts to pick up and hook a rattlesnake.

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from seadog wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

I've had a few people tell me that snakes make the best bass bait, but I've never tried it myself. If I ever do try it, I don't think I'll use a rattler.

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from deanlikes2fish wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

sluggo makes some huge soft plastics for saltwater use that should make an excellent replacement. i for one would be too chicken to use the snake. awesome though!

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from williethefishslayer wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

cool

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from DanCS wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Thats nuts!

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from vtbluegrass wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

The line between innovative and foolish may be blurry but a live rattlesnake in a kayak is clearly on the foolish side of the line.

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from nanaac00 wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

I've fished with guys who use small black snakes, but never seen it done with a rattler!

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from jbird wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

That's ballsy!

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from bigjake wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

i'd try a nonpoisionus variety like a garter snake before i'd try a rattler

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from charlie aleval wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

My story would have ended at smacking it

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from Sidewinder wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

No way in hell am I doing that!

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from Sharkfin wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Manns makes a plastic snake lure that is part of their hard nose line that swims pretty good. They are 10" long. If you go to luresonline.com you can get 6 for $2.99. I plan on trying them this weekend.

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from Sharkfin wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Manns makes a plastic snake lure that is part of their hard nose line that swims pretty good. They are 10" long. If you go to luresonline.com you can get 6 for $2.99. I plan on trying them this weekend.

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Nuts!

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from tlmadison wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

This man is the real deal! He's a great fisherman, an incredible guide and extremely knowledgeable. During his trips he does not only puts you on fish, but educates you about the beautiful Brazos River and its habitat.

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from fisherman14 wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

I would have never thought of using a bait like that and didnt think bass liked'um! Great catch, too.

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from murdock32 wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

I would have a .410 in the boat for snakes. In this case I think dead bait is best.. Shoot first then fish.

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from shotgunlou wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Awesome photos! Here in the Az desert I see rattlers all the time but have never thought of using them as live bait. Cant wait to catch a couple and see what they can do.

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from OlTex wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Ultimate justice for the snake !!!

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from DTBuck wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Great Catch, there use to be a set of snake lures offered by a guy from florida, he had documented catching large bass over 10#'s by using snake lures only! Nice article!

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from stick500 wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

I imagine big bass can't make too much of habit of eating rattlers- eventually they are going to get bit!!

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from crosshairy wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

My dad used to have a topwater snake lure - it was brown in color at probably 5-6" long. I don't remember ever catching a fish with it, but neither one of us fished for big bass much back then (mostly panfish).

I wonder if I could track down more of these, or a similar lure. It was made with tough plastic floating head mounted onto a large worm hook, and the body of the lure was thicker than a normal worm, with a curly tail. I'm sure it would catch fish at some point.

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from MrJim9 wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Another great article! Wonder if you can use a fish to catch a snake? lol

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from mr.fisherman1 wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

geez i dont think i would have to guts to hook a snake! nice article.

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from huntSC wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Thats crazy.

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from chrisw wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

Nice story. I have one problem with it. That bass is nowhere near 10 pounds. I'd give it 6 lbs. at best. I realize that the "story" is the fact that he caught the fish on a rattlesnake. Still, no need to exagerate that bad.

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from Obeewan wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

Sorry folks, I wouldn't trust ONE thing which comes from Shane Davies mouth. IF the editors had bothered to verify Shanes background he was BANNED from obtaining a fishing license in Texas for SEVERAL years due to fisheries violations concerning illegally fishing for Striped Bass below Possum Kingdom dam.

Not to say that largemouth don't eat snakes , but Shane has a history of self promotion which has been found to be untrue many many times.

A true Texas fish tale for sure, now just a little whiskey to the basses gullet on release and I am fairly certain Shane could catch it again.

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from LivToFish wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

Well, well......it's Shane.
He's always got a great story. LOL
Last time I heard from him was when he was banned from the Texas Kayak online forum.
Good story, bad research.

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from texasflycaster wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

Hey Bubba! Watch this. Hate to break it to this guy's fans, but that's not 10#.

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from centexangler wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

As stated Shane had his license revoked for using trout to catch strippers. Very self centered person who uses the same pics multiple times in his posts. Watch out for this one. he is banned from TKF for always starting trouble.

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from YaknYota wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

Looks like my fan club decided to show up. LOL

You guys are a hoot.

My kayak fishing guide service has been responsible for the largest hybrid striped bass and striped bass caught in the State of Texas for 2008 and 2009.

If everything is made up or a lie, why is the State of Texas recognizing me and my clients catches as Certified Texas State and Water Body Records?

It's sad you guys are grousing about something that happened over 15 years ago that has no relevance today. If it did, then why do I get to renew my Texas Guide License every year?

I'm doing everything I can to promote the sport of kayak fishing and taking care of my customers.

What are you guys doing to promote our sport and build kayak fishing awareness?

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from brucepatryn wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

thats one huge bass!

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from huntingtennessee wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

Wow this is fantastic!!! Whatta bass!

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from dcrocks6 wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

thats crazy! now thats commitment when you put your life at risk to catch a bass, but if you wouldnt then your not a real fisherman

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from Fischerman69 wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

there are always ever more inventive baits for all fish

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from coho310 wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

If I was the bass,I'd be scared to hit it!

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from Acday5694 wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

What if the fish got bitten during the fight and when he released it, the fish went off and died. It kinda defeats the purpose of catch and release because now it cant grow and make more little fish.

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from COD wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

since its in texas im sure its no suprize a big bass would go after a rattlesnake

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from buckslayer911 wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

ive caught northern on garter snakes but never bass pretty cool story if its true

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from JP Stephenson wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

This guy is an IDIOT! Story would of been better if it read "Dumbas gets bit useing live Rattlesnake for Bass bait" I would of read that story for sure. Next time try a Spitting Cobra.

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from vtbasser wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

What an idiot. Sure a snake might catch fish but why risk your life over it. I will not be getting in his boat anytime soon, if he is so flippant with his life I don't want to take the chance with mine on new water.
Still, thats pretty cool.

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from Eric Greene wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Now thats live bait.

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from ec_nick wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

I saw this same thing on GKF ( Georgia Kayak Fishing) a little while back

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from Dwain wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

I have seen a large red fish catch and eat a live water snake and know of 2 times people have cleaned red fish that had rattle snakes in them.I caught an alligator gar that had a large fresh killed rat in it.

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from cpinedo wrote 1 year 48 weeks ago

Great job Davies... Congrats...

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from Nyflyangler wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

I guess this story's about two snakes catching a bass.

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from vtbluegrass wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

The line between innovative and foolish may be blurry but a live rattlesnake in a kayak is clearly on the foolish side of the line.

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from deanlikes2fish wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

sluggo makes some huge soft plastics for saltwater use that should make an excellent replacement. i for one would be too chicken to use the snake. awesome though!

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from seadog wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

I've had a few people tell me that snakes make the best bass bait, but I've never tried it myself. If I ever do try it, I don't think I'll use a rattler.

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from nanaac00 wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

I've fished with guys who use small black snakes, but never seen it done with a rattler!

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from Ethan3 wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

That is awesome, but jeez i don't think i would have the guts to pick up and hook a rattlesnake.

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from bigjake wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

i'd try a nonpoisionus variety like a garter snake before i'd try a rattler

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from charlie aleval wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

My story would have ended at smacking it

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from Obeewan wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

Sorry folks, I wouldn't trust ONE thing which comes from Shane Davies mouth. IF the editors had bothered to verify Shanes background he was BANNED from obtaining a fishing license in Texas for SEVERAL years due to fisheries violations concerning illegally fishing for Striped Bass below Possum Kingdom dam.

Not to say that largemouth don't eat snakes , but Shane has a history of self promotion which has been found to be untrue many many times.

A true Texas fish tale for sure, now just a little whiskey to the basses gullet on release and I am fairly certain Shane could catch it again.

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from Sidewinder wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

No way in hell am I doing that!

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from crosshairy wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

My dad used to have a topwater snake lure - it was brown in color at probably 5-6" long. I don't remember ever catching a fish with it, but neither one of us fished for big bass much back then (mostly panfish).

I wonder if I could track down more of these, or a similar lure. It was made with tough plastic floating head mounted onto a large worm hook, and the body of the lure was thicker than a normal worm, with a curly tail. I'm sure it would catch fish at some point.

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from huntSC wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Thats crazy.

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from chrisw wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

Nice story. I have one problem with it. That bass is nowhere near 10 pounds. I'd give it 6 lbs. at best. I realize that the "story" is the fact that he caught the fish on a rattlesnake. Still, no need to exagerate that bad.

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from texasflycaster wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

Hey Bubba! Watch this. Hate to break it to this guy's fans, but that's not 10#.

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from YaknYota wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

Looks like my fan club decided to show up. LOL

You guys are a hoot.

My kayak fishing guide service has been responsible for the largest hybrid striped bass and striped bass caught in the State of Texas for 2008 and 2009.

If everything is made up or a lie, why is the State of Texas recognizing me and my clients catches as Certified Texas State and Water Body Records?

It's sad you guys are grousing about something that happened over 15 years ago that has no relevance today. If it did, then why do I get to renew my Texas Guide License every year?

I'm doing everything I can to promote the sport of kayak fishing and taking care of my customers.

What are you guys doing to promote our sport and build kayak fishing awareness?

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from brucepatryn wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

thats one huge bass!

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from COD wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

since its in texas im sure its no suprize a big bass would go after a rattlesnake

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from williethefishslayer wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

cool

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from DanCS wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Thats nuts!

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from Sharkfin wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Manns makes a plastic snake lure that is part of their hard nose line that swims pretty good. They are 10" long. If you go to luresonline.com you can get 6 for $2.99. I plan on trying them this weekend.

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from Sharkfin wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Manns makes a plastic snake lure that is part of their hard nose line that swims pretty good. They are 10" long. If you go to luresonline.com you can get 6 for $2.99. I plan on trying them this weekend.

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Nuts!

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from DTBuck wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Great Catch, there use to be a set of snake lures offered by a guy from florida, he had documented catching large bass over 10#'s by using snake lures only! Nice article!

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from stick500 wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

I imagine big bass can't make too much of habit of eating rattlers- eventually they are going to get bit!!

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from MrJim9 wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Another great article! Wonder if you can use a fish to catch a snake? lol

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from centexangler wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

As stated Shane had his license revoked for using trout to catch strippers. Very self centered person who uses the same pics multiple times in his posts. Watch out for this one. he is banned from TKF for always starting trouble.

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from huntingtennessee wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

Wow this is fantastic!!! Whatta bass!

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from dcrocks6 wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

thats crazy! now thats commitment when you put your life at risk to catch a bass, but if you wouldnt then your not a real fisherman

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from Fischerman69 wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

there are always ever more inventive baits for all fish

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from coho310 wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

If I was the bass,I'd be scared to hit it!

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from Acday5694 wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

What if the fish got bitten during the fight and when he released it, the fish went off and died. It kinda defeats the purpose of catch and release because now it cant grow and make more little fish.

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from buckslayer911 wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

ive caught northern on garter snakes but never bass pretty cool story if its true

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from JP Stephenson wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

This guy is an IDIOT! Story would of been better if it read "Dumbas gets bit useing live Rattlesnake for Bass bait" I would of read that story for sure. Next time try a Spitting Cobra.

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from vtbasser wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

What an idiot. Sure a snake might catch fish but why risk your life over it. I will not be getting in his boat anytime soon, if he is so flippant with his life I don't want to take the chance with mine on new water.
Still, thats pretty cool.

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from Eric Greene wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Now thats live bait.

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from ec_nick wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

I saw this same thing on GKF ( Georgia Kayak Fishing) a little while back

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from Dwain wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

I have seen a large red fish catch and eat a live water snake and know of 2 times people have cleaned red fish that had rattle snakes in them.I caught an alligator gar that had a large fresh killed rat in it.

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from cpinedo wrote 1 year 48 weeks ago

Great job Davies... Congrats...

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from Nyflyangler wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

I guess this story's about two snakes catching a bass.

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from tlmadison wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

This man is the real deal! He's a great fisherman, an incredible guide and extremely knowledgeable. During his trips he does not only puts you on fish, but educates you about the beautiful Brazos River and its habitat.

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from fisherman14 wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

I would have never thought of using a bait like that and didnt think bass liked'um! Great catch, too.

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from murdock32 wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

I would have a .410 in the boat for snakes. In this case I think dead bait is best.. Shoot first then fish.

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from shotgunlou wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Awesome photos! Here in the Az desert I see rattlers all the time but have never thought of using them as live bait. Cant wait to catch a couple and see what they can do.

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from mr.fisherman1 wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

geez i dont think i would have to guts to hook a snake! nice article.

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from LivToFish wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

Well, well......it's Shane.
He's always got a great story. LOL
Last time I heard from him was when he was banned from the Texas Kayak online forum.
Good story, bad research.

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from OlTex wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Ultimate justice for the snake !!!

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from jbird wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

That's ballsy!

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