Our SECRET SPOT on Lake Okeechobee! (2023)


Hilary and I head out on Lake Okeechobee for some morning craziness on the Martin Family Secret Spot!

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All right, we are ready to go special trip today.

It's always a special trip, right? Yes.

So we're going to go we're going to go.

This is the time of the year.

This is cool.

We've done this a couple times some special stuff happens.

We're going to get out of the happening right way.

I'm gonna get crashed into we're gonna go out last year.

We fished a special spot that you were like amazed with that secret spot like the secret spot way back.

Yeah, way out the lake.

Oh so we're going back to that there's another secret spot.

Oh, okay.

I can't show you all the secret spots.

All in one year, it takes a little time.

So that's, what we're doing today fellas.

We are going out on lake okeechobee and we're gonna I'm gonna take her to a special special spot.

Now pretty muddy it's a little muddy.

We might have to move.

Yeah, that's.

Pretty muddy.


Just gotta run down a little farther.

So that's, the number one rule here on okeechobee guys before you even fish, I don't care where you go just check water clarity.

I took this white swim jig and dropped it in the water and I and I lose it at about shoot, I've lost it like that that's like less than a foot less than a foot.

Not good what's.

Crazy is you can be really catching them, and it gets muddy like this.

And they just just don't bite that.

Well so we're going to go down a little bit farther that's where I wanted to check anyway.

So I was really going to go to this other spot and uh, let's, see what see what it looks like we'll find clear water.

I can only see that that far here, what the heck how'd you get those? Did you put them in there? No they come with it.

Come with it.

Never use.

It break it up like that there we go, hey, put your jig in the water and see it.

So we have to have a contest.

I mean, come here this this just I'll let you say it, whatever you want to whatever you want it to be the biggest one biggest one, yeah, biggest one we'll.

Do biggest one biggest one, yeah, oh, well, you're, cashing already, they're, still here, dude, they're.

Still here, oh you missed.

It, literally you missed him.

Hold on crap.

My line's all messed up that was awesome guys check that out check that out uh-huh.

What do you give me on that one give me on that? Two, whoa, oh, my gosh.

You got a big one, no, what are you doing? You mean, what am I doing? What are you doing? Why are you missing them? I'm all right? Pounder.

Two pounder, right? I missed it right? My drag's a little messed up.

I didn't check my drag that's.

Okay, we're gonna tighten it we're gonna go back in there and catch fish.

Dad, can you unwrap that? Thank you? All right? Oh, my god, right? Here.

Ready? Can't.

Tell anybody about this spot? Oh, you shook my craw off.

You target came out like a glove.

Oh my gosh, my nails, can't, grab it.

I still got you beat.

Yeah, you do still got your beat.

Yeah, that one was oh crap.

I threw mine back without even yeah crap that now it doesn't count that was like a one and a half if you're out for worm fishing like with a soft classic worm.

You can let them eat it.

Hey, I think that's the biggest one it is the biggest one all right.

Let me look.

We gotta get it.

I gotta get my scale out.

I do think this one beats yours, I'll get my scale out actually they're about the same.

No, no, that's, definitely bigger.

You sure 100 percent well, appreciated two and a half.

Yeah, two and a half.

It was pushing three.

I think two and a half I'll, put them on your side.

Yeah, put them in the boat, put them in the boat.

Baby do my little happy dance.

I got the biggest fish so far.

I want to catch six though so that's what we're going for so guys.

This is pretty cool little spot right here.

It's way out in the lake there's, lots of grass out here.

But this spot right here is kind of a special one.

This one I've been fishing since I was a kid like my literally hillary, my first tournament, I ever fished when I was like 14 with my friend that was 14.

Yeah, we didn't win.

We came in third, and we we caught them right here all right, yeah.

But back then we caught them on like rattle trap.

We didn't know what we were doing like we're just we're just doing weird stuff, but we caught them and it's crazy how in the mornings.

And this is also a spot that I would come in the mornings a lot of times in tournaments on the lake.

And I would say, let's, go get five real quick.

So we could pull up here like that quick and catch five.

They didn't, you know, sometimes they only weigh 12 pounds.

Sometimes they weigh like 15 or 16.

It just gives you five fish like instantly, uh, we landed on that that's, crazy.

Huh? We just literally stopped the boat right on the first half, boom, there they are that's a big, dude, really, I think so yeah, I saw it.

I saw it jump.

I think, yeah, it's a good.

One it's a good one, not big, but it's a good one.

I saw a jump.

So it was like how you got the two biggest ones nice.

Heck, yes.

Look at the belly on that.

Dude, look at that.

Oh, my gosh, that's like a three.

So yeah, solid.


Look at the y'all check out this lego glass.

This is how you know they are eating.

Well, look at that belly, y'all little fatties, little fatties, it's, literally a three pounder and a two pound body.


So cool don't, throw them back, put them in the middle.





Crazy, get a nice picture at the end of the day, that's cool.

So googan squad teamed up with catch co and catch code made these lures designed by the googan squad.

And that is the grass hero.

Jig, a couple things I like about it.

Real quick, it's got a really most important thing.

It's got the perfect size hook, right, not too big or too thick.

But yet not too light wire it's like the perfect size.

So you could throw it on mono.

You can throw it on braid.

You can kind of get the job done it's got the great angle right here.

I love that little angle.

So as you come through the grass, it literally lifts up and goes over the grass.

So they did a great design there and this weed guard.

Instead of a round reed guard.

It is a flat weed guard.

So it's a little wider than normal see how that's flat and it's obviously clear they've got clear strands instead of like black strands or white strands and anyways, hand-tied skirts.

So the skirts aren't pulling down, which is important.

And I got that rigged up on the little googan, baits, rattling chunk, um, yeah.

Seven six.

This is a uh, favorite.

Seven, six hillary's got the seven three, which I really prefer for some jigs.

But this is the seven six more like my flipping stick.

But it does get the job done 50 pound, p-line, x and good to go.

I will give you one good tip here.

When you're reeling these swim jigs through this thick grass like this, like that there we go you just reel it.

Yeah, it's.

Pretty good.

You just reel it.

When you're starting to get hung up don't jerk the rod, just like four wheel, drive it with the reel, and that keeps that swim jig coming through the grass.


Look at that guys, they like it.

They like it still not as big as yours hill.

You still got me got a three pounder lead in the tournament right now.

Three pounder, oh, dad, don't.

You dare don't you dare I saw it.

First, oh you're.

Are you hung up? Are you hung up? I'm? Sorry.

I do not like you.

You saw it first.

How do we prove that who's gonna catch it? Who's gonna catch it? Oh, gosh.

There's, a good.

One, that's, a good.

One, that's, a big one right there? I think so I think so feels pretty big he's, giant giant giant.

What happened one blew up? Right? There.

He's, giant.

Look at that.

One he's, not giant.

I just like saying giant, but he is maybe the biggest one.

I don't know, I don't know, that's like really really really close I'm.

Gonna say yours is a little fatter a little chunkier that is so fun.


It was a neat bite, and I will say this another tip on this is, you know we talked about the jig we talked about reeling.

It just constantly reeling it, not jerking the rod when you start to get hung up.

The other thing is braid is super important.

Because if I was out here with monofilament or fluorocarbon, you could not get these fish out of this grass that is really super thick grass, very hard, it's like stalks, it's like cane can't get those fish out they'll wrap you up so definitely ring up a rubber braided line.

That's a nice one? Right? There? Guys, yeah, I'm gonna take mom out here.

Can we go out tomorrow morning? That's, bacon, dude, that's gonna be vegan.

It's gotta be a vegan.

Oh, that is a good.

Oh dude, is it no it's? Not it's, not a bacon, it's, a good one, though it's, definitely a good one, it's, it's, a big one, you know, if you think of all golly all right, it's a belly, dude, barely hooked check that out barely hooked literally just slipped out like a glove.

That's, awesome, check out.

The spas y'all, not a big one, not the biggest, but definitely a better one out of today's fish.

What do you think pretty one pretty one? I like these okeechobee bass check out the spots on that fin, wait actually, look, dad, there's spots on the fence, little black spots on the fin that is really cool.

That's, a neat color, all right, let's check her back.

Oh, I tried.

I tried the martin special, but I didn't get it the patented martin's special.

Oh, oh my gosh.

I'd even know I had one dad it literally, as soon as it hit as soon as it hit, I got I don't, even I didn't know, I had one that's crazy, oh my gosh, that was so weird.

I literally, as soon as I hit the water, I started reeling, and I just felt it like, I felt it heavy.

And I didn't know, I had one that was so weird.

So the biggest one what's up go down and lift it or whatever choked.

It you're, not only beating my big fish, but you are absolutely crushing me on numbers today and I'm, very proud of you.

And you've got the swim chick thing down, pat, I mean, you're just really really doing well.

Thank you.


Thank you.

Thank you.

Nice one get out.

Oh, yeah, you are the champ you're the champ again, I don't know like like seriously, guys, I did not lay up this one like I was straight up trying to like beat you.

Okay, yeah.

And you did fantastic.

So I could not be more proud of you hillary.

How about that guys drop a comment below? Let me know what you think her hook sets her fighting the fish all that she's just learning so much about fishing and it's awesome to be able to go from, you know, swimming worms to flipping now swim jigs and top water, all the different things you've done.

Uh, you know, every time we go out, and we kind of experience a new lure, you know, that's just another tool in your toolbox or your tackle box.

You know that you can use.

So it was awesome.

Uh, we didn't catch any real big ones out here.

But don't tell me about this spot.

I mean, this spot this particular little secret.

Secret family, secret, right here, it's passed down from great grandfathers.


I had a lot of fun though it was really like we literally landed right on him.

It was really cool.

Oh, yeah.

First cast.

He got one.

Yeah, I got one like my second cast, you did great.

Thank you so much for all the support do me a huge favor drop a comment down below and share the videos out and uh, huge huge.

Thank you to catch co googan squad for making some pretty cool lures.

Right? There grass here, we'll drop a link in the description down below for those as well and uh and that's.

It guys.

We we are gone.

We are gone.

We'll, see, ya, bam, you.


What is the biggest bass caught out of Lake Okeechobee? ›

The average bass caught in Lake Okeechobee weigh 7-10 pounds. The bass rarely exceed 12 pounds, but it is not impossible to catch a larger one! In fact, the lake record for biggest bass caught on Lake Okeechobee is 15 pounds and 5 ounces and the world record for largest largemouth bass caught is 22 pounds and 4 ounces.

Why does the meaning big water fit Lake Okeechobee? ›

Stemming from the Seminole Indian words “oki,” which means water, and “chubi,” meaning big, Okeechobee literally means “Big Water.” This name is fitting for the second largest freshwater lake in the continental United States and largest freshwater lake in the southern states.

Why can't you swim in Lake Okeechobee? ›

Visiting Lake Okeechobee is worth it for many folks interested in fishing, nature, hiking, and other outdoor activities. It is not, however, an experience for those who wish to go swimming, wading, or otherwise coming into contact with the water. The alligators alone make the lake a dangerous spot.

What monster is in Lake Okeechobee? ›

As MLF pros practice for the Bass Pro Tour Favorite Fishing Stage Two Presented by Bass Cat, they should know that Lake Okeechobee has a legend of its own called “The Okeechobee Ogre” (also known as “The Florida Skunk Ape”).

Can you eat the fish that you catch from Lake Okeechobee? ›

With toxic blue-green algae bloom, don't eat Lake Okeechobee fish, Audubon biologist says.

What is the heaviest bass caught in Florida? ›

What Is the Largest Largemouth Bass Ever Caught in Florida? The largest largemouth bass ever caught in Florida was 17.27 pounds caught by Billy O'Berry. Billy set the record on July 6, 1986, and although some folks have caught fish almost as large the record still stands.

How deep is Lake Okeechobee at its deepest point? ›

At its capacity, the lake holds 1 trillion US gallons (3.8×109 m3) of water and is the headwaters of the Everglades. The floor of the lake is a limestone basin, with a maximum depth of 13 feet (4 m).

What is the deepest lake in Florida? ›

Key Points. Deep Lake is the deepest lake in Florida. What a great name! Deep Lake is 90 feet deep and is located in the Big Cypress National Preserve.

What is the largest lake in the United States? ›

Lake Superior

Is it safe to swim in alligator infested waters? ›

Do not allow your dogs or children to swim in waters inhabited by alligators, or to drink or play at the water's edge. To an alligator, a splash potentially means a food source is in the water. It is best to avoid swimming in areas that are known habitats for large alligators but at the least, never swim alone.

Do alligators live in Lake Okeechobee? ›

Lake Okeechobee is home to tens of thousands of alligators. Moreover, more than a few of the largest gators in the state call the lake home.

Why is Lake Okeechobee so dark? ›

Why Is the Lake So Dark? Lake Okeechobee is very dark and often appears deep brown. This makes it less than appealing for many water activity enthusiasts. The two primary reasons for the dark water are naturally occurring tannins and pollutants from agricultural and storm runoff.

What is the ghost town under Lake Okeechobee? ›

Kreamer Island is now considered a ghost town. In the beginning of the 2007 winter the Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners started an archaeological dig on Kreamer Island after drought conditions revealed artifacts on the bottom of Lake Okeechobee.

What are the ghost towns of Lake Okeechobee? ›

A general list of the communities destroyed by the Lake Okeechobee Hurricane include; Port Mayaca, Sand Cut, Canal Point, Pahokee, Belle Glade, South Bay, Okeelanta, Bean City, Ritta Island, Lake Harbor, Chosen, and Kreamer Island.

Are there snakes in Lake Okeechobee? ›

Lake Okeechobee

Lake Okeechobee is home to pythons, Brahminy blind snakes, and Florida sugar king snakes.

Has anyone ever swam across Lake Okeechobee? ›

In 1981, she swam 40 miles across Lake Okeechobee from Moore Haven to Belle Glade, Florida. In 1981, Taylor swam the 24 miles across Scotland's Loch Ness in 18 hours, 58 minutes.

What is the best bait to use on Lake Okeechobee? ›

A fishing report on Lake Okeechobee for Texas Rigging (worming) recommends a Hot Bait of the Strike King Rage Cut-R-Worm in black and blue flake. Accompanying products for this technique include the Picasso Lures Pro Metal Worm Weight in 1/8 oz black.

Can you put a boat in Lake Okeechobee? ›

Lake Okeechobee isn't a naturally clear, deep lake — which can cause serious hazards to inexperienced boaters and anglers. The lake itself, which is relatively shallow, has tons of areas of grass that can tangle up in engines and flip boats. We suggest going out with a guide if you're new to boating on Lake Okeechobee.

What lure has caught the most big bass? ›

Key Points To Land Your Biggest Bass

Use larger lures and present them slower than usual. You'll generally want to avoid spinnerbaits and swimbaits and go with topwater frogs, worms, crankbaits, or jigs.

How rare is it to catch a 10 lb bass? ›

Choosing the Fishery

Largemouths over 10 pounds are extremely rare, and it takes the right conditions to grow them. While largemouth bass are found in all 50 states (yes, there are recorded catches in Alaska), giant bass are found mostly in the South, where they have longer feeding seasons and an abundance of forage.

How heavy is a 20 inch largemouth bass? ›

Bass and Trout
LengthSmallmouth BassLargemouth Bass
19.53 lb. 9 oz.4 lb. 4 oz.
203 lb. 14 oz.4 lb. 10 oz.
20.54 lb. 3 oz.5 lb. 1 oz.
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Can you get to the ocean from Lake Okeechobee? ›

Welcome to Lake Okeechobee and the Okeechobee Waterway! Located in central and southern Florida, the 451,000 acre lake and 154 mile long waterway extends from the Atlantic Ocean at Stuart, to the Gulf of Mexico at Fort Meyers.

What is the largest freshwater lake in the United States? ›

Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by area (31,700 mi2 /82,100 km2). It is also the coldest and deepest of the Great Lakes, with a maximum depth of 406 meters (1,332 feet). By most measures, it is the healthiest of all the Great Lakes.

What is the largest man made lake in Florida? ›

Lake Seminole, the largest man-made lake in Florida, can be found in northwestern Florida, right along the southwestern border of Georgia. The town of Chattahoochee borders the lake on its southern shores.

What Florida lake disappears in a sink hole? ›

Lake Jackson in north Tallahassee is experiencing a dry down event, during which part of the lake naturally and cyclically drains into a sinkhole. The Porter Hole Sink, which is located near Faulk Landing, has drained fully eight times since June 2021. Currently, the sinkhole area is drained again as of May 3, 2023.

What lake in Florida has the most alligators? ›

1. Lake Jesup, Florida. Although alligator attacks are rare, Lake Jesup is the most alligator-infested lake in the United States.

What is the oldest lake in Florida? ›

Kingsley Lake is an almost perfectly circular lake of about 2,000 acres (810 ha) in North East Florida, is located inside Clay County about six miles (9.7 km) east of Starke, Florida. According to some sources, it is the oldest and highest lake in Florida, located on the edge of the Trail Ridge formation.

What is the only Great Lake 100% in the US? ›

Lake Michigan is the only Great Lake that is entirely within U.S. territory. The Great Lakes touch 8 states – but Michigan is the only state that touches four lakes, with borders on Superior, Michigan, Huron and Erie.

What is the largest privately owned lake in the United States? ›

1Lake MeadNevada
2Lake PowellArizona
3Lake SakakaweaNorth Dakota
4Lake OaheSouth Dakota
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What is technically the largest lake in the world? ›

Caspian Sea

What are alligators most afraid of? ›

Alligators have a natural fear of humans, and usually begin a quick retreat when approached by people. If you have a close encounter with an alligator a few yards away, back away slowly. It is extremely rare for wild alligators to chase people, but they can run up to 35 miles per hour for short distances on land.

What to do if an alligator is chasing you? ›

If you can escape on land, run away in a straight line. Experts debunk the advice to zig-zag. Gators can move really fast on land, but only in short bursts and distances before they tire out. Try to cause a gag reflex by jamming any objects you can reach into the back of the alligator's mouth.

What river in Florida is the most alligator-infested? ›

You can rest assured that many in the Sunshine State are home to gators. According to Florida Fish and Wildlife, Lake George, near the St. Johns River in northeast Florida, has the most-- more than 2,300. Lake Kissimmee, near Orlando, comes in second with just shy of 2,000.

Do bull sharks live in Lake Okeechobee? ›

They will even venture into completely fresh water, and has been caught in several Florida rivers, and even in Lake Okeechobee. They get their name from their short blunt snout like a bull.

Do alligators go into the ocean in Florida? ›

Alligators are primarily freshwater animals and they do not live in the ocean.

Where are the areas in Florida with no alligators? ›

Some of the more popular areas in Central Florida that aren't occupied by alligators or sharks are freshwater spring-fed rivers. Some of these may include: Ichetucknee Springs, Madison Blue Spring, Withlacoochee, and Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail.

Is Lake Okeechobee a sinkhole? ›

A lake, namely Deep lake, also found in Okeechobee, is 90-feet deep and a sinkhole that is naturally occurring. The upper half of the lake is freshwater, while the lower half is said to be seawater. A great number of people and wildlife are attracted to the lake for its vegetation and scenic views.

What year did Lake Okeechobee dry up? ›

How dry was it? On July 2, 2007, Lake Okeechobee — a “canary in the coal mine” for the local water supply picture — dropped to its lowest point on record, 8.82 feet above sea level.

Why does Lake Okeechobee have locks? ›

The Port Mayaca Lock and Dam was built in 1977 for navigation purposes, to permit the raising of water levels in Lake Okeechobee, and to moderate the effects of higher lake stages along the St. Lucie Canal.

What is the most remote ghost town in America? ›


Where is the largest ghost town in the world? ›

Welcome to The World's Largest Ghost City: Ordos, China.

Who owns Okeechobee? ›

JUPITER, Fla. — The Lewis family, owners of Okeechobee Steakhouse, are opening their fourth venture; Okeechobee Prime Seafood focused on local and regional seafood.

What is the biggest city that became a ghost town? ›

Many of the largest abandoned cities around the world have eerie or sad backstories.
  • Pripyat, Ukraine, remains the site of the most devastating nuclear power disaster in history. ...
  • Hashima Island, Japan, was once a bustling community. ...
  • Oradour-sur-Glane, France, has a dark past.
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Where is the most famous ghost town? ›

1. Pripyat, Ukraine. Students chairs stand on rotting floorboards in an auditorium of an abandoned school on September 30, 2015 in Pripyat, Ukraine.

What is the most snake-infested lake in the USA? ›

Out of all of the lakes in the country, the most snake-infested lake is Lake Sweetwater, Texas.

What is the deadliest snake that comes from Florida? ›

The eastern diamondback rattlesnake is the largest and most dangerous of the snakes that are native to Florida. FWC officials say it also ranks high on the list of venomous snakes in the world.

What lake in Florida has the biggest bass? ›

Lake Okeechobee is the most well-known big bass lake in Florida, famous for its quantity and quality bass produced regularly. Lake Okeechobee is Florida's largest lake and is the second-largest freshwater body in the contiguous United States.

What is the biggest largemouth bass ever caught in history? ›

World's Record & Biggest Largemouth Bass. The world record largemouth bass was caught by George Perry in Montgomery Lake in Georgia in 1932. The world record bass was 22 pounds and 4 ounces. That world record has held up for 8 decades!

What is the biggest bass ever landed? ›

1. George Perry: 22 Pounds, 4 Ounces. The 22-pound, 4-ounce behemoth that currently holds the world record was caught some 89 years ago by George Perry on June 2, 1932, from Montgomery Lake in Georgia.

Does Lake Okeechobee have big bass? ›

Lake Okeechobee is nationally recognized as supporting high quality largemouth bass and black crappie fisheries.

What is the best lake to live on in Florida? ›

The Cites of Mount Dora, Eustis, Tavares and Leesburg are true lakefront cities with great waterfront amenities and recreational opportunities. Here, boating, fishing, waterskiing, cruising and exploring our natural waterways is a way of life. Lakefront living is a dream lifestyle for many retirees.

What is the biggest freshwater fish in Florida? ›

Description. The arapaima, Arapaima gigas (Arapaimidae), is among the largest known freshwater fish species with sizes up to 14 feet and 440 pounds.

Where are the biggest peacock bass in Florida? ›

The best peacock bass fishing resides in Miami-Dade County. Miami, FL is home to some of the most aggressive and largest peacock bass in the nation. Anglers of all ages can come to enjoy catching fish of all sizes. If you are looking for a trophy Florida peacock bass, Miami, FL is the place to visit.

How old is a 10 lb largemouth bass? ›

In a Florida study, 822 trophy bass (10 pounds and up) given to taxidermists showed a mean age of 9.7 years.

How old is a 16 inch bass? ›

Largemouth bass grow 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm) during their first year, 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 cm) in two years, 16 inches (40 cm) in three years.

How old is a 5 pound bass? ›

A big bass, say five pounds, might be anywhere between six and 16 years old. Growth rate is an important aspect of the biology of bass and all other fish species, and it takes a careful examination of many fish to provide information of value to Division biologists.

What state has the biggest bass? ›

Georgia, home of George Perry's famous world-record largemouth (22 pounds, 4 ounces), is the spiritual Mecca of the bassin' world. It has to share some world-class waters, like Lake Eufala with Alabama, and Clark's Hill with South Carolina.

What is a world record bass worth? ›

The prizes include $1,000 for the biggest bass in each state and $5,000 more for a state record, $25,000 for the biggest bass in the country and the $1 million for a world record. The world record largemouth was caught in 1932 at Montgomery Lake, Ga. It weighed 22 pounds, 4 ounces.

What is the biggest crappie ever caught? ›

In July of 1957 Fred Bright was fishing below the Enid Dam when he hooked and landed a white crappie weighing 5 pounds, 3 ounces. That record has now stood for 66 years although it's reported as being caught in the reservoir not the river below it. There are little to no details on this catch.

What is the best fish to catch in Lake Okeechobee? ›

Rich enough to support both commercial and game fishing, Lake Okeechobee boasts the best bass fishing in the world. You can also catch what the locals call “panfish,” or bream and black crappie (speck), as well as sunfish, catfish, pickerel, bowfin, and gar.

What part of Lake Okeechobee is the best bass fishing? ›

Bay bottom spans between the Grassy Island and Torry Island in Belle Glade. This area is one of the most adored spots for bass fishing. Its waters are relatively calm, and it is the perfect spot for all anglers. It's also the best place on Okeechobee to fish from shore, thanks to the calm waters and access.

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