Photoshop CS5 How do I remove a distraction touching a subject

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The photo I am working on consists of a large silver metallic distraction sandwiched between blue ocean on one side and a bright red main subject on the other side.  I am able to isolate the distraction by creating a selection around it using the magnetic lasso tool.  I then switch to the Patch tool, enable Content Aware (opacity @ 100) and drag the selection to a "clean" part of the ocean.  Photoshop then fills-in the distraction with a combination of the ocean and a red haze.
What am I doing wrong - or neglecting to do?
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Try adding some extra padding to your selection before patching... so expand the selection. That might do it.
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You can also try patching smaller sections at a time, whittling it away. And/or use the patch tool to first paste some clean ocean over it first. Then switch to Content Aware to blend it in.

I have sometimes also resorted to adding a new layer with a copy of what I want to replace the area with, from the same picture or another similar picture. Then blend them together with a mask.

There are dozens of different ways to do any given thing in Photoshop.
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You might try feathering the selection.